Friday Face-Off – 1st March 2019

Friday Face-Off – 1st March 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 shop or market: “who will buy this wonderful morning.”

This week I return to one of my very favourite authors, Stephen King with a rare book of his that I haven’t read, Needful Things.

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!

For the second week running we have ourselves a draw here on Books and Beyond Reviews! Covers B and C share the spoils for me this week. The twilight street scene, the shop front and the shadow of the store owner spilling onto the pavement in cover B are really eye catching. With Cover C I love the bruised, moody sky, the store sign and the crow that features in a lot of King covers also caught my attention. Two designs that I really love, and a book I really want to read!

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 fish or other sea creatures: “Two little fishes and a momma fishy too.”

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Friday Face-Off – 22nd February 2019

Friday Face-Off – 22nd February 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 abandoned buildings: “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.”

For this theme I went with Hell House by Richard Matheson.

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… IT’S A DRAW!

Covers A and D win it for me this week. Cover A is dark and moody, I absolutely love the Grim Reaper figure. With cover D – the ink-drawn style really caught my eye. I found this one too hard to call.

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 shop or market: “who will buy this wonderful morning.”

Friday Face-Off – 15th February 2019

Friday Face-Off – 15th February 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 heart for Valentine’s Day past.

For this theme I went with Edgar Allan Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart.

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… COVER A!

Simple in design, yet striking with the simple red heart. There is nothing fancy or flash with this cover, but it is massively eye catching in my view.

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 abandoned buildings: “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.”

Friday Face-Off – 8th February 2019

Friday Face-Off – 8th February 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 snake: “Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.”

This week I have picked The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison.

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!

I found cover C to be nice and clean, simple and exactly what I think of when I picture an Ouroboros. Cover F is a close second with the intriguing shape and the overall design.

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 heart for Valentine’s Day past.

Friday Face-Off – 1st February 2019

Friday Face-Off – 1st February 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 comedy cover.

This week I have picked Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

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 H!

This week was a tough one to call for me. Cover A was close, as was E which reminds me of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy cover that I own. Cover H edged it for me though, the curious cat looking in through the window, and the look on the face of the man. The art style is really intriguing too.

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 snakes: “Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.”

Friday Face-Off – 25th January 2019

Friday Face-Off – 25th January 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 depicting a monk, priest or person of the cloth: ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible’.

For this theme I have gone with Small Gods 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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And the winner is… COVER B!

Firstly, it’s the only cover that actually features a priest. Secondly, it’s a Josh Kirby classic. Kirby is one of two artists (alongside Paul Kidby) so inextricably tied to Discworld that their works are almost unparalleled. A Kirby cover is always a winner in my book. Cover E is a close second as the cover I own.

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 comedy cover.

Friday Face-Off – 18th January 2019

Friday Face-Off – 18th January 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 depicting an amulet or with the word amulet in the title.

For this theme I have gone with The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud.

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 B!

I love the traditional style of the gargoyle on this cover, along with the subdued colour scheme. 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 featuring a priest, monk or person of religion: ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible’.