Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.2

vintage-sf-badgeAs part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight the covers that have been produced over time, perhaps to look at the differences in style. ย Today is a book that I previously read as part of Vintage Sci Fi, a great book and one that I highly recommend for anybody taking part in this event and looking for a good recommendation. ย Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (review here):

I like all three covers to be honest for different reasons but I particularly like the second one – perhaps it’s because it’s the version I read and so it has positive notes for me.

Which is your favourite?


19 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.2”

  1. proxyfish

    I particularly like the second cover too, though I haven’t read the book. Personally, it conjures up far more imagery than the either of the other two covers (though I’m always partial to a good inkblot!) and I love being drawn in before I’ve started reading.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a lovely cover isn’t it. I also liked the inkblot!
      Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I just read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I read the cover on the right, and find my eye is drawn to it. But I kinda like the cover on the left.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s funny that because I like the cover on the version I read too! The inkblot is interesting – I think I would find myself over thinking that cover trying to read things into it.
      Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Definitely the second, it’s the one that holds my attention more than the other two, with the one on the left taking the second place.
    Thank you for reminding me of this book, that I read oh-so-long ago, a very poignant story…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think I have warm feelings to the second because it was the version I read and I did think it was a great story. Very poignant indeed!
      Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Redhead

    I’m thrilled that you’re focusing on cover art. It’s neat to see how the artwork has changed over the decades. There is tons of naked people artwork ffrom the 70s, and then graphic design stuff got real popular in the 90s, and some of the artwork is like What the hell is this book about?

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s quite funny looking at the differences in covers. And yeah – the 70s – lots of naked people! Some of them covers would definitely have stopped me from picking up the book!
      Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. nrlymrtl

    I haven’t read this book since grade school. I really should give it a reread. I like the first cover the most.

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Wow, great idea. Isn’t that fascinating to see how cover styles/preferences and aesthetics evolve through the ages?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it’s really very curious to look at the differences in covers depending on the era. I’m not sure I’ll have a full 31 books that I’ve read so some of my choices could be a bit dubious but we’ll see.
      Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Wendleberry

    Ohh, vintage sci-fi ♥
    I was drawn to the second cover, but they’re all nice.
    I look forward to more of these posts!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks. I’m hoping to find some good covers for some of these vintage books!
      Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Wendleberry

        Have you read any John Wyndham? His books have had some amazing covers over the years.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Only Day of the Triffids – but it’s on my list. Do you have some more recommendations for him??

      • Wendleberry

        Erm, all of them!? He’s my favourite. But I super loved The Kraken Wakes and The Seeds of Time.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Okay, I will have to go and check those two out – thanks.
        Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Maryam (@thecurioussffreader)

    My favorite cover is the second one ๐Ÿ™‚
    I watch the movie adaptation of this book and it was great but at the end it was so heartbreacking that I couldn’t stop crying. So now I’m afraid to read the book because I know how it it is going to end… I’ve heard amazing things about this book from whole of my family so maybe one day, I’ll manage to read it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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