Friday Face Off : “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”

Posted On 3 August 2018

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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:

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

I’m thinking there should be plenty of choice for this week’s theme so can’t wait to visit everyone’s blogs to see the covers.  My book choice this week is A Closed and Common Orbit (book 2 of the Wayfarers series) by Becky Chambers – which seems particularly relevant as book 3 (Record of a Spaceborn Few) has recently been released and is gaining lots of favourable attention.

My covers:

I actually really like the bottom two covers – which, yes, the majority of the cover in both cases is text but they just work for me.  I think my favourite just has to be the first cover – it puts me in mind of old sci fi movie posters:


Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover with a mask

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

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

27 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.””

  1. Carmen

    The one you chose is nice. I like it, as I do the first one on top.

  2. mervih

    I like the last cover best but they’re all nice.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think the last cover has won hands down this week.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    That’s my favorite as well. I’m getting real close to trying this feature one week. I always have so much fun visiting everyone!

  4. Tammy

    Fantastic choice for this week! I love the last cover best, I think because of the amount of stars on the cover.

  5. Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

    I agree, the retro look makes the book cover resemble a classic sci-fi movie post and looks good.👍📚

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love those covers but the UK ones are definitely winning the FFO for everyone else I think.
      Lynn 😀

  6. waytoofantasy

    Love that you chose this book for the theme! I think I’m partial to the UK covers on this one! I do like the old school scifi feel the US ones evoke, but I think I’m just naturally drawn to the UK one more for some reason. I really want to get some copies from Book Depository with the UK covers. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, everyone loves the UK covers – I’m just an oddball lol
      Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy

        Hah, no I see the appeal for sure. It’s just not my particular style. 🙂

  7. sjhigbee

    What a wonderful choice for this week’s theme! And a fabulous book:)). I prefer the cover on the right – those beautiful stars give me tingles…

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a lovely cover. Can’t wait to read the latest book.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Nadine - todaysechoes

    That’s not my favourite cover, but I never thought of it as reflective of older sci-fi movies and you’re totally right! Makes me like the cover more haha 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      It doesn’t seem to be other people’s favourites but it always gave me a late 60’s retro movie poster vibe which I loved.
      Lynn 😀

  9. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The right bottom cover has that wonderful motif of shooting stars that I find quite appealing…

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  11. PerfectlyTolerable

    I really like the 4th and last cover! But they are all really pretty!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I think all the covers for this one are easy to like.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Haha, this and the first book were also options I considered featuring this week before I settled on The Space Between the Stars. My favorite is probably the UK cover, only because the text doesn’t take up so much of the sky, making it feel bigger.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I think a lot of people like the UK cover for this book. I just love the crazy b’-movie poster feel.
      Lynn 😀

  13. jessicabookworm

    The title of this book didn’t at first ring a bell and then I saw that bottom right cover; that lovely cover has definitely caught my eye before 🙂

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