Friday Face Off : “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.”


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:

“He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.” – A cover that is ‘noir’

I had one obvious choice for this week’s theme which I think is suitable and has the word ‘noir’ in the title – so win/win: Noir by Christopher Moore

My covers:


My favourite this week:

There was only one winner this week – it has to be the first cover which is just so spot on for the theme in my opinion:


  1. The Bibliosanctum
  2. BooksBonesBuffy
  3. Bookwraiths
  4. BooksandBeyondReviews
  5. Jackiesforgetmenots

Leave me a link and I’ll add you to the list 😀

Next week – a cover for a mystery novel

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

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 “Friday Face Off : “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.””

  1. Jackie

    I really love this meme! Christopher Moore has quirky books that’s for sure and Noir, is perfect and that font! Is that a snakes tail in the bottom left-hand corner? I agree with your choice as well but the other one is nice too. It’s more modern I think. So yea. So you haven’t figured out how to insert/install the linky widget yet? Mr. Linky is what I use and all you need to do is register for an account.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love this meme too – I love covers and this is just one way to give them a spotlight.
      Mr Linky – no I haven’t figured it out – it seemed like I have to sign up for a different WordPress account by the looks of it so I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to do that. I’ll have another look to see if I’ve got the wrong idea.
      Lynn 😀

      • Jackie

        No, heck. You don’t need anything but to register for an account with mr. linky. I mean I can put a mr. linky widget on my post just to show you. I can also remove it afterwards. You’ll need to insert it every week, which is fun. My wordpress is free.

  2. Carmen

    Yes, I agree. 🙂

  3. Tammy

    Great choice, and you get bonus points for a book that includes the word “noir.” I love your pick, definitely the best one!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Tammy – I only had a couple of possibilities and this was the only one with more than one cover.
      Lynn 😀

  4. waytoofantasy

    Love this cover you picked! It’s so pulpy. 🙂

  5. Friday Face Off: Noir – Perfectly Tolerable

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  6. PerfectlyTolerable

    I agree completely with your choice. The other cover is weird 😂😂

    My link –

  7. Jackie

    Lyn, it worked! It is easy without having to add everyone’s links by hand. Just install a few lines of code and voila! People should be able to use it lol

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Perfect, spot-on cover: it reminds me of some movie posters from that era… 🙂

  9. Greg

    I like this one the best too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Greg. I guess I had a 50:50 chance of picking the best one eh?
      Lynn 😄

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This would have been my book pick if I hadn’t found another one this week, so I already knew which I would like best – definitely your choice!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was astonished that we all found different covers tbh. This was tougher than I expected.
      Lynn 😄

  11. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    That right one looks…very odd, to say the least! Definitely the left one for me. I love the “distressed magazine” look of it :D. And I really should join you guys on this sometime!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes. Join us. Do. Next week is murder mystery. You’ll smash it!

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