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Book Cover Smackdown! Desolation Road vs. Leviathan (UK version)

More cool covers. Yes, we’ve covered Leviathan before, but this is a shiny new cover for the UK version…

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

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9 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! Desolation Road vs. Leviathan (UK version)

  1. euphrosyne // May 18, 2009 at 1:54 am //

    That train-juggernaut is purely beautiful.

  2. Ooo, I love these book cover smackdowns! “Desolation Road” natch. The tones, that gorgeous, gorgeous mega-train that just oozes personality of its own. In fact, everything about the cover, down to the range of typefaces used on front and back, is beautiful. “Leviathan”? Well, when I first glanced at it, it reminded me of a berserker mechano-pimple, bursting forth from a chasm-ridden face of some sort. (But that could just be me.) For once, I prefer the US Leviathan cover.

  3. Desolation Road, without question. That’s pretty enough to be art.


    The Westerfield cover looks like a rejected cover for a Mechwarrior spinoff.

  4. Desolation Road by martiniere!


    Gorgeous, both as art & a front cover! The colours, the train, the smoke, the sky. Even the type.

  5. Desolation Road by a landslide!  That is beautiful art right there – and the back cover just finishes it off.  Amazing.

  6. Both wonderful! But Desolation Road really looks like a world I want to visit – the cover goes for beauty as well as otherworldliness. Great stuff.

  7. DFowler // May 18, 2009 at 9:18 pm //

    That maybe the most beautiful Martiniere cover yet. The Leviathan cover is pretty good,but I like the US cover better.

  8. Boy, I don’t know how you folks are able to pick.  I love ’em both.

  9. Desolation Road! Since I havent read the book I can not comment on how the cover conveys the setting, but it definitely conveys great feeling.

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