Friday Face-Off: Noir

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:

“He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.”
~ a cover that is NOIR

Mogsy’s Pick:

Hard Magic by Larry Correia

For this week’s theme, I chose the first book of The Grimnoir Chronicles, a series set in what is probably one of the most awesome and unique fantasy worlds I’ve ever had the pleasure to come across in SFF. It’s got a little dash of everything–hard-boiled/noir, alternate history, steampunk, sci-fiction, urban fantasy, magic, gangsters, superpowers, and even zeppelins and sky pirates. Throw all that into a novel and you have Hard Magic, one hell of a fun read. The covers are pretty great too, so let’s take a look at them now:

From left to right:
Baen (2011) – Czech Edition (2015) – French Edition (2015)



Tough competition this week, but I’m going with the French edition. The yellow just makes that cover POP!

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

28 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Noir”

  1. I found a version of the french edition without any words and used that for the short story “A Grimnoir Christmas”.
    It is also going to be the cover for the (hopefully) soon to be released special edition by Vault Books.


  2. I’m loving the French covers at the moment – funnily I like all three of these covers for different reasons and I’m intrigued – I have to go and check this out.
    Lynn 😀


  3. They are all pretty awesome!
    I prefer the yellow one too though 😀
    This book was on special offer on audible not so long ago but i totes missed it.


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  6. I completely agree with your choice – what a fabulous, action-packed cover and I LOVE the sound of this book! It’s being added to my already overloaded TBR…


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