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>>7654227
>The Hobbit cover
>map includes Rohan, Gondor, Osgiliath
>not even one of Tolkien's actual maps
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Unreleased Infinite Jest 20th Edition Cover
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The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem, first edition (Polish)
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The expression on his face is perfectly drawn, a perfect mix of teenage angst and mature resolve.
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>>7654327
fuck these are sexy
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mmm
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>>7654410
You goddamn son of a bitch
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>>7654227
Gravity's Rainbow.
Obv the first edition cover
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>>7654759
this is shit
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>>7654352
Yup, there's something about these that are just perfect
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An edition that I will never have.
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>>7654227
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I posted this in another thread, but who cares. I love how accurately it portrays the novella.
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>>7654331
This would have been so nice.
It's missing the smiley have tho.

I reckon the Wallace estate should have licenced a bunch of them, and sold them as book jackets separately.
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>>7654919
Fuck that is pretty.
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>>7654242
I honestly can't put my finger on my this is so prolific and pretty. It's so iconic even though it shouldn't be

>>7654331
>>7654352
>>7654360
>>7654919
>>7654963
All fantastic, although the matchbook 451 is pretty fucking gimmicky
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>>7655028
blegh
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I mostly bought this book for the cover, and I kind of regret it.
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>>7654966
I like how nearly every Hawkes book I've read has that kind of cover. The Cannibal, The Beetle Leg, Death Sleep & The Traveler, Travesty.
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>>7654331
ha
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>>7654919
hnnnnnnnnnnnnng

MUH DICK
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VIVE L'EMPEREUR
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>>7654360
I think I heard this edition sucked though? Something about not being fully edited. It's a shame, too.
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>>7655106
>mfw I was with a friend when I bought that and he never understood the reference in the cover
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>>7655387
What reference?
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>>7655414
The very title & author of the book being censored, reflecting the content of the book.
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>>7655425
I got that but it's not a good way to market a book.
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>>7655277
>Portrait of AS A The Artist YOUNG - James MAN Joyce
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>>7655427
Does 1984 really need to be marketed at this stage?
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>>7655425
It's uncensored on the spine of the book, which is the way penguins are usually put on shelves (spine outwards)
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>>7654331
What's the picture of?
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>>7655432
No, it's just if I saw that book and didn't know that it was 1984, I would have no clue what it was. There should be some hint on the cover to what it is.
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>>7655378
>>7655390
first class covers, that Stadt der Träumenden Bücher cover isn't first edition though is it?
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There's something very aesthetically clean about this cover - doesn't really go for the rest of them in the series, but I really like how accurately the tone of the book is captured
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>>7654919
great
>>7654963
gimmick and shit
>>7654331
reading ij right now. shouldve been the original cover
>>7655451
one of my favorite books. really good cover too
>>7655454
>
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pretty underated book as well
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>>7654352
what is it with Camus and a black and white aesthetic?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMqPlQgHww8
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>>7655425
Plus you can rub the black stuff off.
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C H E A P
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>>7655520
the covers are just images of the writers but the binding is usually great (since they're all hardcovers) and more than one spine beside each other are aesthetically pleasing so I don't see the problem.
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>>7655531
I wasn't being sarcastic. I legitimately love them, probably just out of nostalgia (they're cheap as fuck/in my school library so I read them as a kid).

>the covers are just images of the writers
Huh, I don't remember there being anything more than just the title.
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>>7654919
>$1250 on abe
>originally sold for 195 pounds

jesus
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>>7654907
what?

They are stupid. Like minimal movie poster
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>>7655464
These two are my favourite. I haven't read either books, but every time I see them it has some hypnotic effect on me.
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>>7655137
I feel you. How is The Beetle Leg?
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it's rather simple and all, but I really love this cover for some reason
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>>7655277
>reddit in charge of designing James Joyce book covers
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>>7655292
Generally considered to be a worse version; posted it just because I loved the cover art
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>>7655710
Sorry to disappoint you, but it's an average book. Also, the film adaptation by Volker Schlondorff is pedestrian but worth a look. Watch the film.
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>>7655710
german HC cover, not my favorite but holy shit am I laughing right now

