Top Ten Tuesday: bold and bright

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week, we’re admiring colourful book covers.

The sun is out, the world is bright and so are the colourful book covers I’ve chosen for this week’s prompt.

Yes, What You Make It – the first collection of Michael Marshall Smith’s short stories published in the UK – really is fluorescent (although its contents are at times pitch black); so is Chris Panatier’s recent dystopian nightmare The Phlebotomist, although it is more of a steady radiance than a torch in the dark. Sticking with radiant corporate dystopias, military timeslip epic The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley and cyberpunk political thriller Infomocracy by Malka Older aren’t quite as bright, but I love the highlights leaping out of their turquoise palettes.

Next up I’m going with glorious reds, long-acknowledged as a favourite colour on my shelves – which remains true even when the red is on the cover not in the book title. It’s an accent colour for Likhain’s gorgeous design for the ebook edition of Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho, a delightful collection of short stories that won me over with Malay ghosts and courting dragons. A digital image can’t quite do justice to the way Arazi pops out of the cover of Phoenix Extravagant, Yoon Ha Lee’s fantasy of art, resistance and magical automata (both the red and blue are so saturated, so bright. I can stare at this one all morning). Neon Yang’s The Red Threads of Fortune is more somber, but the depths of its rich colours and intricate design reflect the mood and complexity of the novella, still my favourite tale of the Tensorate.

Last up, let’s go with colours that pop. I Still DreamJames Smythe’s reverie on memory and algorithms – is rather less muted when seen in the flesh, if not as vibrant as the storm of colour raging across Aliya Whiteley’s Skyward Inn. But I’m captivated by the glorious rainbows of the birds fluttering against the night sky on the cover I’m Waiting For You, the new collection of interlinked SF short stories by Kim Bo-Young,

What’s the brightest cover on your shelf?