Friday Face-Off: Longboat

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:

“Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide.”
a cover featuring a LONGBOAT

Mogsy’s Pick:

Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton

This week’s theme’s a toughie, so I’m bringing back a book I read long ago by the late Michael Crichton whose books I could always count on to be entertaining and smart. Eaters of the Dead is a historical fiction novel set in the early 10th century about a refined courtier from the Caliph of Bagdad who is enlisted by a party of rowdy Viking warriors to help them hunt a flesh-eating monster. It’s not the easiest of Crichton’s books to get into, since it’s written in the form of a journal and is essentially a retelling of Beowulf from an outsider’s point of view. It was also made into a movie called The 13th Warrior.

There are a lot of covers for this book, so I’m mostly going to concentrate on the nicer ones as well as those featuring longboats.

From left to right, top to bottom:
Alfred A. Knopf (1976) – Arrow (1997) – Ballantine (1998)

Ballantine (1993) – Harper (2009) – Ballantine Movie Tie-in (1998)


Harper Paperbacks (2016) – Avon (2006) – Czech Edition (1994)


Spanish Edition (1988) – Estonian Edition (2009) – Polish Edition (1992)


Portuguese Edition A (1997) – Portuguese Edition B (2008) – French Edition (2005)


Italian Edition A (2010) – Italian Edition B (2018) – Hungarian Edition (2015)



Nothing’s really leaping out at me this week. But I have to choose one, so I think I’m going to go with the 2010 Italian edition because it’s the only cover that would make me grab the book off a shelf without knowing anything about it. It also like the image and art style because it looks like it could be an oil painting in a museum.

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

25 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Longboat”

  1. I’m kind of surprised we picked the same book! You have a lot more covers than I do, however. I think my favorite is still the same as the one I chose in my post, the Harper 2016.


  2. Oh I like this- I’ve never read the book but I did see the movie. I like the Harper 2009 edition a little bit, and the Avon and Estonian as well.

    The Portuguese ’97 version has such an old school feel to it!


  3. Great book choice, though I agree – none of them sing, do they? My eyes keep being drawn back that very first cover – the Alfred A. Knopf offering. It is quirky and oddly beguiling.


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