Friday Face Off : ‘the road goes ever on and on’


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:

Dark road – ‘the road goes ever on and on’

I thought I had lots of ideas for this week’s theme but then I spotted this one.  I listened to this a few years ago on audio, it was a special edition and it was really good.  Unfortunately I didn’t write a review but I thought I’d use this week’s theme to highlight the book:

Believe me when I say there were a lot of covers for this book – which isn’t really a surprise as it’s very popular.  I like some of these but my favourite is:


I don’t know why but this cover just works for me – perhaps it’s familiarity.

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 – Cold and crisp – any cover that gives you winter vibes

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.  


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

11th September – A cover with a pattern

18th September – Minimalistic, 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.


16 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘the road goes ever on and on’”

  1. sjhigbee

    This is a really good choice for this week’s theme, which I did struggle with a bit. But there are some cracking covers here. My favourite is gods8 – I love the dark leaves and dramatic midnight blue cover, while the white and red title also gives a sense of the US flag – as well as blood staining the lettering. It’s cleverly done and one of the least cluttered. The other one I really loved was the one with yellow lightning snaking through Gaiman’s name – but that horrid yellow blob ruined it! Have a great weekend, Lynn:))

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  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Not having read the book – yet – I was intrigued by the number of covers featuring lightning strikes as one of their elements. Nonetheless I like your choice: the halo of light around that bare tree hints at profound mysteries… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I love that edition, it just strikes a chord with me.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I think I like #5 the best, the 10th Anniversary edition. Its so atmospheric 😁 Great choice Lynn!

  5. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    Wow, I really liked the 4th one the best. Don’t know how it fits with the book as I’ve not read it but man, is it gorgeous!

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are so many covers for this one that you can’t fail to be pleased by one of them.
      Lynn 😀

  6. proxyfish

    Oh I’m definitely with you on this one! The simple print illustration is just lovely and makes the cover stand out more because it’s so clean and different! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Simplicity and clean lines – works like a charm.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yep, I like that one too – it’s classic!

  8. waytoofantasy

    Great pick for this week! I also love that blue cover, I think all the others look too photographic for me. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, they do have a photographic feel to them don’t they – I don’t think I’d really thought about that.
      Lynn 😀

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