“They sailed away, for a year and a day, To the land where the Bong-tree grows


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:

Boats “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…”

The first book I thought of for this one was a book that I’ve recently been seeing reviews for: The Ship by Antonia Honeywell:

My favourite cover is the first – the spooky, misty waters – I’m not sure that this really is representative of the book but I like the eerie feel.


Which is your favourite?

Next week – Planet

Future themes:

21/07/2017 – Planet “Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those who live on it”

28th July 2017 – The kindest use a knife, because the dead so soon grow cold (A cover which features a knife)

4th August 2017 – From the ashes a fire shall be woken (A cover which features fire)

11th August 2017- No soldier outlives a thousand chances (A cover which features a soldier)

18th August 2017 – The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork (A cover which features food)

25th August 2017 – If I be waspish, best beware my sting (A cover which features an insect)

1st September 2017 – Being born in a stable does not make one a horse (A cover which features a horse)

8th September 2017 – That great condenser of moral chaos, The City (A cover which features a city)


19 Responses to ““They sailed away, for a year and a day, To the land where the Bong-tree grows”

  1. sjhigbee

    Ooo… I really like the sound of this one, Lynn! Have you read it? And the covers are ALL good, though I do like the middle one best with the girl outlined on the deck. The splash of colour does it for me…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I have read this one. Quite some time ago. It’s a good premise although probably a little too YA for me in some respects. Not a bad read but I wasn’t in love with it because I had niggles (which funnily enough seems to be a recurring thing with me when it comes to post apocalyptic style books).
      Lynn 😄

      • sjhigbee

        I tend to find myself having niggles about epic fantasy – it simply isn’t a genre I instinctively love as much as most science fiction… I guess that is probably your position regarding post apocalyptic stories?

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I like the first one best because of it look so eerie. However, the second one is nice as well. To me though, they are so different from each other I’m amazed they are for the same book.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had exactly the same thoughts and did a double take with the creepy first cover when I first saw it
      Lynn 😄

  3. Jamie Wu

    The quote on the third cover makes this book sound awesome. I’m gonna have to check it out. I really love the third cover too. It’s very clean looking and it reminds me of old movie posters. The second one does too, but the minimalist look of the third one is just really cool.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do like the covers for this and how they’re so different. If you are checking it out though it is YA so you might want to be aware of that. YA doesn’t always work out for me these days I must admit but then I’m not the intended market so you might enjoy this one more than I did. I didn’t dislike it but I did have niggles.

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I like this version the best too, and considering it was what drew me to the book in the first place! I hadn’t even realized the Orbit version was a re-issue until earlier this year when I got the book for review.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah. I like that cover and it would have definitely drawn me in although thinking about the book now I’m not so sure the story is quite as creepy as that cover would have us believe. I thought this book was okay but maybe a little too YA for my tastes.
      Lynn 😄

    • @lynnsbooks

      To be honest I didn’t realise at first that it was a book I’d already read, the covers were so very different. I do like the creepiness although I don’t really think it reflects the story.
      Lynn 😀

  5. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    When I’d first saw this cover – horror/thriller were the first genres that came to mind. I would still read this with any of these covers, but for me too, it’s the fog.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a good cover. I think the others are probably fitting in terms of this being YA and maybe not as creepy as the first cover depicts.
      Lynn. 😄

  6. Carmen

    I like the third one; it looks artistic yet neat.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re all quite good I think. I’ve gone for the creepy but on a different day…
      lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    I don’t know this book, but I agree with your choice – spooky all the way 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m not sure the spooky cover really reflects the story but I do like it.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Wendleberry

    I like the second one. Art, colour, style… 👌
    I need to remember to take part in this bloody meme—i love book covers!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Every Friday, come and join in. I’d love to look at your book choices.
      Lynn 😀

      • Wendleberry

        I’m thinking about this week’s one already 🤔🤗

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