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.”

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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:

vampire5

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!’

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:

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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 F:

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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.’

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:

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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 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:

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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!

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.’