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Gotta spam some Chip Kidd
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Croatian cover for 1984
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Obsessed with this. I never knew William Gibson's Neuromancer came in hardcover.
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Very interested in the novel thanks to the cover
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Grotesque, first Japanese edition by Natsuo Kirino.
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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.
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omg yess!! Love Brett Helquist's illustrations
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. >>134980
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.
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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
>>135041>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.
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Reposted to include the source: it is also an unofficial design but I still like it a lot. https://9500137090dawngardner.wordpress.com/
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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
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.
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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.
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Wish I owned this edition.
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I find this one very haunting
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I love weird tales
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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.
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.
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.
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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!"
(pic not rel, just a cover i found rly nice when i got the book)
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I love the simplicity and symbolism in these covers, especially The Scar.
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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
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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.
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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
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Every cover that Dave McKean has made for the Sandman comics
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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.>>135331
it has a lot of really great covers! i love this one from my country
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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.
Wow, I totally forgot about this series of books with the grid pattern on it. My parents own a few, though not 1984.>>135552>>135331
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.>>135552>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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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I love how well this cover represents the vibe of the stories
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Or any cover for Han Kang books, really
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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
You should. It's really good.
The ending will blow your mind
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I've always liked this cover and it was also a good read
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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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I wonder why YA fantasy books have such great covers
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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
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The cover art/concept was better than the book itself, which was okay (about a haunted Ikea.)