Friday Face-Off: Time

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“Time waits for no one”
~ a cover featuring TIME

Mogsy’s Pick:

Replay by Ken Grimwood

This is a book that’s been around since the late 1980s, which is amazing to me, as aside from the references to the dates, it has aged extraordinarily well for a sci-fi time travel novel. The story begins with the death of 43-year-old Jeff Winston, who inexplicably awakens back in 1963 as his 18-year-old self. With his memories of his previous life intact, Jeff thus begins to “replay” his life again. Like a time-loop, this happens again and again, with Jeff dying at 43 each time, but awakening later and later in his life, losing more time each cycle. Each of Jeff’s replays become vastly different, due to his attempts to change events.

It’s really a fascinating book, and over the years there have been many editions. In fact, there are too many covers to show them all here, so I’ve only selected a handful of the most interesting to feature:

From left to right:
Grafton (1987)  – Thorndike Press (1986) – William Morrow (1998)

Gollancz (2019)  – Polish Edition (2002) – Japanese Edition (1990)

Portuguese Edition (2014) – French Edition (1988)  – French Edition B (1997)


Indonesian Edition (2010) – Bulgarian Edition (2018) – Chinese Edition (2014)



Notice I said “most interesting” and not the “best”, because I’m not really in love with any of the covers this week. But I’m always drawn to a splash of color. I really like the combination of bright reds and yellows on the Portuguese edition, and I confess it was one of the few that stood out to me.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

25 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Time”

  1. What a fascinating concept!!! This is the first time I’ve heard of this book, and now I *want* to read it 🙂
    Good choice of cover – the French edition B is good as well, with that pause & play symbol on the man’s figure…


  2. Great choice and that red and yellow cover definitely does jump out at you. Strangely I’m drawn to the rather quirky Grafton cover with the olde worlde guy stood on the clock face.
    Lynn 😀


  3. My choice probably isn’t popular, but I love the Polish edition. There’s something about a bunch of vintage watches that just makes me happy😁


  4. They are an interesting collection of covers, Mogsy. I haven’t read this one, or encountered it, before – because I’m a sucker for timey-wimey stuff… My favourite by a long country mile is that beautiful Japanese cover. The colours are lovely – and I love the fact that you have an older and younger version of the same face – clever and well done.


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