Reading The Golden Compass was a coming of age for me – it was darker and more serious than any book I’d ever read before. Philip Pullman takes his readers seriously: he might be writing for teens and pre-teens, but he pulls no punches. I mean, the series name comes from a line in Paradise Lost; rather than worry about what his readers were capable of understanding, Pullman wrote a deeply intellectual and metaphorical novel for teenagers.
Wednesdays are cool cover days, and today is no different – except that instead of half a dozen covers, I just have one today: Pysiognomy by Jeffrey Ford. I am unashamed to report that I saw this book for the first time this morning and have added it to the to-read pile based on the cover alone.
It’s time for another science fiction cult classic: William Gibson’s Neuromancer.
Some fun facts about this book:
- It was the inspiration for The Matrix films
- It was written by a Canadian
- It has a lot of campy – and wonderful – covers
This cover (left) is the edition that I own – and I quickly realized it’s probably the most boring of the lot.
I went through a huge Michael Crichton phase as a teenager where I read pretty much every word he put to paper. Airframe made me terrified of flying,Sphere made me want to take up scuba diving / alien hunting, and Jurassic Park climbed into my heart and found a little home there forever.
And also it has a million beautiful, campy covers. You’ll probably recognize this iconic first-run edition:
Obviously the dinosaur theme is a popular one for this novel’s covers, and we see it pop up a bunch of times – interestingly, always a skeleton and never a live dinosaur.
Arrakis. Spice. Sandworms.
Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of the great science fiction classics – the tale of a desert planet and an ancient power struggle. A novel filled with giant monsters, drugs, and religion makes for some cool covers.
The first set is pretty classy:
It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as ever by The Broke and the Bookish! This week is make-your-own-theme, so I took it as a chance to put together a list of 2015 books that I still haven’t managed to get my hands on – not including this fall’s line-up of crazy excellent yet-to-be-released fiction. (Hint: that’s next week’s Top Ten Tuesday.)
Click on the cover image to pop over to the Goodreads page!