Friday Face Off : Dressed in White #VintageSciFiMonth


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:

Dressed in White – could be a person could be a landscape – or something else completely?

This week I’ve gone for a book that I haven’t read, in fact I haven’t read the author but would definitely like to do so.  Ursula K LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness.  This fits the theme and also works for the Vintage Sci Fi event (more info here and here).  Here are some of the covers:

I am a bit of a sucker for the SF Masterworks covers I must admit and at first glance I think my favourites are:

It’s difficult to choose really but at the moment my thoughts are leaning towards the footsteps in the snow and the figures retreating into the distance:


Do you have a favourite?  And have you read this book?  Is this a good starting point to pick up a LeGuin?

I’ve updated the list now to include themes for next year.  If you know of an event that’s coming up let me know and I’ll try and include covers that work for the event itself so that you can link up to the Friday Face Off and, 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.  Also, I would just mention that it’s very possible that some of these might be repeats from previous FFOs although I have tried to invent more ‘open ended’ prompt that can be interpreted differently and also prompts that relate to emotions.  Finally, don’t struggle with any of these, this is meant to be a fun way of highlighting books.  If you can’t come up with a book you think fits for a particular week use a freebie – perhaps a recent read for example:

Next week – Books with ‘Moon’ in the Title



Vintage Sci-Fi month – if you’re taking part you could try and find some vintage style covers

8th – Books with ‘Moon’ in the Title

15th – An Aerial encounter – spaceships and explosions

22nd – An Alien Encounter – ‘we come in peace’ or maybe not.

29th – A favourite classic or vintage sci-fi


5th – A Book with a romance that you enjoyed

12th – Furry – a beast, something cuddly, or a fur covering

19th – Serpentine – could be a snake, could be a snake-like font, could be a snakeskin style cover

26th – A book with ‘Magic’ in the Title


5th – March is named for the Roman God of War – a Roman style cover or a cover with a God or Gods or simply a book about war

12th – Middle Grade – choose whatever pleases you

19th – Ruin or derelict, old and worn, could be the book itself, a building, a place

26th – A picture within a picture


2nd – A train or tram – travelling down the track, could be old style, futuristic, overhead, down below.

9th – Cartoonish or graphic

16th – I have to have it – a cover that gave you ‘grabby hands’

23rd – Your current read (if it has covers to compare) or any recent read

30th– A series that you love – highlight all the books in the series


Month of Wyrd and Wonder

7th – A Series where the cover changed midway through – which style do you prefer most

14th – The earliest fantasy you recall reading – or the first fantasy book you really loved, maybe the book that kickstarted your love of fantasy

21st – The Top Hat

28th – The Hood


4th – The nose boop – any animal, or human, with a close up shot.

11th – A cover that annoyed you and why

18th – Out of Perspective, or make you feel a bit dizzy

25th – Upside down, back to front or topsy turvy


2nd – A book with a landscape you’d like to visit

9th – A Wicked Grin

16th – Books with ‘book’ in the title

23rd – A Black Hole – could be in the universe or going deep into the ground

30th – Chaos – maybe too much going on in this one


6th – “They cluck their thick tongues, and shake their heads and suggest, os so very delicately!” – The Motel

13th – A favourite holiday read

20th – Dressed to kill (could be literally someone dressed to kill, or someone dressed up for a big night out

27th – Sunbathing or on the beach

September (RIP event)

3rd – 1920s feel, noir detective

10th – I’m Henry the Eighth I am – let’s look at Kings or other Emperors/rulers

17th – Books with ‘Murder’ in the title

24th – A favourite thriller


1st – A Halloween read

8th – Chills – anything at all that almost makes you too scared to pick up the book (your own pet hate)

15th – Your favourite book of magic

22nd – Books with ‘Queen’ in the title

29th – Must be gothic

November – Sci Fi Month

5th – Your earliest sci-fi read or the first sci-fi you reviewed

12th – A book with ‘star’ in the title

19th – Futuristic vista

26th – A Black Hole – in the universe or going deep into the ground


3rd – Windswept, the classic figure, stood majestically, with wind blowing out in a fetching way

10th – A fairytale retold

17th – Winter Solstice approaching – anything cold and seasonal

24th – All things fire – red hair, red covers, fire breathing dragons, simply fire?

31st – What’s your catnip – if it’s on a cover you have to pick it up


25 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Dressed in White #VintageSciFiMonth”

  1. Steve Smith

    The seventh one is my winner, that iceburg with the monochrome backdrop is eye catching!

  2. Redhead

    Left Hand of Darkness is sooooo gooooood! and an excellent book to read in the winter! I’ve not read much LeGuin, so not sure what my opinion is worth, but I think it’s a great place to start with her work. There are other books that take place in the same universe that Left Hand of Darkness is written in, but this novel functions perfectly as a stand alone.

    I love the cover you chose as your favorite, because the two figures walking off into the snowy distance is, well, that image is very important in the plot of the book!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Cool – and if you say it’s a great place to start then it must be. Thanks
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    Great choice, and I’m sad that I haven’t read this. My favorite is #7 with the iceberg 😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Me too – perhaps this will be the year for me to pick up this author.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Oh, I like both your choice and the middle one of your three favorites 🙂

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I like that one, and I Also like the one with the yin yang – the purple of it is quite alarming!

  6. Greg

    Oh I love snowy white covers. I like the one with the footsteps the best, along with the 50 anniversary one and the fifth one listed as well. Those are awesome. And the only book I’ve read by LeGuin is Planet of Exile.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh – so did you enjoy Planet of Exile??
      I find that white covers are in short supply (or perhaps I’m not looking properly! I do love the anniversary edition but the footsteps cover really does intrigue me.
      Lynn 😀

      • Greg

        I love Planet of Exile but part of it is nostalgia- I read it as a kid and loved it. It’s a very short, kinda simple book. fun fact- when I read it now I see all kinds of plot things that remind me of GRRM’s Song of Ice and Fire.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Ooh, interesting fun fact.
        Lynn 😀

  7. Peyton @ wordwilderness

    I’m not usually a fan of white covers, but there are some good ones in here.

    I’ve heard good things about this author and hope to read her books someday!

    • @lynnsbooks

      My very thoughts – ‘someday’. Never say never.
      Lynn 😀

  8. sjhigbee

    The Left Hand of Darkness is a superb choice for the first book in 2021, Lynn… And my favourite is the middle one with the yin/yan symbol – clever and apt:)). Happy New Year!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Happy New Year Sarah. I do like that cover too – difficult to choose between the three really and a book and author I would very much liked to try.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Thank you, Lynn! Oh yes – this is definitely one of her very best books:)).

      • @lynnsbooks

        Excellent – well that makes two votes for this one then 😀

  9. Friday Faceoff –Perfect love is to feeling what perfect white is to color… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceoffwhitecovers | 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 – the first of 2021 – we are featuring WHITE covers. I’ve selected The One by […]

  10. Lexlingua

    I just joined in for the ride this year. This is such a fun meme, gives one something visual rather than text all the time. Except that… I posted it not on a Friday! Sheesh. Anyways, thanks for hosting this cool meme. ~My first Friday Face Off Post @Lexlingua

    My own favorite for Left Hand is the middle one in the second row. It reminds me of some of those old Soviet books I’d read long back – watercolors, a bit bleak, an old world feel.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Excellent – I checked out your post and loved your choice of book and cover. No worries about posting late – no hard and fast rules with this one. Look forward to seeing your future cover choices.
      Lynn 😀

  11. waytoofantasy

    Oh, I love the way you did this one, all of these covers together remind me of a snowy field. Love it. 🙂

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