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Ever since I was a child and my babysitter drew careful treasure maps for me to follow through the house, I have loved maps I m not even sure what came first my love for fantasy fiction or my love for maps This incredibly gorgeous book with its collection of essays and reminisces of writers and artists about stories and maps is one that you happily fall into and rediscover the wonder, the magic of fantasy worlds I spent hours lost in tracing the colour illustrations, making my own pathways through The Hundred Acre Wood, Treasure Island, Narnia This is a book to treasure, and will inspire you to explore both the page and the world. A beautiful book, but scattershot I liked it, and it was mostly fun to browse The illustrations are well reproduced, and their interesting factor for me was all over the map heh The essays, well Some were interesting, others I skimmed I did a lot of skimming, actually It s a good book for browsing and skimming.I love maps In my days as a field geologist, I worked on topographic maps, geologic maps, air photos, satellite imagery, remote sensing false color stuff A colleague once said he would read a detailed map like a book a good observation, true for me too Still is So the fantasy stuff, I get a little impatient with unless I don t I ve gotten impatient with reproductions of historic maps, especially the seriously old stuff which are very hard to make out for me anyway in the photo reductions here and elsewhere The few real historic maps I ve seen are interesting but aren t made available to handle, for obvious reasons My background is much different than most people, and as you can see most people seem happy with the book So, if it sounds interesting, see if your library has a copy and try it, is my advice.My favorite art in the book wasn t a map at all, but an illustration from Mervyn Peake s first book, Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor 1939 I couldn t find that one online, but here are some samples scroll down I wonder if Dr Seuss came across this book when he he was young Seems likely. If for nothing else, I must give this five stars simply for the design This is a fantastically well made book from the dust jacket, through the typesetting, to the end notes, to the end papers Even the paper quality itself is nice stock As with any anthology, the writing itself varies Most of it is musings on how inspiring maps are The best pieces are thoughts from Miraphora Mina on Harry Potter and Daniel Reeve on Lord of the Rings, who did cartography, calligraphy, and other artwork for the films The value in this book is in the physicality of it, than the content of the writing Give this to any lover of fantasy. I became a map lover at age 7 or 8 I had this old green atlas from the 1970s that I would fall asleep with every night looking at the maps of places I d never been and wanted to visit and memorizing the countries and their capitals I also loved road maps When we moved from Washington to Colorado when I was 10, I loved following our route halfway across the country as we traveled I would beg my father to drive out of our way so that we could go through states to which I had not yet been I remember he obliged me once but only once When I was 8 or 9 I began drawing my own maps of made up worlds The primary reason for doing so was to counteract the sadness I felt because there were no new places on earth to find I drew and redrew these maps through my teenage years and still have one of them Reading this book was like returning to my childhood It s written by a variety of authors, many of them illustrators who draw maps for imaginary worlds or the authors who invent them The best part of the book however are the maps themselves Some are imaginary maps of our world drawn in the Middle Ages or the maps of Narnia, Middle Earth, Neverland, Treasure Island and a host of places that I inhabited as a young person and am still transported to as I share these stories with my children I loved the experience of reading this book and studying the maps It made me want to return to the maps I drew in my youth Maybe I will. A Very Mixed Bag of Story Maps Read this book blurb carefully The Writer s Map is an atlas of the journeys that our most creative storytellers have made throughout their lives It tells you about this book than perhaps the publisher intended A great deal of the text, and there is a lot of text , is by writers and illustrators who share their personal histories with maps as children, as readers, as book lovers , as professional writers, and as artists The book is illustrated with examples some familiar, some unique, some prosaic, and some odd and lovely but for the greater part this is a collection of personal essays, mixed up with a rather disordered and idiosyncratic survey of maps in literature and also maps generally through the ages.There are some hits, the story behind the Harry Potter Marauder s Map or the challenges of creating the various maps used as props in the Lord of the Rings movies , and some juvenilia and ephemera that may be of interest mostly to devoted fans of the Brontes, Thoreau, Pilgrim s Progress , Arthur Ransome, Treasure Island , Moominland, and so on Interspersed through this, the book has chapter and section headings, but they are poetic flights of fancy than an actual table of contents , are first person testimonials by a wide and varied cast of writers These bits range considerably in appeal and interest I did think it was especially interesting to compare the maps that were doodled by authors with the final maps that were prepared for publication by professional illustrators based on those doodles The maps themselves are first rate, and range from the familiar to the odd, with lots of stops inbetween The appeal of the text varies, and sometimes the contributors lay it on a bit thick But there is something for everyone, since the list of contributors is rather impressive You ll find lengthy essays from Chris Ridell, Cressida Crowell, Robert Macfarlane, Francis Hardinge, Joanne Harris, David Mitchell, Kiran Hargrave, Lev Grossman, Brian Selznick, and a host of other contemporary writers with whom you may or may not be familiar The upshot for me was that this ended up being a quite satisfying, if somewhat haphazard, browsable book Please note that I received a free advance will self destruct in x days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book. Cartography is a somewhat underappreciated aspect of fantasy literature, and this book does a good job at putting fantasy literature with a sense of place that helps both the writer and the reader better understand the worldbuilding that is going on Sometimes as storytellers we can better understand the works we are reading or writing once we put pen to paper and sketch out the world we are dealing with What is the nature of the city we are dealing with Is it one of Calvino s shifting