Friday Face Off : ‘At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.’


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:

Tunnel – ‘At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.’

So, what on earth was I thinking with this theme.  I struggled to find that elusive ‘tunnel’ I’m sure I could have found something from the classics but I wanted to go with something more recent.  Now, this may come across as a little bit of a cheat – but I say it looks like a tunnel.  My book this week is In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey and here are the covers – only three for this one:

Obviously two of these covers are very similar but I think the difference in sepia/black and white does make a difference.

My favourite:


It has to be this one.  It’s like something out of a fairytale.  Not really a tunnel in the conventional sense, but then that character does look like she’s walking into something doesn’t she – probably trouble.

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 – olding an object – just as it seems

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 July – holding an object – just as it seems

24th July – Framed – more meanings than one.  A cover with a frame, a picture within a cover or a murder mystery set up??

31st July – White – a cover that is predominantly white

7th August – Action – a cover that depicts action of some sort

14th August – Glasses or spectacles – “One could mention many lovable traits in Smee. For instance, after killing, it was his spectacles he wiped instead of his weapon.”

21st August – Potions –  hubble bubble

28th August – Dark road – ‘the road goes ever on and on’

4th September – Cold and crisp – any cover that gives you winter vibes

11th September – A cover with a pattern

18th September – Minimalistic and lacking clutter

25th September – A very busy cover full to bursting with detail

2nd October – A standout font

9th October – Mist/fog – “A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in England.”

16th October – Spider web – “Farewell, Aragog, king of the arachnids, whose long and faithful friendship those who knew you would never forget!

23th October – Ripped/torn – interpret it as you wish

30th October – Forest/jungle – ‘None of the Jungle People like being disturbed.’

6th November – Planets – “You’re on Earth. There’s no cure for that.”

13th November – Bright – ‘The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades’.

20th November – Words only – “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

27th November – Modern sci fi

4th December –  Fae – or fairy??

11th December – Lake – the mysterious lake

18th December – Highly Stylised

25th December- Freebie – or day off.


24 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.’”

  1. proxyfish

    What a beautiful illustration! That is my favourite tunnel ever! I struggled to find any hint of a traditional tunnel too, though the classics (maybe Agatha Christie?) would probably have something more suitable! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know there are more tunnels out there! Just couldn’t drum up the necessary incentive to dig them out.

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  3. sjhigbee

    What a lovely choice of book and the artwork is beautiful – puts me in mind of the lovely UK Temeraire covers… And I completely agree with your favourite.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, it’s the same lovely style as the temeraire covers.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh absolutely – and they are such classy covers:)).

  4. Tammy

    This was tough for me too, but I finally found a book. I love your choice, those trees do look like a tunnel😁

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    That’s one amazing cover! I like the sense of depth it gives, and also the sensation of mystery and unknown dangers… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, so much to be read into that cover. I really like it very much
      Lynn 😀

  6. confessionsofayareader

    Nice choice! I think I like the third one best, but they’re all great.

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  9. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    All the covers are cool and I agree, the sepia tones are much better than the more black and white ones. I still need to read this book!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I love that cover. The book didn’t wow me quite as much as I would have liked so I’d be interested to get your take.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Ooh, a tunnel of wood! That totally counts, and what amazing imagery that creates!

  11. waytoofantasy

    I really love that cover, it reminds me of the old style engraving prints.

  12. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Hi there Lynn! I also like the sepia color one. It definitely feels like a fairytale. I’ve tried to do a Friday Face off last week with my normal Friday post, still need to learn a lot! Will try again tomorrow.

    Here’s last Friday’s post: Weekend Book Friends

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