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Maps do you look at them?

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Do you take any notice of maps in fantasy worlds?
« on: August 01, 2018, 11:07:02 AM »
Which authors do the best maps for their stories.
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Re: Do you take any notice of maps in fantasy worlds?
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2018, 12:42:37 PM »
I love looking at authors’ maps, and get frustrated at their lack. Yay, maps: Tolkien, Donaldson. Boo, no maps: Martin. Did WoT have maps? I don’t recall.

On the other hand, I’d really like to see a series where the maps start out limited and wrong and over time the errors become clear and maybe dangerous.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2018, 12:50:31 PM »
I glance at them, but often they're not done well, and I skip ahead. If they are done well, then I do take notice.

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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2018, 12:54:23 PM »
Only when someone mentioned a location. "They went to Austerlich, off the Black Mountains" *thought to self and flipped to map, 'Now where the hell is that again?'*

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Re: Do you take any notice of maps in fantasy worlds?
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2018, 12:58:46 PM »
I love maps!
They should be detailed, though, otherwise if it's only a continent there's no point - I'm looking at you, Anthony Ryan!

Malazan maps are great :D
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Re: Do you take any notice of maps in fantasy worlds?
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2018, 01:21:15 PM »
I usually look at them. They aren't always worth looking at, and it's hard to refer back to them (and sometimes to see anything) in an ebook. And The Obelisk Gate, which I've just started in paperback, seems to have lost most of the important detail in the gutter where I can't see it without destroying the book. Still, it should certainly be possible to do without.

I kind of like maps in general, whether they are anything to do with fantasy or not.

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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2018, 05:28:32 PM »
If the story makes me care, then I do look at the map. Will pore over it, in fact. But if the story has not engaged me, the map isn't going to help.

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Re: Do you take any notice of maps in fantasy worlds?
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2018, 06:25:54 PM »
I love looking at authors’ maps, and get frustrated at their lack. Yay, maps: Tolkien, Donaldson. Boo, no maps: Martin. Did WoT have maps? I don’t recall.

On the other hand, I’d really like to see a series where the maps start out limited and wrong and over time the errors become clear and maybe dangerous.

Yes WoT had maps. They'd often do city maps mid-book when they arrived at a new location, it made things feel fresh and exciting

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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2018, 11:57:21 PM »
My mother used to get out the atlas to check places when she was reading real-world fiction, so consulting maps in fantasy books just always felt right to me. I'll also check out maps when I'm considering a new book in a store; it can be a quick look at whether the worldbuilding is interesting or just Europe-lite.

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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2018, 06:01:29 PM »
I never look at maps, if they wanted to save a few pieces of paper and time and omitted them I would not complain.

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Re: Do you take any notice of maps in fantasy worlds?
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2018, 10:39:38 PM »
I never understand the fuss with maps. I'm like Hedin, I glance at them and go into the story. If I need to orient myself I may look at them at some point during the reading, but if the book didn't have a map it wouldn't bother me. It may be because I have absolutely no sense of direction and can get lost on the head of a pin.
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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2018, 11:14:51 PM »
When I read Raymond Feist's Riftwar Series, I used the maps a lot because they were sailing all over the world, and events were happening in different countries.

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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2018, 10:46:15 AM »
I take a look at them at the beginning but usually forget them very fast. It´s surely a great help for orientation or to imagine the places easier, but I think a good book should work even without the book.
But I would love to have high detailed maps of some books and games, it would definetly help out many times.

As for reading, I don´t really want to turn always to the page where the map is printed on to look at small maps to navigate, I would prefer if the Maps would be removeable, maybe a little thicker printed page that you can take out or even a poster to keep it out while reading for a quick lookup of locations.
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Re: Do you take any notice of maps in fantasy worlds?
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2018, 11:48:58 AM »
As for reading, I don´t really want to turn always to the page where the map is printed on to look at small maps to navigate, I would prefer if the Maps would be removeable, maybe a little thicker printed page that you can take out or even a poster to keep it out while reading for a quick lookup of locations.
This is a great idea :D however I don't think it's feasible, in terms of production and costs :-\
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Re: Do you take any notice of maps in fantasy worlds?
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2018, 02:15:00 PM »
As for reading, I don´t really want to turn always to the page where the map is printed on to look at small maps to navigate, I would prefer if the Maps would be removeable, maybe a little thicker printed page that you can take out or even a poster to keep it out while reading for a quick lookup of locations.
This is a great idea :D however I don't think it's feasible, in terms of production and costs :-\

That depends, some books come in more than one edition. At some cheap pocketbook version I can understand it but I am sure there are enough fans who are willing to pay a higher price for a high quality product with additions like that.

At least they could now print a short note at the beginning or the end of the book, with a link that provides downloads to high quality Maps and other artwork of the book, especially of graphical content print over 2 pages so it´s easier to view it.
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