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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Seed’ vs. ‘Seven Wonders’ vs. ‘Light’

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 say at some of the book covers coming your way. Here are today’s contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.
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5 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Seed’ vs. ‘Seven Wonders’ vs. ‘Light’

  1. The cover that appeals to my personal taste is Seed. I like the rustic style and colors but the silhouette has kind of gotten run into the ground the past couple of years. Seven Wonders has this excellent vintage feel. I mean it has the vibe of a whole era but there is definitely a distinct feel of Ayn Rand to me. I like the overlay of Light with the shadows and structures in the background but the skull and all is just very overdone. It’s not a very memorable cover. The other two are the type where I will see them a long time from now and be like I remember that book. Overall I think Seven Wonders is the better book though Seed is more my personal aesthetic.

  2. I’m partial to Seven Wonders. It immediately called to mind the Metropolis movie poster.

  3. Seed is my favorite. I really like the composition and colors.

    Seven Wonders alsdo looks good, but something tells me it could have been better.

    And Light has wonderful illustration and colors, but poor layout and typography selection.

  4. Seven Wonders for me – tho’ the others are rather cool too.

  5. Seed and Seven Wonders are both pretty fantastic. It’s hard to pick between them. I’m going to have to go with Seed though because overall it’s a little better executed. The title bar for Seven Wonders doesn’t feel right, probably because it does follow the wonky perspective of the buildings. Light doesn’t work for me at all. There’s that strange tangent in the upper left corner with the shadows, then the L in title almost points to it. It pulls the eye away from the skull and up to the corner of the book.

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