This week's topic: Choose a book someone recommended to you that you loved.
I'm going to go way back to my high school days with Swords and Deviltry, the first Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser collection by Fritz Leiber. These stories are pulp sword-and-sorcery fun, a bit darker than I was led to expect, and a whole lot more fun. I discovered them alongside Moorcock's Elric and Howard's Conan, and they were the perfect blend of those two worlds.
As for favorite covers, I have to go with the one that I originally encountered (and still have on my shelf):
As for least-favorite covers, the current e-book cover is bland and boring as hell, and completely unworthy of such legendary heroes.
Finally, in keeping with the travelling theme, here are some covers from around the world: