Friday Face Off : “I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams.” 


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:

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

I like this theme and did have a few covers in mind but I decided to go with : The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars #1) by Ian Tregillis – I loved this book but do need to catch up with No.2.

My covers:

I’m really torn between the first two covers.  I really like the depth of the first cover and the mechanical heart in the second is so intricate and detailed.  My favourite this week is:



Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring a starry sky

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

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


20 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams.” ”

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  2. Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

    Yep, agree with your choice.👍📚

  3. waytoofantasy

    I love that cover with the clockwork heart, so beautiful and intriguing. Great pick!

  4. Tammy

    We have the same favorite cover, I love that illustration of a heart. I need to read this!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a great book and I’m kicking myself because I bought book 2 and still haven’t read it. It’s the old bought vs review syndrome!
      Lynn 😀

  5. sjhigbee

    Oh yes! That clockwork heart is absolutely stunning:)). What a good choice for this week’s subject, Lynn.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I was really happy when I came across this one on my sheld – tbh, I’m not in love with the original red cover for the book I read, in fact it would normally put me off! But it’s such a good read so was happy to see the alternative covers.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    That mechanical heart is indeed eye catching!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was really happy when I thought of this book – it’s a great read and I think it really deserves a lot more attention.
      Lynn 😀

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  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Haha, yep, we chose the same book, isn’t it weird! Or maybe not so weird, since I had multiple options but when I went through them all, this book hands down had the most interesting covers on offer! I went with the same winner 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      And it’s such a good read too. As soon as I spotted it on my shelf I had my fingers crossed that there would be more than one cover and so was well pleased.
      Lynn 😀

  9. PerfectlyTolerable

    I agree with your pick! That is a great cover! I also like the Italian one!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – the Italian one was so close to being my favourite.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Carmen

    I agree, though I also like the last one.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I also like the last one and it was almost a toss up between that and my favourite.
      Lynn 😀

  11. bkfrgr

    Ha! Cool! You and Mogsy picked good! 😀 And you both chose the best cover – that mechanical heart is the bomb. 😀

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