“..perhaps mortals are not formed for fairy bliss?”


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:

‘Checkmate’ – a cover featuring a black and white design.

And I’ve chosen Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

My favourite(s) this week:


I like the simplicity of the above cover


And this one is so unusual – it almost plays a trick on you when you try to read it.

Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover which is mostly purple

Future themes:

22nd September 2017 – As purple as the heather – a cover which is mostly purple

29th September 2017 – Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady – a cover featuring a heart

6th October 2017 – ‘Then let the crabs be cursed by Odin’ – a cover featuring a Viking ‘

13th October 2017 – You have nice manners for a thief, and a LIAR!’  – a cover with a dragon

20th October 2017 – ‘Me and my….’ – a cover featuring a Shadow

27th October 2017 – “Thus with a kiss I die” – a cover featuring a couple

3rd November 2017 – ‘Desperate affairs require desperate measures’ – a regency style cover

10th November 2017 – ‘zip it, lock it and throw away the key – a cover featuring a key

17th November 2017 – Snap! – a cover featuring a double image or reflection

24th November 2017 – ‘I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently’ – a cover featuring snow

1st December 2017 – The pen is mightier than the sword – a cover featuring a fancy font

8th December 2017 – ‘Do not go gentle’ – a cover featuring the night…

15th December 2017 – Hubble bubble toil and trouble – a cover featuring a portion/perfume bottle

19 Responses to ““..perhaps mortals are not formed for fairy bliss?””

  1. Greg

    I like the simple white cover as well, and also the black cover. The first one shown isn’t bad either.


    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re all a little bit ‘meh’ really – especially for such a good book. In fact I was surprised for a book with it’s standing that there wasn’t a bigger range of covers.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

    I think I’d pick the black and white one with the Gaiman introduction.

  3. Carmen

    I like the second and third covers in the first row.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re all very similar aren’t they which makes it difficult to choose an obvious winner in a way.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    For some reason the fourth cover is catching my eye. I do love the simpler covers!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I like the simple covers – and they are difficult to choose between because they’re so similar.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Simpler is indeed better, but I also like the third cover in the last row: it’s quite… moody, for want of a better word 🙂

  6. sjhigbee

    I like the bottom cover with the black and white transposed in the shape of the rook:). This has been another great success in that everyone has chosen different books and they have all been great:).

    • @lynnsbooks

      There were quite a few available for this one which was a nice surprise. Sometimes I have a book in mind but then it doesn’t have any really different covers!
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh yes – I’ve been there and done that…

  7. jessicabookworm

    After loving the TV adaptation, I really need to read this! I really like your choices, in fact I pretty much love all the bird covers on the bottom row and the top left 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I thought the adaptation was done brilliantly. It’s amazing how many fantasy books can be turned into remarkable tv and films these days.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’m not crazy about any of these covers, I confess, but I think the best one is the second one of your favorites. It really is unusual, and indeed it plays tricks – I like that!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I really like the trick with the font. But a surprisingly unimpressive bunch of covers for such a good book.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Danya @ Fine Print

    I like both the black and white covers the best, probably because they’re the ones that I’ve seen around the most. I still have to read this one of these days!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved this but it is definitely a huge book to take on – with lots of footnotes!
      Lynn 😀

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