>BILD bestseller
>book was explicitly written to highlight BILD's negative practices
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>>7655810
switched colors of the cover
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>>7655624
How is being minimal automatically stupid?
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>>7655800
That's a shame, but I'll go with the film. What about other Böll's books?
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>>7655825
it's just his opinion
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>>7655846
Murke's Collected Silences very enjoyable.
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>>7655462
I want to read this. good?
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>>7656014
Yes.
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These new Ñ editions are godlike.
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>>7655825
>>7655917
I said minimal movie poster

did you see those?
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ITT fedora
Only booktuber-tier people care about covers
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>>7656084
>stop liking what I dont like y..you fedoras!!
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>>7656105
A) That book is fucking terrible.
B) The other cover is way better.
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>>7656234
>Spot the pleb who hasn't red the book and get the reference on the cover.
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>>7656241
Oh boy, another fucking reference. That's really what this 80's fedora book needed.
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>>7656248
>fedora
See>>7656100
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>>7654227
>Judging a book by its cover
Kill yourself OP.
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>>7656258
I'm not using it as a generic insult. RPO is the most fedora thing I've seen in the last year. It starts with edgy atheism, and then spends the entire book focusing on a character whose main defining characteristics are easily reduced to beta autist. Also, the book is bad.
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>>7656105
>Willy Wonka meets the Matrix
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>>7656248

what nonsense
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>>7656334
Are there really people on /lit/ defending Ready Player One? Honestly?
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>>7656337
lit is still recovering from the reddit invasion a few months ago
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>>7656340
We'd have recovered faster if people just shat on the reddit-tier books instead of responding to everything they disagree with with >>>>>>reddit
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Say what you want about Tolkein his books have had some beautiful covers.
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>>7656337

Actually I responded to the wrong post, that was meant for >>7656084
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>>7656348
damage control
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>>7656363
ok
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>>7656392
ok
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>>7656401
That's a nice cover for a such shit book
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>>7656344
beautiful. too bad the book is now redditry.
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>>7656406
really? havent read it yet. whats shit about it
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>>7656418
the book is fantastic ignore the philistine
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>>7654227


>Maps displays places that are never mentioned in the book

That cover is shit
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>>7656423
>>7656418
Enjoy shit prose and no plot
>but but it's supposed to have shit plot and shit everything you just don't get it !
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>>7656458
>reading for plot
ok opinion discarded
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>>7654352
Exile and the Kingdom is one of the titles I have ever come across.
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>>7656401
2666 has such good international covers.

The English language Bolano books though look like absolute trash.
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>>7656458
> Shit prose
2666 doesn't have a shit prose? It's not extraordinary like Nabokov's or Joyce's, but Bolano has a very natural, down to earth way of using language and an ability to easily manipulate the mood with the simplest things. If anything, some issues in 2666 arise out of his narrative structures, not prose, that arise from his seemingly endless love for having three scenes playing at once in an A/B/C/A/B/C/A/B/C manner for dozens and dozens of pages.

> no plot
There's plenty of plot? Archimboldi's part is a straightforward bildungsroman, the part about critics is essentially a character study in addition to their search for Archimboldi and love, the part about Fate is a thriller. The part amount Crimes is by design meant to be a chaotic mess of characters, plots, voices, motivations and scenes and the part about Amalfitano doesn't appear to be anything more than an extended character study of a particular individual.

If you mean with a lack of plot the lack of easily digested, unified plot, sure. There's not one there, other than thematic links and small spatial ones. No book by Bolano has a plot in a traditional sense, other than Skating Rink. But it doesn't make his books bad, now does it?
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>>7656507
>The English language Bolano books though look like absolute trash.


wut
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>>7656535
These editions I mean.

2666 has a great deal of excellent covers, posting a few.
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>>7656544
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>>7656547
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>>7656560
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>>7656458
>shit prose
I bet you read the translation
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>>7655254
beautiful
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>>7656401
pretty great cover desu ne
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>>7654919
Weird. A mix of tackiness and minimalism, the book in itself had an atrocious cover.
The Orion Press handmade one is far far far superior, and the California Press is great.
And this one's overpriced.

>>7655254
bzz bzz
Vive le Roy.

