Shabby Sunday 3/25/18

The Shabby Sunday meme was created by Mischenko over at Read Rant Rock & Roll blog, which I love!  I first noticed the Shabby Sunday posts a few weeks ago, and I fell in love with the idea of vintage/childhood features. So, naturally I had to join in. This is my second Shabby Sunday post, and I’m sure over time there will be more! 🙂

The book I’m choosing today is The War of The Worlds, but not JUST for the reasons you’re probably thinking. Yes, it’s a classic. Yes, its a great book. Yes, it was made into a movie where Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning acted upon direction of Steven Speilberg!

I mean, as if all of those reasons aren’t enough. There’s more!

I’m actually choosing this book because the paperback I came across in my collection gave me a laugh! That’s right friends. Check it out. The sticker on the front of this possibly original version is actually NOT a sticker! LOL  That two for a dollar Walmart special emblem is in fact printed right into the cover of this book!


For those of you who have never heard of this book (which is maybe no one) this is what it’s about:

The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells. It first appeared in serialized form in 1897, published simultaneously in Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan magazine in the US. The first appearance in book form was published by William Heinemann of London in 1898. It is the first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and that of his younger brother in London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon. The War of the Worlds has two parts, Book One: The Coming of the Martians and Book Two: The Earth under the Martians. The narrator, a philosophically inclined author, struggles to return to his wife while seeing the Martians lay waste to the southern country outside London. Book One also imparts the experience of his brother, also unnamed, who describes events as they deteriorate in the capital, forcing him to escape the Martian onslaught by boarding a paddle steamer near Tillingham, on the Essex coast.

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  1. Mischenko says:

    Love the book and the movie. You have a cool edition and it’s hard to believe Wal-Mart is vintage lol. I still remember when we got our first store when I was in middle school haha 😂 Thanks for sharing and for linking! I really enjoy seeing your vintage books. 💚🦋

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    1. HAHA I can remember getting our first Walmart in my area too! Great meme 🙂

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  2. That is a gem!

    I adore H.G. Wells. What year was that printed?

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    1. You know, there isn’t a print date to be found anywhere on this sucker. It’s really cool though. The pages have that thick gritty feel and are stained with that old school yellow around the edges!! It even has a four page ‘what is a classic’ dedication in the back that references a slew of awesome writers like Mark Twain, Conan Doyle, Emily Bronte, and Louisa May Alcott… Definitely a gem!

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      1. That’s weird. It’s got to be hiding inside somewhere.

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      2. You would think. I searched, curious myself, and couldn’t find it anywhere. Weird, for sure!

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  3. Ha ha ha!! That’s AMAZING!! First of all, 2 for a dollar?? SIGN ME UP!! Secondly, it makes me laugh that they actually have those printed specifically for Walmart! How strange!!

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    1. LOL I thought the same thing! Especially this long ago! Who knows when this was actually printed… Walmart really is/was a force to be reckoned with, right? haha How long do you think it’ll take Amazon to put THEM out of business? hmmmm…….

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      1. True. Amazon is becoming quite the monopoly! I know people who actually shop for their non-perishable grocery items on amazon now! … What is the world coming to??

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      2. HAHA guilty… I bought some gluten free baking mix that I couldn’t find at my local store. Then I felt so lazy and guilty that I almost cried lol

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      3. Well, if it’s something you can’t FIND you can be forgiven. 😉

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