#wyrdandwonder : Friday Face Off : “bibbity, bobbity, boo”

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(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

FFOHere 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.  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:

“bibbity, bobbity, boo” – A cover that features ‘magical things’

Not too difficult to find a cover this week – hope everyone else found it okay too.  (Also, sorry I’ve not been visiting blogs – I’m suffering from very bad wifi at the moment and even creating a post takes an age – hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon).  Anyway, to the covers.  This week I’ve picked Storm Front by Jim Butcher.  This is the first in the Dresden Series – this is a series that I was really enjoying and really need to jump back on board (I think I got as far as No.8).  Anyway, quite a lot of the books feature Harry’s magical staff (not sure if I’m naming that correctly) so that’s the artefact I’m choosing for this week’s theme:

Some very unusual covers here – my favourite two (and I’m sure some of this comes down to familiarity are:

I like the simplicity of the first cover and the second is the series of covers that I’ve become very familiar with and naturally drawn to.  I’m not going to choose between the two.

Which one is your favourite?

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 we can all visit and check out each others covers.  Thanks

I’ve updated the list and included themes through to the end of 2019 – I’ve also included events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share that let me know in the comments).  I also have a list prepared for 2020 and so will set up a separate page soon for forthcoming themes.  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment.

Next week – A favourite fantasy cover

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

2019

(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

31st May –  “simples” – A favourite fantasy cover 

7th June  – “One swallow does not make a summer” – A cover that makes you think of Summer 

14th June – “Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly.” – A cover featuring something sweet

21st June – Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

28th June – “And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas” – A cover that is striped

5th July – “The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe… has been answered” –  a cover featuring something/somebody historic 

12th July – A wrap around cover

19th July – “You can’t choose between life and death when we’re dealing with what is in between.” – A cover that is grainy or looks like ‘white noise’

26th July – “Ludo ….. down” – A cover that is Upside Down

2nd August – “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.” A cover featuring children

9th August – “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.” – A cover featuring Pirates

16th August – “The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes” – a cover featuring feathers

23rd August – A cover that is a movie tie in

30th August – “I wandered lonely as a cloud” – a cover that is predominantly yellow

6th September “Warm September brings the fruit” – a cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

13th September – Friday the 13th – unlucky for some!  A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

20th September – “Your hair is winter fire,January embers.” – A cover featuring hair

27th September – Freebie

4th October – “Feed me Seymour” – A cover that is 60s horror

11th October – ““And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.”  – a cover featuring an Inn

18th October – “It’s your favorite scary movie, remember? He had on the white mask, he stalked the babysitters.” – A cover featuring a scream

25th October – for Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

(I’m hoping that November will once again bring to us SciFiMonth – Twitter @SciFiMonth)

1st November – A cover that is predominantly grey

8th November – “big badda boom” – a cover that features an explosion

15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot

22nd November – A cover that is Futuristic

29th November – “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” – a cover that is 60s sci fi

6th December – Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”  – a cover that puts you in mind of winter

13th December – A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

20th December – Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

27th December – the festive season – a cover that is glittery or sparkling

(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.)

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day

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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:

18th November – The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day – a cover with stormy weather

For the theme this week I’ve chosen:  Storm Front by Jim Butcher (#The Dresden Files).  (I confess I struggled with this theme!)

and my winner:

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I think it suits the theme and the weather in the background looks very gloomy to say the least.

Which is your favourite??

If you fancy joining in with the FFO the themes for the next few weeks are below.  

25th November – As old as the hills?? – A cover with mountains

2nd December – Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements – A cover with fruit

9th December – Soul Meets Soul on Lovers’ Lips – a cover with lips

16 December – Give a Girl the Right Shoes and she can conquor the world – a cover with shoes

23rd December – The first noel… – a cover with angels

30th December –  Ho ho ho! To the bottle I go… – a cover with drink

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Just finished reading Storm Front by Jim Butcher.  Storm Front is the first one in the Dresden Files series of books and brings to us a new type of PI.  Harry Dresden is a private investigator with a difference – he’s a wizard!  This is a paranormal detective book with wizards, demons, black magic, fey, vampires and talking skulls – and I loved it!

Okay, I admit this probably isn’t a work of art, it isn’t deep and meaningful and it’s cliched but it’s fast paced, full of tension, had a fairly good story running through and frankly pretty much grabbed me from the first page and kept me wanting to read – which is a definite plus.

In this first book we learn a little bit about Harry but I suspect that this will be built upon in future novels.  I really liked Harry – he’s one of the good guys after all.  He’s poor and not exactly flooded with work but he treats people decently, he doesn’t try to con them, he feels bad when he has to act tough and he’s not ashamed to admit to his weaknesses – creepy crawlies give him the shivers, he feels sick at the sight of a crime scene – and, my favourite, he has a love of books and an overloaded book shelf in need of some attention!  But, he does have a shadow looming over him – something in his past that has put him out of favour with the all powerful ‘White Council’ – the wizarding police if you will.

In this episode Harry’s dry period comes to an abrupt end when he is asked to look into a ‘missing persons’ mystery and then he’s called in by the police to look at a particularly nasty double murder where black magic is suspected.  Things quickly spiral out of control and Harry seems to go from one life threatening event to the next, he’s definitely caught the wrong sort of attention and he’s in a race against time to find the killer and save his own life in the process.

I enjoyed the Chicago setting with the dark and stormy settings and I thought there was enough detail to set the scene without it being overly done – which I don’t think would have sat well with this story and would have slowed it down in an unhelpful way.  I also enjoyed the introduction to a number of the supporting characters – Murphy, hard nosed cop (but her bark is worse than her bite), Bianca, the vampire, who will definitely be reappearing in future novels and is bearing a grudge – her bit of the story was quite riveting!  And, of course, we have the obligatory reporter – Susan.  There are of course plenty of others who will doubtless be in future novels – the bar McAnallys, and the obvious favourites – the pizza eating faerie – Toot Toot, and Harry’s helpful assistant Bob – who lives in a skull!

On the whole, a very enjoyable and entertaining read and I will definitely continue with the series.

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Storm Front

Storm Front