Friday Face-Off: Blazing Sun
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:
“The longest day of the year”
~ a cover featuring a BLAZING SUN
So today’s theme is technically “Summer Solstice”, for which we can feature any kind of imagery related to the longest day of the year, including pagan rituals, standing stones, and of course, blazing suns. Since I knew I was going to have a hard time coming up with anything otherwise, I decided to go with the most literal and straightforward interpretation of the last and ended up with Echopraxia by Peter Watts! Which is kind of ironic, considering how un-straightforward and just plain impenetrable this book was. If you’re the kind of reader who struggles with hard sci-fi, I’d recommend staying far away.
But let’s take a look at covers:
From left to right:
Tor Books (2014) – Head of Zeus (2015) – Russian Edition (2015)
Polish Edition A (2014) – Polish Edition B (2014) – Ukrainian Edition (2015)
It’s rather plain and simple, but I love the Head of Zeus edition. Something about the intensity of the colors just does it for me. It somewhat suits the underlying themes of the book too, which touch upon some philosophical questions and debates about the human condition.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?