I just recently bought a copy of Kim Harrington's The Dead and Buried, and while I was shopping, I couldn't decide which of 2 versions I wanted to get. On the one hand, I generally prefer hardcovers (which is a big change from a few years ago, when I pretty much hated hardcovers...); on the other hand, another cover kept popping up in paperback, which I hadn't seen before (still not sure if it's the ARC cover or an int'l edition...). I like both, don't get me wrong — I love the use of light in both, and I love the clarity of the hardcover, and the dark mystery of the paperback. But I couldn't seem to decide between the two of them. (In the end, I went with the copy in better condition, as it was from a used book site; don't remember which won, but I think it was the hc.)
My inability to choose between the two meant I had to have it on FFO - and when I saw a 3rd version - the UK edition - with a completely different cover and title, I knew this week's bout would be an interesting one.
So take a look at all three versions below, hard/soft/UK, and let me know which you would reach for on the shelves. Which appeals to you more? Which would you rather have, which would you rather read in public, etc. In short,
Which one did it better?
Last Time on FFO: It's been a good long while since our last Face Off, due to life and things, so as a refresher: the original US and the deluxe version of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane went head to head. Both covers had fans, but in the end, the deluxe version and its awesome slipcover managed to snag the win.