February 8, 2009

Weekly Geeks: 2009 #5

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This week's topic: Judge a Book By It's Cover. I've Chosen The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.



This is my copy. Most covers I found were some variation of this one, the woman in a big red dress next to the wall.

Another lady in red, this one with her face obscured.

I don't know about this one. It would give the reader the impression that it's historical fiction instead of a futuristic nightmare. Pretty though.

This one is weird! The dude looks like Stalin.


This one is nice. Retro. It reminds me of a booklet my mom gave me about 'becoming a woman'.


This one features Margaret herself, but doesn't tell you a thing about the book. Fail.


A different lady in red. She's kind of hiding in the dark.


Although this one is a bit disturbing, I like it. It's very symbolic.

Which one do you like?

Great topic for Weekly Geeks. I had fun!

29 comments :

  1. Hi Chris,

    Love your choice of book...

    The last picture - huh.. too much, but it kinda make me want to go out and get it.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

    love the site

    E.H.

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  2. Wow, that's a lot of covers! I haven't read the book, but I like the top cover.

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  3. I like the retro one. And also the very last one. Disturbing indeed, but it fits the book.

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  4. I like both the bottom ones. I've got the top one though.

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  5. I like the first and even more, the second one - it gives an idea to the horror inside.

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  6. I think the second cover is the perfect fit for this story because of the mysterious woman without a face.

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  7. I love the retro one the best. I also like your copy, the first one.

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  8. I love the retro one the best. I also like your copy, the first one.

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  9. I read the first one. I am not sure I would have read the book if I had picked up the last version. it does fit and I like it now that i have read the book but it might have freaked me out if I had seen that first.

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  10. My copy of the book is that first cover...but I actually love the second cover you posted. Isn't cover art interesting? There are certain books (like this one) which just cry out to be "collected" for their cover art.

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  11. The copy that I used to own was the first one... and I think it's definitely my favorite.

    These are all sooo different, though! Really interesting.

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  12. I have the first one. I mooched it so I didn't choose it. It's been growing on me though. My first choice would have been the retro one. I also like the very last one.

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  13. Have always liked the cover design of the first but the retro cover really appeals to me also. Nice post!

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  14. I've owned different copies of The Handmaid's Tale and they were both different from what you've listed. One had the cover from the film and the other had sort of a variation on the typical Scarlet Letter cover.

    My post is here.

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  15. I have the first one, something I'm always reminded of when I see Poppets online. The termites loved it to bits that now I'm searching for a replacement copy.

    As for my replacement copy I'm pretty much moved by the last one. It's sinister as hell but so very apt!

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  16. I got the first one. I've seen the second and the fifth one in our local bookstores though... I find the last one to be quite disturbing, but then it really fits the book. I think I still prefer the first one. ;)

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  17. I couldn't pick the last one!
    I likeed the retro one

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  18. I like the retro version. Good choice of books, I think this might end up as my next purchase in my next trip to the bookstore.:)

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  19. Interesting how so many we've read the book thought the last one was a good fit, but the people who haven't are a bit turned off. Since a cover is supposed to entice a person to buy a book they haven't read, I wonder if this was a good choice by the publisher?

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  20. Oh this is a good choice. Some of those covers were a bit disturbing like the last one and for some reason I really don't like the one with Margaret Atwood on the cover! The retro one is quite nice but I think I'll go with the top one - which is the copy I have too. It's just so perfect I think.

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  21. I just loved this book. Interesting seeing all the different interpretations through the cover choices! :)

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  22. By the way, I love your blog, and I'm now officially "following" you! I'm an etsy-er too - please stop by and see my blog! I do confess, I'm not as talented a writer as you, but I do attempt a book review every so often. If I spent less time blogging, and more time reading, I could finish a lot more books! :)

    www.bookwormzreader.blogspot.com

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  23. I quite like the 6th one.

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  24. i like the second cover - it's the one i'm most familiar with... however i really like the last one.

    this book has been on my to-read-list for ages...

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  25. The first one is my copy as well. My favorite is the last one, like you said it is disturbing but it really gets the point across!

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  26. I like the first one a lot and that's the one I have now. When I first read it years ago, I think it was a different cover but I don't think it was any of these. So interesting -- I wonder why covers change so much?

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  27. The retro cover is quite pretty, but I think I prefer the first one, even if it is the typical cover. I really wouldn't want a picture of Atwood on the front cover. (She can have the back cover if she insists!) Fail indeed! :P

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