Friday, February 9, 2024

The Friday Face-Off: Current Read #24

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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:
Current Read #24

I'm just finishing up Robert Jackson Bennett's latest release, The Tainted Cup, and figured it'd be a great option to feature for this week's Friday Face-Off since it has two beautiful cover editions! I'll have a review up for this one next week (I actually meant to have it up this week, but we've recently had a storm where I live that created a bit of an interruption in my reading so I unfortunately didn't get a chance to finish/get the review up yet), but in the meantime let's take a look at the to covers that currently exist for it!

2024 US Hardcover

2024 UK Hardcover

My choice(s):
I actually really love the US edition (which is ironic since I'll have two UK editions soon... but you know, these things happen). I love the general styling of the gold details and the title/author lettering,  as well as the green plants coming in off the side. That being said, the UK edition is still super neat and has a lot of great detail within the beautiful art that makes it really stand out. (It's main downfall is that it has mushrooms on the cover, and, contrary to what seems like every other person in the world, mushrooms really, really squick me out and I don't like looking at them [the gill things under a mushroom cap just make me feel horrible]–I'm sorry, I just hate them.) Overall, though, you can't go wrong with either one!


  1. I love the US version - all that intricate detailing!

  2. I prefer the US cover too. I don't mind the mushrooms on the UK cover, but I'm confused by that big red thing in the middle! I'm hoping to start this later in the week.