Category Archives: Book Art

Mid-week Treat! Literary coffee mugs

So my flatmates have finally moved out after 2 years of happy cohabitation, taking apparently all their lovely crockery with them. Sad times! This seemed as good an excuse reason as any to invest in some new bits for the kitchen, and oh whoops what do you know I accidentally bought four of these:

Literary transport mugsI don’t know, I tend to roll my eyes at some of the Penguin cover merchandise you can get these days, and the temptation to emblazon yourself with hints at how intellectual and literary you are, but at the same time, I think I am going to love these a lot…Plus they have the ‘points of interest’ making it nominally more educational? Maybe?

I bought Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockinbird, Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby. So pretty much an A-level reading list. Which ones would you pick?

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Hangover Square revisited

In my search for the correct Hangover Square book cover, I actually stumbled across this Flickr, which shows a beautiful installation (fittingly) at the University of Brighton Gallery in 2010 that recreated some of the most iconic scenes from the book.

Netta's bedsit, Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton @ University of Brighton Gallery

(reproduced from Nige B’s Flickr, created by Cinecity and Anna Deamer, with help from University of Brighton and City College students. Phew)

I was particularly encouraged by the installation’s dual focus – on the novel, but also encouraging onlookers to create their own narrative. A suitably split-personality for such a work. And great pants hanging up, there.

Mid-week Treat: Bookshelf Porn

Aw yeah.

This is exactly what you promise you’ll do every Spring Clean / House Move / Christmas, but you never will. You never will.

Brought to you by the good people of http://bookshelfporn.com/

Mid-week Treat: Ward Shelley’s History of Science Fiction

Sci-fi fans! Art fans! Infographic fans! Nice thing fans! Here is a treat for you this Friday. This has already done the rounds on the internet, and I actually came across it when doing my dissertation in genre fiction, but I submit it here for your consideration (and also as I am considering treating myself to a print, which you can buy here if you’re similarly weak-willed).

The History of Science Fiction

Click on the image for full size.

Here are some of my favourite bits:

1. James Hogg getting props – Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner is a brilliant, dark novel that makes great use of the doppelganger, and is in many ways an excellent 19th century Twilight Zone. I only learned about it through a Scottish Lit course and I wish more people were introduced to it – in my opinion way better than Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

The creepy doppelganger section

2. Genre Holes. There’s something strangely satisfying about seeing these tentacles slithering off into another genre, without actually suggesting there’s a definitive line between them.

Holes

3. Panic! As things get more modern and the sci-fi genre gets more complex, Shelley’s obviously had his work cut out for him. Rather than leave things out to look tidy, he crams it all in there!

Panic!

Above all, the flowing lines make genre very clearly a dialogue and a nebulous concept, rather than something fixed and formulaic.

Lovely stuff!

Friday Treat: Disc-overy of the Day!

Eugh, terrible title pun, sorry. But here, here I have found an excellent guide to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, via comments on the Savidge Reads blog.

Discworld Reading Guide

I’ve kind of lost touch with the Discworld series in recent years, having once received one every Christmas and dipped in throughout the year – I think Going Postal was probably my last. Have they had their heyday? Were the old ones the best? Either way, whoever made this has done fans a great service.