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PokealypseNow
12-20-2009, 06:48 PM
One of those "Don't judge a book by its cover" moments, I suppose, but I saw the cover of this book (http://www.amazon.com/Leviathan-Scott-Westerfeld/dp/1416971734)and picked it up... and then was blown away by the amazingly drawn map by Keith Thompson:

http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/LeviathanGrandMap.jpg
(Click for the big version) (http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/LeviathanGrandMapBIG.jpg)

I thought the Guild would definitely love gazing at this one.

Daelin
12-20-2009, 07:38 PM
I'm not exactly sure I would call this a "map", in the technical sense. It's interesting, and really well made, that's for sure, but I see it more as art than actual cartography.

I'm noting that the Central Powers appear to have a steampunk-esque theme, while the Allies are more monstrous in nature. I think I'll go check out that book.

Karro
12-21-2009, 11:12 AM
I read about this book on John Scalzi's (http://whatever.scalzi.com/)blog. It's apparently filled with art plates, and the few I got a glance at from that blog were very nice.

It's apparently a retelling of WWI with some cool sci-fantasy mixing it up. The Central Powers are indeed a steam-punk inspired, whereas the allies are influenced by organic technology. The title of the book refers to a living airship called "The Leviathan", fittingly enough. There's a couple sci-fi tropes mixed up in a rather cool and unexpected way, IMO. It's definitely on my reading list.

Sigurd
12-21-2009, 11:13 AM
Not something I'd want to steer a ship by but it certainly has something to say about the character of each country.

Very cool.

He has some wonderful art. I believe he has a website with some very evocative stuff.


Sigurd

Diamond
12-25-2009, 11:39 PM
The book is pretty damn cool. I started reading it a few days ago. It's targeted as a YA novel, but this 37-year-old is enjoying it nonetheless. :D

Rythal
12-27-2009, 12:38 AM
Wish that they had that map in my history textbooks....

Karro
12-28-2009, 10:58 AM
The book is pretty damn cool. I started reading it a few days ago. It's targeted as a YA novel, but this 37-year-old is enjoying it nonetheless. :D

That's great news. I don't possess the book yet, but hopefully I will. (Although I have a long reading list to catch up on first.)


Wish that they had that map in my history textbooks....

I wish they had steampunk warships in my history textbooks...

TBF
12-29-2009, 04:33 PM
Wish that they had that map in my history textbooks....

it is just a modern version of a caricature, wich was published in this years. And you won't believe it, the older version was printed in my history textbook. I would show it to you, but i don't have this book anymore and i cannot remember the title.

Edit: I found it, here it is: http://www.lsg.musin.de/Geschichte/Material/Karikaturen/kari1870.jpg


Not something I'd want to steer a ship by but it certainly has something to say about the character of each country.

Very cool.

He has some wonderful art. I believe he has a website with some very evocative stuff.


Sigurd

It has something to say about the character of this countries in this time period, please^^

moutarde
12-29-2009, 05:59 PM
Oh nice find TBF! Both versions are great :)

Meridok
12-30-2009, 11:52 AM
Isn't it gorgeous? I spent much time ogling that map. (And the art inserts, too!) I got the book for Christmas and read it the same day. An excellent read - hopefully there's a sequel!

Rythal
01-04-2010, 06:51 AM
nice find!