Mine eyes deceive me!

Posted On 5 February 2016

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No, you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover but nonetheless I do like covers and I like to give them something of a spotlight.  On the first Friday of the new month I’m going to look at the covers for the books I’ve just read and see which was my favourite for the month.

The covers for my January reads were:

There are some fantastic covers from last months reads!  For impact Medusa’s Web immediately stands out – it’s just dark and scary.  I think the Guns of Ivrea and Goldenfire are really lovely, they’re so colourful and just completely grab your attention.  Monstrous Little Voices – I love that cover, the font and the characters really appeal to me and it’s a fantastic read too!  I think my favourite has to be Medusa’s Web – that is a book that I would definitely pick up and want to own!

Those were my January covers – if you have any particularly gorgeous covers you want to share then let me know.

Reviews for the above books below:

  1. Under a Colder Sun by Greg James SPFBO
  2. Monstrous Little Voices by Jonathan Barnes, Emma Newman, Kate Heartfield, Fox Meadows, Adrian Tchaikovsky
  3. Goldenfire (Darkhaven No.2) by A F E Smith
  4. Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers
  5. Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards
  6. City of Blades by Robert J Bennett
  7. War of the Worlds by H G Wells
  8. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  9. The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo
  10. Changers: Book One: Drew by T Cooper and Allison Glock Cooper
  11. Shattered Sands by W G Saraband – review to follow (SPFBO)
  12. Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal
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Vintage Sci Fi: A buffet of covers

The final day of Vintage Sci-fi over at Little Red Reviewer.  You may have noticed that I set myself a small challenge to post covers – for books I’ve read – that fall into the vintage category.  For the final day of the challenge I’m showcasing a smorgasbord of some of the book covers I’ve highlighted:

Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.30

vintage-sf-badgeNo.30 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

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, like yesterday’s, is a bit sneaky – I’m reading both these two books but haven’t finished or reviewed them yet – but they definitely need highlighting because they are great classics.  Today: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  First published in 1870 this is considered one of Verne’s most popular works.  My dad gave me this book and I’m kind of disappointed that I’ve not been able to finish it yet but I’ve been overtaken by life and other deadlines!

1873 Sampson Low:

1873 Sampson

1917 Geosset and Dunlop:

1917 Geosset

1958 The Children’s Press:

1958 Children's Press

1966 Pocket Books:

1966 Pocket Books

1976 Bantam:

1976 Bantam

1987 Galley Press: (I just love this one for some reason)

1987 Galley

1997 Acclaim books:

1997 Acclaim

2007 Dodo Press:

2007 Dodo Press

2014 Rock Paper Co:

2014 rock Paper

Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.29

vintage-sf-badgeNo.29 Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein

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 and tomorrow’s choice are a little bit sneaky – and I will explain.  These are two books that I’m currently reading but haven’t yet finished or reviewed but I think they’re great examples and so they’re going on the list: Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein.  I really like the first edition for this one.

First edition: 1959

Starship_Troopers_(novel) First edition

1986 by Berkeley:

1986

2010 by Ace Books:

2010 Ace Books

 

 

Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.28

vintage-sf-badgeNo.28 Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

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 : Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey.   First published in 1968 two of the short stories that make up the first book made McCaffrey the first woman to win a Huge or Nebula Award.

Let’s look at covers.  Starting with a first edition:

First edition5.jpg

1968 Del Rey:

Ballantine 1968

1970 Corgi:

1970Corgi

1986 Ballantine:

1968 Pern

1997 Del Rey:

1997 Del Rey.jpg

 

 

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