The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

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 storyteller It?s one of the first things we discover as children, reading and drawing: Maps have a unique power to transport us...

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Title:The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
Author:Huw Lewis-Jones
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands Reviews

  • Amanda
    Jun 14, 2019
    Thank you to Hue Lewis-Jones, University of Chicago Press, and NetGalley for allowing me the extreme pleasure of access to an advanced reader copy of ?The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands? for an honest review. I absolutely had to jump at the chance to request and revi...
  • Debbi
    Apr 11, 2019
    Beautifully illustrated but not exactly what I thought it would be. ...
  • Nathan Albright
    Jun 24, 2019
    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 ...
  • Jill
    Dec 03, 2018
    We love maps and atlases. We have a very large collection of atlases, and maps adorn most of our walls. Jim likes historical and topographic maps, and I prefer maps of fantasy lands. This gorgeous book, which features all kinds of maps along with essays about them, is the perfect addit...
  • Jim
    Dec 27, 2018
    Really nice book about fictional maps, map and world making and the art/craft of writing. Doesn't work well on a Kindle (or i don't know how to do it) because the captions and art aren't together. i'll be buying this for a gift. Netgalley was kind in letting me have a review copy. ...
  • Kevin Hodgson
    Mar 07, 2019
    Maps, stories, stories of writers and maps, of readers and maps, and some of the most beautiful pieces of art you will ever see in. I loved this book and wish I could afford a copy (it?s a loaner from the library) ...
  • Marc
    Mar 29, 2019
    This first and foremost seems a coffee table book to look at and marvel: it?s full of imagined maps, old and new, mostly made to accompany stories ranging from Gulliver's Travels or Robinson Crusoe to Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Harry Potter. Various writers and illustrators testi...
  • Sissel
    Dec 24, 2018
    A delightful book about maps. I loved it so much! ...
  • Pop Bop
    Jul 13, 2018
    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 more about this book than perhaps the publisher intended. A great deal of the text, ...
  • Joel
    Mar 28, 2019
    The level of geekery to this book is high. If you love maps, Get this book. If you enjoy writers/creatives talking about process, get this book. If you want to see a bunch of arcane and archaic pictures of how we used to see the world, get this book. If you like well crafted essays, ge...
  • Lecy
    Apr 13, 2019
    This book is so cool. If you've perused a fictional map in one of your favorite novels, this is something you need to check out. Lewis-Jones pulls together a collection of maps from some of the world's greatest stories and shares how they are created and why they help us get lost in th...
  • Paul
    Sep 22, 2018
    Editor Huw Lewis-Jones collects the personal connections, the nuts and bolts of mapmaking, and the history of. Also, a ton of great maps! If you?ve ever dogeared or bookmarked that page in the front of the book, this is for you! It is an absolute joy to discover how storytelling and ...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    Dec 04, 2018
    3.5 stars. A love letter to literary maps, written by 24 writers and illustrators. Each brief essay gives the reader a glimpse into the author?s childhood, creative process, what maps they?ve found to be most influential on their careers as illustrators of maps or authors of boo...
  • Janet
    Oct 11, 2018
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it! It?s one of the first things we discover as children, reading and dr...
  • Marc Cooper
    Oct 24, 2018
    This is a book that needs to be held with two hands. It?s a beautifully printed, heavy thing where the maps provide most of the value. The words (and their authors) are of variable quality, but oh! the maps. The maps printed are not only those from the authors' books, but cover much ...
  • Kendra
    Aug 27, 2018
    A collection of writers', cartographers', artists' and scholars' accounts of maps of fictional places and how maps influence and guide fiction writing. While many of the essays included here are beautifully written and thought-provoking, every contributor is white, and although a few m...
  • Cheya
    Oct 13, 2018
    What a delightful book. Different authors talk about their love of maps and how they?ve used maps in their stories. It will make a great coffee table book as you enjoy looking at the pictures of maps featured on literature. Expect more than a coffee book, though. You?ll want to spe...
  • Etienne
    Jul 09, 2018
    No really what I was expecting. I would have taken more maps and less writing. This is an interesting concept and the maps are beautiful. Just not necessarily the way I would have done it or wanted it. Good idea but the execution could have been better! ...
  • Leslie Ann
    May 12, 2019
    A wonderful collection of personal essays describing the impact of maps on writers and illustrators. The book's large size makes for awkward bedtime reading but is necessary for the magnificent, full-spread maps that are interspersed among the essays. Some good quotes: What drives...
  • Annie
    Apr 22, 2019
    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 o...
  • Kelsey
    Mar 17, 2019
    Hovering between 3.5 and 4. Absolutely gorgeous book. Some of the essays are repetitive, and quite a few are dismissive of technology. Really loved looking at the maps though. ...
  • Vintage
    Nov 23, 2018
    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 w...
  • The Bookish Hooker
    Jul 10, 2018
    The Writer?s Map has to be one of the most interesting concepts for a book that I?ve seen in quite some time. Within its pages, the reader is introduced to the great imaginary literary worlds and the maps that inspired them and the maps that came from their stories and descriptions...
  • Robert
    Jan 30, 2019
    Not what I expected, but I really liked it! From its description I thought (perhaps inattentively) it would be a study or in-depth survey of fictional maps, a place to learn about them. Instead it is a collection of essays by different people using fictional maps as their springboard. ...
  • Matthew Richey
    Apr 22, 2019
    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 Washingto...
  • Audrey Adamson
    Aug 14, 2018
    I'll be honest: I didn't read many of the essays. I found most of them to be more about the authors than the actual maps. There were a few that piqued my interest; Phillip Pullman gave an inside look and the creation of the Marauder's Map from Harry Potter was very interesting. The bes...
  • Lorianne Reuser
    Jun 07, 2019
    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...
  • Literary Soirée
    Jul 12, 2018
    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 an...
  • Dan Trefethen
    Mar 03, 2019
    What a delightful book to browse. It examines a number of imaginary maps (including early ones showing a fanciful version of real geography), but most chapters are written by separate authors discussing their own fictional map creations. Your enjoyment of this will depend upon your fam...
  • 1b2gmama
    Jul 22, 2018
    (I was given a free, digital ARC of this book and the honest thoughts & opinions in the review below are my own.) Love meandering down an unknown road? Love a good book whose setting is so very real in your head? Do you miss the days of sitting in the backseat of your parent's s...