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 (compiled by said bloggers!). As always, check back for any updates!

| The List |

19th May 2017

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it…

A cover which features a plane

26th May 2017

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…

A cover which features mice

02nd June 2017

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars

A cover which features the moon

09th June 2017

It shuffles through the dry, dusty darkness

A cover which features mummification

16th June 2017

You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar

A cover which features a guitar

23rd June 2017

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this

A cover which features a cat

30th June 2017

It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself

A cover which features a hat

07th July 2017

All that is gold does not glitter

A cover which features gold

14th July 2017

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…

A cover which features boats

21st July 2017

Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those who live on it

A cover which features a planet

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…