Friday, September 12, 2008

Alison Forner: Broken

Wonderfully arresting cover with an illustration from a book called "B is for Betsy", a children's book originally published in 1939. Alison cropped the illustration and added the red, which I think plays very nicely with the PS logo on the bottom right. There is something so disturbingly provocative about this little girl's flirty stance and those red slouchy socks.

From Harper Collins:
Inspired by Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird, Clay's brilliantly observed and darkly funny novel follows the sudden unraveling of a sub­urban community after a single act of thoughtless cruelty.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Jason Booher: The Gone-Away World

A post-apocalyptic novel that takes place in the near future, after "Go Away bombs have erased entire sections of reality from the face of the Earth. A nameless soldier and his heroic best friend witness firsthand the unimaginable aftermath outside the Livable Zone, finding that the world has unraveled and is home to an assortment of nightmarish mutations." The storytelling in non-linear and genre-bending, and the author is the son of John le Carré.

The production on this is mind-blowing. All the pink is made of microsuede, and the green is a super-glossy, almost plastic deboss. The spine is made of the green plastic material with the title written out in suede. It's awesome!! I like the way the faded-back title on the cover interacts with the more solid author's name to evoke the idea in the story of something disappearing.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Keenan: Competition

This is kinda perfect. I like that it's also a little goofy. I want the letters to start dancing and then rearange themselves. I wonder how Keenan did it....did he photograph some letterforms, or was it all developed digitally? The book talks about how Game Theory, the science of competition, which was developed by at three mathematicians including the dude from A Beautiful Mind, John Nash, applies to everything.

Barbara de Wilde: A Stopover in Venice

A woman who is disillusioned by her marriage escapes from her husband whilst vacationing in Italy. She rescues a dog, faints, and ends up living in a grand palazzo that used to be a convent. There, she discovers mysterious works of art and goes on a quest trying to identify them, all the whilst discovering her independence. Is it just me, or does the juxtaposition of the cropped legs and face make the figure possibly even more erotic than if the painting had been uncropped? And the red lines on the tag are peculiar and rather cool.