Friday Face-Off – 17th May 2019

Friday Face-Off – 17th May 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 cover featuring a fantasy beast: “The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!”

I’ve picked Shadow of the Minotaur by Alan Gibbons.

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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And the winner is… COVER C!

This one was a simple pick for me. I love the design, the ancient Greek style to the cover. Simple but effective.

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 magical things: “Bibbity, Bobbity, Boo!”

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Friday Face-Off – 10th May 2019

Friday Face-Off – 10th May 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 cover featuring a party, celebration or festival: “As full of spirit as the month of May.”

This week I went with Maskerade by Sir Terry Pratchett.

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 E!

Another winner picked from a cover I own. It is one of a series of covers designed by Joe Mclaren, finished in a faux canvas material with embossed features inlaid with metallic foil details. This cover is absolutely stunning, as are all of the Joe Mclaren covers.

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 fantasy beast: “The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!”

Friday Face-Off – 3rd May 2019

Friday Face-Off – 3rd May 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 cover that is predominantly blue: “How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue.”

I wasn’t looking forward to this theme too much initially, until something in my brain popped up with some recognition, a book I’d read some years ago. That book is Linwood Barclay’s Too Close To Home.

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 C!

For starters, this is the cover that I own myself so that always helps. All the other covers are really ominous. I like this cover – the picket fence and postbox add a sense of comfort and homeliness. The clouds in the sky and the upwards angle from below add a subtle ominous feeling to the cover, far more subtle than the other covers.

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 party, celebration or festival: “As full of spirit as the month of May.”

Friday Face-Off – 26th April 2019

Friday Face-Off – 26th April 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 cover theme is a cover featuring a sunrise or sunset: “The sunrise was the colour of bad blood.”

This week I’ve returned to firm favourite author, Stephen King, and his book of short stories – Just After Sunset.

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… IT’S A DRAW!
Covers B and D share the spoils for me this week. Cover B is beautiful in its simplicity. And I really like the blurring to the design as well, really appealing in my view. Cover D has that wonderful orange colouring throughout. The lone figure on the platform is intriguing, and the long shadow stretching towards the bottom of the book is a nice touch.

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 predominantly blue: “How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue.”

Friday Face-Off – 19th April 2019

Friday Face-Off – 19th April 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 cover theme is a cover featuring a school: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

The book for this week’s theme is Wayside School Gets a Little Stronger by Louis Sachar.

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 E!

It’s colourful and vibrant, eye catching. Based on this cover it feels like the book is fun and quirky. The design also fits the idea of strange goings on in the book. It definitely intrigues me as to what the book is about.

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 sunrise or sunset: “The sunrise was the colour of bad blood.”

Friday Face-Off – 12th April 2019

Friday Face-Off – 12th April 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 cover theme is a cover featuring a longboat: “Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide.”

The book I have found for this theme is Frans G. Bengtsson’s The Long Ships.

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 D!

As soon as I started looking through the various editions for this book, cover D had me hook, line and sinker. The dark, moody sky and the wild sea convey the image of the Vikings striking out so wonderfully. The pop of blood red in the sail offers just a dash of colour in a visually striking 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 featuring a school: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Friday Face-Off – 5th April 2019

Friday Face-Off – 5th April 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 cover theme is a cover featuring a desert landscape: “nomad is an island.”

This week’s book is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

AMANI - Rebellin des Sandes von Alwyn Hamilton

Cover D:

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Cover E:

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Cover F:

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And the winner is… cover A!

This one was a hands down winner for me this week! There was something really eye catching in my view with the sand dunes, desert village and the horse and rider. It almost put me in mind of Aladdin.

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 longboat: “Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide.”