Friday Face Off : ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November,’

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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, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – 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. This week’s theme:

 ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November,’ – A cover inspired by Bonfire Night (i.e. Guy Fawkes, Gunpowder Plot – think fires, fireworks, historical)

I thought I would have had more books to choose from with a fire theme but I’ve already used a couple in the past and didn’t want to reuse them so I’ve gone this time for Blackwing (Raven’s Mark #1) by Ed McDonald:

The first cover really fits the theme this week – it looks like a fire is blazing at the back of the character and it almost has the appearance of black ash raining down upon him.  My favourite:

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Like last week I’ve added  a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish or please leave me a link in the comments so I can visit and check out your covers.  Thanks

Next week – a cover featuring a critter of the eight legged variety

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ of one of your favourite covers)

9th November – ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’ – A cover featuring a critter of the eight legged variety

16th November – There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’  – A scary cover

23rd November – ‘The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!’ – A cover featuring a mermaid/man

30th November – “..the children of the night. What music they make!” – a cover with a vampire

7th December – ‘I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.’ – A cover featuring a hero

14th December -“Heavy is the head that wears the crown”  – A cover featuring a crown

21st December – ‘ho, ho, ho’ – A seasonal cover

28th December – A freebie – choose one of your favourite titles and compare the covers

2019

4th January – A cover that is fresh – New beginnings for a New Year

11th January – ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’ – A cover that depicts a novel set in the Tudor period

18th January – A cover featuring an Amulet – either in the cover or title

25th January – ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ – A cover featuring a monk/priest/person of the cloth

1st February – A comedy cover

8th February – ‘Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.’ – A cover with snakes

15th February – A heart – for Valentine’s day past

22nd February – “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.” – A cover with abandoned building/s

1st March – ‘who will buy this wonderful morning’ – A cover featuring a shop or market

8th March – ‘Two little fishes and a momma fishy too’ – A cover featuring a fish/fishes or other sea creatures

15th March – ‘Beware the moon, lads.’ – A cover with a shapeshifter

22nd March – ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ – A cover featuring a king

29th March – “I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

5th April – ‘nomad is an island’ – A cover featuring a desert landscape

12th April – ‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

19th April – ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – A cover featuring a school

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‘You would like to go to the ball, is that not so?’

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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, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

The pen is mightier than the sword – a cover featuring a fancy font

This week I’ve chosen : Charm (Tales from the Kingdoms #2) by Sarah Pinborough.  There are three books in this series and they’re just an unexpected delight, a mash up of more than one fairy tale and three independent stories from the same world.  Be warned though, these books are adult retellings:

Most of these have a lovely font and I’m torn for a winner with the bottom two covers – I think overall I’d go with:

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I love this cover – it has a sense of mischief and fun and the Tiffany Aching books are certainly a whole lot of fun.

Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring the night

Future themes:

8th December 2017 – ‘Do not go gentle’ – a cover featuring the night…

15th December 2017 – Hubble bubble toil and trouble – a cover featuring a portion/perfume bottle

22nd December – ‘Oh, we loves games! Doesn’t we, precious?’ – a cover featuring a Puzzle or Game

29th December – If music be the food of love, play on – a cover featuring a Musical Instrument

5th January – ‘The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake.’ – Under the Sea

12th January – ‘More than one meaning have I’ – a cover featuring a Knot/knots

19th January – You know your A, B, Cs – a cover made up only of letters/words

26th January – “The grass is always greener on the other side of personal extinction” – a cover featuring grass

2nd February – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – a Psychedelic cover

9th February – ‘My what big teeth you have’ – a cover featuring a cloaked figure 

16th February – ‘Groovy baby’ – a cover that is: Retro

23rd February – “There are too many steps in this castle, and it seems to me they add a few every night, just to vex me”  – a cover featuring a staircase

2nd March – ‘The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing’ – a cover featuring something from Greek mythology

9th March – ‘…but Icarus flew too close’ – a cover featuring the Sun

16th March – ‘I got no strings to hold me down’ – a cover featuring a doll or puppet

23rd March – “When she was a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs.” – a cover featuring a Tower

30th March – ‘A little soil to make it grow’ – a cover featuring seeds/spores

6th April –  “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – a cover featuring a family

13th April – ‘lawns and rocks and heather and different sorts of trees, lay spread out below them, the river winding through it’ –  a cover featuring a panorama

20th April – Where there’s fire there’s… – a cover featuring smoke

27th April – ‘Those darling byegone times… with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, and their delightful places of torture’ – a cover that is positively mediaeval 

4th May-  ‘A Hand without a hand? A bad jape, sister.’ – a cover featuring a hand/hands

11th May – ‘Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth’ – a cover featuring a dinosaur/s

18th May – ‘Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;’ – a cover featuring a gravestone

25th May – Trip trap, trip trap, trip trap – a cover featuring footsteps

1st June – clinging and invasive – a cover featuring creeping vines

8th June – Raining Cats and Dogs – a cover featuring a stormy sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mine eyes deceive me!

Posted On 5 February 2016

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No, you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover but nonetheless I do like covers and I like to give them something of a spotlight.  On the first Friday of the new month I’m going to look at the covers for the books I’ve just read and see which was my favourite for the month.

The covers for my January reads were:

There are some fantastic covers from last months reads!  For impact Medusa’s Web immediately stands out – it’s just dark and scary.  I think the Guns of Ivrea and Goldenfire are really lovely, they’re so colourful and just completely grab your attention.  Monstrous Little Voices – I love that cover, the font and the characters really appeal to me and it’s a fantastic read too!  I think my favourite has to be Medusa’s Web – that is a book that I would definitely pick up and want to own!

Those were my January covers – if you have any particularly gorgeous covers you want to share then let me know.

Reviews for the above books below:

  1. Under a Colder Sun by Greg James SPFBO
  2. Monstrous Little Voices by Jonathan Barnes, Emma Newman, Kate Heartfield, Fox Meadows, Adrian Tchaikovsky
  3. Goldenfire (Darkhaven No.2) by A F E Smith
  4. Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers
  5. Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards
  6. City of Blades by Robert J Bennett
  7. War of the Worlds by H G Wells
  8. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  9. The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo
  10. Changers: Book One: Drew by T Cooper and Allison Glock Cooper
  11. Shattered Sands by W G Saraband – review to follow (SPFBO)
  12. Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal

Vintage Sci Fi: A buffet of covers

The final day of Vintage Sci-fi over at Little Red Reviewer.  You may have noticed that I set myself a small challenge to post covers – for books I’ve read – that fall into the vintage category.  For the final day of the challenge I’m showcasing a smorgasbord of some of the book covers I’ve highlighted:

Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.30

vintage-sf-badgeNo.30 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

As part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight some of the covers.   Today’s choice, like yesterday’s, is a bit sneaky – I’m reading both these two books but haven’t finished or reviewed them yet – but they definitely need highlighting because they are great classics.  Today: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  First published in 1870 this is considered one of Verne’s most popular works.  My dad gave me this book and I’m kind of disappointed that I’ve not been able to finish it yet but I’ve been overtaken by life and other deadlines!

1873 Sampson Low:

1873 Sampson

1917 Geosset and Dunlop:

1917 Geosset

1958 The Children’s Press:

1958 Children's Press

1966 Pocket Books:

1966 Pocket Books

1976 Bantam:

1976 Bantam

1987 Galley Press: (I just love this one for some reason)

1987 Galley

1997 Acclaim books:

1997 Acclaim

2007 Dodo Press:

2007 Dodo Press

2014 Rock Paper Co:

2014 rock Paper

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