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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘The Gildar Rift’ vs. ‘God’s War’ vs. ‘Scratch Monkey’

Don your Power Armour, folks! 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.

16 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! ‘The Gildar Rift’ vs. ‘God’s War’ vs. ‘Scratch Monkey’

  1. God’s War! I like the design of the characters and the background.

  2. Ok you have given me a Charless Stross cover… and its instantly my favourite simply because his name is on the cover. I think the cover is simple and stark, it evokes a future horror maybe around genetic engineering and honestly… I don’t care… its new Stross.

    Gildar’s rift – is my least favourite of the 3, but thats only because the cover to me simply states 40k, the artwork is great, I like the simplistic stylings of it (I often find 40k covers to be far to busy for my tastes) and am curious to pick this novel up and read the back cover… Don’t know Cawkwell as an author, but if the back cover excites me I would be prepapred to spend a few quid on this and see what its like inside…

    God’s War – Intresting cover, I like the design and art work, and its a book that I would pick up were I browsing in a book shop and come across it.

  3. David Ellis // March 27, 2011 at 9:03 am //

    What?  They finally released SCRATCH MONKEY as a paper book?  How did I miss that?

  4. Moonbase Alphan // March 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm //

    Scratch Monkey is a limited edition of 800 that just came out a month ago. Copies are still available at various places online.

  5. That’s a tough choice, I like all three of them.  Ultimately I think Scratch Monkey wins for me.  I love the color combo, I haven’t seen that shade of blue with black and red very often, but it works surprisingly well.

  6. The Gildar Rift, no question.

  7. I’m going to have to go for Gilder Rift as I’m a sucker for action scenes and that is some oozing class right there!  I like the contrast of colours on God’s War as well though.  Nice.

  8. My fav of these three is the one for God’s War – I like the artwork for all three, but the art along with the design on this one hints at more of a story, and would be the most likely to make me pick it up and give it a look if I saw it in person. The one for Scratch Monkey’s a close 2nd, though, with its colors and use of white space.

  9. God’s War

  10. Raimo Kangasniemi // March 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm //

    The Gildar Rift and God’s War are pretty much equal in my eyes, but somehow the less crowded background of The Gildar Rift looks better to me. The picture can “breath”. So, it. Scratch Monkey’s cover isn’t bad, just a bit troubling.

  11. They’re all good. GOD’S WAR wins, however.

  12. God’s War, no question.

  13. Jeff Hotchkiss // March 28, 2011 at 9:57 am //

    I like the Scratch Monkey illustration, but I’m not sure a stark white background works that well with it.

    God’s War, on the other hand, looks great. Great illustration. I love the design as well.

  14. Jaym Gates // March 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm //

    SCRATCH MONKEY for the win. Very simple, deeply disturbing, great use of minimal colors and white space. It is pretty much my ideal cover. Second is God’s War. It’s a Palumbo, need I say more? The colors and movement are intriguing.

  15. God’s War doesn’t only have the best illustration, the composition and overall design are also very appealing.

  16. God’s War and Scratch Monkey both win.


    Overall God’s War is the better executed book cover technically.  The color palette is nice and ties the background, foreground and text together strongly.  The whole thing is polished and very interesting.  It ain’t groundbreaking but it’s solid.


    Scratch Monkey looks great also of course, especially the rough stylized artwork against the bare background.  But the font doesn’t really sit very well with it.  It feels like there’s wasn’t much thought put into its selection.  Also the artwork bisects the the author’s name between the letters, which is odd and makes it hard to read.


    The Gildar Rift is a whole lot of white stealing real estate from what is probably a very kickass painting.  Its like it doesn’t know what it wants to be, stylized and stripped down, or high octane action, so instead its just forgettable.

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