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

Mogsy’s Pick:

Ecopraxia by Peter Watts

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)

 

Winner:

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?

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31 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Blazing Sun

  1. Nice selection for this week, Mogsy:). I also like the Head of Zeus cover, which – as you say – is nicely restrained. If it wasn’t that one, then I would have gone for the Ukranian edition.

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  2. Wow, there are quite a few covers for this book! I have to say I love the Tor edition the best, but it’s tough because all of these are really good. I even like the Polish A edition!

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    • The story is a bit weird and I found it a bit hard to follow with so much stuff going on. But now that I’m more familiar with the genre, I don’t know what I would think if I read it today. I think you’d it enjoy it 🙂

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  3. I think I’d pick the same one as you; it was what I went for initially then I started questioning myself :L I do love the background on the Russian edition though.

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  4. I think I might like the first one- the TOR- the best, since the guy is out in space and it looks like a blazing sun in the background- kinda neat. 🙂

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  5. I like your choice for this one – it immediately stood out for me but I was unable to put my finger on exactly why. Maybe, like you said, it’s the intensity of the colour. I also like the Russian cover – which is kind of funny and also shows how tastes change – if I’d seen that cover just a few years ago I would have run a mile.
    Lynn 😀

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  6. I actually like most of these, minus the Polish version A – I’d be too scared to look at that on my bookshelf. 😂 But yes, your pick is great! I also like the Russian edition, as well as the asymmetry of the Tor version!

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