Friday Face Off : ‘A little soil to make it grow’


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:

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

I had two books that immediately sprang to mind with this one and I’ve chosen to go with a science fiction novel about alien seeds that grow into perfect human replications:  Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney:

To be frank I’m not overly keen on any of these covers.  The top two are depictions of the seed pods where replicate human bodies are grown – they’re not the nicest covers I’ve ever seen.  The final cover I think is showing the seeds falling to earth whilst people sleep unaware of the terrible change that is about to take place – I quite like that cover.  I think my favourite will have to be the original cover just purely because of the retro feel:


Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring a family

Future themes:

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

18 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘A little soil to make it grow’”

  1. Tammy

    I love the one you picked and the last one as well. It’s very eerie. Great pick! This week was kind of hard😁

  2. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like the second to last cover! I like the blue but it still looks super creepy and mysterious

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’ll mirror Tammy’s comment: the retro cover is delightful, and the last one is…well… “quietly ominous” is the best definition that comes to mind 😉

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  5. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I think my favorite is the very first one. I can’t think of this without thinking about my Dad and Grandma, both long gone, who pulled a pretty mean trick on my mother one night while she was watching this one. Let’s just say that I didn’t get my love of horror from Mom.

  6. Carmen

    I fancy the first two, particularly the second.

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I like the creepy second one of the person in the seed pod!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It really is creepy – but then it is a very creepy concept.
      Lynn 😀

  8. sjhigbee

    What an interesting selection for this week’s FF theme, Lynn:). I, too, have a soft spot for the retro cover you have chosen – and I also like the last one, though I deeply dislike the artwork being squeezed into a sad little box in the middle of the cover.

  9. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I love the retro glam of your cover winner 🙂

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