“Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.”


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:

‘Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth’ – a cover featuring a dinosaur/s

I expected this to be more difficult than it turned out.  I had another couple of books in mind but I decided to go for a classic (funnily enough, now I think about it my other books were classics two so I’m intrigued to see if there are more modern books with dinosaurs now I’ve thought about it.  My choice: Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.  There are lots of covers for this so I’ve tried to stick with a selection that reflect the theme.  Feast your eyes on these:

This is a tough choice.  I like a few of these for different reasons.  I think my favourites are:

But my winner, which just feels over-the-top-outrageous is:


Next week – a cover that is a ‘freebie’ – simply choose a book you love and compare covers – it should be an interesting week  😀

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

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


26 Responses to ““Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.””

  1. Carmen

    Yes, I agree that’s the most colorful and catching one, though I like all three covers in Spanish. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was surprised by all these colourful covers for this book. Some lovely ones I think.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    You picked the one I love as well. It has the best combination of colors!

  3. Tammy

    I LOVE the cover you picked! There are so many colorful choices for this book. Great choice, I didn’t even think about this one!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was another week I was struggling with and then I recalled this and figured being a classic it would have plenty of covers.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Ash

    This is such a great idea! And I do love the cover you chose. So pretty.

  5. PerfectlyTolerable

    Its funny that for you it ended up being easier to pick a book than you thought it would be. For me it was the opposite. I thought it would be easy to find a book but it turned out to be kinda hard. I agree with the cover you chose! That is the one I would have chosen too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – it’s lovely and colourful isn’t it – this week started out tough but then I thought Jurassic Park was sure to be an option – then I remembered reading this a few years ago and because of it’s age knew it would have plenty of covers.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    That was my favorite of the bunch as well

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are some good covers here but I love this explosion of colour.
      Lynn 😀

  7. sjhigbee

    This is a fabulous choice of books – you’ve always got such a great selection for this meme, Lynn. And yes – once again, your favourite nails it. There are some lovely details in this one, as well as a beautiful blending of colours… Have a great weekend:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hope this weekend is good for you too – and sorry I’m so late commenting. Things have just gone a bit pear shaped the past two weeks.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh don’t worry about being late – we all have lives outside bloggerland… Hope the pearshapedness isn’t too much of a problem and you have a good week:)

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yeah, not really a problem just so much as life happening a lot more intensely and not leaving a great deal of energy for other things.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I hope it isn’t being too intense in a bad way! Ah yes… energy – that’s the thing I recall having in my 20s….

      • @lynnsbooks

        No, not a bad way, just time consuming. Haha – I recall having energy too although it feels like a very long time ago.
        Lynn 😀

  8. Greg

    Oh my gosh I love all the different covers for this! The one you picked is my favorite too, it’s just so imaginative and colorful! I also like the one with the whitish mushrooms, and the volcano one. Awesome!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was ridiculously happy when I thought of this book and saw the selection of available covers. The mushrooms are great and I very nearly chose that cover but I couldn’t resist the colour and imagination of my final choice
      Lynn 😀

  9. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, great book and cover choice 😀 I love the wonderful psychedelic colours and feel of it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s so dramatic and eye catching. I really like it.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Good one! I have never read this classic, can you believe it? I love your choice!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I have read a lot of classics and I do find that they come in handy for some of these themes. But, I tend to read hardly any classics any more – I did try to continue by joining in with the Classics Club but I need to revisit my list and try to get back on board.
      Lynn 😀

  11. bkfrgr

    One of my favourite childhood reads! And the cover you chose was my choice too – awesome, colourful, makes-me-wanna-read-it … Yay! for great book covers! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a lovely cover – in fact I really like quite a few of these and it made the final choice more difficult.
      Lynn 😀

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