Friday Face-Off: Spiders
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:
“All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?”
~ a cover featuring A CRITTER OF THE EIGHT-LEGGED VARIETY
To be honest, spiders probably don’t bother me as much as they do others – yes, they’re icky, but unless I find one right up in my personal space, I typically leave them to do their own thing. Like people say, most house spiders are actually pretty harmless and are good to keep around because they take care of even worse insect pests.
But the spiders in The Hatching are another story. While reading this book, I had fight several urges not to jump into the shower because I was convinced I was feeling hundreds of tiny little skittering legs crawling all over my skin. The story begins in the jungles of Peru, where The Swarm (believe me, it’s completely appropriate to designate the spider horde as a character in its own right) claims its first victim. Before long, other disturbing reports are emerging all over the world. In China, a nuclear bomb goes off, which their government claims was a “training incident” gone wrong. In Minneapolis, an American billionaire’s private jet suddenly falls out of the sky. In Kanpur, India, a group of scientists receive unusual seismic readings at their earthquake lab. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, screams suddenly ring out aboard a cargo ship.
The commonality between all these events? Give yourself a pat on the back if you guessed eight-legged creepy crawlies. Needless to say, if you’re an arachnophobe, this one’s going to go really badly for you. But let’s take a look at the covers:
From left to right:
Gollancz Hardcover (2016) – Gollancz Paperback (2017)
Atria/Emily Bestler Books (2016) – French Edition (2018) – Spanish Edition (2016)
Portuguese Edition (2016) – Hungarian Edition (2017)
There is just something about the Portuguese edition that really appeals to me. Maybe it’s the color scheme (I love the crimson/white/black combo), or the art style that makes that cover come alive with a hectic, frenetic energy. But even with the freaky image of the huge nasty spider dominating the picture, that one just keeps drawing my attention back to it.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?