Falling off the Rails: Friday Face Off

Posted On 11 November 2016

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Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

11th November -Falling off the rails – a cover with train tracks

For the theme this week I’ve chosen: Mr. Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett


This is a creepy book, very dark and a little scary.

And the winner:


I don’t know why, I also like the train tracks with the red theme but this one just gives me the chills.

Which is your favourite??

If you fancy joining in with the FFO the themes for the next few weeks are below.  

18th November – The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day – a cover with stormy weather

25th November – As old as the hills?? – A cover with mountains

2nd December – Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements – A cover with fruit

9th December – Soul Meets Soul on Lovers’ Lips – a cover with lips

16 December – Give a Girl the Right Shoes and she can conquor the world – a cover with shoes

23rd December – The first noel… – a cover with angels

30th December –  Ho ho ho! To the bottle I go… – a cover with drink


20 Responses to “Falling off the Rails: Friday Face Off”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The first one, with the train tracks on red, looks to me like quite a powerful one: there is a sense of desolation and impending danger that I can’t seem to ignore…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, if that’s the feeling it gave you then that’s spot on and completely reflects the story – so good choice.
      Lynn 😀

  2. sjhigbee

    Yes… I have to agree with Maddelena – the first cover with the red-tinted cover is the really creepy one for me. They are all disturbing, though – a really good choice for this week:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I also like the red cover. It’s a great gothic read.

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This week’s theme is a toughie, I was wondering what everyone would come up with. I have not read this one, but I have to say it is a great choice and I agree with your winner!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The only book that would come clearly to mind was Railsea by Mieville but I haven’t read that one and I always use books I’ve read. I suppose I would have more choice if I branched out.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    I still haven’t read a single book by Robert Jackson Bennett…the shame! *hides* This one looks very eery and creepy, a perfect fall read.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a creepy read. I love the setting and era for this one – set during the depression its a dark American Gothic novel.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Lisa @TenaciousReader

    Yep, the body across the tracks wins! I really want to read this one sometime

  6. Rebecca

    I like your pick! I had no idea that RJB wrote anything before City of Stairs 😮

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh yes, some good books – The Troupe is one that I definitely recommend. Mr Shivers is dark American gothic set during the depression. The Troupe is a creepy band of entertainers who travel around – let’s just say there are puppets, changing backdrops, wolf like characters – it’s really very good.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Jess @ JBelkBooks

    Wow, I’ve never seen this meme before! It sounds really fun! I haven’t heard of the books that you mentioned, but I will definitely check them out! Wonderful post, Lynn! 🙂

    -Jess @jbelkbooks

    • @lynnsbooks

      Jess, you should join in with us – it’s a fun meme, especially if you like to check out covers!
      At the bottom of the post is a list of themes for the next few weeks. Also, there are no real rules, just pick a book and compare the published covers, you don’t have to have read the book (I usually try to choose a book I’ve read and so far I’ve managed but with some of these topics I might just have to branch out otherwise it could get repetitious!).
      Hope you get a chance to join in.
      Lynn 😀

      • Jess @ JBelkBooks

        Well I actually already post a similar meme! It’s called Which Cover Wednesday but I don’t necessarily have themes for each week xD But I love the idea of having a theme (:

        -Jess @jbelkbooks

      • @lynnsbooks

        We only have a theme so that we can compare what books we found – I’ll have to check out your Wednesday post. Thanks
        Lynn 😀

  8. ~ Angie Elle ~

    I like the green cover. It has a mysterious look to it!

  9. jessicabookworm

    I have not heard of this book before, but I do like your cover choice and while it doesn’t have the trains train tracks, I also like the second cover.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think they’re all good covers. The one with the guy on the tracks though gives me the chills! (I think it’s just the thought of lying on train tracks – even if they do look abandoned!)
      Lynn 😀

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