Friday Face-Off: Bridge


Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to push forward”
~ a cover featuring a BRIDGE

Mogsy’s Pick:
The City’s Son by Tom Pollock

Bridges are a feature of many cities…some of them are more famous than others. But what happens when the city comes alive – quite literally! – and landmarks become more than just another outline on the urbanscape? In some books, the setting itself is part and parcel of the entire whole, so that the city might as well be another character in the story. And in The City’s Son, Tom Pollock presents London to the reader in a way that will completely blow your mind. There’s bringing your city to life, and then there’s bringing your city to life. This book takes personification of urban features to a whole new level, plunging into the realm of the bizarre and uncanny, creating wonders you could never imagine in your wildest dreams.

Not surprisingly, we see a great variation in the covers:

From left to right, top to bottom: Jo Fletcher Books (2012) – Flux (2012)


Czech (2014) – German (2013) – Russian (2016)



This week, the challengers are all very strong, even with the shirtless boy wonder in the top right. I knew right away I would be choosing my winner from the foreign editions though, because some of the art styles are so striking, especially for the German and Russian covers. My winner in the end is the one that I think fits the story’s tone best.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

23 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Bridge”

  1. The one you picked is my favorite as well. Next to that, I like the Jo Fletcher version – I’m pretty sure that’s the one on my Kindle. I like the background of the Flux one, but don’t care a lot for the people – I think it’s a very “busy” cover.


  2. Wow, they’re all so different! I haven’t read the book, so I’ll have to defer to your judgement about the tone- although I do love that cross-processed Czech cover 😍


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