Friday Face Off :  “You can’t choose between life and death when we’re dealing with what is in between.”


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 liste d 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:

 “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’

I quite enjoyed this week’s theme – probably because it wasn’t quite as tough as I’d imagined.  I was thinking a ghost style story would have worked well for this or maybe something sci-fi – or a horror book like the Ring? I’ve gone for The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch – it was actually the book I had in mind in particular for this theme but I didn’t know if there’d be any variety in covers so I was quite happily surprised to find 8 or 9 choices.  Here they are:

The first cover was the one I read and the cover that gave me the idea for ‘white noise’.  I find myself drawn to the two covers below which really couldn’t be further apart in terms of design:

Difficult to choose between these but I quite like the solitary figure walking away:


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 is Upside Down

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


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.


18 Responses to “Friday Face Off :  “You can’t choose between life and death when we’re dealing with what is in between.””

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I liked both of the ones you picked for different reasons. The one looks snowy and I like that but the other looks more ominous.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Strangely enough both of them fit the book really well for entirely different reasons.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    Great choice! And I’m surprised to see so many covers too. My favorites are #4 and #6😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had this book on my mind but I suspected that there would be no alternatives so it was a surprise.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The cover on the left in the first row is my favorite: it carries a… Stranger Things vibe I find fascinating 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Nice – I hadn’t considered that Stranger things vibs.
      Lynn 😀

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  5. sjhigbee

    I’m with Maddalena – I love the eerieness of that film-negative effect. But I think this is a great choice for this week, which I also had great fun with:)

  6. Greg

    I like that cover the best too- although the first one is also nice. This book was a trip too!

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This one has such nice covers! I have it in mind for several themes as well, because they are so varied, they fit a lot of topics. I love the one you chose.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I was surprised by the variety of covers tbh.
      Lynn 😀

  8. waytoofantasy

    Like a few of these. I like the reddish one too, has a neat look to it it.

  9. PerfectlyTolerable

    Great Choice this week 😀 I like the astronaut one that was your second favorite!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I definitely struggled to choose between the two.
      Lynn 😀

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