Friday Face-Off: Letters & Words

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:

“You know your A, B, Cs”
~ a cover featuring only LETTERS & WORDS

Mogsy’s Pick:
World War Z by Max Brooks

It feels apt to choose an epistolary novel for the theme this week, and I’ve gone with a fun one. World War Z is a apocalyptic horror novel featuring a collection of individual accounts chronicling the global devastation following a zombie plague.

Let’s take a look at some of the covers:

First row, from left to right: Crown (2006) – Broadway Books (2013) – Duckworth (2011) – Thorndike Press (2006)


Second row, from left to right: Finnish Edition (2011) – French Edition (2010) – Italian Edition (2013) – Portuguese Edition (2010)


Third row, from left to right: German Edition (2010) – Polish Edition (2008) – Norwegian Edition (2012) – Romanian Edition (2012)


Fourth row, from left to right: Persian Edition (2006) – Spanish Edition (2008) – Thai Edition (2012) – Bulgarian Edition (2012)



I’m not exactly the biggest fan of text-only covers, so I was glad to find plenty of graphical ones to choose from as well. These ranged from the atmospheric (Romanian Edition) and chaotic (Bulgarian Edition) to the creepy (Finnish Edition) to the downright insane (Thai Edition). In terms of overall aesthetics and art style preference, however, I’m going to have to go with the Portuguese Edition as my winner. It’s just so “classically zombie”.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

23 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Letters & Words”

  1. That Portuguese cover is awesome and very classically zombie-ish, I agree! I like the Romanian one too, and the Finnish, but I think my favorite is the Duckworth edition.


  2. Such a varied bunch this is! I’m laughing at the Finnish cover, for some reason. I think I’m still partial to the original Crown edition since that’s the one I own.


  3. I not too big fan of text-only cover either, and it did take me a bit of time to find one in my collection Lol

    The Portuguese one you selected in my second favorite: I am big fan of how they used the darker gold. But, like Tammy, I’d have to say the original Crown is still #1.


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