Friday Face-Off – 9th October 2020

Friday Face-Off – 9th October 2020

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 Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring mist or fog: “A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in England.” This week I’ve gone with The Mist by Stephen King.

And the winner is… COVER C!

The eerie silhouette in the thick mist, the outline of the hands. And to cap it off, the bloody smears. That one wins it for me.

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 spider web: “Farewell, Aragog, king of the arachnids, whose long and faithful friendship those who knew you would never forget!”

Friday Face-Off – 1st May 2020

Friday Face-Off – 1st May 2020

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 Friday Face-Off theme is a cover that features a cat: “I meant,” said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?” Death thought about it. CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.” I’ve gone for The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.

Cover A:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 1

Cover B:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 2

Cover C:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 3

Cover D:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 4

Cover E:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 5

Cover F:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 6

Cover G:

Doctor Sleep Stephen King 7

And the winner is… COVER C!

I read and absolutely loved this book. A worthy sequel to a fantastic novel. The cat in the book is somewhat ominious, a portent of things soon to come. Something about the cat in C is ethereal, ominous in a way. I love the way it seems to materialise out of the smoke. And the piercing blue eyes are mesmerising.

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 from a graphic novel.

Friday Face-Off – 6th March 2020

Friday Face-Off – 6th March 2020

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.

And just like that, we’re into March! This week’s theme is a cover featuring a skeleton: “them bones, them bones, them dry bones…”. For this theme I’ve gone for Skeleton Crew by Stephen King.

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 H!

Yet another Stephen King book I’ve yet to read. For such a huge fan of his work, this is something I really need to remedy! I like most of these covers this week, a lot. But H shades it for me – the figure of Death lifted off of the tarot card swinging his scythe – very eye catching.

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 exotic: “He can come up with the most exotic things I’ve ever seen or heard of every time he blinks his eyes.”

Friday Face-Off – 21st February 2020

Friday Face-Off – 21st February 2020

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 dog: “It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog.” For this I return to Stephen King and his novel Cujo.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

dog4

Cover E:

dog5

Cover F:

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Cover G:

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Cover H:

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And the winner is… COVER A!

This one is so intimidating. I can only imagine being the occupants of the car, trapped, unable to escape. I can imagine how awful it would be as the heat in the car would rise and only being able to see the snarling fangs of the dog in the mirrors. 

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 ring for the leap year: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”

Friday Face-Off – 27th September 2019

Friday Face-Off – 27th September 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 freebie: a book of my choice. For this I’ve gone for Stephen King’s From a Buick 8.

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 A!

This one really catches my eye. The car somehow looks menacing, almost evil.

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 60s horror: “Feed me, Seymour!”

Friday Face-Off – 23rd August 2019

Friday Face-Off – 23rd August 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 book cover the is from a movie tie in. For this one I’ve picked one of my favourite books and favourite films: The Green Mile by Stephen King.

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 A!

Cover A is just fantastic. It has a real Stephen King vibe to it, and points to the supernatural feel of the book.

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 mostly yellow: “It was all glimmer and warm honey in the yellow light.”

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 – 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.”

Friday Face-Off – 30th November 2018

Friday Face-Off – 30th November 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 vampire: ‘..the children of the night. What music they make!’

This weeks’ book is ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.

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!

Another dark and moody cover, with a hint of mystery. It’s a book I love but have never seen this 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 weeks’ theme is a cover featuring a hero: ‘I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.’

Friday Face-Off – 16th November 2018

Friday Face-Off – 16th November 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 scary cover: ‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’

For this week I have stretched the theme just a little with my choice of Misery by Stephen King.

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… A DRAW!

Covers B and H take a share of the spoils this week. I absolutely love this book, and Kathy Bates and James Caan did an amazing job of bringing Annie Wilkes and Paul Sheldon to life. While not a classically scary tale, it is dark and twisted. The intimidation and anticipation of what is to come ratchet up the tension. Cover B is tense with the presence of the typewriter, all important to the story, with the silhouette of an axe shadowing the paper. Cover H is a simple cover, but the shadowing gives it an almost face-like appearance with a menacing look to 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 cover featuring a mermaid or merman: ‘The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!’