Friday Face Off : A train or tram – travelling down the track, could be old style, futuristic, overhead, down below.

FFO

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’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:

A train or tram

I have no idea what I had in mind this week.  I could come up with a couple of books with trains, or tunnels or tracks but I’m so puzzled that I didn’t go for some sort of holiday theme.  Anyway.  I’ve gone for a book that I’m fairly certain I’ve not used before – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (the 10th in the Hercule Poirot series).  Here is a very small selection of covers focusing on mainly those that fit the theme.

I like a few this week:

I like the first one for the iconic font for the author’s name.  The middle feels very typical ‘murder/mystery’ and makes me think of Cluedo for some strange reason.  The final cover has more muted tones which are easy on the eye and I like the angle of the train smoke that fills the top of the cover. But my favourite, which feels like a modern cover with an old fashioned nod in terms of the font for the author’s name, is:

AC1

Do you have a favourite?

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 –Cartoonish or graphic

2021

April

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

May

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

June

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

July

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

August

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

October

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

December

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

9 Responses to “Friday Face Off : A train or tram – travelling down the track, could be old style, futuristic, overhead, down below.”

  1. Greg

    That one’s my favorite too although I do like the 3rd one up there – something about the night scene and the train approaching. So many good covers for this book.

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I like how the train’s smoke turns into the background for the title in your choice! 🙂

  3. Tammy

    I love the first one too, very eye catching!

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  5. sjhigbee

    My favourite is the right-hand offering on the second line. I like the dark blue colouration with the steam train puffing through the night – and I’m always a sucker for the covers with Christie’s name in her own handwriting… Great choice for this week.

    By the way – I’d thought how cool that you hadn’t gone all eggy or Eastery with this week’s choice. And thought it was a subtle hint at the notion of holiday, without hitting us over the head with it:)).

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Ah a classic! I lilke a lot of these covers, actually. Yours is really cool though, because of the design alluding to blood drops!

  7. Lexlingua

    Totally agree with your choice. The others just have a train, but the train itself does not invite readers!

  8. jessicabookworm

    Your winner is the cover I have on my copy of this, Lynn! 😁

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