This week, the theme is our favorite cozy reads for the start of fall.
This week I chose Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. This book is a scary dystopian story that starts off a trilogy.
While Atwood is probably going to go down in the speculative fiction canon for works like The Handmaid’s Tale, I feel like Oryx and Crake will be a significant piece in how humans consume technology, and should be part of the classic canon.
Now, onto the covers!
This book seemed to go through a lot of cover changes in about a year. The edition on the far left is by Nan A. Talese and the other two are from Anchor books. I really like the cover in the middle. Something about the landscape in the background is a really engaging.
I read the edition on the far right. The large purple flower was interesting but with all the leaf overlays I half expected mutated monsters–which, then again, some of the characters kind of are.
My favorite covers this week are the Modern Greek, Swedish, and German editions. If you follow my post, this may seem like an odd mix, because I don’t normally choose three totally different covers, but I love all of these for different reasons.
The Modern Green cover is really interesting to me. I don’t normally like books with faces on them but this one I think is a great depiction of the book. So much of the plot hinges on Crake and his obsession with a woman he and his best friend call Oryx. Somehow, I feel like this woman on the cover just embodies Oryx and the crop of this is perfect.
The Swedish cover may as well be on the opposite end of the spectrum. I really like the simplicity of this cover and I think that the simplicity works for the title.
I spent a lot of time starring at the German cover. I wasn’t quite sure what was on the front of this cover. It’s so abstract but also so dark and twisty that I think it fits the dystopian world. There’s something beautiful peaking out of those weeds. I like that.
Least Favorite Covers
Okay, let’s be honest, some of these covers, I can get behind but when they go wrong, they go really wrong! This week my least favorite covers are the Italian, Polish, Persian, and Arabic editions. Each of these have made it to this list for different reasons and they are again varied.
After I stared at the Italian edition for a while I realized exactly what the cover was supposed to depict. Of course, by then I couldn’t shake the association I had with The 4400, a television show that came out in 2004, in which a bunch of people appeared out of a ball of light. So now, when I see this cover from a distance that is all I see, and it doesn’t relate at all to Atwood’s story.
Will anyone defend the Polish cover? I am still trying to figure out exactly what I am looking at! And those colors? If someone can clarify what the pink blob with eyes is, please leave a comment. Right now my brain thinks: five-year-old’s clay portrait of his dad or melted tooth diorama from a dentist’s office.
Under other circumstances I would probably like the Persian cover, but for some reason this color scheme just seems too happy to me. Maybe if it was the cover of a literary romance or something that really focused on the dynamics of a relationship and only a relationship, I would have liked it better.
The last is the Arabic edition. I feel like there was a strong idea for this cover, but that it got lost. The addition of the computer looks out of place and busy and it draws my focus away from what I assume should be the main portion of the image.
That does it for this edition of Book Traveling Thursdays. Have you read Oryx and Crake? Are you planning to in the future? Do you have a book that you think will be a classic in a few years that everyone should read? Share your thoughts in the comments below!