Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.11

vintage-sf-badgeNo.11: The Day of the Triffids 1951 by John Wyndham

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 Day of the Triffids.  One of the few books on this challenge that I’ve actually reread fairly recently.  Lots and lots of covers for this one! A first edition – which I really like:

First Edition 1951

First Edition 1951

The one below is deceptive isn’t it – looks like a quaint cottage garden!  Sneaky

Penguin 1984

Penguin 1984

I like the colours and the font for this Del Rey

Del Rey 2001

Del Rey 2000

The next one isn’t my favourite – kind of makes me think of a zombie books somehow:

Ballantine 1983

Ballantine 1983

I love the Gollancz cover – I love that it shows the meteor shower and the colours are so vibrant:

Gollancz 2001

Gollancz 2001

Creepy:

Crest Books 1951

Crest 1951

Kind of reminds me of a B-Movie ad:

Penguin 1954

Penguin 1954

I don’t really know what to say about this one – it’s just very funky:

Dolphin 1960

Dolphin 1960

Why does the woman on the front of the book look like someone’s just cracked a joke!  (‘they’re behind you!!!’)

Michael Joseph 1977

Michael Joseph 1977

This one is very creepy – it’s like the plant has been almost been given human features – like the branch looks like an arm that’s rounding the humans up:

Crest books 1962

Crest 1962

 

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20 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.11”

  1. digitaltempest

    What a coincidence. I just added this book to my TBR pile after reading Midwich Cuckoos. I read a friend’s review of this book and decided to give it a shot. Awesome covers!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you enjoy it! I love this story. Obviously it’s a bit dated in some respects but it’s a great idea.
      Lynn 😀

      • digitaltempest

        I have a love of classic literature, so dated doesn’t bother me one bit! I was only so-so about Midwich Cuckoos and actually like the movie better, but I still want to read more of his stuff.

      • @lynnsbooks

        That’s me too – I love the classics. I don’t tend to read many these days but it’s actually all I read at one point.
        Lynn 😀

  2. Greg

    This movie scared the crap out of me when I was a kid- I was pretty young and saw it on TV and was like whoah! I haven’t read the book but am tempted. I didn’t know you were doing a post a day- how fun! Love Vintage month… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Greg – the movie scared the crap out of me too! Imagine – plants walking! And attacking you!! I like the book (well, I’ve even reread it so I must do!). Like with a lot of these vintage books certain elements are outdated but I still think this is such a great idea.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Triffids! I so loved this book when I first read it (many, many years ago in a galaxy far away 😀 ), because it was so delightfully *scary*. It’s a pity that the movie didn’t live up to the same level of terror – IMHO.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is delightfully scary isn’t it! Yeah, the movie was a bit of a let down – and then we had another adaptation not that long ago which was even worse. This one is surely in need of a good remake!
      Lynn 😀

  4. imyril

    Still one of my favourite books (Wyndham is one of my favourite authors). I grew up with the 80s Penguin covers, but I’ve suddenly gone completely blank as to what edition I have upstairs! You may have lowjacked me into a re-read – I’m not sure I can pick it off the shelf to look at the cover without accidentally reading it afterwards 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – dusts off hands! I really need to go and search my bookshelves – I’ve lost two books that I want to read for Vintage Sci Fi!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    Wow, lots of covers! I’ve actually read this as well, but it’s been at least 5 or 6 years, I think. I really like the 1983 version. Awesome pick!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Some of these books have such a lot of different covers – it’s almost a work of art choosing which ones to display!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy

    I had a good time with this one when I read it some time ago, but my favorite book of his is probably The Chrysalids. Read that one back in high school and still love it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I haven’t read Chrysalids. I will have to add it to my wishlist.
      Ta
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    This is such a cool book 🙂 My copy doesn’t have any of these covers, however I love the 2001 Gollancz cover!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really like the Gollancz cover – so vibrant and eye catching.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Sharry

    All of these covers are making me want to read this book!! I like the quaint cottage garden one…Except for the Gollancz and Del Rey ones the other covers would have turned me off reading this book 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      The cottage one is lovely isn’t it – and really clever in its deception!
      Lynn 😀

  9. Grace

    Great covers! I totally read this one because it was referenced in the Rocky Horror theme song. 🙂

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