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No. 134841

Post book covers that you think are great!

No. 134842

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Gotta spam some Chip Kidd

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No. 134845

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End of spam

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No. 134847

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Dangerous Liaisons

No. 134851

Wow I love the idea of depicting Merteuil and her social influence as an octopus reaching out its arms. Brilliant

No. 134852

Love my fellow Chip Kidd groupies!! Back in college I found a book of his works in the fine arts library and got so hooked.

Anyway, to contribute: this is a really good video on the evolution of horror novel covers.

No. 134858

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No. 134881

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No. 134885

based, both of you

No. 134967

Never seen this edition. Do you know who published it?

No. 134972

never heard of this book but want to read it just because of the cover

No. 134979

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Croatian cover for 1984

No. 134980

It's one of my favourite books ever. Depressing though so be forewarned. Also some misogyny. But as a female reader pretty hard to escape that.

No. 134983

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Obsessed with this. I never knew William Gibson's Neuromancer came in hardcover.

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No. 134988

It’s the first english edition from 1958.

No. 134990

Hate this type of conceptual covers as much as overphotoshopped turds

No. 135005

Post something you like, then

No. 135006

Actually, I did! I was just voicing my opinion. Surprisingly (or not) I do not remember many great covers. Some aesthetically pleasing ones, sure, but I don't remember many that I actually loved. Will post asap once I remember something.

No. 135010

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No. 135011

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Very interested in the novel thanks to the cover

No. 135012

I don’t really get what you mean, it’s a print by Kiyoshi Saito from the time period the book was written in. If I could find the scan I made of the entire book cover I’d post it

No. 135015

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Grotesque, first Japanese edition by Natsuo Kirino.

No. 135016

Nta, I personally found it intriguing and compelled to look it up. Based on the cover I expected it to be a sci-fi horror novel and I was surprised to find that it is basically the Japanese Crime and Punishment. I will def read it if I can get my hands on a copy

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No. 135019

As a Dostoevsky and Dazai fan I wouldn't define it that way at all.

No. 135020

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No. 135022

god i want to caress this book

No. 135024

Those type of covers were really popular in the 90's (and earlier) in my country. Maybe I'm a pleb but I prefer modern design. I have the same thoughts about movie posters with similar designs (unless they are iconic/awesome). Hate was probably too strong of a word, I just don't find them aesthetically interesting or pleasing.

No. 135031

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Anyone else is a fan of the art from A series of unfortunate events ? Those illustrations had such a grand impact on me when I was a kid and they still influence the way I draw today.

No. 135033

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omg yess!! Love Brett Helquist's illustrations

No. 135035

This is beautiful

No. 135036

I agree with >>135019
No Longer Human is both very different from and way better than Crime and Punishment. Much shorter, too. On my first read, I was finished in one night.

Have you read his book The Setting Sun? It has a female protagonist and I found the misogyny to be much less overt in that story.

No. 135037

As I said, I haven't actually read it, I just Googled it, and that's the impression I got

No. 135041

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Thanks for explaining, I feel that way whenever I see books that use photographs or movie stills on the cover because there were so many of them in the 2010s

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Absolutely, I used to try to copy the covers and interior illustrations when I was reading the series as a kid.

And I got to post about Abarat again because I loved the cover of the first book

No. 135050

>books that use photographs
Those can be fine sometimes, I think. Maybe when they use photography in a way that isn't just slapping a picture on the cover with author's name and title. To me, >>135011 is a good example
> movie stills on the cover
a literary crime against humanity, kek. Ok, I know it's just basic marketing thing, but I hate those with burning passion as well.

No. 135063

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Reposted to include the source: it is also an unofficial design but I still like it a lot.


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I dislike covers which misconstrue the nature of Lolita and portray it as something romantic or cute (which is why I like the first design so much, as it looks like it is made by the child Dolores is, which many people tend to forget), so I only post this design because of how cute it is separate from the novel's contents. Saying this just in case, so I don't incite a spergfest

No. 135065

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No. 135069

I like those, they seem more disturbing than cutesy thanks to the novel description on the back.

No. 135100

Same anon read it in one night while I was feeling crappy.
Yes! I really really like Setting Sun, it's overlooked. I feel like Dazai's personal issues with women don't come through as much in that one.

