Friday Face-Off: Dinosaurs
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:
“Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.”
~ a cover featuring DINOSAURS
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
So I had some real trouble coming up with a book for this week. Sure, I had a couple books by a certain late author whose dinosaur books have been adapted into movies by Steven Spielberg in mind, but I figured there’s a good chance they’ll be used by many others this week, and I wanted to try and find something a little different.
That said, the novel I ended up choosing was a surprise even to me, because even though I recall a section of the story that takes place in prehistoric times, I hadn’t expected it to have a cover that suits my needs. Just One Damned Thing After Another is a time travel story, starring a plucky historian named Madeleine “Max” Maxwell who gets recruited into a secret society of time travelers working undercover behind the façade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research. The plot is very entertaining and filled with boisterous comedic hijinks, and one of the biggest perks of it was being able to absorb behind past events, people, and places. And like I said, the most exciting time period Max gets to visit will probably appeal more to dinosaur enthusiasts or paleontologists rather than history fans.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the covers. You kind of have to look really closely on one of them, but sure enough, there are the dinosaurs!
From left to right:
Smashwords (2013) – Accent Press (2013) – Night Shade Books (2016)
This book has an interesting history. Originally self-published by Jodi Taylor on two download websites, that manuscript ended up being bought by the UK publisher Accent Press before going on to become a bestselling sensation across the UK and US. It’s not surprising therefore to see that the book’s first cover, the independently published Smashwords edition, is quite amateurish in its design. To be honest, the visuals actually aren’t that bad, but the atrocious typeface is what really reveals its self-pubbed roots. The 2016 Night Shade Book edition, which is the novel’s publisher in the US, uses some of the same original imagery on its cover, except it also cleans everything up and borrows the more attractive font from the UK version.
The clear winner here for me, however, is the Accent Press edition. I love the colors and the art style used, and as a bonus, it’s also the one with the actual dinosaurs! So, that’s my choice this week. But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?