Friday Face Off : “big badda boom”


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 – I’ll be updating the list next week to include themes for 20202, 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 is:

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

So, I found this a lot more difficult than I expected.   Hope it was easier for everyone else.  Anyway though, I found a book that was recommended to me a good number of years ago, but I forgot the name and one thing led to another and I basically forgot.  Has anybody read this one: On the Beach by Nevil Shute:

My favourite:


Which is your favourite?

I’ve 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 then 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 features a robot

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


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

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.


21 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “big badda boom””

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    That’s my favorite one too. I don’t know what it is about that kind of art style, but I find it very appealing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, me too, probably the simplicity which belies the effectiveness of how much it actually gets across.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I like the one you chose as well. It is kind of simplistic, which makes it very eye-catching.

  3. Tammy

    I read this YEARS ago, I think I actually had to read it in school! I love #4 the best. This was a great idea for this week, and yes, it was harder than I thought it would be.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I can’t believe how tough this week was, I really thought it would be a doddle.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Carmen

    I agree. The others are much too grim with the mushroom cloud.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really like the style of this one – something very simplistic about it.
      Lynn 😀

  5. confessionsofayareader

    I’ve never heard of this one, but I do like your cover choice best.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was so pleased to come across this – it was recommended to me a while ago and I completely forgot the title but recognised it as soon as it popped up.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I know I read this one – and I’m aware of the story it tells – but it’s been so long that the details have been lost… The first cover of the first row looks quite ominous: the bomb’s mushroom is just suggested, but the incoming dark clouds are very effective… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Will keep it on my wishlist for now then – even if you can’t recall the fine details of a book you usually have that warm glow if it’s something you loved and that’s not coming across.
      Lynn 😀

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  8. PerfectlyTolerable

    Great choice! I agree with your favorite 🙂

  9. Greg

    I think the one you picked is my favorite too. I like that one a lot!

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  11. sjhigbee

    Ooo… I’m so glad you’ve chosen this one – I used it a while ago for Faceoff Friday. I love Shute’s writing and this one really stayed in my head after I’d read it. He is one of the rare authors that I’ve reread and I was pleasantly surprised at just how fresh his writing feels. This one is a grim warning and was written as the Cold War was just getting going. So my favourite is no 4 with the mushroom cloud as it really sums up the book. Great choice, Lynn:))

  12. waytoofantasy

    I have never even heard of this one, but it looks intriging. 🙂

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