Friday Face-Off: Family

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:

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
~ a cover featuring a FAMILY

Mogsy’s Pick:
Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

What do you get when you mix clairvoyance and psychokinesis with Cold War secret agents, the Chicago mob, shady con artists, and a dysfunctional family undergoing a crisis of zany proportions? You get Spoonbenders, a wildly original, humorous, and unexpectedly heartwarming tale of paranormal drama.

For a book that has everything though, the covers are surprisingly unimaginative, even if they are bright and colorful. Let’s take a look at them now:

From left to right, top to bottom:
Knopf Publishing Group (2017) – riverrun (2017)
Spanish Edition (2018) – German Edition (2018) – Polish Edition (2018)




I’m really not crazy for the “pictures on the wall” theme here, so naturally, my choice would have to be the riverrun edition. In spite of myself, I’m also enjoying the cheesy retro vibe I get from this cover; of all the choices here, it’s probably the one that best fits the quirky tone of the story.

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

17 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Family”

  1. I’ll go with that one too, it’s my favorite. The Knopf one is okay, and I don’t hate the German one but I don’t like the orange.


  2. You and Tammy are on the same wavelength this week. I think I like the boldness of the Spanish one, which is surprising because I’m usually drawn to any cover with a dog. I think it’s because the dog is so small I can barely see him.


  3. Yes, this immediately jumped to mind when I heard the theme, probably because it was fresh in my mind! I actually like the framed pictures idea, and I like it MUCH better than the boring US cover😁


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