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:

plane1

Cover B:

plane2

Cover C:

plane3

Cover D:

plane4

Cover E:

plane5

Cover F:

plane6

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:

phone1

Cover B:

phone2

Cover C:

phone3

Cover D:

phone4

Cover E:

phone5

Cover F:

phone6

Cover G:

phone7

Cover H:

phone8

Cover H:

phone9

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 ….”

Friday Face-Off – 5th May 2017

Friday Face-Off – 5th 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 lion: “If you place your head in a lion’s mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”

I have gone with C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Cover A:

Lion1

Cover B:

Lion2

Cover C:

Lion3

Cover D:

Lion4

Cover E:

Lion5

Cover F:

Lion6

Cover G:

Lion7

Cover H:

Lion8

And the winner is… D!

This week I found very few of the covers appealing to me. Certainly none featuring lions spoke to me. There was something about cover D though that resonated with me. I like the more bleak, yet serene feeling of this one with the lone character in the snowy wilderness.

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 phone: “Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it”.

Friday Face-Off – 28th April 2017

Friday Face-Off – 28th April 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 beach: “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!”

I have gone with another book I have not read yet, but definitely should, Nevil Shute’s On The Beach.

Cover A:

beach1

Cover B:

beach2

Cover C:

beach3

Cover D:

beach4

Cover E:

beach5

Cover F:

beach6

Cover G:

beach7

Cover H:

beach8

Cover I:

beach9

And the winner is… G!

On The Beach is not a book I have ever read, but most definitely sounds very much up my street. Cover G wins it for me this week – it is very simple, but evocative at the same time, just standing on the beach, staring at the sunset while waiting for the nuclear fallout inevitably heading your way. Cover D is worth a mention, as I thought this was very different with an interesting style.

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 lion: “If you place your head in a lion’s mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”

Friday Face-Off – 21st April 2017

Friday Face-Off – 21st April 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 bridge: “I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to push forward.”

For this weeks’ Easter weekend Friday Face-Off I have gone with Julie Orringer’s The Invisible Bridge.

Cover A:

bridge1

Cover B:

bridge2

Cover C:

bridge3

Cover D:

bridge4

Cover E:

bridge5

Cover F:

bridge6

Cover G:

bridge7

And the winner is… B!

It doesn’t necessarily feature a physical bridge, but B spoke to me. Maybe the bridge is metaphorical-a bridge built between the two characters while the world tears itself apart in war around them.

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 beach: “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!”

Friday Face-Off – 14th April 2017

Friday Face-Off – 14th April 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 rabbit: “The rabbit of Easter. He bring of the chocolate.”

For this weeks’ Easter weekend Friday Face-Off I picked the classic novel, Watership Down.

Cover A:

rabbit1

Cover B:

rabbit2

Cover C:

rabbit3

Cover D:

rabbit4

Cover E:

rabbit5

Cover F:

rabbit6

Cover G:

rabbit7

Cover H:

rabbit8

Cover I:

rabbit9

Cover J:

rabbit10

Cover K:

rabbit11

And the winner is… J!

This week was somewhat more difficult for me to pick a winner. There aren’t many weeks, although I select all the covers I feature, where I like every single cover that appears, but this week has thrown up an entire run of covers that appeal to me. That said, I did manage to put cover J slightly ahead of the others. Having seen the film, I felt this cover represented some of the foreboding and oppressiveness that the animated film brought with 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 a bridge: “I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to push forward.”

Friday Face-Off – 7th April 2017

Friday Face-Off – 7th April 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 circus: “You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town!”

I’ve picked out Will Elliot’s The Pilo Family Circus for this weeks’ Friday Face-Off.

Cover A:

circus1

Cover B:

circus2

Cover C:

circus3

Cover D:

circus4

Cover E:

circus5

Cover F:

circus6

Cover G:

circus7

And the winner is… G!

The vibrant, bright colours add a child-like quality and the wonder of the circus, while the almost childish illustrations of clowns have a somewhat menacing aura about them.

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 rabbit: “The rabbit of Easter. He bring of the chocolate.”