Post your favorite book covers /lit/.
>The Hobbit cover
>map includes Rohan, Gondor, Osgiliath
>not even one of Tolkien's actual maps
The expression on his face is perfectly drawn, a perfect mix of teenage angst and mature resolve.
I posted this in another thread, but who cares. I love how accurately it portrays the novella.
I mostly bought this book for the cover, and I kind of regret it.
>mfw I was with a friend when I bought that and he never understood the reference in the cover
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
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.
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.
These two are my favourite. I haven't read either books, but every time I see them it has some hypnotic effect on me.
it's rather simple and all, but I really love this cover for some reason
german HC cover, not my favorite but holy shit am I laughing right now
>book was explicitly written to highlight BILD's negative practices
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.
Are there really people on /lit/ defending Ready Player One? Honestly?
Say what you want about Tolkein his books have had some beautiful covers.
2666 has such good international covers.
The English language Bolano books though look like absolute trash.
> 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?
>The English language Bolano books though look like absolute trash.
These editions I mean.
2666 has a great deal of excellent covers, posting a few.
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.
I've never seen this one before, very nice.
>go to bookstore today
>tfw those awful dostoevsky covers aren't a meme
>tfw they're actually real
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.
IS THAT THE BACK COVER?!!?!?! Because if so, I am absolutely buying it.
> 22 books
> "addicted to books"
> "ACTION, ROMANCE… INTERNET"
> voice like the most annoying VA in the most annoying saturday morning cartoon
Why are people so awful?
>I have 22 books in here!
>bragging about owning 22 books
What has the world come to?
>this book was so much fun to listen to
>to listen to
why does this ache
I have another edition of this book with an even better cover that I can't find anywhere online
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
>see interesting cover
>put it back on the shelf
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.
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.
What is /lit/'s opinion on the Dexter book series?
My favourite that I own. This pic isn't mine but I have the same edition
not much of a fan of mr pound but I like this
sleep tight porker
I love that one. The old Signet Classics are in a similar style
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?
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
>NOT hating on Ready Player One
A-are you new here, anon?
i love all the tasty phrases peppered throughout
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
>Watched the first 5 seconds
>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?
I like this cover, too, even if the book isn't perfect.
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.
>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.
>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.
>Final fight scene with all those Sci-Fi robots
Definitely not my favorite, but it was interesting.
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.
really liked this one. shame it's going to break apart when I finish it, even though it's a hard cover
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.