Friday Face-Off: Retro

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:

“Groovy baby”
~ a cover that is RETRO

Mogsy’s Pick:
The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter

The “retro” style of the covers to The Massacre of Mankind makes sense, since it was written as a sequel to H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Taking place in 1920, approximately 14 years after the events in the original classic, the story continues through the eyes of Julie Elphinstone who now begins her own account of a second invasion. Yep, the Martians are back, and they’ve learned some lessons from their first go-around. This time, it’ll take more than microbial infections to take them down, and worse, Earth isn’t exactly in its best fighting shape. Still rebuilding from the first Martian assault, places like Britain are still in complete disarray politically, socially, and economically, especially in the wake of this alternate world’s version of World War I.

Only two covers are going head-to-head this week, so let’s take a look at them now:

Gollancz (2017) vs. Crown Publishing (2017)



I love the retro “art deco” style of the Crown Publishing edition; it’s just so bold and eye-catching, hence I’m going with it as my winner. But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

30 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Retro”

  1. What a fabulous choice of books for this theme! And a cracking read, too:). And to be honest – while I generally have opinions on EVERYTHING – I honestly cannot decide between them – they are both stunning:). And the short message informing would-be readers that it is a sequel to War of the Worlds is vital – unlike most chat on book covers:).


  2. Yep, definitely the Crown publishing one for me too. Not only do I like the style, but I’m really attracted to the colors as well. In fact, looking down, it seems to be I color coordinated my work outfit to this cover as well today.


  3. Ooh cool! I like the first one though, the more “traditional” looking tripods and the bridge, but the Crown one is amazing too. Looks like a fun book.


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