No. 135101

I own this edition, got it at a local second hand shop. Love the expressiveness of the faces. This book and the movie adaption messed me up good as a kid.

No. 135102

Isn't it? I own all of the modern english editions of her works and they all use photography and text choices that are meant to broadcast how "edgy" and "dark" her works are. A lot of the Japanese and even some of the covers outside the North American market are so much more interesting.

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No. 135262

YESSSSS excellent taste anon

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No. 135312

I was attracted to the title and cover and purchased this and it gave me a mental breakdown and I almost jumped off a roof. Great design though.

No. 135320

same. i hate this book more than anything in the whole world

No. 135324

Sorry you had to find out the hard way too. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but if someone has a specific history of child sexual abuse and self harm really re-think picking this up for your own sanity.

No. 135326

the thing is i don’t have any history of sexual abuse and i knew going into it what the trigger warnings were but it still fucked me up for life.

i’m glad i borrowed it from the library because i would hate to own this book purely for the negative energy it would bring to my room.

No. 135328

I'm glad I'm not just oversensitive. I went in blind like a dumbass. It felt like a genuine cursed object. I got rid of it.

No. 135331

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Wish I owned this edition.

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No. 135343

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I find this one very haunting

No. 135346

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I love weird tales

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No. 135349

This is really pretty, is the book worth a read tho?

No. 135351

I love it. It's twisted like all of the author's works but I enjoyed it because (without giving to much away) it turns the seemingly hapless female victim and predatory male situation on its head.

No. 135354

Thanks, I'll check it out!

No. 135375

>It felt like a genuine cursed object.
All your comments really make me wanna read this and see if it affects me emotionally, but the lenght of the book is such a turn off

No. 135385

Yeah it's huge but it doesn't feel like a drag or slog to get through. As long as you're prepared, I just can't rec it in good conscience but I realize not everyone is me or has my issues. It literally triggered dissociative episodes. So it's not without power.

No. 135390

i persoally felt it was a slog to gothrough. the characters were msolty carboard cutouts and the story was shit- it's just a bunch of horrible things piled on this one hapless dude over and over again and nothing else. really bleak, and not in a good way

obv a lot of people liked this book but in my opinon it's bloated, shallow and not even well-written.

No. 135393

You're probably right but I was just too insanely flustered to assess properly, and the weird thing is that it was this book in particular. I have read a lot of stuff that deals with similar subject matter and they didn't flip me out like that.

No. 135398

you touch on my issue with this book. i have read other books which deal with similar topics but none have affected me quite like this book. the author quite intentionally set out to make it as depressing as possible to the point where i couldn’t even enjoy the happy moments due to the foreshadowing to impending doom laced into the scenes. it just fundamentally felt like the author was abusing the relationship between themself and their readers. if that makes sense. it was just torture porn upon torture porn with no end in sight.

and if i was someone who had gone through anything like what jude went through i would probably feel exploited by how it was portrayed in here. it felt like pure fetishism and voyeurism. and not in the sense that the audience is supposed to feel sexually excited by reading it. but more that the audience is supposed to feel pity and anguish reveling in every gory and sad detail of the story

No. 135403

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voyeuristic is the word. at some point it felt less like an exploration of trauma and more like some misery porn. the amount of detail and the sheer variety of horrors piled into this one single guy felt truly gratuitous.

and the other characters barely had anylife of their own. they jsut existed to react to main dude's trauma.
like the whole book is just "how much misery can we heap upon this one guy? look how bad he has it!"
very exploitative.

(pic not rel, just a cover i found rly nice when i got the book)

No. 135439

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I love the simplicity and symbolism in these covers, especially The Scar.

No. 135447


Nayrt but I bought this book a few years ago after seeing it get heaps of praise on bookstagram but abandoned it at the 40 page mark due to precisely the "impending doom" feeling anon was talking about and I decided to prioritize my mental health at that time. I always wanted to get back into it (blindly) but this thread is making me rethink that decision. How horrible is it, truly? How did it mentally impact you? Just curious honestly.

