Friday Face Off : “Ludo ….. down”


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:

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

The two books that sprang to mind for this were Neverwhere and I am Behind you but, I’ve featured both of those covers previously so wanted something different.  I’ve gone instead for the first book in Emma Newman’s Split World series.  This is a fantasy world that is quite different.  We have the modern day version of Bath, the land of the fae which exists alongside and then a layer in between separating the two – a reflection of the modern day version of Bath but that is set back in time.  Anyways here are the covers – only two I’m afraid this week

I like both of these covers.  The first has lots of little details taken from the story and I love the font.  The second is very dramatic with the top and bottom banners that make the centre piece stand out.  I think if push came to shove my favourite would be :


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 featuring children

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


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.


19 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “Ludo ….. down””

  1. foreverlostinlit

    I love both of these cover designs! I think I’m slightly more drawn to the first one for the typography and general design, but both are lovely. Great pick for this week, also!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I do love that font for the first cover.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I agree with your choice! And wow, I must have seen this cover dozens of times especially since I took part in the read along for it, but somehow I’ve never noticed that it had an upside down aspect to it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s very subtle really – i don’t know how I came to think of it tbh but I am glad I did.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Greg

    Ooh this one’s tough. I’m gonna go with the first one only because I LOVE that font, but they’re both awesome.

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Great choice and at first, I didn’t even realize there was an upside down element. I like the one you chose as well.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know -it just looks like a banner or something doesn’t it.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    I love upside down buildings! This is a great choice, and I agree with your favorite😁

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Lovely covers both, indeed, but your choice is perfect because of the mirror effect of course 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      That cover feels like it has a little bit more punch somehow.
      Lynn 😀

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  8. sjhigbee

    What a great choice, Lynn. And the first cover is my favourite – it’s that funky font that does it for me. But there isn’t a lot to choose between them:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      That font really is quite special isn’t it?
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        It certainly is! And refreshing to find a cover where I feel someone has taken suitable trouble over the font. I tend to have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about this issue regarding book cover design…

      • @lynnsbooks

        I also do love a good font.
        Lynn 😀

  9. waytoofantasy

    I really like this cover! It’s intricate and yet simple because of the color scheme. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I totally see what you mean, it is simple and yet the details and colour scheme make it dramatic somehow.
      Lynn 😀

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