Friday Face-Off – 3rd April 2020

Friday Face-Off – 3rd April 2020

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.

April brings with it April Fool’s Day and this week’s Friday Face-Off theme – a trick of the eye, or something that isn’t as it seems. For this theme I’ve picked Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman.

Cover A:

Smoke and Mirrors 1

Cover B:

Smoke and Mirrors 2

Cover C:

Smoke and Mirrors 3

Cover D:

Smoke and Mirrors 4

Cover E:

Smoke and Mirrors 5

Cover F:

Smoke and Mirrors 6

Cover G:

Smoke and Mirrors 7

 

And the winner is… COVER D!

Smoke and mirrors – illusion or trick of the eye boiled down into a simple phrase, so that made this book an easy choice. Cover D is a nice, simple cover yet really effectively conveys the concept of smoke and mirrors. Cover E is a close second – I love the design and style of this one.

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 moody, atmospheric cover.

Friday Face-Off – 27th March 2020

Friday Face-Off – 27th March 2020

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 is a free pick – a chance to choose a personal favourite book. For this I have gone with the book that started it all – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Cover A:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone1

Cover B:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone2

Cover C:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone3

Cover D:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone4

Cover E:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone5

Cover F:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone6

Cover G:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone7

Cover H:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone8

 

And the winner is… IT’S A DRAW!

Covers F and H stole it for me. Cover F for me is iconic, it’s the cover I remember from back when the book first came out almost 23 years ago. For me this cover is synonimous with the series. Cover H is really eye catching, and as a Gryffindor myself, this one is another winner for me!

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 for April Fool’s – a trick of the eye.

Friday Face-Off – 20th March 2020

Friday Face-Off – 20th March 2020

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 cover that is brown. This one was a tough one, so I twisted it a bit. Rather than the cover being brown, the cover comes from a book written by Brown. Dan Brown, specifically, and his novel Inferno.

Cover A:

brown1

Cover B:

brown2

Cover C:

brown3

Cover D:

brown4

Cover E:

brown5

 

And the winner is… COVER B!

Maybe Dan Brown was a controversial shout. I know many people hate his work, but I am personally a big fan. And I also love Florence as a city, so this was a great read for me. A simple cover with that icon of Florentine architecture, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore with the imposing visage of Dante Alighieri’s death mask. A great cover.

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 of my choosing.

Friday Face-Off – 13th March 2020

Friday Face-Off – 13th March 2020

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 cover that is exotic: “He can come up with the most exotic things I’ve ever seen or heard of every time he blinks his eyes.” For this theme I’ve gone for Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Cover A:

exotic1

Cover B:

exotic2

Cover C:

exotic3

Cover D:

exotic4

Cover E:

exotic5

Cover F:

exotic6

Cover G:

exotic7

Cover H:

exotic8

Cover I:

exotic9

 

And the winner is… COVER E!

This week I found the choice a little tougher. The options gave me some real thinking to do. E stole it for me this week, I loved the old style map vibe it exudes, and the way the characters are imposed within it. There are some special mentions though this week – covers A, C and F are very close runners for me.

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 brown.

Friday Face-Off – 6th March 2020

Friday Face-Off – 6th March 2020

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.

And just like that, we’re into March! This week’s theme is a cover featuring a skeleton: “them bones, them bones, them dry bones…”. For this theme I’ve gone for Skeleton Crew by Stephen King.

Cover A:

skeleton1

Cover B:

skeleton2

Cover C:

skeleton3

Cover D:

skeleton4

Cover E:

skeleton5

Cover F:

skeleton6

Cover G:

skeleton7

Cover H:

skeleton8

Cover I:

skeleton9

 

And the winner is… COVER H!

Yet another Stephen King book I’ve yet to read. For such a huge fan of his work, this is something I really need to remedy! I like most of these covers this week, a lot. But H shades it for me – the figure of Death lifted off of the tarot card swinging his scythe – very eye catching.

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 exotic: “He can come up with the most exotic things I’ve ever seen or heard of every time he blinks his eyes.”

Friday Face-Off – 28th February 2020

Friday Face-Off – 28th February 2020

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 cover featuring a ring for the leap year: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”

Cover A:

ring1

Cover B:

ring2

Cover C:

ring3

Cover D:

ring4

Cover E:

ring5

Cover F:

ring6

Cover G:

ring7

And the winner is… COVER B!

A nice and simple design, with the beautiful and iconic elvish text on a stark black background. I wanted to steer clear of the movie covers so was very pleased to find a host of alternatives.

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 a skeleton: “them bones, them bones, them dry bones…”

Friday Face-Off – 21st February 2020

Friday Face-Off – 21st February 2020

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 cover featuring a dog: “It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog.” For this I return to Stephen King and his novel Cujo.

Cover A:

dog1

Cover B:

dog2

Cover C:

dog3

Cover D:

dog4

Cover E:

dog5

Cover F:

dog6

Cover G:

dog7

Cover H:

dog8

And the winner is… COVER A!

This one is so intimidating. I can only imagine being the occupants of the car, trapped, unable to escape. I can imagine how awful it would be as the heat in the car would rise and only being able to see the snarling fangs of the dog in the mirrors. 

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 a ring for the leap year: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”