New DLE War of the Worlds?
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Spotted this on EP site last night but mysteriously disappeared this morning. No pictures or description were included. I think price was 4 x $69 but without seeing it again for verification, perhaps I was just dreaming (it was late at night). Hopefully it shall return soon with some more details and if so, interesting to see format, e.g. maybe along lines of Dracula/Poe/Baskervilles more modern versions with commissioned illustrations or perhaps clamshelled style a la Verne and Twain facsimiles. Personally, I prefer the former as text is much clearer and I think the slipcased books just look better on the shelf than the clamshelled cousins. That said, I still love my Verne and Twain books which certainly have wow factor when picked up and opened to see those wonderful covers nestling in their private box.
Either way, I remain hopeful in anticipation of a title I would like, that it meets expectations. Then just need to earn enough cash to afford along with several other recent offerings that are bringing tears to my eyes. Great books EP but perhaps let us catch our breath in between new DLE publications?
It's back now with pictures.
OK, those illustrations are superb! I do wish the limitation number was not so high (1200). I also wish H.G. Wells was around to sign the book :)
Yeah, I know, but still, I would love it if EP released more signed by the author DLEs.
Speaking of which, I had not noticed, but apparently the DLE A Christmas Carol has sold out. Shows people have good taste! The illustrations by Caniglia are sublime!
Very nice looking book with great looking illustrations. I would love to add this to my collection.
The slipcase and illustrations are great, but what is that circular design on the cover supposed to be? And aren't the dimensions peculiar -- 9" x 11" ?? So it's 11" tall and 9" long?
>8 Betelgeuse:, Isn't that a doughnut? Isn't that how the aliens were eventually killed in the book? They began eating junkfood, became obese and died?
>9 hamletscamaro:: Well it does look like a paramecium, which would be closer to the mark. It's just such a disappointing, unimaginative cover -- and the 11" x 9" dimensions make the book seem oversized and nearly square.
10: I think overall the book will beautiful, if it's similar to the other DLEs in the series. I do agree that the cover itself is a bit of a disappointment. Most people will look at it and go "huh?" At first, I thought perhaps it was supposed to be an old illustration of Mars
At first I wondered if it was Earth eclipsing Mars, but I guess there isn't enough land mass on Earth to illustrate that. But yea, if it's a paramecium then no one would get the relevance until they've finished the book (or they've seen the movie).
I've studied the illustrations quite a bit, and I wonder if the "paramecium" on the cover is supposed to be the eye-like thing depicted on the side of the tripods in the interior illustrations.
Maybe EP will change the cover design. They have read these posts and changed stuff before.
Really nice interior art. Cover maybe a bit odd if no one is really sure what it is, but nice nevertheless. At two-thirds the price (or less, obviously), I'd be all over it.
Received my copy last night so I thought I'd share some pics :)
Another well made DLE from the paper used, clear text much like the ones on Dracula and Poe, printed marbled end papers, but the illustrations what can I say, looks way better seeing it in person than what's online.
Amazing pictures again JuliusC. Thank you for sharing and especially on The War of The Worlds DLE, which will be my first DLE to purchase when I decide to pull the trigger and get it. I love the story and the illustrations look so amazing.
I bought this and a few other DLE's and like each of them. Only thing is, the way that the illustrations are attached in the books worries me a little - hope they don't detach as they age.
20: Tipped-in illustrations have been used for hundreds of years. I've seen books that are over a hundred years old and the illustrations look great! Well, you never know, but I don't think you should worry :)
I caved in and bought it but I'm having buyer's remorse. I agree with >20 billgalic: about the tipped in illustrations, they seem rather fragile to me, which is a shame because the illustrations are superb. And the book is enormous, too unwieldy to read, it's more like a coffee table book. In its slipcase it only fits on one of my bookshelves, but that shelf is not in my "science fiction section" so that disturbs my OCD tendencies :). Also as I've said above, the illustration on the cover is a bit of a head-scratcher. So all in all I'm not thrilled.
Thank you for the photos! If I had not purchased a new house just a few days ago, I would have not been able to resist ordering the book after seeing your pictures. Looks like a gorgeous production. Congratulations! And don't worry about tipped-in illustrations - usually they last very long time.
Difficult decision for me with such a highly priced short story with such an ambiguous cover. But its probable reason for coming into being may cause me to pull the trigger. HG Wells signature would help (ha ha).
HG Wells book "War of the Worlds" was really a protest novel against British Imperialism and specifically their genocide against the Tasmanians. There is genocide going on all over the world right now, perpetrated by "civilized people"; yes it is genocide even if we give those wars noble names and choose not to use the "G" word to describe what is going on.
"And before we judge them the Martians too harshly, we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished Bison and the Dodo, but upon its own inferior races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years. Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?" HG Wells - Chapter 1
24: Don't know what the "G word" is, but I think that citation by Wells is wonderful! Indeed, humans are a plague upon this planet. We're destroying all macroscopic life, and the "funny" thing is, people don't realize we're going to destroy ourselves at the same time
In my opinion totally serves us right. Humans suck! Go Martians!
Not to talk about the Japanese Imperial Unit 731 and their human experiments on women and children under the Second World War. I read about it yesterday. Just sickening. Suddenly I have no desire to see Japan.
26: Hmmm, that's an interesting point. The Germans and much of Europe were horrible to Jews, Gypsies, and other groups during World War II and helped murder millions.
"In every country they occupied, with the exception of Denmark and Bulgaria, the Nazis found many locals who were willing to cooperate fully in the murder of the Jews. This was particularly true in Eastern Europe, where there was a long standing tradition of virulent antisemitism, and where various national groups, which had been under Soviet domination (Latvians, Lithuanians, and Ukrainians), fostered hopes that the Germans would restore their independence."
So, should we boycott Europe? Boycott Eastern Europe? It's a personal call. I personally would not boycott. I think most Germans and much (although not all) of Europe has accepted responsibility for what they have done. Granted, in the past few years there has been a huge resurgence in antisemitism. Nevertheless, I don't feel it apropos to blame the majority of Germans nor Europeans alive today. It may very well be that Japan has not accepted responsibility for their atrocities like Germany has (anyone know?). However, I don't believe we can heave the sins of the parents upon the children. So, I still want to see Japan.
29: Why? My view is that we are all entitled to our opinion so long as we keep things respectable. I actually enjoy hearing people's different opinions and insights and think there's nothing wrong with having some (civilized) political discussions. If you really don't like it, you can always skip it of course.
>29 iluvbeckett: a great deal of literature, is about "The politics of experience" -- RD Laing. This book is a profound statement by HG Wells on the British Empire's brutal imperialism, thus we cannot avoid a discussion on it's meaning and its relevance to the current human experience.
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