Friday Face-Off – 1st September 2017

Friday Face-Off – 1st September 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 horse:“Being born in a stable does not make me a horse.”

For this theme I have selected Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse.

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 F and G left me split this week. Cover F is striking with the white background and the vibrant red of the poppy flowers that make up the horse. With cover G I felt the monochrome palette visually striking, conjuring images of the bombs and mortars of war, with the few poppies creating a striking contrast.

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 city: “That great condensor of moral chaos, The City.”

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Friday Face-Off – 25th August 2017

Friday Face-Off – 25th 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 an insect: “If I be waspish, best beware my sting.”

As soon as I saw the theme this week I knew what my pick was going to be, a fantastic book I read quite some time ago: Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs.

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!

Normally I wouldn’t pick a movie cover, but I love this one. It is simple and effective, and reminds me of the cover I read many years back. It hints to an unspoken horror, and the moth is centre stage here.

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 horse: “Being born in a stable does not make me a horse.”

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:

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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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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:

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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!

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:

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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 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:

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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… 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.”