>>7655465
>translation
:^)
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Anything by Folio Society 2bh
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>>7655438
I don't know what your brightness settings are at, but I can read the title clearly. You can see it 'through' the black bars.
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7655438
It's more obvious when it's physically in front of you, but there is a ridged imprint of the title and author that's pretty easy to see when it's not just a picture on a screen.
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>>7656692
>folio
Kill yourself
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>>7656744
>hating on folio
literally kill you are selve
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>>7655725
Of the ones I mentioned, it's probably the most opaque one. With the way it's written, it seems to be more about the place it's set in than anyone in it. The description calls it a "surrealistic western" but if you go into it expecting some 1850s cowboys and indians shit you're going to be disappointed.
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IJ brazilian cover
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7656814
>grasa infinita
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>>7656674

sleep tight porker
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7656814
Sounds like a preachy evangelical book with that name.
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>>7654360
YIKES
how in the world could you say that is better than the blueprint cover.
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>>7656392
I've never seen this one before, very nice.
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>>7657327
Some one post the meme version
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>>7654386
Neat.
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>>7657330
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>>7654227
truly, truly awful
>>7654339
kill me
>>7654410
only good cover in thread
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>>7657520
forgot image
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>>7654378
isn't that a little too overt?
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>>7656510
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>>7656674

sleep tight porker
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>>7656814
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>>7657646
>unabridged
Jesus christ
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>>7657646
>>7655106
One of my favourites as well
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>>7657717
Whats wrong with that?
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>go to bookstore today
>tfw those awful dostoevsky covers aren't a meme
>tfw they're actually real
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7657727
Lmao what's that 'nigger' book?
The shit author come up with this days jeez
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>>7657858
It's about the origin of the word and whether or not it should be used, who should be able to use it etc.
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>>7655448
no, it's a limited edition that came out the same year the first edition did to celebrate that moers joined piper. his other previous zamonia-novels came out in that special silver edition as well. it was not a huge print run so they are pretty hard to come by already.
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>>7657867
Strange that the bookstore doesn't cover it or anything. Just letting it hang out there for any kid or offendable cunt to see
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>>7658131
Yeah, it's really a shame that society isn't more uptight about language
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>>7657437
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>>7655028
can't believe someone saved that .jpg lol
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>>7656296
It just says common sense and then goes on a journey through references. It isn't nearly as bad as you believe.
>Stop liking what I don't like!
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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So iconic
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7655742
It pisses me off whenever the author's name is bigger than or the same size as the title, and whenever there's some bullshit quote from a book reviewer on the cover. >>7656069 is how all covers should be: nothing but the author's name in small print and the title of the book.
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>>7658230

This is that idea taken to a new level.
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7656562
just got this today
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>>7658367
Why the fuck is there no Spanish version with this box set style?
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>>7655106
i don't get this one
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>>7656814
I just wish it wasn't so fucking expensive.
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Anyone read this?
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>>7658496
no but that cover is ugly as sin
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>>7655462
Cover was literally the reason I bought it.
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>>7655496
the french
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>>7658508
do u liek merzbow
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>>7656337
Hello r3ddit.
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>>7658498
Yes, in a way I guess. Eye-catching on a bookshelf though.
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>>7656069
this one's better
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>>7656429
CAN'T FIND THIS COVER ANYWHERE.
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>>7656535
IS THAT THE BACK COVER?!!?!?! Because if so, I am absolutely buying it.
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7658271
This is literally cuckolding in book cover form.
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>>7658512
nigga i recall this from my childhood
whats this i need to know
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>>7659301
courage cowardly dog
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>>7658586
Richard bachman is literally Stephen King, though.
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>>7655106
I prefer Pelican desu
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7657726
Not him, but it's stupid that there's a fucking abridged version for a 300 page book.
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>>7655115
did you really expect a mentally ill man to write a good book
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>>7656424
best ITT
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>>7656674
I was the first guy who replied. I've just woken up from a 10 hour sleep. Thank you Good Sleep Oinker.

sleep tight porker
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>>7657727
Are those Wordsworth Classics covers?
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>>7656234
>>7656248
>>7656337
>hating on Ready Player One

I mean, COME ON.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWh1f301Xb0
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>>7659427
The abridged version was a [ironically] censored version where some of the parts relating to sex were deemed too lewd and removed
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>>7659544
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>>7659592
That's fucking stupid. Was it the Americans or the Brits that censored it?