No. 135452

So it's basically Soren's Trauma Narrative with no (or less) guro? kek

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No. 135479

Nostagia. I read this book and loved it back in elementary school. Ah i miss elementary school libraries. It just had a feel other libraries dont have.

No. 135482

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saw this at B&N and was pleasantly surprised by the new cover art. almost bought it just for my display

No. 135483

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I'm a new anon adding a thought, but I can absolutely relate to the nostalgia as well! :) I read this during the summer before middle school, and took it to math camp with me often. The other kids in my camp class would call me out for it though, saying "Oh we were assigned to read that book at our school and we hated it."
:( it always made me sad to hear them say that. That's both the advantage and disadvantage of assigned curricular reading in public schools. It's an advantage because you're exposed to new books at a young age, but because people are forced to read it, it dampens their eagerness to read an exciting new thing that they could have enjoyed :/ I wish kids could learn to enjoy books in a way that would engage them positively.

No. 135495

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Piers Anthony's Xanth novels had some of the most 80s'tastic fantasy covers. The books though having a fair amount of coomer shit were actually fun magic novels. I read them in middle school. One of my favorite elements was that their land was just fucking Florida and that nightmares were actual ghost mares that gave you dreams and if you could grab ahold of one in your dream you could ride them.

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1984 had some good covers in my country too, I especially remember this one because it was the first time I saw Beksinski's art, very haunting. Even though too horror-ish for the books theme, the unsettling atmosphere definitely fits

No. 135519

I agree with this. I read a lot of dark and depressing stuff, consume a lot of media like that in general actually but when I feel like it's just misery or torture porn I get really irritated. What's the point? There has to be something more. When you say abusing the reader-author relationship, I think that's a good way of putting it.

Seriously though. Why would I or people like me want to rehash that in graphic detail? Is it supposed to be healing or something? Because it's not. We could just lay in bed and miserably stew in our own experiences.

No. 135527

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Every cover that Dave McKean has made for the Sandman comics

No. 135552

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it personally did't impact me that hard. the series of misfortunes heaped upon the character are so over-the-top i just couldn't suspend my disbelief.
the whole time you could tell that the author was trying really, really hard to make it a disturbing reading experience but she was laying it on way too thick. the prose was bad and it felt there was no purpose to the whole story and characters except "wow this one guy had it bad, everyone pls feel sorry for him." i could tell what the author was trying to do and i just couldn't take all the doom ang gloom seriously.
it's basically a glorified whump fic.

that said, if you have experience with csa or just aren't feeling well mentally, you should probably stay away from it, it really is a bleak read.

it has a lot of really great covers! i love this one from my country

No. 135578

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I like that cover. Everyone loves Behemoth internationally.

Re. A Little Life, I don't get the effusive praise, aside from my personal bad feelings. Not to get all too much information but I was reading it at work and I was raped by three men all before I hit double digits in age and something about it just made me snap.

No. 135580

>>it's basically a glorified whump fic.

That's exactly it and it becomes eye rolling and irritating instead of moving honestly. Like holy shit, we get it.

No. 135582

this book gave me panic attacks and i haven’t even been through anything like this so i’m so sorry anon that this book made you feel this way. i hope you’re okay <3

No. 135589

Thank you! It was a couple years ago now that I read it and I'm feeling better. I didn't realize so many people had such a bad experience. I just remember reviewers gushing over it and saying it was exciting "before bed" reading or whatever and thinking what the hell… must be nice to have that kind of material as exciting entertainment.

No. 135590

Wow, I totally forgot about this series of books with the grid pattern on it. My parents own a few, though not 1984.
OT but The Master and Margarita is one of those books that seem universally loved by everyone who has read them, but that I never had a personal reason to read. Could you tell me what you love about this novel? All I know about it is edgy cat character and sarcastic humor, I guess.
>if you have experience with csa or just aren't feeling well mentally, you should probably stay away from it
Am I the only one who reads this kind of content exactly because I have experience with csa though not as bad as most and I'm unwell mentally? The more depressed I was in my life, the more I seeked media that was dealing with depression as theme and/or was bleak as fuck. Made me feel better, and even if it didn't, it was the only bearable kind of stories.

No. 135592

what pisses me off is that some reviewers have labelled it as the “Great gay novel” or whatever and that just feels profoundly homophobic.

