Friday Face Off: a blue cover

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is
Dark/sky/navy  – a cover that is blue

I’m featuring a book with a blue cover in the edition I read it in, though interestingly enough, I don’t see any other blue cover in the other editions!

At the Mountains of Madness

This novella (194 pages) was published in 1931.
The student of French with whom I read Barjavel’s classic scifi, La Nuit des temps (translated as The Ice People), told me it reminded her of At the Mountain of Madness. So I had to read it to see why she was saying this!
Indeed, it’s also about a scientific mission in Antarctica, and something unexpected they found there.
The discovery in At the Mountain of Madness is definitely more in the horror genre than in The Ice People, though there are commonalities about some very advanced society way way back, when there were not even supposed to be people on Earth.
Lovecraft’s style is much more scientific, with tons of very detailed descriptions related to geology for instance.
There were some super scary passages – that reminded me of a classic movie that really scared me a lot. I won’t say which one to avoid spoilers.
That could be the closest to the horror genre I will read for a while, as I usually stay away from that genre.
But definitely worth your time.
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Click on the picture below if you want to identify the various editions
You can also right click and ‘open image in new tab’ to zoom in

My favorite cover is actually the Valdemar edition in Spanish, so grey, not blue for me!

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Have you read this book?
WHICH COVER IS YOUR FAVORITE? WHY?
My next participation may be on Friday, September 16:
“Rage against the machine – anything, cogs, clockwork, AI”

I can’t do it every week:
sometimes I can’t find a cover that fits in the books I have read,
and sometimes I can’t even understand the theme!

9 thoughts on “Friday Face Off: a blue cover

  1. Ooh, I read a lot of Lovecraft in my early 20s, including this novella, and though I no longer have my Pan paperbacks from the 70s (they’ll have fallen to pieces now anyway) but I have a more recent annotated selection of his Cthulhu short fiction which I dip into now and again.

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