Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Weekly Geeks: Judge a Book by its Cover

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?


  1. I'm afraid I'm a sucker for any cover with a cat on it!

  2. Wow!! Beautiful covers!! I just read this book and its pretty interesting to see the various book covers. I love the Roman one (close up of the green cat's eye) and the one with the entrance stone too. I was only imagining how it would look like when I was reading it, but its interesting to see it on the cover

  3. Wow, Nat, how very original, amazing how many covers for 1 book, very nicely done :D

  4. I haven't read Wind-up Bird Chronicle yet, so don't have a clue why one cover has a blue guy on it! I like the Swedish wind-up bird cover too. And the Arabic black cat on the seashore for Kafka on the Shore. Isn't cover art interesting? I have (more than once) bought a book because I liked the cover art.

  5. I got another Murakami and yet to read that. His books do have interesting covers.

  6. You aren't kidding when you say his books are known around the world. Look at that assortment of covers! Wow.

  7. Wow, so many great ones! For Kafka, I love the one with the cat and the fish. And also the one with the black cat and the beach background.

    For The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, my favourites are the one with the cat tail and the one with the actual bird :P

  8. I love the Swedish one! I love the clever wind-up bird and the FONT.

    I do a lot of design work - so font matters! :D A strange thing to judge a book by - I know - but it happens

  9. I think I'd do better if it was bi-weekly geeks too! :)

    Loved that you chose Murakami and it's just so neat to see all of these covers.

  10. mariel - I know what you mean. Me too!

    Happy Reader - It's fun to see all the covers, isn't it? I love that German one too with the close up of the cat's eye.

    Sylvie - I'm sure there are others too but these are what I found.

    Terri B. - I really don't like that blue guy one so luckily that's not the one I have. I can be swayed by a beautiful cover too.

    gautami tripathy - I have a few more books by Murakami to read. Hopefully I'll get to another one or two this year.

    Wendy - Besides all the fun covers, it's interesting that Murakami appeals to people all over the world.

    Nymeth - Aren't covers fun? Makes me wish I could read those other languages so I could buy a different edition to the ones I already have. :P

    saveophelia - I know what you mean though. I pay attention to fonts too, and am always playing around with them when I make a button or header or whatever.

    Iliana - LOL. Oh well, I'll join in when I can. I thought I'd look for Murakami covers since Kafka on the Shore was one of my favourite reads of last year. :)


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