Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Railsea’ vs. ‘The Six-Gun Tarot’ vs. ‘The Pirates Wish’

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by cover…unless it’s an SF Signal Book Cover Smackdown!

It’s time once again to have your way with some upcoming book covers, this time with a new trio of November fantasy releases.

Here are today’s contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

14 thoughts on “Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Railsea’ vs. ‘The Six-Gun Tarot’ vs. ‘The Pirates Wish’”

  1. Six Gun Tarot, definitely. If Railsea had that cover originally, I don’t think I would have read it. Good book, but that cover looks lame.

  2. draw- they’re all entertaining in a stylish, clichéd sort of way. The middle one is most beautifully drawn, but its design is not immediately eye-catching. The Railsea one is obviously deliberately over the top and the image itself is very fun, although it is a bit stupid. The Railsea one is most amusing but also pretty stupid. The one on the right is just a fairly good example of an arabian fantasy design.

  3. Pirate’s Wish. Hint of the exotic. Strange lands. Cross between a video game interpretation of a Saudi Arabian place with a Sherlock Holmes “he spent time in India….” tale.

  4. Pirate’s Wish, all the way. I can’t get enough of that Arabesque style calligraphy / brushwork, and the archway, I just love it.

    and wow, that Railsea artwork. I am SO thankful I picked this up when it first came out and got the original cover art. the new artwork looks ridiculous.

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