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Essential Geek Literature Gets the Minimalist Cover Treatment



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Writer/graphic designer Nicolas Beaujouan designed these minimalist book covers for his “Ultimate Geek Selection,” aka his choices for essential geek literature. Because I’m curious: How many of the 23 books have you read? My number’s a less-than-respectable seven. Sigh. To the library.

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  • Marya

    I love the “Planet of the Apes” one. Clever.

  • Marya

    I love the “Planet of the Apes” one. Clever.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    meh. Not my style, I guess.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    meh. Not my style, I guess.

  • Anonymous

    I am so sick of minimalism. Baroque maximalism is the greatest design aesthetic!

  • Anonymous

    I am so sick of minimalism. Baroque maximalism is the greatest design aesthetic!

  • Nirali

    I liked the flatland one

  • Nirali

    I liked the flatland one

  • http://bittersweetfountain.blogspot.com/ Bittersweet Fountain

    I’m not sure it makes sense in context of the book though. Where is Soror? In the book, Soror is definitely not Earth, and though he does end up back on Earth in the end, it’s not exactly the case of the original movie which seems to be what this cover is referencing. (Assuming my interpretation of this cover–the ship takes off from the same planet it lands on–is correct.)

    Unless the ship is supposed to be the sailing ship of the wrapper story, which is, IMHO, the cleverest twist of the entire novel.

  • http://bittersweetfountain.blogspot.com/ Bittersweet Fountain

    I’m not sure it makes sense in context of the book though. Where is Soror? In the book, Soror is definitely not Earth, and though he does end up back on Earth in the end, it’s not exactly the case of the original movie which seems to be what this cover is referencing. (Assuming my interpretation of this cover–the ship takes off from the same planet it lands on–is correct.)

    Unless the ship is supposed to be the sailing ship of the wrapper story, which is, IMHO, the cleverest twist of the entire novel.

  • Marya

    Ok, now I see the cover differently… My interpretation of it was the two colour balls as one Earth and the other Soror, two different planets (different colours) but in which we finally get the same evolution of species (hence the same size and the fact that they ‘mirror’ each other and the ship travelling in circles, they come back to the same point they left on the other planet, both planets “are the same” meaning they offer the same situaiton). But now I see the black circle in the middle and I understand people cans see it as the original movie tells, which was not what I was thinking about.

    And it’s late and I’m not sure I’m making a lot of sense (specially in English… sorry), but I just learnt a new word, “wrapper story”, thank you! :) (and yes, I agree about that being the cleverest twist in the book).

  • Amanda Ferry

    Wow. 23 books, one female author.

  • http://bittersweetfountain.blogspot.com/ Bittersweet Fountain

    You’re interpretation definitely makes more sense with the book, so that was probably what they were going for. I wasn’t sure what the color was supposed to be, but if the two different colors are the different planets I’m not sure what the black in the middle is supposed to be…hmm….

    The Planet of the Apes happens to be one of my favorite things which is why I care a little too much about this. lol

  • Marya

    Hehe, I think it’s a great book, but it made such an impact on me when I first read it that I haven’t been able to read it again. But is a “must read” book, for sure.

  • Robert Vary

    For reals. Some of these could definitely be replaced, like The Long Earth. I mean, I enjoyed it, but it’s only, what, a year or two old? And Terry Pratchett’s already pretty well represented by Discworld. Just off the top of my head: The Left Hand of Darkness, A Wrinkle in Time, Harry Potter, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Dark is Rising, The Doomsday Book… all of them could easily be here.

  • Robert Vary

    It does admittedly lend itself to minimalism.

  • Anonymous

    Have you ever read “Genus Homo” by L. Sprague deCamp & P. Schuyler Miller? It’s apparently a PotA prototype.

  • Electrical Rat

    Wow, it’s so obvious that Mary Shelley only was inlcuded, because this is the one female author they can’t overlook.
    What about Ursula Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Nancy Kress, Margaret Atwood? The frell?

  • Ross Van Loan

    The top level looks suspiciously like a reference to the book’s opening sentence about the sky being the colour of television static ; in that case, the intermediate level is physical-space, and the underlying, cyberspace.

  • Ross Van Loan

    I am Legend’s is a bit boring and more than a bit spoiling.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see some Decora book covers, graphic designers! I want to see Planet of the Apes represented in clashing patterns and mascot characters!

  • Anonymous

    Er… really? I don’t think anyone who hadn’t read the book would be able to work out the twist from that.

  • Anonymous

    IMHO: Planet’s magnetic field in doppler-shift colors (blue approaching, yellow departing), ship circling back to its starting point.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty good but I’m quite sold on a lot of them… I love minimalist cover designs but I think they work best where there’s something witty about the graphic (see some of Olly Moss’s work) and I think some of the graphics here don;t say much about the books. E.g. ASOIAF is literally some ice and fire. And the Discworld one is only identifiable as a turtle shell if you know that in advance so it doesn’t impart much about the text.

    Some of the covers ARE great though – I like The Lovecraft one and The Shining one a lot. They’re SO minimalist the graphics end up being intriguingly abstract.

  • Delphi Psmith

    These are pretty cool. (Anybody else notice that in last week’s episode of Sons of Anarchy, Clay was reading Flatland while lying on his bunk in jail?)

  • Anonymous

    I usually like minimalist cover concepts, but these are lazy. The Frankenstein one actually made me laugh. And “War of the World”? Jeesh.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve read 7, but there are definitey some great books missing. Obviously he couldn’t do all of them though!
    I would recommend: The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas, The Glass Books of the Dreameaters by G.W. Dahlquist, The City and the City by China Meiville, The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin, The Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb, Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and something by John Wyndham (He wrote Day of the Triffids, but I think some of his other books are better, like Trouble with Lichen or The Chrysalids.) For Anne McCaffrey books, I would recommend the Tower and Hive series over Pern or Acorna, although both are good the Pern series drags out waaaaaaaay too far. Stick to the first few.

    ooooo also The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde! …I should stop now before I list half my reading history!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve read 7, but there are definitey some great books missing. Obviously he couldn’t do all of them though!
    I would recommend: The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas, The Glass Books of the Dreameaters by G.W. Dahlquist, The City and the City by China Meiville, The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin, The Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb, Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and something by John Wyndham (He wrote Day of the Triffids, but I think some of his other books are better, like Trouble with Lichen or The Chrysalids.) For Anne McCaffrey books, I would recommend the Tower and Hive series over Pern or Acorna, although both are good the Pern series drags out waaaaaaaay too far. Stick to the first few.

    ooooo also The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde! …I should stop now before I list half my reading history!