#wyrdandwonder : Friday Face Off :   “simples”


(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

FFOHere 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.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

  “simples” – A favourite fantasy cover 

I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this week.  And, at the same time I have to confess that I found that the freedom that came with choosing a favourite cover was a lot more difficult than I expected!  Probably because there are A LOT of great covers out there so choosing one to highlight was difficult.  I’ve gone with the first two books in the series and this is a Face Off for the two different sets of covers.  This week I’ve gone for the Golgotha series by RS Belcher:


I like both of these sets of covers but my favourite set of covers, without doubt, is below:

(I’ve added the third book in the series so you can see the full set – there isn’t a tarot card version available for Queen of Swords at the moment).

Which one is your favourite?

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 we can all visit and check out each others covers.  Thanks

I’ve updated the list and included themes through to the end of 2019 – I’ve also included events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share that let me know in the comments).  I also have a list prepared for 2020 and so will set up a separate page soon for forthcoming themes.  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment.

Next week – A cover that makes you think of Summer 

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


(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

7th June  – “One swallow does not make a summer” – A cover that makes you think of Summer 

14th June – “Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly.” – A cover featuring something sweet

21st June – Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

28th June – “And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas” – A cover that is striped

5th July – “The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe… has been answered” –  a cover featuring something/somebody historic 

12th July – A wrap around cover

19th July – “You can’t choose between life and death when we’re dealing with what is in between.” – A cover that is grainy or looks like ‘white noise’

26th July – “Ludo ….. down” – A cover that is Upside Down

2nd August – “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.” A cover featuring children

9th August – “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.” – A cover featuring Pirates

16th August – “The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes” – a cover featuring feathers

23rd August – A cover that is a movie tie in

30th August – “I wandered lonely as a cloud” – a cover that is predominantly yellow

6th September “Warm September brings the fruit” – a cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

13th September – Friday the 13th – unlucky for some!  A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

20th September – “Your hair is winter fire,January embers.” – A cover featuring hair

27th September – Freebie

4th October – “Feed me Seymour” – A cover that is 60s horror

11th October – ““And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.”  – a cover featuring an Inn

18th October – “It’s your favorite scary movie, remember? He had on the white mask, he stalked the babysitters.” – A cover featuring a scream

25th October – for Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

(I’m hoping that November will once again bring to us SciFiMonth – Twitter @SciFiMonth)

1st November – A cover that is predominantly grey

8th November – “big badda boom” – a cover that features an explosion

15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot

22nd November – A cover that is Futuristic

29th November – “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” – a cover that is 60s sci fi

6th December – Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”  – a cover that puts you in mind of winter

13th December – A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

20th December – Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

27th December – the festive season – a cover that is glittery or sparkling

(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.)

16 Responses to “#wyrdandwonder : Friday Face Off :   “simples””

  1. Tammy

    Such a fun series! And these were my introduction to Belcher so I’ll be forever grateful. I love the original Tor covers😊

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m loving Belcher – finished is Wheel Brothers (well No.2) and hope for more.
      Lynn 😀

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  3. sjhigbee

    Yes… I’ll go with your favourites, Lynn. In particular that first cover is awesome – I immediately want to know what is going on… This is a series I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do need to complete this series but I do like this author.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The Tarot versions of the covers are very interesting, and this is the first time I’ve seen one of them! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      They are very interesting – I love tarot cards – to look at at least.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I don’t know, I kind of like both sets! The Tarot covers have so much personality!

    • @lynnsbooks

      They do – and I love Tarot cards – just that other set of covers !!

  6. Zezee

    I love both types. I love the figures on the first one, which is the one I often see. I almost bought the first book because of the cover. But I also like the Tarot card ones. They are pretty cool.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like both sets but the ones with the figures on just really stand out for me.
      Lynn 😀

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  8. waytoofantasy

    I have to say, I love the one that looks like an actual tarot card, that’s pretty cool.

  9. PerfectlyTolerable

    I agree with your favorite! I’m not a huge fan of the Tarot cards covers, and the Queen of Swords cover is awesome ❤

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t dislike the tarot covers but they don’t shout out to me like the others do.
      Lynn 😀

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