Friday, May 6, 2011

Penguin Mini Modern Classics

Well, it's been another long gap between posts. Hopefully I'll be able to make up for lost time with some exciting new updates. Admittedly, my mind has been elsewhere; two weekends ago my girlfriend and I got engaged! It's very exciting to get into the world of wedding-planning... but, for a moment, let's get back to the books.

Last February, Penguin UK announced a series of 50 "Mini Modern" Classics, housed in a long cardboard slipcase. If you're the type of collector who loves matching volumes and completing sets, be careful here... you might get into some trouble:


At the moment, these are available in the UK and Canada, and although Penguin would probably love for you to spend 150GBP on the full set, individual volumes can be cherry-picked through sites like The Book Depository and Amazon. It's interesting to see which titles are available and which are not--it seems like the buyer at the Book Depository has similar tastes to me, as all the spooky, pulpy titles were in stock (either that or I'm just a predictable consumer).


Each book retails for under $5.00 US! These volumes look great and are exactly what you should expect to get for your money. The covers and spines bend and crease easily, but that's what they should do with that kind of price point... because really, these are meant for your back pocket.

What first drew me to these is Lovecraft's "The Colour out of Space"--I'd been meaning to pick up a copy but couldn't get excited about all the ugly fantasy-art covers out there. And really, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect edition of of that story--it's as if the whole series was designed in "Colour out of Space" gray.

I doubt these will ever be reprinted, so if you're interested in a few you should see what you can find online. It's a great way to read the lesser known stories by some of the best authors out there.

Currently reading:
A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles

Currently listening to:
"Clouds Taste Metallic" by The Flaming Lips (on orange vinyl!)

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