Friday, August 10, 2018

The Friday Face-Off: A Cover Featuring a Mask!

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.

I felt that it was time to join in another Friday Face-Off, so here we go!

This week's topic is:
‘…Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again!' – A cover with a mask

I was really tempted to just go with The Phantom of the Opera, since that is also where the quote comes from, but I decided to branch out a bit and choose something else. The first books that popped into my head were A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge and The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. A Face Like Glass ended up having more cover options, plus the entire story really centers on masks, so I went with it! This book has quite a wide array of cover styles that I wasn't expecting--and some of them I really don't get--but I had fun looking through them.

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

A Face Like Glass A Face Like Glass A Face Like Glass 

US Harry N. Abrams 2017 || UK Pan Macmillan (HC) 2012 || UK Pan MacMillan 2016

Das Mädchen ohne Maske A Face Like Glass A Face Like Glass

German 2014 || UK (PB) 2012 || Kindle Amulet Books 2017

 Ð¡Ñ‚еклянное лицо

Russian 2018

My choice:

A Face Like Glass A Face Like Glass

This was a hard choice! I'm not overly in love with many of these, but I do love the imaginative cover UK Pan Macmillan (HC) edition from 2012. I like the mask featured on the US edition simply because masks are such a huge part of this book and I like that it is featured, unlike many of the others. Still, it's a tough one!

Which covers do you like best?

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  1. I've heard this book is so good, and I need to read it! I think I love the Pan UK hardcover the best, the colors are so pretty😁

  2. OH MY GOD... US Harry N. Abrams 2017's edition is terrifying!! haha I would pick that one too! Eek, so creepy!

    1. Haha, it really is! My first glance is usually, 'wow, nice mask,' then the longer I stare at it the creepier it becomes...