The Friday Face-Off

Friday Face Off 2c

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new 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 |

From Friday 11th March, The Friday Face-Off will become a weekly meme; the only difference to my previous posts being that each week will follow a different theme. 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 and will vary from the quite loose to the more specific
  • 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 linky to the bottom of that Friday’s post and link back!

| The List |

06th May 2016 | You Got The Blues

A cover which is predominantly blue

13th May 2016 | Which Witch is Which?

A cover which features a witch and/or witchcraft

20th May 2016 | Just Then Flew Down a Monstrous Crow

A cover which features a bird

27th May | Renewed Shall be Blade That Was Broken

A cover which features the word ‘blade’ in its title

03rd June | In The Beginning There Was Nothing, Which Exploded

A cover which features an explosion

10th June | All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

A cover which features gold

17th June | Better a Witty Fool than a Foolish Wit

A cover which features a fool or jester

24th June | Armed to the Teeth

A cover which features weapons

1st July | Freebie Friday!

I’m a slacker therefore: A cover of your choice!

8th July | A Land of Milk and Honey

A cover which features an idealised land

15th July | Lady in Red

A cover which features a female character in red

22nd July | Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate

A cover which features a gate or gates

(Lynn’s Books)

29th July | Shrouded in black, in morals I do lack

A cover featuring a character wearing a hood or cowl.


| Past Posts – By Month |


March 11 | First Friday Freebie – The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

March 18 | Here be Dragons – Temeraire by Naomi Novik

March 25 | Green With Envy – Elantris by Brandon Sanderson


April 01 | Water, Water Everywhere – Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

April 08 | Peace is Poor Reading – The Powder Mage Trilogy vs. Bloodsounder’s Arc

April 15 | Metropolis – Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

April 22 | Dead Men Tell No Tales  – The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

April 29 | Like One, That on a Lonesome Road – A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn


May 06 | You Got The Blues – The Falcon of Fire and Ice by Karen Maitland

May 13 | Which Witch Is Which? – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

May 20 | Just Then Flew Down A Monstrous Crow – Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough

| 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


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


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 | Apr 22


Marc Turner | Dragon Hunters | Mar 04


Django Wexler | The Thousand Names | Feb 12