Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hardcover vs Paperback 93

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger



UK Hardcover

UK Paperback


Julia and Valentina Poole are twenty-year-old sisters with an intense attachment to each other. One morning the mailman delivers a thick envelope to their house in the suburbs of Chicago. Their English aunt Elspeth Noblin has died of cancer and left them her London apartment. There are two conditions for this inheritance: that they live in the flat for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. Julia and Valentina are twins. So were the girls’ aunt Elspeth and their mother, Edie.

The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders the vast Highgate Cemetery, where Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Stella Gibbons, and other luminaries are buried. Julia and Valentina become involved with their living neighbors: Martin, a composer of crossword puzzles who suffers from crippling OCD, and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. They also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including—perhaps—their aunt.

I have to bring the UK covers into this one because I saw the UK Hardcover first and it's always been my favorite, how glorious! I like the UK Paperback too but it's too busy (I don't like the sticker they put on both versions). The US Paperback is nice as well but it's sort of forgettable for me, US Hardcover no thanks!

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Thanks to Kelly who pointed out the US Paperback!

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  1. I love the US paperback, looove it, but I also like the UK paperback - I'm not sure which I like more!

  2. Oh the UK covers are MUCH better than either of the US ones!

  3. I too like the UK covers better and the UK hardcover the best.

  4. I haven't read the book, but I know twins are involved, so I like the UK hardcover best, too. I don't like the US hardcover at all.

  5. I think the UK hands down always has better covers than the states.

  6. The UK cover is far better and truer to the story.

  7. I like the UK covers better. They speak more to what the book is about, neither of the US covers do. The US hardcover is truly awful. It's really creepy. The US paperback looks like pretty much ever other trade paperback out there right now...nothing special.

  8. Is it me or are all the covers these days looking quite similar? With that said I like the hardcover US.


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