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An impressive and entertaining dive into other worlds
on February 14, 2010
I like maps as part of a fictional story. This is what attracted me to the title initially. A map is a window into the story's world, and its secrets. A well developed, richly detailed story can be a map in and of itself because I create the map in my imagination. This book collects other worlds past writers have written about -- many times obsure -- and tells of them. It has many maps of these worlds, too (all b/w). It is sort of like a travel book (as one reviewer wrote) and the reader (me, you) are being spoken to as if the worlds are real and present, and that if we were to visit them... What's real and what's not? Very fun! It is also a fantastic stimulator of imagination - because of the so many worlds described. The creativity of the writers (I'm referring to the original writers/creators of the worlds described, and who are cited on every entry) is easy to access with the dictionary approach to this book, as it uses alphabetized brief entries (quarter/half page to several pages). Want to write fantasy or science fiction? See in your imagination some of the incredible worlds others have created. And many were created so long ago! Some reviewers felt that some prominant worlds were left out -- I'm OK with this because it allowed for many others to be included to which I never would have had access. I am a tough rater. I gave this thick book 4 stars only because I would like included more maps - I love maps (there are a lot already in the book!) and illustrations. Otherwise, it is a 5.