Friday Face Off : “Live long and prosper.” 


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 (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – 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:

Vintage sci fi – “Live long and prosper.” 

A lot of the new themes are open to interpretation which might make choosing the covers and seeing other’s choices very interesting.  I can’t stress enough that this is all about your own interpretation and hopefully this new open feel to the meme will bring a larger selection of books and covers.  It’s not supposed to be hard work, there are no rules, just enjoy yourself.

This week I confess I’m not entirely sure what I had in mind – but, hopefully everyone will put their own spin on this.  Thinking of living long and prospering I’ve gone for a modern sci fi book that’s all about finding new planets to colonise.  This was a good read, very different from what I expected but very good.  And, whilst this is a new book it has a cover that feels vintage so I wanted to use it.  This week I’ve gone for Semiosis by Sue Burke.  As with last week, not a lot of covers but one in particular feels quite retro:


I’ll be updating the list in order to include forthcoming 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).  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment – or if you’d like to host a week then simply let me know 😀

Next week –  Horizon – remember, this doesn’t need to be a vintage cover, I’m using sci fi themes because it’s Vintage Sci Fi month.

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ or one of your favourite covers) (I’ve added some new themes – some of these are slightly different, in order to avoid too much repetition I’m trying to make the themes more of a suggestion that everyone can interpret how they like.  


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

17th January – Horizon – “Your “beautiful” ship killed its crew, Doctor.”

24th January – Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat – this could be a chinese style cover, something with a rat or rates, or any interpretation that comes to mind.

31st January – First Contact – “Ack, Ack, Ack, we come in peace”

7th February – Lion- “Is that a lion with horns and a pitchfork?”

14th February – romantic – “thus with a kiss I die”

21st February – meringue – the puffy dress? – Lots of covers with ‘big’ dresses

28th February – Leap Year – One Ring to rule them all – A cover with a ring

6th March – Skeleton – them bones, them bones, them dry bones…

13th March – Exotic – ‘That which yields, is not always weak”, a place, a person, a flower – anything that represents something from distant lands.

20th March – Brown – a cover or covers that are brown

27th March – Freebie – choose one of your favourite covers

3rd April Fools – a trick of the eye – a cover that is more than meets the eye.

10th April – Moody – a cover that is atmospheric,

17th April – out of focus – double vision or all a blur

24th April – Armour – ‘“Pretty armour doesn’t make a warrior.”

1st May – Canine – “And then there were cats, thought Dog.:

8th May – graphic novel cover – “Love belongs to Desire, and Desire is always cruel”

15th May – pink – as pink as cotton candy – any cover that is pink

22nd May – Sorrow – a cover that makes you feel sad

29th May – Silhouette – an island, a person, anything you like

5th June – Flight – any type of flight – to flee, to fly

12th June – The bodice ripper – exactly as it seems

19th June – Time – time waits for no one

26th June – Windows – windows to the soul?


19 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “Live long and prosper.” ”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Love your pick! I haven’t seen that cover for this book, but I like it – and I like the vintage feel.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I was very happily surprised to see that. trying my best to use some newer books for FFO but it isn’t always possible.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Greg

    Ooh I like that one too- the one you picked out. Has an almost old school feel, and I never would have thought about the jaws thing but you’re right!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love that old school feel and was so pleased to see that cover, it’s so very different from the original.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    That second cover is a new one I’ve never seen before, I love it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know, I was really surprised and it’s so completely different.
      Lynn 😀

  4. confessionsofayareader

    I think I really like the third cover for some reason. Great choice!

  5. cherylmahoney

    That is a super beastly-looking ship! Very cool choice.

    I went for a vintage Star Trek book this week 🙂

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I love your choice! There is that definite feeling of a colonization outpost, including the wreck (?) of the ship being probably cannibalized to build something else.
    And yes, it looks like the maw of a hungry creature… 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      This was a goodread, quite different to what I expected and yes, I recall that the ship was wrecked. And phew, glad it’s not just me thinking the ship looks like a hungry creature.
      Lynn 😀

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  8. sjhigbee

    This is a great choice – and yes, your favourite is also mine. Such a delightful old-school vibe…

  9. waytoofantasy

    For these cover choices, I definitely liked the one you went with, looks cool. 🙂

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