Friday Face Off :   ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’


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:

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

I had two or three books this week but eventually went for : Skitter (The Hatching #2) by Ezekiel Boone:

I’m not overly keen on the top three covers to be honest and I have no idea what the idea behind the third cover is at all.  It certainly stands out in this bunch as the odd one out.  I like the bottom two covers.  I like the purple and black but on balance 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 scary cover

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

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


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


Spins a web, any size. Catches thieves, just like flies…

This week Nathan over at the Fantasy Review Barn has decided to take us on a really Tough Travelling journey.  Through the tropes of creepy crawlies, insects, bugs, spiders and the like (brrr):

‘BUGS- Not in the Tough Guide but it should be. Let’s all find anything creepy or crawly, big or small, six legs, eight legs, or more. Bugs, bugs, bugs.’

Shelob – Lord of the Rings by Tolkien – one big ass spider!

Harry Potter by JKRowling – Aragog – not to mention a legion of other massive spiders (all related!!)

Charlotte’s Web by E B White – Charlotte is the spider – clearly – otherwise what the hell does she have a web for.  But, contrary to our feelings she’s a good spider!

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – an excellent story and packed full of insects – none of which make James run away – in fact they all help him on his journey.  His aunts – well, that’s another story and worth running away from!

Spiderman – Marvel superhero!  He has spideryness going on in his blood!

Honorary Mentions:

Incy wincy spider and Miss Moffat – okay, these are nursery rhymes and just go to show how we like to give our children the heebeejeebies about spiders!

Aarachnaphobla and Eight Legged Freaks – call me a maniac but I love both these films

You may have noticed I went for a theme of spiders – once I’d started it just seemed to flow so why not!  Stop on over to check out the other petrified travellers and see what they’ve come up with to terrify you this week.