Was it really ironically censored?
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>>7659544
For the love of god, please stop.
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>>7654284
>knowing this
>caring
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>>7656674
Sleep tight porker
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>>7658367
>>7656562
These are absolutely gorgeous and I need them.
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>>7655277

James Man Joyce!!!
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>tfw the book itself is also hardcover
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>>7656458
hahaha anon, you cant be this retarded.
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7658181
this is amazing
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>>7659452
I didn't know anything about the author when I made the purchase. Do people really look at the author before they buy?
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who cares
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>>7656674
I am fucking exhausted. sleep tight porker
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The color of magic
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>>7660188
most of Josh Kirby's covers are amazing
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Can't crop this on my phone, but this.
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>>7659879
Am I going crazy or should that be winters' not winter's?
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7659544
> 22 books
> audiobooks
> "addicted to books"
> "ACTION, ROMANCE… INTERNET"
> voice like the most annoying VA in the most annoying saturday morning cartoon

Why are people so awful?
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>>7661086
No it's right because winter doesn't usually end in an s. It is showing "possession" of the night by winter.
That's my take as a non-English major.
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>>7659544
But why anon? Why does she keep singing? Why is her voice like that? What is happening to her from behind and how do we make it stop?
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>>7659544
>I have 22 books in here!
>bragging about owning 22 books
What has the world come to?
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>>7654919
I want this so badly oh my goodness.
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7659544
>this book was so much fun to listen to
>to listen to
why does this ache
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I have another edition of this book with an even better cover that I can't find anywhere online
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>>7658529
It's the FRONT cover
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>>7659597
>>7659603
>>7659668
>>7661180
>>7661213
>>7661218
>>7661445

OMG you haters in this thread are SUCH. NERDS. I love it :3
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>>7654963
this is pathetic
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>>7655028
is that a joke?
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>>7655277
appalling
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>>7661526
>>7661532
>>7661546
You know, you can just make one post instead of three
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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This Spanish edition of Story of the Eye.
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>>7656674
Sleep tight porker
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>>7655277

literal cancer
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>>7661921
That is mighty dope, good book two, or maybe good isn't the best word, but I read it twice and it made me feel like a social deviant both times so it did what it set out to do I reckon
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>>7658524
I've got this one, one of my favorite covers, captures what's going on in the mind of the little shits very well
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1/2
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>>7661991
>white soda
L M A O
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>in bookstore
>see interesting cover
>"A NOVEL"
>put it back on the shelf
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>>7656674
Sleep tight porker
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>>7656105
I actually just finished reading this like 2 days ago.
Really liked how Cline highlighted how pathetic humanity had become. Although I felt that IOI would just make a similar game if the red button was actually pressed.
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>>7656296
It's not really references though, the whole story is about a group of people who have literally all studied this one mans life and completely devoted themselves to his interest and hobbies.
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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What is /lit/'s opinion on the Dexter book series?
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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My favourite that I own. This pic isn't mine but I have the same edition
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not much of a fan of mr pound but I like this

>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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midcentury modern illustration
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7656674

sleep tight porker
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>>7662480
I love that one. The old Signet Classics are in a similar style
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>>7656520

You seem like someone who knows his Bolano. 2666 is by far one of my favorite books, and The Savage Detectives was, despite dragging a bit in the middle, pretty great as well. What else would you recommend of him? Did he write anything as good as these big two?
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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There's something about this.
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>>7654331
First good cover I've seen.
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>>7662945
got this exact copy from the library today, sitting on my bookshelf as I type this. it's pretty old and a little beat up but it still feels good
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>>7659544
She almost make me hate the book.
>>7656337
I actually liked it. You can't always read Dostoyevskiy or the great classics, you need to read something more easy and this is one of those books.
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>>7663754
Forgot my contribute
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>>7656797
Should I read it next, or would it be better if I read The Cannibal?
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>>7663754
>NOT hating on Ready Player One

