Friday Faceoff – Nomad is an Island…

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This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This week we have to find a book featuring a wanderer I have chosen the amazing The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, as I reckon that poor old Harry, wandering through Time has to be the ultimate wanderer.

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This is the definitive cover of the book and was the original, published in April 2014 by Orbit. I really like this one – it’s unusual and eye-catching and gives a sense of the temporal confusion that circles this memorable book.

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This is the hardback version published by Redhook, also in April 2014 is nice enough. The effect of the stippling around the title is attractive, but personally I don’t think it compares with the striking image of the previous cover.

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This is the paperback version, published by Redhook in October 2014 – and what a difference a splash of colour makes… This offering looks far less distinctive than the first cover.

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This rather disturbing Italian cover was released in May 2015 by NN Editore. It certainly captures something of the book, but I find it difficult to look at for long. However, that might be because my poor overtaxed eyes blur too often…

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This German offering, also released in 2015 by Bastei Lübbe is far more effective. I really like this one – it exactly reflects the premise of the book in an eye-catching and appealing form. I think it’s beautiful – the clock face detail with the different silhouettes sing off the cover. This runs the original cover a VERY close second as favourite…

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I also like this Estonion cover, produced in 2015 by Varrak. The spiralling clockface grabs attention and gives a sense of the book’s temporal theme, though I’m not as attracted to it as a couple of the others. What about you – which is your favourite?

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  1. I think I like the Redhook paperback version best. Something about the red-orange title text in Orbit’s cover doesn’t jive well for me, but I like the overall effect of the mirrors / photo frames inside one another. It’s sort of like an optical illusion… But I forget the exact name for it.

    • I’m fascinated to see that everyone has chosen different covers this week:). It is an eye-catching cover, no doubt about it. And I cannot recall what you call that particular optical illusion, either…

  2. Fascinating choices! I have to say the starry one is…eh. It feels blah. And you are totally right about the splash of color–or lack thereof–in the paperback’s title. Wow, what a difference! Honestly, though, I think I dig the various characters running round the clock-face the best; it’s not *quite* so, hmm, not “sinister,” but…darn, I can’t think of a word! CURSES! I like the adventure the clock/character cover has, is my point. Ugh. Writer, know thy words!

      • It IS! Now, not knowing this story, I think the big question I still have is the intended audience: is this for younger, or older readers? I wonder if that creepy cover was to appeal to grownups. The first cover you show is a child, which automatically makes me think younger readers. The German version has all ages, which not only intrigues me, but also, I think, therefore reaches out to ALL ages. (well, not babies. Let’s not be ridiculous here. 😛 )

  3. I really like the Redhook cover – it feels like the title is slowly disintegrating – no idea how that fits in with the story though. I still have to read this one!
    Lynn 😀

    • Well, given it is a timeslip story the cover doesn’t really relate to the book – but neither is it one of those egregious efforts where the cover completely misleads us.

  4. I think the second cover is my favorite here, it has a bit of a mysterious feel and like the effect around the letters. Although I can also see the appeal of the first cover with how he’s shown multiple times and the title refers to 15 lives. The german and Estonian cover are both nice as well with the clock.

  5. I like them all, except for the Italian version (I don’t feel like looking too long at it either), though the one published by Redhook, even though beautiful, feels a bit dull: there are so many covers out there that feature only text that all its beauty aside, the cover fails to stay in memory for long.

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