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Book Cover Smackdown! 3 Originals From May 2013 Go Head-to-Head’s single-story ebook publications (which come DRM-free) come with cover art that crushes that of most novels. Take, for example, this trio of covers of originals that will be available next month. I don’t envy the person who has to choose the best among them. That’d be you!

Tell us which cover you like the best and why…

The Elephant in the Room by Paul Cornell (

George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards multi-author shared-world universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. Now, in addition to overseeing the ongoing publication of new Wild Cards books (like 2011’s Fort Freak, Martin is also commissioning and editing new Wild Cards stories for publication on Paul Cornell’s “The Elephant in the Room” is the tale of a young woman who can temporarily take on the superpowers of people she’s near…and of the crisis this leads her into as she struggles to deal with an over-controlling mother, a very strange boyfriend, and the beginning of a career.

Fire Above, Fire Below by Garth Nix (

“Fire Above, Fire Below” is about the crisis that the dying of a dragon living below a major city causes, and the pact made many years earlier to deal with such a situation.

Jack of Coins by Christopher Rowe (

Jack of Coins, by Christopher Rowe, is about a strange, amnesiac man who is befriended by a rebellious group of teenagers living in a repressive city.

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10 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! 3 Originals From May 2013 Go Head-to-Head

  1. Can I choose “None of the Above”?

    • You took the words right out of my bile. At least none of them feature “hawt” women with gigantic tattoos facing away from us.

  2. I’ll go with the “Jack of Coins” cover.

    The “Elephant In The Room” cover seems top-heavy. And I’d have used a heavier font for “Fire Above, Fire Below”.

  3. I’ll second that.
    None of the above.

  4. Not a big fan of any, but at least none is a photograph of a person. I’ll pick ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM as best of the three.

  5. I actually like the three.

    ‘The elephant in the room’ has an excelent illustration, but lacks contrast (I guess that’s part of not seeing the elephant in the room thing) and the human figures don’t fit well in the composition.

    ‘Fire Above, Fire Below’ also has a nice illustration, great colors and composition. The only thing I could say is that the vertical space for the city should be a little bit bigger.

    ‘Jack of Coins’ has a wonderful, wonderful illustration (by Red Nose Studio?), but with that stock composition, it brings everything down.

  6. You’re very lovely to say so, but none of these covers are Angry Robot productions 🙂

    Marc @ AR

  7. The “Jack of Coins” cover is SO perfect for the story; I love it.

  8. Christopher Rowe // April 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm //

    I love’s art direction. And of course recuse myself from voting!

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