Oct 6, 2010

dogeared progress

I've decided to count my used copy of The Golden Compass towards my Dogeared Reading Challenge. I'm certain now that I want the series in my collection, but this copy is just going to have to get replaced as soon as I can find another. For one thing, the edges are so worn they're soft, the cover is separating from the binding, and it's got creases on the corners. But what bothers me most is that the spine doesn't seem to visually fit with the rest of the book. It looks like this:

A very generic look and what's with those red triangles? I just hate looking at it on the shelf. Doesn't match the others in appearance at all. So this one has to go! But it was great reading it. I'm just so puzzled by that incongruous spine. Have you ever seen a book like that? Why would they print it like this?

Anyhow, it's my ninth book for the Dogeared challenge. Is anyone else still participating in this one? Do let us know about the sad (condition-wise) books you've given one more appreciative read!

9 comments:

bermudaonion said...

That spine is very bizarre.

Mr Lonely said...
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Biblibio said...

My copy of "The Subtle Knife" is actually like that, but I never really paid it much attention... My original copy of "The Golden Compass" (one of my all-time favorite books, by the way - so glad to find others who enjoy it) had the same cover as yours, but was hardcover and the dust-jacket extended the dark blue through to the spine. I think. That copy was lent a long, long time ago and never returned.

I'm not sure why they print it with the triangles. Like I said, I've never really paid it very much attention, but that's how I recognize my copy of "The Subtle Knife" (each of the three books in my collection these days are entirely different editions, very distinguishable). I think these days the new editions look a lot nicer. At least, I hope they do...

Jeane said...

Biblibio- you must have the exact same edition I do! Is yours a Knopf paperback as well?

Suey said...

That looks a lot like my copy of this book! Only take a whole corner of the cover and rip it off, then they'll match! :)

Willa said...

It certainly is a strange spine... not sure what happened there. I think you deserve a new copy, this one is really worn and loved :-)

Biblibio said...

Yes, it's Knopf. Now I really have to wonder why they do that...

KB said...

Very unusual. I haven't read the book but it's on my list of to be read.

Amy said...

So odd. It goes with nothing. Glad you're enjoying it!