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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:37 pm    Post subject: Cover design  Reply with quote

I'm sure there are lots of things to be said about book covers, and I'm sure a lot of us have browsed through the lovely Seven Hundred Penguins in bookshops (have a browse online at http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/0141031883/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link), but I have been moved to start this thread by some posts on the Caustic Cover Critic blog about amusingly inappropriate cover designs. Some publishers specialise in republishing out-of-copyright books, and one in particular has made some dubious cover art selections. Have a look at these posts:

http://causticcovercritic.blogspot.com/2009/08/odd-pod.html

http://causticcovercritic.blogspo...009/08/fish-barrel-gun-tutis.html

http://causticcovercritic.blogspot.com/2009/08/tutis-3-tutising.html

The cover of Hardy's Wessex Tales in the third post has to be seen to be believed.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, that might make me go back to Two On a Tower - clearly a litle-known collaboration with H G Wells in his sci-fi period.

Great fun - thanks.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least The Trumpet Major has a trumpet on the cover...

Hilarious - thanks for that, Chibiabos!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A new post this morning: http://causticcovercritic.blogspot.com/2009/08/no-self-control.html

I even get a name-check. Must not let fame go to my head. A rather superb Sherlock Holmes cover there too.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, G!  Good namecheck.  And more corkers, apart from Conan Doyle - the Lawrence is great, but the Jerome K Jerome has me in stitches.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it weren't for the dubious production standards of print-on-demand publishers, I'd be sorely tempted to buy one - if only for the kitsch/novelty value.  Who wouldn't want to be seen reading this?



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the complete Angler  Smile


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The more I look at it, the more I think Cranford is the pick of the bunch. I imagine it's the only edition with a pair of headphones on the cover.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, but The Complete Angler is the only one where a persistent historical spelling error has been corrected!

Dunno whose blog this is, but he seems to be an admirer of B.S. Johnson, so must be a jolly decent sort...



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assumed 'compleat' was an acceptable variant spelling at one point. Part of the book's charm nowadays, I'd say. It's on the TBR - I flicked through a copy several months ago and, far from thinking "Oh dear, a bunch of boring fish", thought it looked quite, quite wonderful.



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