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0208 Le vin des rêveurs

January 21, 2012
  • Title: Le vin des rêveurs
  • English Title: Wine of the Dreamers
  • Canon: Wine of the Dreamers
  • Language: French
  • Country: France
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1981
  • Publisher: Librairie Générale French
  • Collection: Livre de Poche
  • Collection #: 7065
  • ISBN-10: 2253026832
  • ISBN-13: 9782253026839
  • Cover Artist: Gérard Ruffin


There’s not much going on here, other than a foreign title that *gasp* is a direct translation of the English one, but I’m holding back on the snark because Wine of the Dreamers (or its incarnation as Planet of the Dreamers) doesn’t have a very good reputation of kickass covers (other than this and this). I’m sure this is partly due to the story not lending itself to illustration — it’s all, like, far-out, man! — and partly because science fiction never really got into GGA like detective novels did.

Still, the cover has a pleasing composition and enough symbolism to warrant a post, although honestly every JDM cover warrants a post just because it’s a JDM cover, but let’s not go there. There’s this human race, see, and he’s trapped on his planet, symbolized by being in the circle of the planet, and while Man is primitive (scope out the Neanderthal beard), he’s still looking (spectacles) out at the universe (spaceships) through his dreams (the circle doubles as a wormhole he’s looking through).

Or just enjoy it as a pleasing cover that’s better than this.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Craig Speece permalink
    January 21, 2012 5:25 pm

    Your fun site is new to me, so sorry if this is something everyone else just knows. Is it common for foreign covers to misspell JDM’s name, as this cover does? Thanks.

    • January 21, 2012 6:42 pm

      Nice catch, Craig! I spent 10 or 15 minutes staring at the cover to write this post and never noticed that.

      I was about to respond “no, this is not common” when I decided to break a cardinal rule and actually research my answer. I went through 800 foreign covers (you’ll have to answer to my wife for that) and found the following misspellings:

      “John D McDonald” (6)
      “John McDonald” (2)
      “John D. Mac. Donald” (1)
      “J.R. MacDonald” (1)

      Although not technically misspellings, I also found these oddities:

      “John MacDonald” (11)
      “J.D. MacDonald” (4)
      “MacDonald” (4)
      “Mac Donald” (2)
      “John Mac Donald” (1)

      This doesn’t count Greek, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Japanese, or Chinese covers that choose not to display his name in Roman characters. It also does not include Russian covers, although I read Cyrillic just well enough to see that they used “John MacDonald”, “J MacDonald” and “John Dann MacDonald”. It also does not include Thai, which Google translates his name into “Jon Grand good McCall methanol”!

      Thank you for a completely lost afternoon.

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