Friday Face-Off – 29th June 2018

Friday Face-Off – 29th June 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 week’s theme is a cover which is predominantly red: ‘Lips as red as the rose.’

This week’s book is Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.

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 G!

I have seen this cover numerous times, and it has always caught my eye. The red background with the silver dragon heads in the centre are rather striking.

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 windswept: ‘The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow.’

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Friday Face-Off – 8th September 2017

Friday Face-Off – 8th 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 city: “That great condensor of moral chaos, The City.”

For this theme I have selected Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines.

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 D!

I love the colours in this cover, and the steampunk vibes that run through this cover. It draws me in, and makes me want to read the book all the more!

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 key: “Where there is a Key, there is yet hope.”

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.”

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.”