Monday, May 9, 2016
Cover Characteristics Maps
Cover Characteristics is a meme by Sugar and Snark- every week a characteristic is selected and we post 5 books with that week's theme.
This week's pick- Maps
This week we're looking at maps. I love a good map- a treasure map or any kind of map really. A fantasy book (epic fantasy anyway) just isn't complete without a good world map, for example. It adds something to the world, to the immersiveness. A map of a city can inspire the imagination with exotic street names, winding alleys and courtyards, a temple district or a tavern district. Here's one of my favorite quotes about a map.
"I have had one glimpse of that map. Strom and Zingelito were with me, and a Nemedian who sailed with the Barachans. We looked upon it in a hovel in a certain Zingaran sea-port town, where we were skulking in disguise. Somebody knocked over the lamp, and somebody howled in the dark, and when we got the light on again, the old miser who owned the map was dead with a dirk in his heart, and the map was gone, and the night-watch was clattering down the street with their pikes to investigate the clamor. We scattered, and each went his own way."
Obviously a tale of rogues and ne'er-do wells! It just oozes atmosphere, at least to me, and I imagine misty streets and torches and the creaking of ships in the harbor.
This week I ran out of time so I only have seven- I usually try to find ten or so just for variety but I thought I had more of these than I did, and by the time I revisited it was almost time to post. Next week I should be back on top of things.
This is a pretty standard cover of this sort, with the faces in profile and the map. I like it though.
A classic - while the cover is not necessarily my favorite, it does work I think with the coins and the map view.
A nice MG cover with a whimsical flair- I like the port town image in the upper left.
I like this one showing an area in the vicinity of London- I've heard good things about this urban fantasy series but haven't tried them.
A classic world with the map right on the cover.
This is probably my favorite of the bunch- it's an urban fantasy view of a city and I like the purplish color and just the whole design.
And I guess if you really like maps...