Friday Face Off : ‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’ 


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:

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

There are so many books for this week’s theme so I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with.  I discarded quite a few – and I know that at the back of my mind I have a particular cover that really scared me but I just couldn’t dredge it up.  However, I think that Coraline by Neil Gaiman has some brilliant covers and the Other Mother gives me the serious heebees with all the buttons and needles and eyes *shivers*.  There are a lot of covers for this book, as you may imagine, so I’ve selected only a few:

In terms of fitting the theme I’d have to highlight:

I think though that my favourite is:


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 mermaid/man

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

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


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

A short Gaiman interlude

Posted On 14 August 2012

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Just finished reading Coraline by Neil Gaiman.  This is a lovely, short creepy story that tells the story of Coraline who having recently moved to a new house finds a strange door that leads nowhere.  Or does it?

This is another wonderfully creepy story brought to us again by NG.  Coraline, in exploring her new house comes across a secret passageway that once travelled along seems to bring her out into the same house she’s just come from.  An alternative/parallel habitat where the occupants are in fact her ‘other’ mother and father.

This is a great read.  Very quick and quirky and as usual awash with imagination.  The cat character is just excellent and made me laugh with it’s arrogance and superior attitude.  I also liked the upstairs and downstairs neighbours who added a sort of grand theatrical feel to everything.

The alternate house starts off almost looking too good to be true – and it is.  Just goes to show that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side of the fence.  Another mother who has all the time in the world to devote to Coraline, cooking her favourite meals, playing games, a lovely bedroom with a very strange toy box, but, things aren’t to be that simple.  The other mother has a fairly exacting price to pay for all this devotion.

I guess you can see a strange sort of resemblance to Alice in Wonderland here.   We certainly have a bunch of quirky characters and a strange setting where anything seems possible – even an ally that turns out to be a talking cat but Gaiman always has his own strange take on everything and manages to inject a certain feeling of foreboding in the early chapters that gradually increases to a quite creepy and tense finale.

Now, all that being said, I do have a few minor criticisms – although probably more to do with me than the book.  Firstly, I think I ruined this book for myself by watching the film first.  I just couldn’t help but picture the characters when reading – I don’t suppose that’s necessarily a bad thing but I think I would have liked to have used my own imagination a bit more.  Secondly, the film Coraline is such a visual treat with a riot of colour that reading the book afterwards almost pales a little by comparison – which is weird really because, apart from a few diversions, the film pretty much sticks to the book.  Lastly, I think this book does come across more for a younger audience than say The Graveyard Book, although it’s simplicity does lend it a very quick read – one sitting, literally.

On the whole a weird and wonderful little indulgence and a great read to pick up in between your more chunky, time consuming novels.