Strange Library, by Haruki Murakami is a fantasy story about a young boy that visits the public library in order to research the Ottoman Empire’s tax collection system, but ends up a prisoner of the librarian.
It is a short story, with many fantasy elements. I enjoyed it, but I have to say the artwork was distracting me from the story.
I believe this story was written in order to do create the fancy book with images that fit the story. Which is totally fine by me, I liked the art a lot.
After ordering and reading the book, I realized that it was the hardcover edition and there was also a completely different (in terms of art, the story is the same) paperback edition. I found it in the bookstore and I decided to buy it. They were kind enough to unseal it and show me the inside, because I did not know how different they were. The answer is “completely”.
I took some photos of random pages.
On the left side is the pink hardcover edition and on the right the paperback edition.
Which one do you like more?
(I think I prefer the paperback, but maybe it is because I read the hardcover, so the paperback is new to me)