Friday Face-Off: Pirates

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:

“I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.”
a cover that features PIRATES

Mogsy’s Pick:

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

I thought I would have a much easier time finding a book to feature this week; after all, I have a whole shelf on Goodreads labeled “Pirates”. Unfortunately many of them didn’t pan out so I decided to go with trusty Michael Crichton and his posthumously published Pirate Latitudes – not exactly his best, but it does have many editions and lots of great pirate-y covers, arrr! So let’s look at them now:

From left to right:
Harper (2009) – HarperCollins (2009) – HarperTorch (2010)


Harper Paperbacks (2016) – Recorded Books (2009) – Chinese Edition (2010)

Italian Edition (2018) – Danish Edition (2012) – German Edition (2011)

Dutch Edition A (2010) – Dutch Edition B (2012) – Spanish Edition (2010)

Indonesian Edition (2013) – Czech Edition (2011) – Russian Edition (2013)


Many of these covers are great, but there were two that really stood out for me and I can’t choose between them so I think we have a tie today! My favorites are the German 2011 edition and the Dutch 2012 edition.

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

24 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Pirates”

  1. Yep, I struggled with this one a little bit – I could think of books but then they wouldn’t have any alternative covers.
    I like the Czech cover – lots of choose from though.
    Lynn 😀


  2. There are a lot of good covers! The two that stand out for me are the last two, the Czech and Russian covers. I love the ones you picked too!


  3. I didn’t know that ye have a pirate shelf on Goodreads. That be wonderful. I think I prefer the Danish cover this time round. I thought this book was fun but certainly not his best work. Sphere being me favourite.
    x The Captain


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