#Friday Faceoff – I was asleep when the dinosaurs roamed the earth… featuring #West of Eden #Brainfluffbookblog #Fridayface-off



This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which we prefer. Lynn and Lynn’s Book Blog nurtures it at present. This week the theme is a cover featuring dinosaur, so I’ve selected West of Eden by Harry Harrison.


This cover produced by iBooks in June 2004 isn’t my favourite. I rather like the font, but the image looks like a still taken from Jurassic Park, rather than a specifically designed piece of artwork for a book. There is also far too much chat along the bottom of the book.


This edition was produced by Spectre in June 1985 and at least shows evidence of a cover having been designed with more thought. Though I really dislike those great blocks of brown that squeeze the image into a narrow strip so it’s difficult to make out exactly what is going on – which is a shame, because it looks quite interesting…


Published in July 1984 by Bantam, this is the first cover that I really like. We get a clear idea of what is going on. And I very much like the way the sun is gleaming through the title font, which is rather funky.


This edition, published by Panther Books Limited in July 1985, is my favourite. We get a clear idea that the dinosaurs featured are intelligent with some civilisation – part of the premise of this intriguing fantasy series. I love the warm colouring of the sky which gives us a sense of difference in this alternate history.


This Italian edition, produced by Nord in February 1989, provides another interaction between the fearsome lizards and the humans cowering in the forefront of the cover. You get a sense the dinosaur is talking to them, or is he about to eat them? I don’t like the chatter scattered across the artwork – or the border as I can’t see the point and it is particularly unappealing and drab. Which is your favourite?

23 responses »

  1. I don’t think I know of any covers with dinosaurs, so good job finding this! My favorite is the third, even though the font is definitely funky. But if the premise is about the dinosaurs being intelligent, then I can see why the fourth might be best. I might like the last if not for that border!

    • Thank you, Kristen! It was Himself who remembered this offering as I think he has a copy in the loft somewhere… Yes – that border is something of a dealbreaker – I don’t even understand why it’s there.

  2. I like the Panther Books edition as well, it’s the best overall designed cover of the bunch. I love your choice, although I haven’t read this book😊

    • Thank you, Tammy – I read it a very long time ago – and the other books in the series, if memory serves… Though it’s back in the days before I logged all the books I read. I hope you have a great week!

  3. None of them really stand out for me this week, but I agree with your comments on the first cover – awesome typeface, but what a terrible image. It’s worse than Jurassic Park, it reminds me of a picture you’ll see out of those old red viewmaster toys 😀

  4. Good lordy, that first cover is lazy. I seriously thought they did steal a still from one of the Jurassic Park films. I admit that I do like NOT showing the intelligent dinos. There’s something cool waiting in the distance where the humans cannot go… 🙂

  5. I have a hard time picking a favorite. Some covers aren’t bad, but they all feel super-aged. I guess I wish there was some more contemporary take on that book!

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