Friday, November 19, 2021

The Friday Face-Off: Futuristic Vistas


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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme 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.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Futuristic Vistas

This week's topic is a fun one, although I wasn't sure at first which book I would pick. Then I remembered Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, which has been languishing on my shelf for years, and thought that would be a great pick for this week. The edition I have is the 2009 US Hardcover, which has what appears to be a futuristic setting that I think works perfectly. It's not quite as thrilling as some covers may have, but I love these covers! I also really hope to read this book again (and finish!) in the next couple months... fingers crossed.

The Windup GirlЗаводнаяDívka na klíček
2009 US Hardcover | 2012 Russian | 2011 Czech

Fata modificatăLa Fille automateМомиче на пружина
2013 Romanian | 2013 French | 2012 Bulgarian

La ragazza meccanicaWindup GirlMehanička devojka
2014 Italian | 2011 Subterranean Press | 2010 Serbian

The Windup Girl发条女孩Biokrieg
2018 Indonesian | 2012 Chinese | 2019 German

My choice(s):
The Windup GirlThe Windup Girl
I guess my bias at having this edition has shone through, because I just love this cover! There's also a newer released version of this cover that I also like, but something about the font and the border just give this a slightly edgier feel that I think fits the story well. I do think the Czech one is kinda cool, and my second favorite is probably the Indonesian one! I love how beautiful that cover is and think it's a great design, but I don't think it fits quite as well as the original.

What cover(s) do you like the most?


  1. This is a perfect book for this week! I love the US hardcover too.😁

  2. I love those first two covers. The Italian one is kind of cool and wow the Serbian one- yikes!

  3. I think I like the original one the best, too!