Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Hardcover vs Paperback 79

The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith




Introducing Isabel Dalhousie the heroine of the latest bestselling series from the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Isabel, the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics and an occasional detective, has been accused of getting involved in problems that are, quite frankly, none of her business.

In this first installment, Isabel is attending a concert in the Usher Hall when she witnesses a man fall from the upper balcony. Isabel can’t help wondering whether it was the result of mischance or mischief. Against the best advice of her no-nonsense housekeeper Grace, her bassoon playing friend Jamie, and even her romantically challenged niece Cat, she is morally bound to solve this case. Complete with wonderful Edinburgh atmosphere and characters straight out of a Robert Burns poem, The Sunday Philosophy Club is a delightful treat from one of our most beloved authors.

Nooo. This is another case of a wonderful cover being thrown away for an ok one. I love love love the photographic covers used for the first few in the series until they turned them all into the simple illustration covers. Nothing wrong with those covers but they aren't nearly as exciting! They look very similar to his other series and while that's nice for an author to have a "style" it doesn't really make it very easy to tell one series from the other. Speaking of which I need to get this book, I think I started it at one point but never finished!

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  1. I like both covers but actually prefer the paperback. I feel like it's a shout out to old mysteries...But both are intriguing.

  2. I prefer the hardcover hands down but the paperback isn't too bad. A little boring perhaps...

  3. I'm always interested in what the international covers for book I have look like, but I don't like either of these. This was the first Alexander McCall Smith book I read, and I love the UK cover: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunday-Philosophy-Isobel-Dalhousie-Novels/dp/0316728179

    I agree that the hardback is the better cover, althought I usually prefer illustrated covers to photographic ones.

  4. You're right - the paperback cover looks like his other series - maybe that's what they intended?

  5. I like the paperback cover!

  6. I'm not a fan of either. But, the hardcover is more appealing than the paperback.

  7. Ooh I'm the exact opposite! I probably wouldn't pick up the hard back but the paperback I would pick up in an instant!

  8. I actually own a paperback version with the same cover as the hardback. I prefer that one, because I don't think the illustrated style works as well for this series as it does for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

  9. I definately am preffering the hardback this week, I just love the image they have used.

  10. I adore the hardcover, but I honestly like both.

  11. I like them both, too, maybe leaning towards the paperback.


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