Friday Face-Off: Hair’s Gotta Be There

Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme that compares book covers to decide which is best. It was created by Books by Proxy and is now continued by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme:

“Your hair is winter fire, January embers.”

A cover featuring hair

It was easier to think of a cover for this week’s prompt, but still I ran into a problem — I couldn’t remember the title of the book or the author or what it’s about. I only knew that it’s sci-fi and that I like the cover because of the hair on it. Luckily, I recalled that I first saw it reviewed on the Bibliosanctum. So with that clue, I was able to find Andrew Mayne’s The Naturalist.

Turns out that I was wrong about it being sci-fi (oh, memory). It’s actually a thriller about a computational biologist named Theo who gets caught up in an investigation of a bloody killing of one of his students. I’m not big on thrillers and mysteries, but the cover makes me willing to try it.

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Friday Face-Off: A Cover with ‘Curse’ in the Title

Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme that compares book covers to decide which is best. It was created by Books by Proxy and is now continued by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme:

Unlucky for some

A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

After spending a couple minutes convinced that I don’t know any books with the word “curse” in the title despite the many fantasy and horror novels I know of or have read, I remembered my post for last week’s Top 5 Tuesday where I listed the series I’d love to complete. Lois McMaster Bujold’s World of the Five Gods was one of them.

I read The Curse of Chalion two years ago and loved it so much that I reread it by audio book about a month after completing the physical copy. It’s one of my favorite fantasy books. It’s about a veteran who returns home seeking a peaceful life but is instead thrown into the midst of political intrigue. I’ve since forgotten what drew me to this book, but I ended up liking it because of the writing and the protagonist and how gods and religion functions in the fantasy world. It was a good read.

I decided to go easy on myself for this week’s post and focus on just two covers. These are both covers for U.S. editions of the book. The first one, the one on the left, appears on my audio book but is sometimes the cover for physical editions of the novel, and the second one, on the right, is the cover of the physical edition I own.

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Friday Face-Off: Autumn Colors

Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme that compares book covers to decide which is best. It was created by Books by Proxy and is now continued by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme:

“Warm September brings the fruit”

A cover that is seasonal for autumn/fall

This week’s theme reminds me of one of my BBC (Beautiful Book Covers) posts, where I selected a few covers that made me think of autumn. I chose from that selection for this post. I chose the book whose U.S. cover contains almost all the colors of autumn — Euphoria by Lily King.

I’ve never read Euphoria, so I have no idea what it’s about. But apparently, it’s inspired by true events and is about a woman who “changed the way we understand the world,” and there are some anthropology bits in it.

Let’s first compare the U.S. and U.K. covers.

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Friday Face-Off: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Friday Face-Off is one of my favorite bookish memes. It focuses on book covers, more specifically different versions of a book cover, to judge which one is best. It was created by Books by Proxy and is now continued by Lynn’s Book Blog. So shout out to Lynn for continuing it! For a while now I wanted to jump back in but kept forgetting to. But this time, Friday will not pass by without me publishing a Friday Face-Off post!

This week’s theme:

“I wandered lonely as a cloud”

A cover that is predominantly yellow

My thoughts immediately went to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I saw this topic because the 20th anniversary editions were released in the house colors and although I consider myself a Ravenclaw, my favorite of the bunch was the yellow covers for Hufflepuff because the publisher used a brilliant yellow for those books. But I talk (and think) about the Harry Potter books too much, so I instead decided to feature Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, which appears in such a yellow.

Although James is one of my favorite authors, I’ve yet to read this book (or any of his others except the one I read) and haven’t even cracked open his debut fantasy novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which I was beyond excited to see published earlier this year, smh. A Brief History of Seven Killings is a historical fiction novel about the attempted assassination of the popular Jamaican singer Bob Marley in the late 1970s. Let’s first look at the cover I have verses the one I want.

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Friday Face-Off: Emperor gives Names to Elves

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. I usually compose these posts on Thursday nights and so far Thursdays have been tiring.

The Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme hosted by Books by Proxy that compares book covers to decide which is best. I believe Proxy is on a hiatus so the themes so far have been freebies. I don’t have a theme for this Friday. I noticed that some of the books I recently hauled have different covers so I thought to feature them in a Friday Face-Off post.

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn

Emperor of the Eight Islands is the first novel in a 4-volume fantasy series set in medieval Japan. It’s said that the series features spirits, demons, warriors, and assassins and I’ve heard that it’s written a bit differently from the usual fantasy novel. I’m curious about the series and have already purchased the first two books (all books in the series will be published in 2016) but haven’t yet read them. It’s while I was watching videos on YouTube that I realized the first novel has more than one cover design.

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Friday Face-Off: Exploding Golden Fools….or Clowns

The Friday Face-Off is a bookish meme hosted by Books by Proxy that compares book covers to decide which is best.

I’ve been behind on these posts lately due to lack of time to draft them so I’m trying something new by writing them up before Friday. I’m writing this on Monday. See, improvement! Well, since I’ve missed two Fridays, I’ll catch up with them here.

June 3 theme:

In The Beginning There Was Nothing, Which Exploded

A cover which features an explosion

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Friday Face-Off: Witch Bird Blade

The Friday Face-Off is a bookish meme hosted by Books by Proxy that compares book covers to decide which is best.

My blogging has been spotty lately due to travelling and me being busy in general. There was simply no time to sit, think, and write. But I’m back and trying to catch up, starting with this Friday post on a Sunday. So scroll on down and let me know which of the book covers most appeal to you.

May 13 theme:

Which Witch is Which?

A cover which features a witch and/or witchcraft

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