Friday Face Off : ‘Those darling byegone times… with their delicious fortresses ‘


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:

‘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 

I had a couple of books in mind for this week’s theme but finally decided on The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4) by T.H. White.  Now, in honesty, I never finished reading this, primarily because it was a library book that was due back before I finished.  No doubt one day I’ll have another shot at this one.

My favourite this week :


Next week – a cover that features a hand/hands

Future themes:

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

19 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘Those darling byegone times… with their delicious fortresses ‘”

  1. Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

    Yep, agree with your choice. 🙂

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  3. PerfectlyTolerable

    I agree with your choice! Tho I kind of like the last one too, it looks Monty Python ish.

  4. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I like the one you picked as well. Close second is the orange on in the middle of the second row

  5. Carmen

    I like the middle cover on the second row. The sword in the stone lets very clear that the book is about King Arthur. From the second set I like the last cover best.

  6. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    I’ve never seen that cover on the bottom right for Once and Future King! I love stencil designs so that’s the winner for me! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Cool – there’s usually at least one cover that appeals to everyone isn’t there.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Anna @ The Bibliotaph

    Ohhhh Howl’s Moving Castle has some really really terrible covers, which makes me sad since it’s such a good book!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I actually really quite like some of them – although some of them feel vey young.
      Lynn 😀

  8. sjhigbee

    I love Once6 with the dashing king on his white steed:). I realise it looks a bit of a blur in thumbnail, but when I enlarged it, I just loved the spectacle and drama.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, you’re right – you do tend to miss some of the detail in these thumbnail images.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This is a book I’ve always wanted to read! I think this book is in desperate need of a new edition and updated cover, I don’t know if any of them are really jumping out at me, they all look quite dated! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      They are all a bit dated aren’t they – and yes, I really do feel the need to read this at some point.
      Lynn 😀

  10. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I loved The Sword in the Stone as a child but sadly I haven’t re-read or gone on to read more anything else from White’s Once and Future King set of Arthurian novels. My favourite cover is definitely your choice 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s definitely a book that I feel I should have read. I must keep it in mind.
      Lynn 😀

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