FFO: “No sir, it is evidently a gigantic narwhal”


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:

‘The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake.’ – Under the Sea

As January is the start of Vintage Sci Fi I’ve gone for a classic this week:  Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.  I didn’t even scratch the surface of covers this week – my giddy aunt, you can’t really go wrong with the classics can you, they’re always a feast of covers:


Next week – a cover that features a Knot/Knots

Future themes:

12th January – ‘More than one meaning have I’ – a cover featuring a Knot/knots

19th January – You know your A, B, Cs – a cover made up only of letters/words

26th January – “The grass is always greener on the other side of personal extinction” – a cover featuring grass

2nd February – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – a Psychedelic cover

9th February – ‘My what big teeth you have’ – a cover featuring a cloaked figure 

16th February – ‘Groovy baby’ – a cover that is: Retro

23rd February – “There are too many steps in this castle, and it seems to me they add a few every night, just to vex me”  – a cover featuring a staircase

2nd March – ‘The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing’ – a cover featuring something from Greek mythology

9th March – ‘…but Icarus flew too close’ – a cover featuring the Sun

16th March – ‘I got no strings to hold me down’ – a cover featuring a doll or puppet

23rd March – “When she was a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs.” – a cover featuring a Tower

30th March – ‘A little soil to make it grow’ – a cover featuring seeds/spores

6th April –  “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – a cover featuring a family

13th April – ‘lawns and rocks and heather and different sorts of trees, lay spread out below them, the river winding through it’ –  a cover featuring a panorama

20th April – Where there’s fire there’s… – a cover featuring smoke

27th April – ‘Those darling byegone times… with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, and their delightful places of torture’ – a cover that is positively mediaeval 

4th May-  ‘A Hand without a hand? A bad jape, sister.’ – a cover featuring a hand/hands

11th May – ‘Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth’ – a cover featuring a dinosaur/s

18th May – ‘Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;’ – a cover featuring a gravestone

25th May – Trip trap, trip trap, trip trap – a cover featuring footsteps

1st June – clinging and invasive – a cover featuring creeping vines

8th June – Raining Cats and Dogs – a cover featuring a stormy sky

28 Responses to “FFO: “No sir, it is evidently a gigantic narwhal””

  1. Tammy

    Wow, so many great covers! I love a few, the first and fifth one on particular. I completely forgot this was Vintage SF Month!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m looking forward to reading The Chrysalids. Bought it ages ago with this event in mind.
      Lynn 😀

  2. sjhigbee

    Oh yes, I also have to agree with your choice of cover – though a close contender is cover no. 8 as I love the retro feel of it and the jazzy red and white colour scheme:). As ever, you have selected a brilliant book!

    • @lynnsbooks

      This book has so many good covers – I was spoilt for choice.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes – that is apparent from the great selection you have here:).

  3. Carmen

    So many covers! I like the one you chose, but my favorite is the third on top.

    • @lynnsbooks

      There was certainly no shortage of covers for this one but I stopped at a reasonable number. I like quite a lot of these including your favourite.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Your choice of book for this week takes me back to my first reads in the genre, when I was a child: how I loved Captain Nemo’s adventures! 🙂
    And I love the almost-steampunk flavor of the cover you picked…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I never thought of that – it does look very steampunk now you come to mention it.
      Lynn 😀

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  6. PerfectlyTolerable

    I really love the Red cover. I don’t know why but it just catches my eye (hey that rhymes haha)

    I chose Island of the Blue Dolphins this week: https://perfectlytolerable.com/2018/01/05/friday-face-off-under-the-sea/

    Thanks for hosting this every week! Its awesome!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – sorry not to reply sooner. The last few days have been all wrapped up with family. Can’t wait to stop over and check out your covers.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    There are quite a few I like and of course, I love a cover with a good octopus. However, I am drawn to the one with the two divers and the bluish purple octopus. Great choice of book to feature.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I had fun once I remembered this book, such a lot of covers and so many of them that I liked.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I think I like the first cover. The kraken’s cute 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like nearly all of the covers this week – spoilt for choice!
      Lynn 😀

  9. Danya @ Fine Print

    I agree, the scope of the cover you chose is epic! My choice is the seventh cover — I like how the ship sort of looks like an underwater train.

  10. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Classics always have so many covers! It’s awesome for things like this! You’re right, the one you chose does have an awesome feel to it, and the retro is fun, but I think I like the first one with the giant squid thing the best!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Such good covers to choose from – I don’t really dislike any of them.
      Lynn 😀

  11. jessicabookworm

    Great choice – I have this book on my TBR. I love your winner but I’ve also got to give some love to the 3rd cover which is a gorgeous shade of blue. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a lovely colour – so many to choose from this week and a lot of them were really good.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Zezee

    I’ve been looking for a great cover of this book. Unfortunately, the one I like seems to be in a language I don’t speak. That’s the first one on your list here.

  13. @lynnsbooks

    Ahh yes, that is a beautiful cover – very eye catching.
    Lynn 😀

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  15. The Cozy Pages

    This looks like fun. Will try to participate soon!

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