Friday, July 15, 2022

The Friday Face-Off: Snarky Sidekick

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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:
Snarky Sidekick

Who is a better sidekick to Locke Lamora than wonderful Jean Tannen? (I guess you could even Locke is a sidekick to Jean at times, but... I'll leave that up to you to choose, haha). The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch was one of the first books that came to mind for this topic because I feel like it truly embodies a great team/sidekick sort of idea and has endless, (truly, endless) snark. If you haven't started this series yet then I still wholeheartedly recommend it because it's a blast. Fortunately it's also been translated a lot and has a huge array of covers (I didn't even manage to include them all!), so let's have a peek at them!

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)Gli inganni di Locke Lamora (I Bastardi Galantuomini #1)
2006 US Hardcover | 2007 UK Paperback | 2007 Italian

Las mentiras de Locke Lamora (Las crónicas de los caballeros bastardos, #1)The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)Kłamstwa Locke'a Lamory (Niecni Dżentelmeni, #1)
2008 Spanish | 2006 US Ebook | 2007 Polish

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)Les Mensonges de Locke Lamora (Les Salauds Gentilhommes, #1)Locke Lamoran valheet (Herrasmiesroistot, #1)
2015 US Anniversary Edition | 2013 French | 2007 Finnish

Les Mensonges de Locke Lamora (Les Salauds Gentilhommes, #1)Locke Lamoras lögner (Gentlemannarövarna, #1)คำลวงของล็อก ลาโมรา
2019 French | 2007 Swedish | 2017 Thai

Обманы Локки Ламоры (Gentleman Bastard, #1)绅士盗贼拉莫瑞 (绅士盗贼, #1)ロック・ラモーラの優雅なたくらみ
2009 Russian | 2015 Chinese | 2007 Japanese

My choice(s):
These are all pretty fun, in all honesty. I absolutely love the tenth anniversary edition design, and I appreciate the original US and UK covers. The Chinese and Japanese editions also scream adventure to me, and the artwork on the Swedish edition is also beautiful!

What cover(s) do you like the most?


  1. These are all so cool and different - I do quite like the Italian one!

  2. I like that third cover a lot. The Japanese one is awesome, and so is the chinese ( I like that half submerged POV). The Thai one really gives a sense of a mysterious city in the background. These are awesome.

  3. There is so much variety! I love the anniversary edition and also the Swedish cover😁