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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Final Days’ vs. ‘Napier’s Bones’ vs. ‘Red Harvest’

Grab some popcorn! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the 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.

13 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Final Days’ vs. ‘Napier’s Bones’ vs. ‘Red Harvest’

  1. Hm, none of those really capture my attention like some of the other covers I’ve seen through here have been. Final Days is very cool, Napier’s Bones is very minimal, and Red Harvest is pretty cool looking. I like them all, but none are really great. 

  2. I prefer Final Days by a wide margin, not so much because it so excellent as because it’s very good and the others – to me – are a complete turn-off, either boring or too over the top.

  3. I actually like all 3 covers.

    Final Days is my favourite because on seeing the cover I would have to pick the book up and read the back cover, the contrast of the Apollo lander against a future luna city presses my button.

    Naiper’s Bones – A simple elegant cover that gives away very little might not grab me as a must pick up but I know that I would jsut to find out more about the book.

    Red Harvest – My least favourite of the 3, but thats because i already know what the book is about and I ain’t interested in Sith Zombies. However the artwork fits well with the Starwars universe and hints at things much darker.

  4. My 2 pennies: I like them all.

    • The Gibson cover has cool art made all the more interesting by the angle of it.  Plus it nicely sets off the clean, crisp text of the author’s name and title.
    • Napier’s Bones is appealing because it’s so unlike the huge majority of covers out there.  Plus it’s kinda creepy.
    • I’m a sucker for well-done monochromatic covers and Red Harvest has the added appeal of being horror set in the Star Wars universe, a rare beast indeed.


  5. The Napier’s Bones, although none of them looks great. The first has too much blue in it, and the letters don’t seem to work with the image: different type used in author and title, greater for the author’s name, a dull colour in boht.  The second seems to be missing something. About the third, is that a vampire?

  6. @Cristina: It’s a zombie.  The book is a sequel to Death Troopers.

  7. I find that I must agree with Andy W. (I think that has happened like two-or-three times now). I think all three are cool, but the best of the three is final days. I’m a sucker for Apollo Program stuff and obviously time travel (since I write it), and that cover actually reminds me a lot of a scene from Timeslingers, so it’s very cool.

    I would pick up the Star Wars book as well (as I didn’t know that it was about zombies), but as soon as I found out it was about zombies I’d probably put it back.

    I like the artwork for Bones, but it doesn’t entice me enough to pick it up off the shelf and doesn’t tell me anything about the book itself.

  8. Final Days is the only one I like. I would definitely pick it up and read the back or flap. I agree with Christina about the title and author fonts, though. They just don’t seem to fit right, but I don’t think it hurts the image much. The other two wouldn’t get a second look from me. Napier’s Bones does nothing to for me at all and I hate the “hide the title and author” thing. Red Harvest is fine as artwork but I’ve never followed the SW novels.



  9. Final Days – because the cover shows a situation where you are wondering “okay, what the heck is all *this* about”. Also, Gary Gibson is kinda AWSM.

  10. I had a long reply typed, but it didn’t submit.  Hit the back button and it was gone.  So I’m going to keep it short.

    Final Days wins.  Gives me a sense of what might be between the covers.

    Napier’s Bones first impression is “vampire novel.” Not sure if it is, but it would be enough for me to reject it when perusing shelves.  Wouldn’t even pick it up.  Yes, I judge books by their cover, we all do…that’s why they have covers.  And vampires (even if it appears to be about vampires and isn’t at all) is the kiss of death for me.

    Star Wars cover…meh.

  11. Final Days reminds me of an old OMNI cover, I would pick it up all misty eyed and may even read it after the tears cleared.  Napier’s Bones looks like an art book cover, pretty but might get overlooked thinking it was in the wrong section but nice art. Red Harvest, nothing amazing to me but does its job adequately you know what it is.. what you’ll get.


  12. Final Days.

  13. All the covers do what they are supposed to do.  Though, Final Days is the best and I wouldn’t touch the Star Wars “horror” with a 10 foot pole.

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