geographies, or is it somewhere that is heavily rural What kind of rivers or mountains or forests or deserts are there in the world Is there one empire or scattered city states or a few rival nations and peoples Knowing these answers can hep shape the sort of experience that is being written about, and can help the writer and reader zero in on the particular places that are most important Maybe there is an area that is contested between different nations, or a remote area where no one would expect a hero to come from or something like that That would make an obvious place to focus on.This particular book is made up of four parts with several other pieces of miscellaneous material written by various authors The book begins with a prologue by Philip Pullman, best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy After that comes two essays in the first part of the book on make believe, looking at literary geographies and the mapping of memories After that comes several essays on the writing of maps, which examine first steps, going off the grid, looking at the Viking worldview as well as other examples of imaginary cartography, and looking at imagination and what is wild The third part of the book looks at the creation of maps, ranging from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings to other faerie stories and even Robinson Crusoe The fourth part of the book then discusses the reading of maps in such areas as Dungeons Dragons as well as the landscapes of the mind and the discovery of the unknown There is also a postscript of sorts where someone discusses the beauty of books and also ends with some notes about the contributors, acknowledgments, suggestions for further reading, sources of quotations, sources of illustrations, and an index, for a total of about 250 pages or so.For the most part, this is a very excellent book and it was enjoyable to read There is definitely some evidence, though, that many of the contributors of this book did not read what others had written, because a lot of the individual essays here cover the same small set of material over and over again, especially when it comes to maps of Middle Earth and Narnia, which are mentioned repeatedly by many of the contributors This book could have been even better if the editor had made sure that the authors didn t continually circle around to the same few fantasy worlds and their maps over and over again but explored a broader range of fantasy worlds, or better yet had original worlds that were not familiar to the reader At any rate, this book does succeed at expressing an appreciation for the maps of fantasy worlds and also in encouraging future fantasy writers to pay attention to the mapping of their own or other fantasy worlds Whether or not the reader views cartography as important in fantasy worlds, the fact that one is reading this book indicates that the subject is at least of some interest. I have read a ton in my life but never a book like The Writer s Map, which is a wonder So captivating to look at and read, this gorgeous book contains the world literally within its 167 full color images Included are medieval maps and others related to the classics, sci fi and fantasy, adventure, collectible comics, and nursery rhymes For readers who fancy maps, literature and high adventure 5 5Thanks to the author, the University of Chicago Press and NetGalley for the review copy Opinions are mine TheWriter sMap NetGalley As a big reader of fantasy fiction, I found this atlas of imaginary lands so fascinating At the best of times, I get very excited when I find maps in the books I m reading so to have a collection of the most noted ones in a book is pretty cool Such incredible and detailed artwork of the maps we found in stories we know and love from Narnia to Lord of the Rings to Moby Dick to Harry Potter and much The book gives insight as to how these maps came to be and how in some cases, the map actually wrote the story which is now a treasured favourite Definitely a collectable for those who like me, adore bookish maps. This book is enchanting I love it I bought it for my son as he loves maps, geography, fantasy, history, imagination and the list goes on.For avid readers of children s literature particularly fantasy and magic Harry Potter, Narnia, LOTR, etc the book has detailed black and white and color copies of all the popular maps plus I ve already found one map The Land of Make Believe map which is so charming and would make a great addition to a child s room.There are chapters from either the point of view of the author and how maps from other books impacted their imagination and writing as well as one from the illustrator that created the letters and Marauder s Map for the Harry Potter movies The details of what was needed to create a magical letters map that was beyond the norm was fascinating.This is one of those books that I want to give to each and every long time fantasy reader and friend as it has so many old literary favorites as well as new ones you will want to explore. ^EPUB ✘ The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands ↡ It s one of the first things we discover as children, reading and drawing Maps have a unique power to transport us to distant lands on wondrous travels Put a map at the start of a book, and we know an adventure is going to follow Displaying this truth with beautiful full color illustrations, The Writer s Map is an atlas of the journeys that our most creative storytellers have made throughout their lives This magnificent collection encompasses not only the maps that appear in their books but also the many maps that have inspired them, the sketches that they used while writing, and others that simply sparked their curiosity Philip Pullman recounts the experience of drawing a map as he set out on one of his early novels, The Tin Princess Miraphora Mina recalls the creative challenge of drawing up The Marauder s Map for the Harry Potter films David Mitchell leads us to the Mappa Mundi by way of Cloud Atlas and his own sketch maps Robert Macfarlane reflects on the cartophilia that has informed his evocative nature writing, which was set off by Robert Louis Stevenson and his map of Treasure Island Joanne Harris tells of her fascination with Norse maps of the universe Reif Larsen writes about our dependence on GPS and the impulse to map our experience Daniel Reeve describes drawing maps and charts for The Hobbit film trilogy This exquisitely crafted and illustrated atlas explores these and so many of the maps writers create and are inspired by some real, some imagined in both words and images Amid a cornucopia offull color images, we find here maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci fi and fantasy, nursery rhymes, literary classics, and collectible comics An enchanting visual and verbal journey, The Writer s Map will be irresistible for lovers of maps, literature, and memories and anyone prone to flights of the imagination