“There are too many steps in this castle, and it seems to me they add a few every night, just to vex me”


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:

“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

I think my first thoughts for this was City of Stairs but I thought I’d take a look at my other reads and I came up with The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian.  I read this some time ago and whilst this one didn’t really work for me I have read a couple of other books by this author and really enjoyed them:

I’m not sure which is my favourite this week.  I quite like the middle one – but I don’t like the annoying badge that has been posted on it.  The dark cover is also intriguing and I like the allure of the open doorway with the lit stairs beyond – but, I think the title is not very easy to read.  I’ve gone with the two girls:


Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring something from Greek mythology

Future themes:

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

27 Responses to ““There are too many steps in this castle, and it seems to me they add a few every night, just to vex me””

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  2. sjhigbee

    Oh, it HAS to be the dark creepy one with the door ajar showing just a few steps… to where? I would have gone with the middle one – but you’re right… That label! Slapped RIGHT in the middle of the effectively creepy image – really?? Great choice of book, btw:).

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it really annoys me when book covers have labels and badges printed onto the cover – STOP!
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        We need to start a protest movement, I think

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    See, I think the one you picked it actually as creepy as the dark one so I’d pick it as well. I really need to check out this author!

    • @lynnsbooks

      This wasn’t my favourite by this author. I read The Midwives many years ago and it really stuck with me and then I also read the Sleepwalker which was very good.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I love the middle one too, but you’re right, those publisher stickers ruin book covers, I just wish they wouldn’t 😐

    • @lynnsbooks

      I understand why they do it – I just really don’t like it.
      Lynn 😀

  5. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I see the appeal of the middle and right cover, but you can’t beat the creepyness factor twin girls. (Thanks King for that) 😀

  6. proxyfish

    I too would have gone for the middle one if the ascent hadn’t been so rudely interrupted by that damn sticker! I quite like the other two covers though and they’re both suitably creepy… the dark cover might just tip it though 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I quite like all three – and it really irritates me when stickers mess up the covers.
      Lynn 😀

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  8. PerfectlyTolerable

    Those are all cool creepy covers 🙂 I think I like the third one bet, even though I really like the blue of the middle one, its just not as creepy.

  9. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Oh, no doubt about it: the dark cover with the open door is the creepiest of the three, and there’s always that element of lurking danger in an open door leading to… what? 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Exactly – it’s the very place that a young girl in a horror movie would go rushing up with no thoughts of hidden slashers in hockey masks! Except that’s not what the book is about – just for the avoidance of doubt.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Wendleberry

    For the style and genre, none of them are bad. But i really love the third one, with the dark, negative space and the ominous open door to the stairway.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, that one does seem to be a favourite and I can absolutely see why.
      Lynn 😀

  11. jessicabookworm

    I’ve not heard of this book before, but I do like the middle cover.

  12. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I like the middle one with its cool colors and sense of foreboding. And wow, it didn’t even occur to me to use City of Stairs, that should have been my first thought!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I actually thought City of Stairs might be the go to book this week so I was trying to avoid it – it seems like I could have saved myself the bother and just opted for that one 😀

  13. Greg

    These are all good, and the second two are pretty creepy. I like middle one a lot, but at the same time the third one looks spooky too with the open door!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The open door – with the only offering of light – is very curious isn’t it.
      Lynn 😀

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