Not to sound like a twitter fag but when the main character literally never has an enjoyable gay sex experience and virtually every single gay character in the novel is a pedophile/rapist/domestic abuser or at the very least commits mild sexual assault (ie jude’s gay friend who at the very end forcibly kisses him for no reason whatsoever) and the main character muses several times that his fucked up childhood essentially turned him gay i don’t think this book gets to be called good lgbt rep or The Great Gay Novel. not saying that lgbt fiction can’t explore sexual abuse but i don’t there’s anything remotely “gay” about this book. it’s a narrative about trauma sure. but not about being gay

anyway sage for autistic rant . i just read this book a couple of months ago and it fills with with rage every time i hear about it and think about how many good reviews it got.

No. 135595

As for The Master and Margarita. I am really into Russian literature and the premise of the devil embodying a human man in a politically and socially turbulent Russia sucked me right in. As a Catholic school kid at the time of my first read, really into the Bible, the biblical elements were really of interest as well (Pontius Pilate). In general I think the characters are fascinating and the cynical humour was great. Unexpectedly touching in parts too.

No, I'm actually the same way. I'm very depressive in general and usually only dark and tragic stuff can hold my interest, especially subjects relating to my own trauma. I have read a lot of stuff dealing with csa but like I said this particular book really sent me for a loop and I can't really explain it. I had a physical reaction. I listened to a graphic podcast on the topic in full without melting down at all before.

No. 135596

I feel you anon. My best friend is a gay man and when I told him about the book and how it was being sperged over as some gay masterpiece he got mad too. He was like I don't think we need the child rape torture book, thanks

No. 135699

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this had the same effect on me that y'all talk about with a little life. just hit me on a deeply personal level since i'd also been groomed by a teacher at 15 and it's ruined my life in the same way it did vanessa's and i really related to vanessa – the laziness, the drinking, the self-isolation and sabotage and obsession with age-gap media. that's a bit concerning considering most readers seem to dislike her. i've reread it a couple of times and i hate henry almost as much as i hate strane. i wish we'd seen a little bit more of vanessa's healing process once she finally opened up to her therapist. i want to know what happened with the boarding school – if former students or parents of former students were bombing them with law suits of what. there's just a bunch of loose ends and i get that that's natural but jeez.

No. 135709

Ntayrt but I really enjoyed "The Master and Margarita" too. It's funny and surreal and kind of the polar opposite of what most people think of when you say "Russian literature". I do feel like some of the humor/satire is lost in translation, but it was still a worthwhile read for me.

It really seems like three stories sort of pasted together: one about Pontius Pilate, one about the Devil visiting St.Petersburg, and one about the author and his mistress and his writing struggles. Only the latter two stories seem to come together at the end, but the ending is fantastic, if getting naked and using a magic ointment so you can fly to a witches' sabbath is your idea of a fun time.

No. 135830

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I love how well this cover represents the vibe of the stories

No. 136231

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Or any cover for Han Kang books, really

No. 136236

You just reminded me that I always wanted to read this book lol

No. 136264

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I wanted to comment that that cover gives off M.C Escher vibes and I found out that it was indeed drawn by him! It's a picture called Another World. I love his work

No. 136339

You should. It's really good.
The ending will blow your mind

No. 138531

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I've always liked this cover and it was also a good read

No. 144467

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I'm so sorry you went through that, anon. personally I didn't like vanessa at first, until I thought about it. I think the reason people don't like her is that she doesn't recognize herself as a victim and kept defending jacob strane. she also kept doing things like flirting with that married teacher. but obviously all of that was because she had been groomed/brainwashed.

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No. 144498

Niice, it has American McGee's Alice vibes

No. 161330

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I wonder why YA fantasy books have such great covers

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No. 161398

this is so basic and boring though. every other fantasy book looks like this

No. 161399

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i was rly into agatha christie novels when i was a kid and this particualr publisher often had great cover art

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picrel was my fave. sorry for the potato quality pic, that shit is old

No. 162221

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The cover art/concept was better than the book itself, which was okay (about a haunted Ikea.)

No. 162319

Stör means to annoy or disturb someone and kjerring sounds like kärring, old hag…what even is this cover.

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