Friday Face-Off – 23rd June 2017

Friday Face-Off – 23rd June 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 gold: “All that is gold does not glitter”.

This week, the world’s greatest secret agent James Bond makes a reappearanceI’ve chosen the classic novel, Goldfinger.

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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Cover I:

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Cover J:

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And the winner is… cover A!

This was a pretty easy pick for me this week. Cover A feels the most like the opening credits of a James Bond film.

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 boat: “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…”

Friday Face-Off – 16th June 2017

Friday Face-Off – 16th June 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 hat: “It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself”.

I have gone with A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

hat2

Cover C:

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Cover D:

hat4

Cover E:

hat5

Cover F:

hat6

Cover G:

hat7

Cover H:

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Cover I:

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Cover J:

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Cover K:

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Cover L:

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And the winner is… cover G!

I haven’t read this or seen the film, but this was the first thing I thought of when it came to something with the theme of a book with a hat. Cover G really intrigued me, I like the dark yet quirky style to 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 I will be looking for a cover featuring gold: “All that is gold does not glitter”.

Friday Face-Off – 9th June 2017

Friday Face-Off – 9th June 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 cat: “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this”.

I have opted for childhood classic The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss for this week.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

cat2

Cover C:

cat3

Cover D:

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Cover E:

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And the winner is… COVER A!

It’s simple, effective and totally Dr Seuss. I love the quirky style of his artwork that matches his stories so 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 a hat: “It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself”.

Friday Face-Off – 2nd June 2017

Friday Face-Off – 2nd June 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 moon: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”.

This week I have gone for Jim Butcher’s Fool Moon.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

moon2

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 A!

I love the atmosphere in this one. It feels moody, and the moon is prominent adding a sense of darkness to the book. Cover G is a close second this week.

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 cat: “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this”.

Friday Face-Off – 26th May 2017

Friday Face-Off – 26th May 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 mouse: “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…”.

I’ve taken a stroll down Memory Lane this week. I always remember having a box set of the Beatrix Potter books, so I picked The Tailor of Gloucester for my Friday Face-Off.

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 A!

This cover easily wins it for me. It reminds me of the set of books I had as a child.

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 moon: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”.

Friday Face-Off – 19th May 2017

Friday Face-Off – 19th May 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 plane: “When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….”.

This week I have cheated a little bit. I found a book I liked the sound of, Storming by K.M. Weiland. The author ran a poll on their website for fans to vote for their favourite cover. These are the options posted.

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 C!

Storming is described as being a dieselpunk novel, which is a branch of steampunk. I felt cover C really brings this vibe across, especially with all the little cogs and gears surrounding the main image.

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 mouse: “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…”

Friday Face-Off – 12th May 2017

Friday Face-Off – 12th May 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 phone: “Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it”.

I have gone with Stephen King’s Cell.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

phone2

Cover C:

phone3

Cover D:

phone4

Cover E:

phone5

Cover F:

phone6

Cover G:

phone7

Cover H:

phone8

Cover I:

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And the winner is… IT’S A DRAW!

For me covers D and I win it for me. The copy of this book that I own is cover D and I always loved the look of this one-the metaphorical burning of the world and the phone that caused it. Cover I is simple, but at the same time very ominous, a fantastic 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 plane: “When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….”