Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.4

vintage-sf-badgeNo.4 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

As 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.   Today’s choice, Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel that was first published in 1953.  The basic context is a bit of a nightmare in that books are banned and books that are found are immediately burned!  In fact that is the primary role for the fireman – imagine, in fact try not to!!  Anyway this was my second book by Bradbury and I loved it (review here).  One of my reads for Vintage Sci Fi is Dandelion Wine.  I pretty much like all these covers.  Probably my favourite is the Simon and Schuster cover from 1967.


First Edition, Ballantine 1953

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Simon & Schuster 1967

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Ballantine 1971


Del Rey 1987


Voyager 2004



18 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.4”

  1. proxyfish

    I love that Ballantine first edition from 1953! I’ve never read any Bradbury…shocking I know!

    • @lynnsbooks

      To be honest I only just started reading Bradbury a year or so ago and I’ve only read two. I started with Something Wicked This Way Comes which I really enjoyed. Fahrenheit 451 was next and Dandelion Wine is now waiting!
      Lynn 😀

      • proxyfish

        I’ll definitely have to read some – not reading classics always makes me feel left out…. let me get my shopping list!!! 😀

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I like the first one. The second to last is kinda creepy, but not in a good creepy kind of way.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, now you mention it – it is a bit creepy – I was trying to find covers that jumped forward a decade to see if the styles differed greatly – I think they do. It will be interesting to see how the other books get on in a similar vein.
      Lynn 😀

  3. samoak

    Oh man, this gives me some flashbacks. We had to read this on in 8th grade. I love the first cover.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – and did you enjoy it? I found that the books I read at school I didn’t enjoy – simply because of horrible, intimidating and embarrassing reading out loud – why? Just why? For example The Hobbit – it took me years to get over that and finally pick a copy up!
      Lynn 😀

      • samoak

        I hated having to read aloud. And no, I didn’t enjoy this one back then. We read the whole book as a class, each taking a turn reading a page. It took FOREVER.

        Luckily we never did that with the Hobbit. So I don’t have any lingering resentment toward that one. The Outsiders, however, is another story. 😛

      • @lynnsbooks

        Totally how I felt – I think my school should pay for therapy to get me over it all – LOL.
        I did manage to reread The Hobbit a few years ago so I figure I’ve got over it.
        Lynn 😀

      • samoak

        Yes! We should get therapy for that. Same with accelerated reader (did you have to do that program?). I loathed accelerated reader. I didn’t read for years after finishing the grades where you had to do that.

      • @lynnsbooks

        No, we didn’t have accelerated reader – I don’t even know what it is but I’ve already decided I don’t like it – lol 😀
        Lynn 😀

  4. Wendleberry

    Another excellent choice! I have the 2004 cover, i like the 1953 cover, but i love the 1971 cover!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The 2004 cover is the one I own too. The 71 is really quite good. It’s very intriguing.
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    Classic book! I don’t think my father’s copy has any of these covers – looking at these I really like the new Voyager cover. I hope you enjoy Dandelion Wine it is probably my favourite by Bradbury.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m really looking forward to it although I do have a slight problem in that I will have to find it first – I bought it new this year when i went to London and now I don’t know where it is! It will turn up. I need to have a good rummage.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        Good luck with your rummage 😀

      • @lynnsbooks

        I hate rummaging through my books – there’s too many and they’re stacked all over the place, a complete shambles actually. I will really need all the good luck I can get – in fact if I go MIA can you call the police because I’ve likely been smothered in books!
        Lynn 😀

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