Friday Face Off : ‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’ 


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:

‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’  – A scary cover

There are so many books for this week’s theme so I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with.  I discarded quite a few – and I know that at the back of my mind I have a particular cover that really scared me but I just couldn’t dredge it up.  However, I think that Coraline by Neil Gaiman has some brilliant covers and the Other Mother gives me the serious heebees with all the buttons and needles and eyes *shivers*.  There are a lot of covers for this book, as you may imagine, so I’ve selected only a few:

In terms of fitting the theme I’d have to highlight:

I think though that my favourite is:


Like last week I’ve added  a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish or please leave me a link in the comments so I can visit and check out your covers.  Thanks

Next week – A cover featuring a mermaid/man

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

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

21 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’ ”

  1. Carmen

    Yes. I agree. That movie gives me the creeps. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I love that – a movie that gives me the creeps.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    The Other Mother – she STILL terrifies me. I like the same one you chose and next to that, I like the second one on the top with the house. It’s kind of cool. I just read the book this year and enjoyed it. However, I saw the movie when it first came out and talk about terrifying. If I was a kid seeing that, I’d have lost sleep for sure!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, right? I would not have wanted to see that as a child – the whole thing with the buttons, and needles and eyes – ahhhhhhhhhhhh. But I love the book and the movie.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    This is a really scary set of covers – oh well done, Lynn! The most frightening as far as I’m concerned is Coraline2… that partially formed face without the eyes makes me physically flinch!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – there are such a lot of great covers for this book, which doesn’t surprise me because – Gaiman – but even so, so good.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Kaitlin (leviosanotleviosa)

    This was such a good book to choose – so many amazing options. I agree with your choice, though I do think that the Koralina cover is also terrifying. This is my first time participating in this meme – my list is here:

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hi, thanks for joining in and for the comment. I love Coraline but then I think Neil Gaiman is an amazing author – which isn’t to say that I’ve adored everything he’s ever written, I’m not too fond of some of his short stories for example, but when he writes stories like this and the Graveyard Book and Neverwhere – I’m all over that.
      Lynn 😀

  5. waytoofantasy

    Great choice of book and I love the cover you went with in the end. I do love a blue cover. 🙂

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  7. PerfectlyTolerable

    I never watched the movie because it looked too scary 😂😂 But I agree with your cover choice!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The movie is a little bit scary – the ‘other mother’ – wow! But I love it. The imagination, creativity, the colours the artwork is fantastic. In fact Coraline is one of the few movies that I think is even better than the book – and I really like the book. It’s a visual feast.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    The middle right cover was my favorite until I saw your pick. Then I changed it to yours. The tree limbs as a hand and fingers is genius!

  9. Greg

    I like the one you picked out as well, with the grasping tree and the large moon, the girl and thee cat. That’s a great cover.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Some lovely covers for this book – well, Neil Gaiman’s books quite often have lovely covers to be fair.
      Lynn 😀

  10. jennifertarheelreader

    I absolutely love your favorite, Lynn. How the tree looks like a creepy hand about to grab her- too good! There are lots of pretty ones though.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, Gaiman’s books always have lots of lovely covers to choose from.
      Lynn 😀

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