Friday Faceoff – The grass is always greener over the septic tank…


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 and is currently hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog. This week the theme is a cover featuring grass, so I’ve gone with The Long Earth – Book 1 of The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.


This cover, produced by HarperCollins in June 2012, is the version I read. As a result, I have a real soft spot for it. I love the worlds lined up in the sky, which give a strong sense of the content and the world depicted looks very unspoilt and free from mankind – until now, that is. My one grizzle is that the author names, along with the title do tend to sprawl across the image rather intrusively.


This French edition was produced by L’Atalante in June 2013. Again, sweeping grassland features, although this is a world where humanity has already got a foothold with tracks, fencing and an airship. Again, those other worlds are lined up in the sky. I like the fact that the title and author is clumped neatly in one corner, which gives a far better sense of the immensity of the landscape.


Published in April 2016 by Nemira, this Romanian cover is my favourite. I love the solitude of the figure on the outcrop, staring up at the other worlds lined up in the sky. As well as the lovely landscape, there is also that stunning spacescape – this one has it all, in my opinion.


Produced in 2013 by Prószyński i S-ka, this is another effective cover. While I prefer the figure just standing, a little stunned, in the previous cover, the running man in this one is also striking and once again, the sky full of different versions of Earth is beautiful. It is very close contender for the favourite.


This Turkish offering, published in February 2014 by İthaki Yayınları, is another lovely cover with those wide vistas and multi worlds, but what spoils this one is the writing sprawling across the whole image, which is the same peeve I have with that first cover. However, all in all, I think Terry and Stephen were very lucky to have such a lovely lot of different covers. Which is your favourite?

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  1. I like the Romanian cover too!

    Fun fact I just discovered: The Turkish cover says “dunya” and the Hindi (an Indian language) word for “world” is loosely based on this one. It’s “duniya” in Hindi. Apparently, the Hindi “duniya” is derived from Arabic. You learn something new every day! 😀

    • Yes – and it is such a shame, particularly as the beauty with both covers relies on wide, uncluttered vistas… That said, I think all the covers are good this week:)

  2. I agree that all the covers are good, except for the text getting in the way. The Romanian one is the only one where you get a nice clear picture. Also how the worlds are laid out, it goes along with the theme of how the protagonists can step from earth to earth.

    • Yes, I was very pleased with myself when I found this book in response to the theme, as I thought it was going to be really tricky:). But overall, I think they are all good.

    • It’s a book about an invention that discovers how we can Step across to parallel versions of Earth and the adventures that happen when we do… It’s the ultimate escapist read! The Polish cover (running man version) is also one I love, too.

  3. The coloring of every cover is sooooooooooo vivid! In that regard, every cover’s got a touch of effectiveness. But I agree with the boy standing on the point and beholding so much awesomeness. The text doesn’t cover the worlds on that one, thank goodness, and it allows us to take in just what the boy takes in. LOVE IT!

  4. I like the first one best. I like the birds flying over the landscape. I don’t feel the title is too intrusive. I also like the last one because of the colors. However, with that one I feel the title is too intrusive. But, overall each one is a great book cover!

  5. What can I say, I like the Polish one the best. 😉 Though it isn’t the national pride or anything like that. While all of them share pretty much the same concept, I like the Polish one for the vibrant colors and good contrast, while the other seem to watered down in its palette and therefore not that crisp and eye-catching.

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