Judging Books by Their Covers

This weeks cover of the week goes to Robert Rankin’s ‘The Educated Ape and other Wonders of the Worlds’. The cover illustration is also by Rankin.

the educated apeIt was the humour of this image that caught my eye. The smiling ape appears oblivious to the tumultuous surrounding of peculiar characters and objects. These include a screaming queen, a space ship and a wonder woman type character in a gas mask. The book strikes me as a humours science fiction fantasy in the same boat as Terry Pratchett’s Disc World series.

On further research I discovered that Rankin (who describes his work as Far Fetched Fiction) originally studied art in Ealing with the aim to becoming an illustrator. His style is synonymous  with graphic novels, delicately inked black and white and split into circular panels. The font (not designed by Rankin) also adds to the graphic novel feel of the cover.

I love the titles of Rankin’s novels such as ‘I Robert’ and ‘The Sprouts of Wrath’ play so well on popular fiction and science fiction. It was the title of this book that made me hold on to it and want to know more. I rarely choose humorous books but I think I shall be giving this one a go!

Read more about Robert Rankin and his books on Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/27944.Robert_Rankin

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