Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.9

Posted On 9 January 2016

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vintage-sf-badgeNo.9  The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson

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 some of the covers.   Today’s choice is The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson.  I read this book so long ago that I can barely remember it.  I do recall that it wasn’t a favourite but I’m not entirely sure why now other than a dim sense of not liking the main guy.  Also, my interpretation of the ending I think was slightly off!  Anyway – covers:

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First Edition 1956, Gold Medal Books

Another by Gold Medal Books from 1962 – still using elements from the first cover but check out the different font – I actually like the font here, dramatic and a bit more chilling:

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1962 Gold Medal

Not that keen on the next – I like the web and the spider in one respect but for some reason it makes me think it’s more of a ghost story.  I don’t really like the colours or font to be honest:

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1979 Berkeley

Not really keen on this next one either and for some reason it makes me think more along the lines of ‘The Land That Time Forgot’

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1988 Sphere

I do like the next cover though – I like the attention to detail such as the plug sockets.  That spider looks mechanical doesn’t it!  And, it has the feel of a movie poster:

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Tor 2001

 

 

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12 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.9”

  1. jessicabookworm

    Another one I haven’t read. I like the 2001 cover and I also like the font on the 1962 cover – it reminds me of the classic horror film posters 🙂

  2. Redhead

    eeeek! Spiders! i may have to read an e-book version of this so I don’t have to see a spider every time i pick the book up.

  3. samoak

    I think I like the second cover the best. It reminds me of an old B horror movie. Like “THEM!”

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    No no no no no…spiders ALL BAD! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Very Bad – especially when they’re in your cupboard when you go to get a dish out = broken dishes
      Lynn 😀

  5. Wendleberry

    Well, i… do not want to read this book! I get the impression spiders feature heavily. *shudder*
    In terms of covers, i share your opinions on these ones!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s more a particular incident as the main guy is shrinking he starts becoming fair game – first for the family cat and then the spider!
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Help! Shelob!
    Oooops… wrong genre… 😉

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