Friday Face-Off – 17th May 2019

Friday Face-Off – 17th May 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 theme is a cover featuring a fantasy beast: “The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!”

I’ve picked Shadow of the Minotaur by Alan Gibbons.

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 C!

This one was a simple pick for me. I love the design, the ancient Greek style to the cover. 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 that features magical things: “Bibbity, Bobbity, Boo!”

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Friday Face-Off – 10th May 2019

Friday Face-Off – 10th May 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 theme is a cover featuring a party, celebration or festival: “As full of spirit as the month of May.”

This week I went with Maskerade 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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Cover F:

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And the winner is… COVER E!

Another winner picked from a cover I own. It is one of a series of covers designed by Joe Mclaren, finished in a faux canvas material with embossed features inlaid with metallic foil details. This cover is absolutely stunning, as are all of the Joe Mclaren covers.

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 fantasy beast: “The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!”

Friday Face-Off – 3rd May 2019

Friday Face-Off – 3rd May 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 theme is a cover that is predominantly blue: “How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue.”

I wasn’t looking forward to this theme too much initially, until something in my brain popped up with some recognition, a book I’d read some years ago. That book is Linwood Barclay’s Too Close To Home.

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!

For starters, this is the cover that I own myself so that always helps. All the other covers are really ominous. I like this cover – the picket fence and postbox add a sense of comfort and homeliness. The clouds in the sky and the upwards angle from below add a subtle ominous feeling to the cover, far more subtle than the other covers.

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 party, celebration or festival: “As full of spirit as the month of May.”

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty’s journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher.

Kitty Hawk returns in another globetrotting adventure in her trusty de Haviland Beaver seaplane. Ahead of an attempt to emulate her hero Amelia Earhart in trekking solo around the world. Following a series of upgrades to her seaplane and a shakedown flight across Canada and the Northern United States, Kitty heads down to the Florida Keys for a relaxing break before the longer flights yet to come. Rest and relaxation are the order of the day in Key West – lazy days by the pool, pampering treatments in the hotel spa and a tour of the past residence of legendary author Ernest Hemingway.18516023A short hop from Key West down to the furthest tip of the Florida Keys lies the Dry Tortugas National Park, home of the ruins of Fort Jefferson. The chance to camp out and study the history of the facility was enticing to Kitty, making the most of her break. But wherever Kitty seems to go, adventure and conspiracy are never far behind. Mysterious lights out in the water catch the young adventurer’s eye leading to a discovery of centuries lost sunken treasures and illegal attempts to recover it.

After reigning in her overactive imagination, Kitty, with a little help from some new friends, begins to dig in to the mystery and uncover the unusual goings on. The history of the area is played out before her as she learns of the Spanish occupation of the New World and the trade in valuable metals and jewels, and the perilous seas in the area. Putting herself into some questionable situations Kitty manages to uncover a far less supernatural truth than that which she first suspected, nonetheless bringing the case to a conclusion.

Once again author Iain Reading has crafted a fun, informative and exciting read. The bubbly and adventurous Kitty Hawk makes for a wonderful heroine filled with energy, passion and a curiosity that is never stunted even when faced with adversity. The second book in this series picks up right where the first left off and doesn’t disappoint. The history sprinkled liberally throughout makes for interesting reading, while the story itself is captivating. Once again, Reading has created a book enjoyable for young and old to read.

My rating:
goodread

Friday Face-Off – 26th April 2019

Friday Face-Off – 26th April 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 sunrise or sunset: “The sunrise was the colour of bad blood.”

This week I’ve returned to firm favourite author, Stephen King, and his book of short stories – Just After Sunset.

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!
Covers B and D share the spoils for me this week. Cover B is beautiful in its simplicity. And I really like the blurring to the design as well, really appealing in my view. Cover D has that wonderful orange colouring throughout. The lone figure on the platform is intriguing, and the long shadow stretching towards the bottom of the book is a nice touch.

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 that is predominantly blue: “How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue.”

Friday Face-Off – 19th April 2019

Friday Face-Off – 19th April 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 school: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

The book for this week’s theme is Wayside School Gets a Little Stronger by Louis Sachar.

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!

It’s colourful and vibrant, eye catching. Based on this cover it feels like the book is fun and quirky. The design also fits the idea of strange goings on in the book. It definitely intrigues me as to what the book is about.

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 sunrise or sunset: “The sunrise was the colour of bad blood.”

Friday Face-Off – 12th April 2019

Friday Face-Off – 12th April 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 longboat: “Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide.”

The book I have found for this theme is Frans G. Bengtsson’s The Long Ships.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

longboat2

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 D!

As soon as I started looking through the various editions for this book, cover D had me hook, line and sinker. The dark, moody sky and the wild sea convey the image of the Vikings striking out so wonderfully. The pop of blood red in the sail offers just a dash of colour in a visually striking 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’s theme is a cover featuring a school: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”