Friday Face Off : A cover that is atmospheric


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:

Moody – a cover that is atmospheric,

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.

Again this week I had a few books in mind but I wanted to avoid books I’ve used in the past and the other books I thought of didn’t have alternative covers.  I eventually went for more of a horror book – Fevre Dream by George RR Martin.  Plenty of atmospheric covers for this one:


My favourite:



This one really appeals to me.  It’s ghostly looking and there’s something about the paleness of the steamboat – like it’s a reflection of the pale countenance of the vampires contained within and then the blood red waters seem to give a hint of the deadly goings on.

Do you have a 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 – out of focus – double vision or all a blur

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.  


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?


9 Responses to “Friday Face Off : A cover that is atmospheric”

  1. sjhigbee

    Ooo… what a fabulous choice for this week, Lynn. It happens to be one of my all-time favourite novellas! Such a wonderful read! And what a fantastic spread of covers… I’m taken with a number of them. The top far right-hand cover has to feature as this is the cover of the edition we own – and then I also like Fevre9 – those sepia tones and the elaborate font works really well. But in the end, I’m with you… that glowing book is stunning:).

  2. Friday Faceoff – Sea in a storm, night with no moon and the anger of a gentle man… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceoffatmosphericcovers | Brainfluff

    […] 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 we are featuring ATMOSPHERIC covers. I’ve selected The Wise Man’s Fear – Book 2 […]

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Great choice, and I love all three covers from the second row: all share that misty & mysterious quality that’s perfect for the story 🙂

  4. Tammy

    I love the one you picked, and I actually love all three in that second row. They all have the same feel to them😁

  5. jessicabookworm

    The copy I bought for my dad has the 10th cover and with its moody blue colour and the simple bloodied porthole, I think it is pretty cool. 🙂

  6. confessionsofayareader

    There are so many to choose from! I like the ones with the boats best. Any of those would likely be my choice.

  7. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I own this book but have never read it. Actually I like the cover with the creepy little creature on it because it makes me want to know more about the creepy little creature.

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Nice pick, I love the ghost ship effect! My favorite is the first one in the first row, I think.

  9. waytoofantasy

    Oh, good one. I do like the one you picked, never saw that one before, I’m also partial to the original. 🙂

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