Friday Face-Off – 10th September 2021

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 Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring a king or emperor: “Because a man plays a king superbly well does not mean that he would make a good king.” My pick for this theme is Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith.

And the winner is… COVER B!

I’ve stretched the theme out a little bit this week – a pharaoh is a king of sorts, so that works for me! Cover B was an easy winner for me. I know some readers will disagree as it doesn’t depict a pharaoh, but that’s not what the Face-Off is about. As long as one covers meets the brief, we are golden. And this one caught my eye. I love the Egyptian architecture, it’s so impressive given how long ago it was constructed. Absolutely stunnig.

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 featuring the word murder in the title: “Murder was in fact a fairly uncommon event in Ankh-Morpork, but there were a lot of suicides. Walking in the night-time alleyways of The Shades was suicide. Asking for a short in a dwarf bar was suicide. Saying ‘Got rocks in your head?’ to a troll was suicide. You could commit suicide very easily, if you weren’t careful.”

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