Friday Face Off : “Your ‘beautiful’ ship killed its crew, Doctor.”


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:

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

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.

Hopefully horizon is a nice easy theme for everyone.  I’m trying to stick to my idea of showcasing some newer books wherever possible so this week I’ve gone for a book I’ve not yet read – although I’ve just picked up the audio version and plan to start it next week.  My book this week is Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson – both this and the first cover have a version that has a lot of action taking place on the horizon.  Here are the covers this week:

Not a lot of covers this week as this is a very new book.  That middle cover is a bit unusual isn’t it – on first glance it reminded me of a lego figure (a zombie lego figure)!

I really like the first cover which by happy coincidence fits the horizon theme perfectly –  just check out everything that’s going on:


Which is your favourite?

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 – Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

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.

24th January – Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat – this could be a chinese style cover, something with a rat or rats, 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?


18 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “Your ‘beautiful’ ship killed its crew, Doctor.””

  1. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    So I clearly see how people love the UK versions over the US. They are stunning. But I’m going out on a limb here and saying that I kind of like zombie lego woman. Call me odd 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I knew that somebody would love that one – but do you see the lego zombie comparison? Or is that just me being weird.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    I think I still like the US cover the best. Such great covers all around, though. And a series I still need to read😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      The first book was so good – I couldn’t resist picking up an audio copy and can’t wait to start it.
      Lynn 😀

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    […] was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This meme is being nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and this week the theme for finding covers is HORIZON. I’ve selected one of my all-time favourite […]

  4. sjhigbee

    Great choice, Lynn! I picked up the first book in this series and have yet to get around to it – but am very much looking forward to it:)). I have to go with your favourite, too. And as you say, this time around – there are all sorts of directions we can go in. You’ll be shocked to know that I opted for a spacescape:).

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Your choice is a very dramatic one – and I meant that in a very positive sense! Even though I have no idea of the story, I like those… hanging rocks (??) and the sense of impending doom that transpires from the cover . 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It really does have a great impact and I can’t wait to pick it up. I loved the first.
      Lynn 😀

  6. confessionsofayareader

    I like that cover best, too.

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I like all the covers for this! But definitely I like how all his UK covers have that cool monochromatic look 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the first one just reminded me of Star Wars for some reason and from there on out I was hooked.
      Lynn 😀

  8. waytoofantasy

    Nice one, I like all of these covers! I guess going with the theme I’d pick the one you did. 🙂

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