The Friday Face-Off

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join me every Friday as I pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.

| The Friday Face-Off – A Weekly Meme |

The Friday Face-Off is back at Books by Proxy! Many thanks to the wonderful bloggers who continued with the meme in my prolonged absence! The following is a list of upcoming topics. As always, check Lynn’s blog for the most up to date list!

| The List |

02 March 2018

The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing

A cover featuring something from Greek mythology

09 March 2018

…but Icarus flew too close

A cover featuring the Sun

16 March 2018

I got no strings to hold me down

A cover featuring a doll or puppet

23 March 2018

When she was a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs

A cover featuring a Tower

30 March 2018

A little soil to make it grow

A cover featuring seeds/spores

06 April 2018

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations

A cover featuring a family

13 April 2018

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

20 April 2018

Where there’s fire there’s…

A cover featuring smoke

27 April 2018

Those darling byegone times… with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, and their delightful places of torture

A cover that is positively medieval 

04 May 2018

A Hand without a hand? A bad jape, sister

A cover featuring a hand/hands

11 May 2018

Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth

A cover featuring a dinosaur/s

18 May 2018

Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs

A cover featuring a gravestone

25 May 2018

Trip trap, trip trap, trip trap

A cover featuring footsteps

01 June 2018

Clinging and Invasive

A cover featuring creeping vines

08 June 2018

Raining Cats and Dogs

A cover featuring a stormy sky

For those of you who are interested but haven’t seen a Face-Off post before, here’s how it goes:

Each week I select a book and make a comparison between the UK and the US covers, displaying the artwork (in all its awesome glory) before selecting one of the two or more covers as the ultimate winner of my Face-Off.

Simple! The following is a rough guide to how this meme will work:

  • Each week will follow a theme
  • The Friday Face-Off feature page will be kept up to date for the theme of the week and those several weeks following it
  • For the purposes of comparing a good variety of cover art only one of the two or more book covers chosen for comparison need relate to the theme (although if you can find two then great!)
  • The books most certainly don’t have to be the UK or US editions – they’re just the covers I’m usually most familiar with and consequently post more often – so post whichever covers catch your eye!
  • Still unsure? – Take a look at some past posts!
  • To sign up just add your link to the bottom of that Friday’s post and link back!

As always, topic suggestions are welcome!

| Past Posts – Author A – Z |


Ben Aaronovitch | Rivers of London | Apr 15


Aliette de Bodard | The House of Shattered Wings | Dec 18

Peter V. Brett |The Daylight War | Dec 25


Becky Chambers | The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet | Jan 01

Agatha Christie | The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Don’t Use The Phone


Susan Dennard | Truthwitch | May 13


Helen Lowe | The Heir of Night | Jan 15


Karen Maitland | The Falcon of Fire and Ice | May 06

Brian McClellan | The Powder Mage Trilogy | Apr 08

David Mitchell | The Bone Clocks | Mar 11


Naomi Novik | Temeraire | Mar 18


Nnedi Okorafor | Lagoon | Apr 01


Sarah Pinborough | Mayhem | May 20

Daniel Polansky | Shoot for the Moon. Even if You Miss it, You’ll Land Among the Stars

Terry Pratchett |  It Shuffles Through The Dry, Dusty Darkness


Deanna Raybourn | A Curious Beginning | Apr 29

Patrick Rothfuss | The Name of the Wind | Feb 26


Jeff Salyards | Bloodsounder’s Arc | Apr 08

Brandon Sanderson | Elantris | Mar 25

V.E. Schwab | A Darker Shade of Magic | Jan 29

V.E. Schwab | Vicious | Feb 19

Brian Staveley | The Emperor’s Blades | Feb 05

Jonathan Stroud | The Whispering Skull | Dead Men Tell No Tales


Marc Turner | Dragon Hunters | Mar 04


Django Wexler | The Thousand Names | Feb 12

Chris Wooding | Retribution Falls | The Airplane Takes Off Against The Wind, Not With It…