Friday Face Off : An Alien Encounter


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.  I’m currently linking up with Vintage Sci-Fi and if you also want to link up then please do so but this isn’t a requirement simply my way of highlighting events.  This week’s theme:

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

This week I’ve gone for another vintage sci-fi book and one that I haven’t read yet but have picked up for the Vintage Sci Fi event this year – and I may be able to squeeze it in before the end of the month.  The Time Traders by Andre Norton.  Have you read this one?  Did you enjoy it.  Anyway, here are a few of the covers:

My favourites this week :

Do you have a favourite?  And have you read this book?

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 –A favourite classic or vintage sci-fi.



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

29th – A favourite classic or vintage sci-fi (or use any favourite sci-fi cover)


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


13 Responses to “Friday Face Off : An Alien Encounter”

  1. sjhigbee

    Of course – Andre Norton is an excellent choice! My favourite is the bottom left – I love the way we are looking at the scene through the ragged edges of a wrecked spaceship.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m hoping to squeeze this one in before the end of the month. Have you read it?
      Lynn 😀

  2. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Hi there Lynn! Nope, haven’t read it. But I did decide to join you again this week! I think I’ve only read a couple of books with alien encounters, but remembers my childhood favorite one quite well!

    Hope you will have a good weekend!

    Elza Reads

  3. Tammy

    I haven’t read this, but I love the retro covers. I think the last one is my favorite😁

  4. confessionsofayareader

    Great pick this week!

  5. Greg

    Ah, good old Andre Norton. I’ve read a ton of her stuff but not this one. I like that sixth one, for some reason- the Ace edition- although the last one has a very retro look that, while I don’t love it, I do like the image of the ship stuck in the ice.

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    The first one of your picks is my favorite – so adventurous!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I really like the angle of that one – it does have a very adventurous feel which is what I expect from this book.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    So very old school–love them all haha.

  8. Lexlingua

    Wow, there are all kinds of books by Andre Norton! Versatile genius, eh? I like best the second book in the second row, feel as if the lines in the artwork are more detailed. Another fun FFO!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, an author I haven’t yet read but I have picked up something which I’m hoping to read soon.
      Lynn 😀

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