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Book Cover Smackdown! The Windup Girl vs. Legend of the Space Marines vs. The Terror

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13 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! The Windup Girl vs. Legend of the Space Marines vs. The Terror

  1. The Space Marines cover illustration is the most effective, no question. Altho I like the Simmons cover the best, the Bacigalupi book is the only one I’d consider reading.

  2. joshua corning // July 13, 2009 at 1:39 am //

    The Terror cuz it is blue and blue is pretty.



    Seriously i am not joking here.

  3. Wind up girl, even though The Space Wolf is in my reading que, I think Wind up girl has the best looking cover of the 3


  4. Well that’s just unfair. Windup Girl by a mile. Rich, evocative, with lovely title text.

  5. The Windup Girl without question because it looks like an intriguing world…although I have to say I would like it even better if that were a mammoth instead of an elephant…


  6. I like the book cover “The windpup girl”. It’s simple, beautiful and beautifully painted. the printer is also incredible.

  7. Windup Girl by a mile.  The cover is so freakin’ cool.  Makes me want to read it.

  8. Wind Up Girl – Elephants and Zeppelins in blasted city FTW!

  9. Definitely The Windup Girl: It has depth and breadth, offers a glimpse into a strange world with elephants, zeppelins, high-rises and slums.

  10. Space Marines is the most compelling illustration to me, but since I know it’s related to a video-game universe I would not be likely to read the book (no offense, but the world is just too big for me to dive into this late in the game).

    The Terror doesn’t work as well for me, but that’s just because it evokes a feel of a TV movie. Is that bad? Not really, but it’s just not something I’d choose to read.

    The Wind-up Girl cover isn’t as compelling as the Space Marine illustration (to me), but I take that as a book I would be interested in reading.

  11. Klapaucius // July 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm //

    The Wind-Up Girl wins it for me, since its detailed view of the outskirts of the city, immediately caught my attention among the three. The cover succeeds in contrasting the run-down environment of an outer city life with the dazzling skyscrapers and flying machines in the background. The decrepid effect on the edges could have been done a little better, but it certainly accentuates that this story will not be a utopian one, but rather one of stark realities. And, above all, it convinced me to look into the story and author and put it on my reading list. Old adages be damned!.

  12. The Windup Girl for sure! Looking at the cover, I feel like about to step into a new and exciting world.

  13. I think Windup Girl wins — my husband wants me to find a poster-size version for our house!  (Any suggestions on how to go about that?)  But I fell in love with the cover art for The Terror right away (saw it on the artist’s website), and basically started to hunt down the book to read JUST based on the cover.  I’m so annoyed that it seems to be a limited edition cover that I can’t actually get a copy of.  ARGH.

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