Friday Face-Off – 6th December 2019

Friday Face-Off – 6th December 2019

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

For the first Friday Face-Off of December, my theme is a cover that puts me in mind of winter: “Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”. I am going with The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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Cover F:

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And the winner is… COVER F!

The wintery haze, the snowfall and the blue hue to the cover all make me think winter. The flashes of red in the glove, scarf and fox add welcome pops of colour. I love this cover. I have to give a special mention to cover A whose art style really caught my eye.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover that features a religious icon or temple.

A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simenon

A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simenon

 In ‘A Maigret Christmas’, the Inspector receives two unexpected visitors on Christmas Day, who lead him on the trail of a mysterious intruder dressed in red and white.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher.

Coming into December this seemed a fantastic, short read to enter the festive season. When two women from the apartment building across the road knock upon the legendary Inspector’s door, his Christmas Day will be anything but festive and jolly.35074088What starts out as a mystery of an unexplained figure dressed as Father Christmas in a girl’s room in the depths of night searching for something beneath the floorboards. This puzzling event caught the Inspector’s attention from the outset.

Barely leaving his apartment, Inspector Maigret sets an investigation in motion. He despatches officers to unravel the loose threads of this curious case that ends in murder, mystery and intrigue.

While most versions of this book appear to be a collection with other Maigret stories, the version I read was just the one story. Short though it was, I loved it. It moved along well, and I loved the way the strands of the mystery unravelled to an intriguing conclusion. I would definitely read further Maigret stories.

My rating:
goodread

Friday Face-Off – 29th November 2019

Friday Face-Off – 29th November 2019

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s theme is a book cover that has a 1960s science fiction theme: “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.”

This week’s book is J.G. Ballard’s The Drowned World.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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Cover F:

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Cover G:

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And the winner is… COVER E!

This week was an interesting one. Cover E won it for me, simple and yet very evocative with the book title. Covers B and F earn themselves special mentions as they really caught my eye too.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover that is reminiscent of winter: “Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”

Friday Face-Off – 22nd November 2019

Friday Face-Off – 22nd November 2019

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s theme is a book cover that is futuristic.

For this theme I have picked Dune  by Frank Herbert.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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Cover F:

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Cover G:

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Cover H:

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And the winner is… COVER G!

I love this art style. Simple and effective. It is eye catching, and I love the odd vintage/futuristic vibe going on all at once.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover that  is 1960’s sci-fi: “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.”

Friday Face-Off – 15th November 2019

Friday Face-Off – 15th November 2019

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s theme is a book cover featuring a robot: “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.”

This week I have gone with the work of sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov and his book The Robots of Dawn

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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Cover F:

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Cover G:

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Cover H:

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And the winner is… COVER A!

Another week, another theme that lends itself wonderfully to beautiful, classic sci-fi covers. Once again, I love all of these covers. A just slightly edges it.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover that futuristic.

Andorra Pett and her Sister by Richard Dee

Andorra Pett and her Sister by Richard Dee

“When a sister hates you, that really is the end of the world.”

Andorra Pett is back for another adventure, and this time it’s personal!

Trouble seems to follow Andorra Pett, wherever she is in the Solar System.

Andorra Pett hasn’t seen her sister for a while, they never really got on; there was a falling out and they drifted apart.
Out of the blue, Andorra gets a call while on a business trip to London. As if she hasn’t got enough to deal with, it turns out that her sister’s in trouble, big trouble.
There are allegations of drug-smuggling and money laundering, it’s so unlike the staid, respectable life that she remembers her sister leading.
How can she be involved in things like that? And why isn’t her husband, Simon, sorting it all out for her? Could he be part of the problem?
The police have decided that she’s guilty, Andorra is her only hope of avoiding prison. Against her better judgement and without her friend Cy to help her; Andorra starts to investigate.
All she has to do is work out what’s really going on.

At the end of the day; family comes first.

I purchased a copy of this book for my personal reading.

Andorra Pett – space station café owner, scooper pilot and sometimes super sleuth – returns for another adventure. Andorra finds herself on Earth to sort out her ex, Trevor’s affairs following his grisly murder at the hands of a mobster on Mars.
48281875._SY475_Intending this to only be a brief stay to finalise affairs before returning to the space station orbiting Saturn and the comfort of partner Derek. Unfortunately, as ever, trouble manages to find her in the form of her estranged sister Tia. When she is arrested for smuggling through importers and money laundering she calls the only person she can for help – younger sister Andorra.

Suspecting from the start that something is amiss, not least Tia lacking the sense to pull off such a crime, Andorra cannot help but be drawn in to solve the mystery and see that justice is served. Smugglers, corrupt police and a chance run in with Clive – an old face from her first ever mystery – make for high jinks aplenty. He is found running what he claims to be an official Oort Cloud Café tribute bar complete with sleazy Andorra lookalike waitresses and slanderous tales of fictitious romances assuming Andorra will never hear of it way back in space.

Once again Richard Dee has delivered a wonderfully funny murder mystery with a cast of characters new and old to entertain readers. The mystery becomes farcical as it twists and turns to a conclusion. Andorra sees herself in her share of trouble and tight spots all in the pursuit of clearing Tia’s name. This third instalment of the Andorra Pett series is a wonderful addition and only  makes me long for book four in 2020 that much more.

My rating:
goodread

Zombie World by Michael R. Martin

Zombie World by Michael R. Martin

Imagine a video game that let you participate in a post-apocalyptic battleground as if you were really there. An experience so brutally realistic a health check is strongly advised beforehand. Welcome to the future of gaming. Welcome to Zombie World …

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author.

Zombie World is a fun short story based around Virtual Reality and how it may be used in a none to distant version of the world. Zombie World is a fully immersive video game using virtual reality. The game allows players to explore a zombie hunting game overlaid upon the real world.Zombie_World_KDP_Cover_01A stag party group travel to Scotland for a weekend of the most intense and realistic virtual reality game as something new and interesting to try. As a video gamer myself, who has tried VR I enjoyed the concept behind this story. It was a fun, quick read.

The story contained unusual, Matrix-like elements to it when unexplained events occurred involving a few of the players. These could be chalked up to nothing more than software bug. Until similar events seem to occur at other Zombie World locations around the country. All in all, a fun, short story.

My rating:
goodread