A-are you new here, anon?
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7663759
meh
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>>7656507
>>7656544
>>7656547
these are shit
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>>7656692
my nigga
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>>7657711
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>>7657399
one of the best in the thread
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>>7661764
that's the movie poster you dicknut
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>>7661986
>>7661991
lattjo ju
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>>7655782
What exactly is wrong with it?
I was thinking of buying that version, so I'd like to know.
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7656544
this is the one i have and i'm so annoyed about it
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>>7662945
Is there a paperback version with this cover? I don't want to adult-comic looking one or the playground one, I love this cover
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7659544
NOW THIS IS ADVANCED PODRACING HOLY FUCK

>she had to recommend pushing through this book
that's like recommending pushing through wet paper
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>>7654759
great af
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>>7664662
There is 1991 paperback edition with exactly the same cover. And there are more than just these editions, many of them are pretty great.
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>>7659544
>this has followers
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>>7654919
>harold
>bloom
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>>7657727
I wonder why Wordsworth doesn't just have plain color backgrounds such as this >>7654242

I would then probably always go with the Wordsworth editions.
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>>7661764
UGGGGHHHH WOW. LEWD, KUBRICK
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7656674

Sleep tight porker
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>>7661764
ah jeez, wow, shiiit
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i love all the tasty phrases peppered throughout

>>7659786
hearty kek
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>>7659544
I have a collection in excess of 400 reaction images, carefully curated over the past 7 years, and none of them quite conveys my feelings towards this video
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>>7662394
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>>7659544
This has to be satire.
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>>7656674
sleep tight porker
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>>7659544
>Watched the first 5 seconds
>Closed it
>Watched the first 5 seconds again
>Closed it again
>Read the replies to this post
>Watched the video again, this time for a minute
>Closed it again
>It was no longer infuriating, just not worth watching
Have I reached enlightenment?
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>>7659544
Stupidity aside. If you listen to her voice, and don't care what comes out of it, it isn't so bad.
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Goosebumps had goat covers imo, regardless of the actual content. Those covers really were scary back then, and I still like them.
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>>7659544
oh heavens no
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>>7656105
I like this cover, too, even if the book isn't perfect.

>>7662079
I feel the same way. Who's to say IOI wouldn't make their own MMO, or that there wasn't already a second rate OASIS competitor people wouldn't flock to, like if Facebook died, Myspace would suddenly have millions of new users.

Pros:
>Message of humanity neglecting real life by retreating into the comfort of an imaginary world.
>Escapist future-dystopia setting that was pretty detailed.
>The not!Google main antagonist who could be pretty threatening at times
>Trailer-apartment towers like redneck-Kowloon
>Details of daily living in the year 2044
>The third half of the book.
>Actually cared about the protagonist and want to see him win.

Cons:
>WAAAAYYYY too many references, too much appeal to Sci-Fi and 80's culture.
>Bad prose, found myself skimming through most of the novel later on.
>Meh dialogue
>Final fight scene with all those Sci-Fi robots

Definitely not my favorite, but it was interesting.
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>>7655451
Yeah, top-tier. I have a soft spot for pulp fantasy artwork though. i feel like most of the BotNS covers make it seem like a lot more of a traditional, commercial fantasy story than it actually is.
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really liked this one. shame it's going to break apart when I finish it, even though it's a hard cover
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>>7662003
underrated post, gave me a chuckle and made me nod
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>>7655115
Are you saying you judged a book by its cover mmhmmhmmhummhmm. My, how enthrallingly and equivocally embarassing. Hmhmhmhh
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>>7656674
Sleep tight porker
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>>7658512
Courage the cowardly dog
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>>7661986
> Conservative literature with an avant garde painting
wut
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>>7662660
Amulet is one of his better novels, a nice extra to Savage Detectives, albeit it has a few fishy parts near the end. Skating Rink is a strange book that's mostly build around Gimmicky structure, not really worth it except if one wants to read more about his time on Costa Brava.

All novels released within his lifetime are great, excellent. The postmortem releases - short stories, poems, forgotten manuscripts - ought to be treated as pure extra fluff in his catalogue in my mind. The Third Reich and Woes of a True Policeman are sort of interesting extra notes for 2666 though, with more on Amalfitano and Hans, as I take all the blond Germans in Spain in Bolano's novels to be workings of him.
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