Friday Face Off: Fire

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is “All things fire – red hair, red covers, fire breathing dragons, simply fire?“.

Fire made me think right away of this great classic dystopia Fahrenheit 451, which I read it a few decades ago.
Another book I more recently read by Ray Bradbury was unusual and so good. Unusual actually only if you associate this author with science-fiction, but believe it or not, he began as an author of crime fiction. This collection of his crime fiction short stories is just excellent, as my ecstatic review tries to show: Killer Come Back to Me.

Here are a few covers from around the world.

Which one is your favorite? Why?

Friday face off_fire_red

To zoom on the covers on a computer, right click and choose “Open image in new tab”,
then you can zoom as needed.

My favorite cover is the 2nd (Hardcover, March 28, 2013 by Harper Voyager, ISBN 9780007491568), because of the artistic representation of the fire, with its different shades. That’s seen by the painter in me.

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HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK?
WHAT DID YOU THINK?
WILL YOU JOIN ME IN THIS MEME?
Next week doesn’t inspire me,
so my next participation will be on January 7:
“A top 10 read of 2021”

Book review: The Memory Police

The Memory Police
by Yōko Ogawa
Translated from the Japanese by
Stephen Snyder
Penguin/Harvill Secker
08/15/2019
密やかな結晶
was first published in 1994
Science Fiction/Dystopia
Japanese Literature
288 pages

Goodreads

NB: longlisted for the #InternationalBooker2020 longlist on 2/27/2020

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I have enjoyed a lot The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa. The Memory Police, her latest novel to be available in English, is in the dystopia genre, so I thought I would try it.

The main idea of the book is simple: on this little island, a special police arbitrarily decides that things should disappear, one at a time.

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