Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Sherlock Holmes (III)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I found this little cutie at a library sale – The Illustrated Classics edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It’s only about 5.5 inches tall and contains “specially adapted” versions of The Red-Headed League, The Adventure of the Speckled Band and The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, as well as illustrations by Brendan Lynch. It was published in 1983 by Moby Books.

I feel you, girl

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Book Review

Book Review: Souvenirs and Other Stories

Souvenirs and Other Stories
By Matt Tompkins

My Edition:
Paperback, 79 pages
2016, Conium Press
ISBN: 9781942387060

This is a tiny (both in page count and physical size) collection of strange and surreal stories that add some magic into everyday life.

Since these stories are so short, I’m hesitant to talk about their plots, so I’ll just list the titles to intrigue you:

The Water Cycle
Seeking Advice And/Or Assistance RE: Mountain Lions
Souvenirs
The World on Fire
Mel and the Microphones
BFF

These stories were like nothing I’ve ever read before and I’m glad I ventured into unfamiliar waters. I’ll admit, at first I was confused – I was busy trying to figure stuff out and I was left wondering if the characters in these stories were crazy, or perhaps inhabited magical worlds. Then I stopped doing that and just enjoyed Tompkins’s writing for what it was, fun and thought provoking.

My favorite stories were Souvenirs, Mel and the Microphones and BFF, but really I enjoyed them all.

I’m not sold on the cover price, but I absolutely love the overall design of the book and if you can borrow this, or you love surrealist writing, I suggest you pick this up!

I received this book for free from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.
You can find Matt’s blog here and check out an interesting article he wrote on word choice and how it can change what we’re trying to say.

Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Hobbit (II)

This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book, Life of a Book Hoarder

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Pride and Prejudice

This week I’m featuring two of my many copies of Pride and Prejudice (by Jane Austen) – they’re mini! Both measure right about 6 inches tall. I purchased them from a shop on Instagram.

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