Friday Face Off: ‘I got no strings to hold me down’


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:

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

This week I had one specific book in mind and thankfully it had two covers so thank goodness for that – I suspect there will be some excellent books (not to mention possibly creepy) this week  My book is a read that I thoroughly enjoyed and definitely falls into the dark and creepy bracket: The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue

The cover on the right is the one I’m familiar with and it certainly is dramatic.  But, I have to go for :


Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring a tower

Future themes:

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 “Friday Face Off: ‘I got no strings to hold me down’”

  1. The Friday Face-Off: I Got No Strings to Hold Me Down – Books by Proxy

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  2. Zezee

    The one you selected is sweet, but I like the hint of creepiness from the one with the puppet looking figure on it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s well done and very dramatic and the puppet looks almost more human – which is very fitting.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Carmen

    They both look awfully creepy. I prefer the other one though.

  4. Tammy

    I was finally able to join in this week! And I almost picked this book as well, but I thought of another one at the last minute. This is tough, I like both covers for different reasons😊

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Good choice! The doll’s face on the cover might project innocence, but there is something quite different in the eyes, something quite chilling….

  6. Captain's Quarters

    The left handed cover is so creepy! Did ye read this one?
    x The Captain

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, it was very good. Creepy – but I like creepy every now and again.
      Lynn 😀

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  8. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like the one you picked! This week was hard! I don’t read creepy books so I tried to find a book with a sweet little girl holding a doll that isn’t creepy! I was able to find A Little Princess 🙂 This is my favorite meme! Thanks for keeping it going!

    • @lynnsbooks

      No worries – looking forward to seeing your cover.
      Lynn 😀

  9. sjhigbee

    I prefer the other one as I love the landscape:)). And once again, a strong choice for the week – I’m a tad concerned though… The subject of doll or puppet (children’s toys) has produced the creepiest covers so far! Have a great week:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I thought this week would produce creepy covers – dolls, puppets, clowns – brrrr.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh it did – some of the covers I encountered were INTENSE! I might need therapy *whimpers*

      • @lynnsbooks

        Haha – it seems to have been a theme with scary covers.
        Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I had this book in my head ever since I found out about the topic! But of course, I haven’t read it…I didn’t even know it had another cover. I think I prefer the original one on the right!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like the doll because it creeps me out but I like the original cover too. There’s something lifelike about the puppet and in many respects it’s more fitting for the story.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Greg

    I’ll take the second one, even though it seems kinda dark, because the first one with the close up of the doll’s face kinda creeps me out. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – that’s precisely why I chose it to be honest. This is a creepy book and that cover does give the right vibe. I do like the other one as well – it’s more dramatic.
      Lynn 😀

  12. proxyfish

    I love the one on the right, it’s like a creepy stage set! I love that glow of coming from the houses and the plume of pink clouds 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a really good cover – especially because the actual puppet seems less like a puppet and more like a human
      Lynn 😀

  13. Grace

    I love those covers. Delightfully creepy!

  14. jessicabookworm

    Ooo Lynn this is a tough one! I think I have to agree with your choice… just! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I think the other cover proved more popular tbh – not sure if that’s because my choice is too scary.
      Lynn 😀

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