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Beautiful maps but, not perfect,
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This review is from: The Lands of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones): Maps from King's Landing to Across the Narrow Sea (Poster)
NOTE: I have edited my review to 1 star from 2, but left my review the same as it was. My explanation is at the bottom.
I should say I hate giving this two stars. I want to give it 4 stars, or even 3.. but I have a reason for giving it 2. The maps themselves are gorgeous. The work done on them is fantastic, and the quality of the cartography is everything I was hoping for. So why 2 stars? Well, I don't know if this is the type of paper they are printed on, or the way they are folded, or the ink, but every single one of my maps has a white line on the creases where the paper tore a little. On top of that the paper is really thick, which actually is not good on maps like this because whenever you unfold them it causes the paper to bind up. I know these things are really anal, and it sounds like I have OCD, but a list price of $40 (I paid amazon price of $25) is a lot to pay for just 12 maps, and I don't think it is too much to ask that you get maps that are going to last a while. Even though they have some issues, I would still buy them again.. so maybe 2 stars is unfair. I just think people should understand that they are not as good of quality as they maybe could be.
EDIT: After opening the maps back up I have decided to give them 1 star. I have now only opened them up twice, both times I have been exceptionally gentle with them (I used to work in a historical document repository, so I have some idea how to carefully handle documents), and I noticed something unacceptable. On the map, where the creases from the folds cross, the folds have made the paper so weak that there will soon be holes in the middle of the map. Like I said, I have opened these maps exactly 2 times; I would maybe expect that kind of wear after more extensive use, but not from opening it twice. The paper that was used was entirely wrong for all the folds that were needed. Imagine what happens when you fold poster-board and you will kind of get what I am talking about. It is a real shame because these are absolutely beautiful maps, but the quality of the paper completely ruins them.
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2012 6:57:52 PM PDT
Jon Snow says:
I completely agree. Personally, I don't understand why they didn't make this more like an atlas. I think it would have been a much better format.
Posted on Jan 11, 2013 5:53:10 AM PST
Patrick Tully says:
I'm now looking at the added expense of buying 24" x 36" poster frames for the maps. Of the first 3 I framed (cheap poster frames at $10 apiece), the one I had opened a couple of times was easier than the 2 previously unopened ones. The folds being on the front (map) side make them harder to flatten down gently.
Posted on Mar 2, 2013 2:38:44 PM PST
J. Brown says:
Oh why, oh why did they not print these on fabric??
Posted on Oct 28, 2013 1:04:19 PM PDT
Zhenhuan Hu says:
Exactly, I would only accept an unfolded paper copy or the digital version with the original resolution.
Posted on Dec 10, 2014 4:25:31 AM PST
If it was folded from the get go, it's ruined already in terms of a quality piece of paper. These maps should really be sold in poster-style for people to preserve better but, I can't sympathize with anyone who think they can re-fold them into the book over and over and not expect them to become damaged, no paper can handle that. It's hilarious that people expected more.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2014 7:19:12 AM PST
Patrick Tully says:
Some people are seeing wear the first time they open these. The folds (an awful idea to begin with) are where the most damage occurs on the printed side. They also used much thicker and lower quality paper than standard folded maps.
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