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Books Received: August 11, 2008 (+ Book Meme)

Here are the books we received this past week.

And the usual meme: When considering the books above:

  1. Which book has the coolest cover?
  2. Which book has the worst cover?
  3. Which book do you most want to read and why?
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8 Comments on Books Received: August 11, 2008 (+ Book Meme)

  1. I’ve got “Son of Man”, so probably won’t be buying it again. The Burstein has the coolest cover and that’s the one I want to read the most. I’ll also pick up the Howard (but probably have most of the tales already scattered in a couple of worn books). The Del Rey anthology series of his stuff is one of the few worthwhile things coming out of that shop.

  2. The Burnstein has the coolest cover…but since my SF collection somehow lacks a copy of the Silverberg, it would be the book out of this group that I would want to buy the most.

  3. I agree about the coolest; my eye leapt to the Burstein.
    I don’t want to call any of these “worst.” I suppose the least successful is the Howard, where design issues appear to have crushed good artwork into a hideous, squamous blob.
    If I was choosing among these for a book to read, Silverberg is the most familiar, but I think I would pick up the Burstein first and check it out.

  4. I already have the Burstein on pre-order. Looking at the rest of these, what is there to say except yay me – I am pre-cool?

  5. 1. Best cover: Michael Burstein’s I Remember the Future. By far.
    2. Worst cover: The Age of Conglomerates. It’s just too plain. It also seems to conflict with what I remember of the cover for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”
    3. I can’t wait to get my copy of “I Remember the Future” and start reading it. I’ve read most of the stories that appear in the book (over the years) and look forward to rediscovering the gems that show up here.

  6. Best Cover: The photo illustration for SON OF MAN is quite nice. That’s my favorite. But the cover design for I REMEMBER THE FUTURE is nice as well.
    Worst Cover: THE HORROR STORIES OF ROBERT E. HOWARD. I hate framed artwork.
    Want to Read: I don’t read short story collections (sorry!), but what the heck, the Burstein book looks interesting.

  7. Best Cover: Easy win for “I Remember the Future” The art on the Howard book is good, but the frame just doesn’t work.

    Worst Cover: The other three – all Yuck!

    Want to read: Burstein or Howard are likely to be good, but I’m lukewarm because I have many stories from each.

  8. Just a quick comment to say that the SON OF MAN cover isn’t a “photo illustration.” That’s a hand painted John Picacio!

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