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Book Cover Smackdown! THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon vs. TWENTY TRILLION LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA by Adam Roberts vs. EVENSONG by John Love

It’s time another Book Cover Smackdown! This time around, covers featuring illustrations and designs from books forthcoming in January 2015.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Pass artistic judgment!

Tell us:

  • Which of these covers do you like the most?
  • What works and what doesn’t work with these covers?
  • Do any of them make you want to learn more about and/or read the book?


 
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
(Bloomsbury USA | January 27, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)
 

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.


 
(St. Martin’s Griffin | January 13, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: Mahendra Singh.)
 

Adam Roberts revisits Jules Verne’s classic novel in a collaboration with the illustrator behind a recent highly acclaimed edition of The Hunting of the Snark

It is 1958 and France’s first nuclear submarine, Plongeur, leaves port for the first of its sea trials. On board, gathered together for the first time, are one of the Navy’s most experienced captains and a tiny skeleton crew of sailors, engineers, and scientists. The Plongeur makes her first dive and goes down, and down and down. Out of control, the submarine plummets to a depth where the pressure will crush her hull, killing everyone on board, and beyond. The pressure builds, the hull protests, the crew prepare for death, the boat reaches the bottom of the sea and finds nothing. Her final dive continues, the pressure begins to relent, but the depth guage is useless. They have gone miles down. Hundreds of miles, thousands, and so it goes on. Onboard the crew succumb to madness, betrayal, religious mania, and murder. Has the Plongeur left the limits of our world and gone elsewhere?


 
Evensong by John Love
(Night Shade Books | January 6, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)
 

A near-future thriller where those who protect humanity are not always completely human.

The future is a dangerous place. Keeping the world stable and peaceful when competing corporate interests and nation-states battle for power, wealth, and prestige has only gotten harder over the years. But that’s the United Nations’ job. So the UN has changed along with the rest of the world. When the UN’s “soft” diplomacy fails, it has harder options. Quiet, scalpel-like options: The Dead—biologically enhanced secret operatives created by the UN to solve the problems no one else can.

Anwar Abbas is one of The Dead. When the Controller-General of the UN asks him to perform a simple bodyguard mission, he’s insulted and resentful: mere bodyguard work is a waste of his unique abilities. But he takes the job, because to refuse it would be unthinkable.

Anwar is asked to protect Olivia del Sarto, the host of an important upcoming UN conference. Olivia is head of the world’s fastest-growing church, but in her rise to power she has made enemies: shadowy enemies with apparently limitless resources.

Anwar is one of the deadliest people on earth, but her enemies have something which kills people like him. And they’ve sent it for her. It’s out there, unstoppable and untraceable, getting closer as the conference approaches.

As he and Olivia ignite a torrid affair, Anwar must uncover the conspiracy that threatens to destroy her, the UN, and even The Dead.

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3 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon vs. TWENTY TRILLION LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA by Adam Roberts vs. EVENSONG by John Love

  1. The Mime Order is my least favorite, it looks more like a New Age book or something, not very appealing.

    Evensong looks good, nice composition and contrast, but it isn’t that original.

    I may be biased —no, I am biased—, but I really like Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea. A nicely done old-style cover.

    • Tom Mathew // October 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm //

      I agree completely with the order in which you have ranked the covers. My only comment is that I like ‘Twenty Trillion Leagues…’ not for it’s originality but for its brilliant use of traditional block print style.

  2. None of them.

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