Friday Face-Off: Shadow

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:

“Me and my….”
~ a cover featuring a SHADOW

Mogsy’s Pick:
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

If ever you find yourself in need an urban fantasy fix that involves grittier action and darker emotions, Sandman Slim has got you covered. While you may find him armed with a treasure trove of pop culture jokes and creative metaphors at all times, James Stark is not your typical charming, lovably snarky protagonist. After all, he’d just come from Hell following an eleven year stint as a hitman, finally escaping the pain and suffering only to end up in the scummiest part of Los Angeles. Now he’s angry and ready for revenge, determined to track down the ones who killed his girlfriend and sent him to the underworld.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

First row, left to right: Harper Voyager (2009) – Harper Voyager (2012) – Harper Voyager (2014)
Second row, left to right: Polish (2011) – Czech (2011) – German (2011)




So many dark and broody covers! I think I’m going to have to go with the German (2011) edition for this one, which is just plain cool.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

23 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Shadow”

  1. This book sounds pretty cool. Thanks for the heads-up. For the covers, I’d choose the Harper Voyager 2014 movie-poster version, mainly because I like the shadow illustration with the Hollywood sign in the background.


  2. Never heard of this series! Cool covers. I guess maybe I like the Czech one best? Although the German 2011 one and the Harper Voyager 2012 are also nice.


  3. What a great choice for the theme – I love your choice, the details in the flames are excellent – and I also really like the second one, just the perspective, the smoking guns and the hands reaching up for the main guy. Great feel to it.
    Lynn 😀


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