Friday Face Off : “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

Posted On 12 October 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:

“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”  – A cover for a mystery novel

I hope everyone had fun with this one – I had a few books in mind but I couldn’t resist going for a classic : The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes #5) by Arthur Conan Doyle.  My covers:

My favourite this week:


I’m trying to add a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish – of course, I may have botched this up (and won’t find out until the post is published) in which case please leave your link in the comments.  Thanks

Next week – a horror cover

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

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 (i.e. Guy Fawkes, Gunpowder Plot – think fires, fireworks, historical)

9th November – ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’ – A cover featuring 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

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24 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.””

  1. Greg

    Ooh such moody, atmospheric covers! I like the second and third ones, with the moonlit scenes, and also the eighth and ninth ones.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Lots of great covers for this one which isn’t really a surprise for one of the classics. Difficult to choose between some of them.
      Lynn 😀

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  3. sjhigbee

    What a great choice of book, Lynn! I’ve also gone for a classic this week, too:) As for my favourite – I like the one you’ve selected, but I’m also drawn to hound10 – another action-packed cover. As for the French hound12 – I’m not sure WHAT he’s looking at through his magnifying glass, but it’s certainly not a dog…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I’ll have to examine that one a bit more closely.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I look forward to hearing what you think he’s examining…

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Wow, wonderful choice and a lot of great ones to chose from. I like #7 and #8 the best. #7 has an awesome looking hound but #8 is rather eye-catching. Too many good ones – great job!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Lots of good covers for this book – it made it very difficult to choose.Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    #6 and #7 are my favorites. These are all really good covers! And btw, thanks for explaining Bonfire Night, I was clueless😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – it hadn’t really occurred to me about the Bonfire Night theme needing explaining – sometimes I can be a bit dense and forget that such things are not universal. Personally, Bonfirm Night has never been a tradition I’ve understood or enjoyed.Lynn 😀

  6. waytoofantasy

    Oooh, a classic! I really love the one with the street scene. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love the classics – they always have such a lot of great covers.
      Lynn 😀

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    What a terrifyingly apt cover you choose! The light in the hound’s eyes has something of a… spectral quality that makes it shiver-worthy! 🙂

  8. Jackie

    Yay, you did it! The Mr. Linky I mean 🙂 It works great, doesn’t it? Anyway… the covers with the hound dogs are my pick, so that includes your choice. Have a great weekend!

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  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I like the far right cover in the first row. It’s one of the few where we get to see classic Sherlock Holmes!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it’s always good to get a shot of the man himself. I pretty much like all these covers – I only really chose the ones I liked because there were so many.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    I like the top right one with Sherlock in full profile, even though it doesn’t feature a hound! And next week I’ll 100% join you! Horror has some great covers. 😀

  12. Daniela Ark

    oh what a fu meme! I think my fav is the last one! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is fun – you should join in and find some more lovely covers to throw into the mix.
      Lynn 😀

  13. jessicabookworm

    Great choice Lynn! My copy of this has the pretty scary snapping hound cover on the fourth row! :-O

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