Friday Face-Off – 28th September 2018

Friday Face-Off – 28th September 2018

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 weeks’ theme is a cover featuring eyes: ‘Eyes wide shut.’

This weeks’ book is Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon.

Cover A:

eyes1

Cover B:

eyes2

Cover C:

eyes3

Cover D:

eyes4

Cover E:

eyes5

Cover F:

eyes6

Cover G:

eyes7

Cover F:

eyes8

And the winner is… COVER A!

Another win for cover A this week. It fits the brief, and looks fantastic! The close-up of the eye is almost eerie and menacing showing all of the detail.

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 weeks’ theme is a book cover that is ‘noir’: ‘He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.’

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Friday Face-Off – 3rd August 2018

Friday Face-Off – 3rd August 2018

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 weeks’ theme is a cover with a closed door or door standing ajar: ‘Knock, knock… ‘who’s there?’

This weeks’ book is the second book in Stephen King’s epic series The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three.

Cover A:

door1

Cover B:

door2

Cover C:

door3

Cover D:

door4

Cover E:

door5

Cover F:

door6

Cover G:

door7 (1)

And the winner is… COVER E!

The atmosphere and sense of foreboding in this design really appealed to me, and captures the feel in the books. There is a mysterious feel coming from the door, and while darkness seems to be all around, the glow from around the door hints at hope.

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 weeks’ theme is a book cover that is a cover with a mask: ‘…Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again!’

Friday Face-Off – 18th May 2018

Friday Face-Off – 18th May 2018

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 weeks’ theme is a cover featuring a gravestone: ‘Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs.’

This week I have returned to one of my favourite authors and a book I really enjoyed: Pet Sematary by Stephen King.

Cover A:

grave1

Cover B:

grave2

Cover C:

grave3

Cover D:

grave4

Cover E:

grave5

Cover F:

grave6

Cover G:

grave7

And the winner is… COVER A!

Personally, there was no other choice for me. This is the cover I owned many, many years ago. It is effective and really sold the book to me on the shelf when I bought 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 weeks’ theme is a book cover featuring footsteps: ‘Trip trap, trip trap, trip trap.’

Friday Face-Off – 20th October 2017

Friday Face-Off – 20th October 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 weeks’ theme is a cover featuring an umbrella: “The umbrella won’t stop the rain, but it will help you to get out during rainfall.”

I’ve gone for another book from one of my favourite authors that I have yet to read: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King.

Cover A:

umbrella1

Cover B:

umbrella2

Cover C:

umbrella3

Cover D:

umbrella4

Cover E:

umbrella5

And the winner is… COVER A!

Simple and effective in my opinion. The cold blue of the umbrella combined with the vivid red of the bloody rain is ominous and dark. Covers B and D get honourable mentions this time round, running cover A pretty close to the line!

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!

I have managed to run out of themes right now, so unless I come up with something new, I will look at some of last years’ themes to reuse – with all-new covers of course!

Friday Face-Off – 29th September 2017

Friday Face-Off – 29th 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 weeks’ theme is a cover featuring a train: “Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don’t stop at your station.”

For this theme I have returned to one of my very favourite book series – The Dark Tower. More to the point, book three in the series, The Waste Lands.

Cover A:

train1

Cover B:

train2

Cover C:

train3

Cover D:

train4

Cover E:

train5

Cover F:

train6

Cover G:

train7

And the winner is… COVER A!

I absolutely love this book, especially Blaine the Mono – a sentient and suicidal monorail. That is the irony – that none of the covers featuring a train actually depict a monorail, but I love the menacing appearance in cover A, which makes it my winner 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 whale: “Stop telling such outlandish tales. Stop turning minnows into whales.”

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 I:

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 – 17th March 2017

Friday Face-Off – 17th March 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 playing cards: “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs are too sweet and wild”.

I had a book in mind this week from one of my favourite authors, Stephen King – The Dark Half.

Cover A:

bird1

Cover B:

bird2

Cover C:

bird3

Cover D:

bird4

Cover E:

bird5

Cover F:

bird6

Cover G:

bird7

Cover H:

bird8

Cover I:

bird9

Cover J:

bird10

Cover K:

bird11

Cover L:

bird12

Cover M:

bird13

And the winner is… cover H!

Covers D and E are joint second place this week with D being the cover I own, and E being a style of Stephen King book cover that I really like. Normally these two would be my winners, but this week H shades them both. It has atmosphere, a really dark feeling to it whilst still being simple.

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 street lamp: “He stood under the street lamp, sleet settling in his hair, hands fisted at his side”.