Friday Face Off : ‘A Hand without a hand? A bad jape, sister.’


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 – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme. This week’s theme:

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

I had a couple of books in mind for this week’s theme but they all went a bit pear shaped.  And, I confess I then struggled a little.   Until I came across The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – I read this series ages ago (it feels like it anyway).  So, check out the covers:

I like the original black and red cover (middle second row) but my favourite this week :


Next week – a cover that features a dinosaur or dinosaurs

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ of one of your favourite covers)

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

15th June – Live in the saddle.  Die on the hog – a cover featuring riders

22nd June -‘Murder most foul, as in the best it is’ – a cover featuring a murder scene

29th June – ‘Lips as red as the rose’ – a cover that is predominantly red

6th July – ‘The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow, ‘ – a cover that is windswept

13th July –‘There’s more of gravy than of grave about you’ – a cover featuring a ghost or spectre

20th July -‘In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow’A cover featuring icicles or snow

27th July – “I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams.”  – a cover that is steampunk

3rd August – “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” – a cover featuring a starry sky

10th August – ‘…Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again! – A cover with a mask

17th August – ‘Knock, knock… ‘who’s there?’ – A cover featuring a door ajar or closed

24th August – ‘To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead, or excessively old!’ – A cover with a title featuring the word ‘legend’

31st August – ‘“Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy’ – A cover featuring a goblin or dwarves

7th September – ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall – A cover featuring a queen

14th September – “He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang.” – A cover featuring a wolf or wolves

21st September – ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ – a cover featuring clouds

28th September – Eyes wide shut – a cover featuring eyes

5th October – “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.” – A cover that is ‘noir’

12th October – “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”  – A cover for a mystery novel

19th October -“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”  – A horror cover

26th October – Trick or treat – A halloween inspired cover

2nd November – ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November,’ – A cover inspired by Bonfire Night

9th November – ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’ – A cover feturing a critter of the eight legged variety

16th November – There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’  – A scary cover

23rd November – ‘The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!’ – A cover featuring a mermaid/man

30th November – “..the children of the night. What music they make!” – a cover with a vampire

7th December – ‘I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.’ – A cover featuring a hero

14th December -“Heavy is the head that wears the crown”  – A cover featuring a crown

21st December – ‘ho, ho, ho’ – A seasonal cover

28th December – A freebie – choose one of your favourite titles and compare the covers


4th January – A cover that is fresh – New beginnings for a New Year

11th January – ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’ – A cover that depicts a novel set in the Tudor period

18th January – A cover featuring an Amulet – either in the cover or title

25th January – ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ – A cover featuring a monk/priest/person of the cloth

1st February – A comedy cover

8th February – ‘Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.’ – A cover with snakes

15th February – A heart – for Valentine’s day past

22nd February – “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.” – A cover with abandoned building/s

1st March – ‘who will buy this wonderful morning’ – A cover featuring a shop or market

8th March – ‘Two little fishes and a momma fishy too’ – A cover featuring a fish/fishes or other sea creatures

15th March – ‘Beware the moon, lads.’ – A cover with a shapeshifter

22nd March – ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ – A cover featuring a king

29th March – “I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

5th April – ‘nomad is an island’ – A cover featuring a desert landscape

12th April – ‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

19th april – ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – A cover featuring a school


22 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘A Hand without a hand? A bad jape, sister.’”

  1. Tammy

    Whoa, check out all the upcoming themes! They make me so happy I started doing this meme every week😊 I actually thought of several options for this week, so I think we’ll see a lot of variety. I love your choice, that’s my favorite too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I was happy to put some more themes up. I’m trying not to duplicate.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I read this years ago and honestly, didn’t like it. It was pretty darn slow and it kept reminding me of that movie “The Village.” The one I read is the first one you showed but I think my favorite of these is the one you picked as well. You know, maybe I’ll try this next week. I love visiting everyone’s sites when they do it. We’ll see 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, yes, join us. There are lots of future topics now – I admit I’m not sure if I’ll be able to come up with covers for some of them but I’ll give it a shot. Yes, this book did have a ‘The Village’ type feel – I ended up reading the whole series – I was going through a decided zombies and vampires phase.
      Lynn 😀

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  4. PerfectlyTolerable

    I agree with your choice! That is a really cool cover and looks kind of creepy (and based on the title I am guessing the book is a little creepy?)

  5. Carmen

    I love the black cover with red detail, though only the one that you chose really shows hands. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, I was so relieved to find that cover. I had two in mind but they both fell through – so it was going to pretty much end up being Twilight – but I’ve used that cover before and I’d sooner not reuse. Phew.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Most of these are very nice, I kind of like all of the ones showing a closeup of the girl’s face. The eyes are all so expressive!

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    My favorite is the one in the middle in the second row: for some reason it projects a sense of ominous impending doom I seem unable to shake… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      That was my original cover and so I do have a soft spot for it.
      Lynn 😀

  8. sjhigbee

    This was a canny choice of book, Lynn – I really struggled finding a suitable one this week! And I also agree with your favourite cover, too! Many, many thanks for posting the ongoing timetable – which gives those of us taking part plenty of time to find appropriate books…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Me too – a real struggle this week.
      I enjoyed putting the list together and I have added something to say if you cant find a cover one week then opt for a freebie – there are no hard and fast rules to this after all, it’s all about sharing the cover love.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        That’s a really, really good idea, Lynn!

  9. Greg

    Ooh I love how spooky these covers are! My favorites are the one you picked out, as well as the middle second row and the first one on the bottom row. I kinda like the first one top row too though- a lot of these are good!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I do like the middle cover in the second row too.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Wendleberry

    These are not my style at all, but i don’t mind the third along on the top row. With the woman off-centre and her hair blowing in. That framing is nice.

  11. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, this seems a toughie to find a cover for, however I am very excited to see your choice next week for dinosaurs! 😀

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