Friday Face Off : Raining Cats and Dogs


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:

Raining Cats and Dogs – a cover featuring a stormy sky

Well, I didn’t have any covers in mind for this week’s theme so I scrolled my Goodreads shelves and came up with American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett.  I really enjoyed this book and think the cover fits well:

Fewer choices this week but my favourite is still the version that I owned:


Check out these links for other bloggers cover choices:

The Bibliosanctum

Books Bones and Buffy


Next week – a cover featuring riders

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

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

15 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Raining Cats and Dogs”

  1. Tammy

    Ooh nice one. I never read this book but I will at some point. I love the original cover, I think that’s what grabbed my attention to begin with😊

  2. @lynnsbooks

    I really enjoyed RJB’s earlier works – this and The Troupe in particular.
    Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Perfect choice! That lightning strike that looks as if the colors were inverted is quite eye-catching 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah – like the after image left on the back of your eyelid?
      Lynn 😀

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    The cover you chose is definitely the best in my opinion. I’ve not heard of this book but it does look quite interesting.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a good read but I guess Bennett really struck literary gold with his City of Stairs series which has been really well received.
      Lynn 😀

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  6. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like the middle cover best, but it doesn’t seem to be for the same book as the other two (they both have a house being struck by lightning)

  7. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    Very American Gods-esque! 😀 I should really try Bennett’s early works.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed his earlier work – that being said his City of Stairs series is rather excellent and I’m not sure that going back is always as good an experience. But, I thought this was very good and The Troupe.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Great choice! I love that dramatic image. Also, this is a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time!

  9. Greg

    I like these covers! All three are good in their own way but I like the one you picked out as well.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, not a lot of covers for this particular book but I do like them – they’re all quite unusual.
      Lynn 😀

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