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    One of those "Don't judge a book by its cover" moments, I suppose, but I saw the cover of this book and picked it up... and then was blown away by the amazingly drawn map by Keith Thompson:


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

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    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.
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    I read about this book on John Scalzi's 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.
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    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.


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    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.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond View Post
    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.
    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.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rythal View Post
    Wish that they had that map in my history textbooks....
    I wish they had steampunk warships in my history textbooks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rythal View Post
    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/M...n/kari1870.jpg

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    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.


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

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    Oh nice find TBF! Both versions are great

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    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!

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