Friday Face-Off: Snake

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:

“Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.”
a cover featuring a SNAKE

Mogsy’s Pick:

Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton

I really wish I could erase these books from my mind, but this one came in handy today. Circus of the Damned is the third book of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series which was shortly before they turned into wall-to-wall bad porn. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting covers I’ve found for this book:

From left to right, top to bottom:
Ace (1995) – Berkley Books (2009) – Headline (2009)


Jove (2002) – Berkley Paperback (2007) – French Edition (2009)


Czech Edition (2007) – Czech Edition (2007) – Italian Edition (2006)


Turkish Edition (2009) – Portuguese Edition (2011) – Spanish Edition (2008)


German Edition (2005) – Greek Edition (2008) – Russian Edition (2010)



My winner was chosen today because I have a weakness for circus motifs – anything to do with carnival marquee posters, flashy flyers and big top tents…you’ve got my attention.

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

23 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Snake”

  1. Mogsyyyy! I so agree with erasing the books and them becoming bad porn around that time! That’s the only time in all my reader’s where I scolded an author very hard. I hate bashing but I was not far from that as I was furious how she mocked her readers


  2. Your choice and the French version – but then given your comments about this series turning into bad porn that cover seems a bit more erotic – and was maybe an indication o how the series was going to develop.
    Lynn 😀


  3. Seriously, that was the one that caught my attention too. I kind of turned against this series around book 9. It became too much for me. And I really liked it which was sad. Now what about that first Czech edition? How utterly disturbing is that????


  4. I have that cover on my copy – it was a gift, honest! And yes, series started okay but turned pretty dreadful. I don’t even mind the not-so-soft-porn, but the way the story starts vaguely interesting, descends into… whatever… then “… oh, and the mystery turned out to be x, case solved!” – argh!


    • Yes, you’re totally right about the plot! I always hated that about the series, even when the books were halfway decent. The story always started well and then it would devolve into a chaotic mess that didn’t make any sense at all! And then somehow the mystery would be solved, just because! After the series became all about sex and threw all plot out the window, I just gave up!

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  5. Ooh some of these are freaky. I like the circus one too, and I kind of like the Ace edition too- it has a throwback look almost. The Turkish edition scares me lol, and I like the French edition too.


  6. I have a love hate relationship with this series. It started off so good! And I didn’t even mind when the relationship stuff started. And even some of the kink stuff later on. But at a certain point Anita stopped being Anita. She even ruined Edward! And then it just became erotica without any other plot. Some part of me still wants to catch up with this series just because I’m a bit of a completionist (and a glutton for punishment apparently lol).

    Anywho. Out of the covers, I really love the originals. I had all the originals too from back in the day but lent someone my copy of Guilty Pleasures and never got it back and am still salty about that.


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