‘Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;’


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:

 ‘Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;’ – a cover featuring a gravestone

My first thoughts this week were Moon Called and The Graveyard book, but I think I’ve used both of those before so I’ve opted for: Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4) by Charlaine Harris :

I’m going for the simple cover this week.  I like the last cover but it has an almost comedy element to it that I didn’t really quite understand – this is a fun series but it’s not an outright riot of giggles.  I also like the series of covers bottom left) but my favourite this week:


Next week – a cover featuring footsteps’

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

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

19 Responses to “ ‘Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;’”

  1. PerfectlyTolerable

    I almost chose this book this week too, but I found a different one I liked better 😀 I like the top left cover best. I like the idea of the bottom right one, but I am just not a fan of the artwork, tho that is the cover that I read.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, the bottom right style of covers are unusual aren’t they – they have an almost comic feel to them which I never really understood. The books that I owned were the ones with the very white female faces on the covers.
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Good choice: that splash of blood is offset by the blue background, as if to signal that the drama is balanced by something else, while a darker or black background might have led the readers to believe otherwise…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, there’s blood and vampires but they’re not scary stories so your point about the background colour is spot on.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    That last cover is definitely my favourite. Though the cartoony art-style *is* rather confusing. 😀 I watched True Blood before I even knew about the books. Then one day I saw the cover for Book 1 and was like, “How on earth did they get *this* show from *this* book?”

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the show definitely didn’t stick to the books – but that’s the way quite often with adaptations. The show was very ‘over sexed’ – I remember we watched the start of the series and my husband was like ‘isn’t this a series of books you’ve been reading’ – with a knowing look in his eyes as though to say ‘so this is the style of books you read!’ – to be honest the books weren’t really like that.
      Lynn 😀

  4. rabbitearsblog

    Awesome covers you got this week! I liked the first one the best, the one with the cross earrings! Here’s my Friday Face Off:


    • @lynnsbooks

      That is a lovely cover and the colours are dramatic.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    Oh good choice. I had a hard time with the theme so I did the “freebie.” I can’t say I’m crazy about any of these covers, and the last cover is the one I have (I agree, they are very “comic” looking with doesn’t necessarily fit the story). But I guess I would go with the first one as my favorite.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a lovely dramatic cover isn’t it – in terms of the colouring.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    My favorite is the bottom left, but familiarity might have something to do with it. I also love the art style though, there’s something so charming about it 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do like those covers but was always a bit puzzled by them. Although, it is a fun style series so there is that.
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, you’ve reminded me that I really need to go back, restart and continue reading this series.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I did eventually finish the series – although I wasn’t enamoured with the ending.
      It might work better for you.
      Lynn 😀

  8. sjhigbee

    I love this series, but I really don’t think much of any of the covers – your choice is the best and is the one I read, which never hurts. I grabbed the freebie option as I was a bit stymied by this one – which is a GREAT option to add, Lynn:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      I figured I should add in that whole ‘freebie’ idea – some of the themes can be a bit tough and it’s still good to highlight a cover you like isn’t it.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes, I think it was a stroke of genius!

  9. Carmen

    I love the first cover on the top row. The red looks very striking against the extra-white skin.

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