It's been quite some time since I've joined in Weekly Geeks, and not since Dewey was still running it :(. It's not that I don't want to but I just never seem to get around to the weekly theme or task before the next week's is already up. I think Bi-Weekly Geeks would suit me better! LOL. But I think I've made it in time this week and it's a fun one.
This week it's all about judging books by their covers! Pick a book--any book, really--and search out multiple book cover images for that book. They could span a decade or two (or more)...Or they could span several countries. Which cover is your favorite? Which one is your least favorite? Which one best 'captures' what the book is about?
Before you say anything, yes I know I've got two books here, but let me explain. I'd already uploaded the covers for Kafka on the Shore and saved a draft, but then today I went to browse a few of the other posts and found that in the very first entry gautami had already done this one. But since some of the covers are different I thought I'd go ahead and post them anyway, but then I decided to see what other Murakami covers I could find. I haven't looked through all the posts so I don't know if someone else has already done The Wind-up Bird Chronicle as well, so apologies if this is all a repeat.
Cats feature prominently in the covers of Kafka on the Shore which isn't too much of a surprise. I think my favourite of these is the German one (3rd row, middle) because I love the colour and the close-up photo of the cat's eye, or the Arabic one to the left here, as it's such a pretty silhouette and as well as portraying the significance of cats to the story, it also includes an image of the shore which features in both the title and the story.
And for something a little different, I found these illustrations inspired by Kafka on the Shore, by the artist Leila Shetty.
The fact that Murakami is so well-known around the world means there is certainly an interesting variety of covers for his books. From these covers for The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, my favourites are the German one (top row, middle) and the Vintage UK one (top row, left). The German one for being so fun and colourful, the Vintage one for the simple black and white and the striped cat's tail. I am a cat person after all! I also find it interesting that I like the German covers for both books. Kind of makes me wish I could read in German! I do also like the Swedish one (bottom row, left) for the cute wind-up bird (clever, no?) on the cover.
I don't love it but the cover (bottom row, middle) is the only one that actually represents some scenes from the book but it seems to be from an out of print edition. And I have to say that the Japanese cover (bottom row, right) is really boring!
So which of all of these do you like best?