Friday Face-Off – 18th August 2017

Friday Face-Off – 18th August 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. I will be twisting it slightly: not specifically US and UK covers, just different editions.

This week’s theme is a cover featuring food: “The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.”

I’ve gone for one of my favourite foods for this theme – chocolate. More precisely, Joanne Harris’ Chocolat.

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… A DRAW!

Covers A and F are my winners this week! I liked their simplicity. There is colour in the background, though somewhat subtle, and although there are things going on around the covers, the focus in both is that nest with the trio of shiny gold-wrapped chocolate eggs.

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 I will be looking for a cover featuring an insect: “If I be waspish, best beware my sting.”

Friday Face-Off – 11th August 2017

Friday Face-Off – 11th August 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. I will be twisting it slightly: not specifically US and UK covers, just different editions.

This week’s theme is a cover featuring a soldier: “No soldier outlives a thousand chances.”

This week I found Jaroslav Hasek’s The Good Soldier.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

soldier3

Cover D:

soldier4

Cover E:

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Cover F:

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Cover G:

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Cover H:

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Cover I:

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And the winner is… COVER B!

Most of these covers are very reminiscent of the First and Second World War propaganda material that sprang up all over Europe, which drew me to them all. But B possessed a little something else for me. For some reason it reminded me of old cartoons I vaguely remember such as Mr Benn!

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 I will be looking for a cover featuring food: “The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.”

Friday Face-Off – 4th August 2017

Friday Face-Off – 4th August 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. I will be twisting it slightly: not specifically US and UK covers, just different editions.

This week’s theme is a cover featuring fire: “From the ashes a fire will be woken.”

This week I have looked to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

Cover A:

fire1

Cover B:

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Cover C:

fire4

Cover D:

fire3

Cover E:

fire2

And the winner is… COVER A!

Much as I like a dragon as much as the next fantasy genre fan, A offered something different. It’s not an obvious depiction of fire. I like the simplicity of this cover, the blue flames and the simple nature of the goblet.

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 I will be looking for a cover featuring a soldier: “No soldier outlives a thousand chances.”

Friday Face-Off – 28th July 2017

Friday Face-Off – 28th July 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. I will be twisting it slightly: not specifically US and UK covers, just different editions.

This week’s theme is a cover featuring a knife: “The kindest use a knife, because the dead so soon grow cold.”

For this theme I have gone for Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

knife2

Cover C:

knife3

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 C!

Cover C is a nice, simple cover. The predominantly monochrome feel with the vivid red is visually striking and eye catching. Covers D, F and G get a special mention as well.

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 I will be looking for a cover featuring fire: “From the ashes a fire will be woken.”

Friday Face-Off – 21st July 2017

Friday Face-Off – 21st July 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. I will be twisting it slightly: not specifically US and UK covers, just different editions.

This week’s theme is a cover featuring a robot: “Man is a robot with defects.”

For this theme I have gone for I, Robot from the father of the laws of robotics himself, Isaac Asimov.

Cover A:

robot1

Cover B:

robot2

Cover C:

robot3

Cover D:

robot4

Cover E:

robot5

Cover F:

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Cover G:

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Cover H:

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Cover I:

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Cover J:

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And the winner is… A DRAW! Covers A and J spoke to me straight away. They stood out to me as they had a vibe that harked back to the glory days of science fiction.

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 I will be looking for a cover featuring a knife: “The kindest use a knife, because the dead so soon grow cold.”

Friday Face-Off – 14th July 2017

Friday Face-Off – 14th July 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. I will be twisting it slightly: not specifically US and UK covers, just different editions.

This week’s theme is a cover featuring the undead: “This is the way the world ends; not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”

This week, my pick is another book I am yet to read – Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

zombie2

Cover C:

zombie3

Cover D:

zombie4

Cover E:

zombie5

Cover F:

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Cover G:

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And the winner is… cover A!

This one was an easy pick. Cover A is dark and atmospheric. I like the representation of the undead in this 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 I will be looking for a cover featuring a robot: “Man is a robot with defects.”

Friday Face-Off – 7th July 2017

Friday Face-Off – 7th July 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. I will be twisting it slightly: not specifically US and UK covers, just different editions.

This week’s theme is a cover featuring a planet: “Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those who live on it”.

I’ve gone with a personal favourite comedy of mine – Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Cover A:

planet1

Cover B:

planet2

Cover C:

planet3

Cover D:

planet4

Cover E:

planet5

Cover F:

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Cover G:

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Cover H:

planet8

Cover I:

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And the winner is… cover D!

I love this book, it’s one of my favourites. Cover D was my clear winner this week – it captures the zany, wacky mind of Douglas Adams, and the crazy elements of this fantastic, if silly story.

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 I will be looking for a cover featuring the undead: “This is the way the world ends; not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”