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This review is from: Lands of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones) (Poster)
Due to some abuse I've received off one particular person I have decided to amend my vague earlier review but first a link to my source:
and with the magic of copy and paste:
The Lands of Ice and Fire is a boxed collection of twelve A Song of Ice and Fire map posters, stretching from Westeros to Asshai. It is illustrated by cartographer Jonathan Roberts of the Fantastic Maps blog, which can give a clue to the map quality. The collection came out in the US from Bantam Books on 30 October 2012 and in the UK from HarperCollins Voyager on 08 November 2012.
The 12 included maps are: 
A complete map of the known world, stretching from Westeros to Asshai (a brand new map).
A full map of Westeros, combining the North and the South.
Map of the Dothraki Sea and the Red Waste.(a brand new map).
The Qarth region and the lands of the far east (a brand new map).
A "Journeys" map showing the path traveled by all the major characters.
A map of the West featuring Westeros, the Free Cities and the Summer Isles
A map of Central Essos
A city map of King's Landing
A city map of Braavos. (a brand new map).
Map of the lands Beyond the Wall.
Map of the Free Cities region, west of Essos.
Map of the Slaver's Bay region, including Valyria and northern part of Sothoros continent.
George R. R. Martin has stated that the maps are not meant to be perfect, especially the map of the known world. They don't show everything, and Martin has said "The idea was to do something representing the lands and seas of which, say, a maester of the Citadel might be aware... and while the maesters know more about Asshai and the lands beyond than a medieval monk knew about Cathay, distance remains a factor, and past a certain point legends and myths will creep here. Here there be winged men, and such."
Another link from GRRM himself:
My latest Ice & Fire book should be in the bookstores today. It's not the usual sort of book, admittedly... not an actual book at all, but a book-shaped box containing a whole bunch of gorgeous, glossy, fold-out maps of Westeros, Essos, and the lands and seas from A Song of Ice and Fire.
It's from Bantam, and it's called THE LANDS OF ICE & FIRE.
This one is for the map geeks, I admit. Of which there seem to be a goodly number. I've had maps in all the novels, of course, but from the very first I've been getting emails from readers who wanted more maps, with more detail... and more... and more. What's beyond that? What's below that? What's past that range of hills? Some... many... wanted a world map.
Which I was reluctant to do. I like my readers to see my world as my characters see it. And the truth is, medieval maps were not very good, by modern standards. A map drawn by an Englishman in 1300 might be fairly accurate for England and maybe France, but distortions and errors would start creeping in when you got to Italy and Germany, the Russias and the Holy Land would be more distorted still, Africa was largely unknown below the Sahara (even the coasts), and further east you started getting "the realm of Prester John" and "land of the two-headed men" and "here there be dragons."
Which I said, more or less, in numerous interviews, and which did nothing to curb the demand for maps, maps, maps... especially that world map. I try to oblige. You will find a map of the "known world" in THE LANDS OF ICE AND FIRE... one that includes lands and seas you have never seen on any of my maps before... the plains and mountains east of Vaes Dothrak and Qarth for a start. (Remember that tapestry Xaro Xhoan Daxos gives Dany in DANCE OF THE DRAGONS?) Even so, it's not a COMPLETE world map, no. The idea was to do something representing the lands and seas of which, say, a maester of the Citadel might be aware... and while the maesters know more about Asshai and the lands beyond than a medieval monk knew about Cathay, distance remains a factor, and past a certain point legends and myths will creep here. Here there be winged men, and such.
But one picture is worth a thousand words (who said that? must have been an artist, certainly not a writer), so here's a little taste:
These are very nice maps, I hope you will agree. Huge and beautiful, and while they DON'T show the whole world (sorry, no, you're not going to get the Westerosi equivilent of the Americas or Antarctica or Australia, assuming such places exist), you will get a glimpse of distant lands where my characters (and thus the novels) will likely never go.
Of course, all of the more familiar lands and places are covered too. Westeros north and south, the Free Cities, Slaver's Bay, the narrow sea... we've included some great city maps for both King's Landing and Braavos.
Got to admit, I am kind of a map geek myself. This one was more work than I anticipated, but I had a lot of fun doing it, and I hope you'll enjoy it as well. Go order your copy from Amazon or your favorite online bookstore, or pick one up at the local brick 'n mortar, and know the lands of ice and fire as you never have before.
These maps are printed (not hand painted) on paper (not parchment or canvas) and aren't blood spattered from the sacking of Kings Landing, not burnt and scorched from the fields of fire and aren't aged and worn from the Libraries in the Citadel in old town. They're poster maps, yes not the most practical of publications, I was hoping for a book with the maps which I could access during reading and watching the show but alas no but has it doesn't say there is one included, I wasn't too disappointed.
There is also a lack of a map of Winterfell, Pentos and Quarth which I have definitely seen in publications but this doesn't deter too much from the scope of the product, because the whole universe of the ASoIaF is put on display here, it goes beyond Dunk and Egg, Bran the Builder Ned Start and Tyrion Lannister, I mean Ulthos hasn't even been mentioned yet, is someone going to end up there, sorry I rambling back to my point.
These maps are for fans of the books, the show hasn't branched out nearly far enough for video fans to appreciate but please be aware of what your buying there is nothing but maps in this pack the rest of the material is in the literature you must already possess, the books.
Shall I mark it down, NO. It what I ask for, shy of a few maps but my link says whats in it, if it bothers you so much I'm sure the publisher will listen to criticism and amend peoples complaints. So be careful its not everyone's tastes and please be aware its for the book lovers not fans of the show.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2012 00:11:20 GMT
Hmm... I feel you need to open it up and look at it before writing a review. I'm a massive fan. Have read everything and it's the tackiest, cheapest piece of **** I've ever seen. Your standards must be exceedingly low.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 09:26:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Nov 2012 09:27:31 GMT
Has you don't know me and therefore know nothing of my standards I therefore resent that comment, I have put 3 of these maps in glass frames and wall mounted them and once ironed out (IMO) look stunning, pity you have to be so negative but its a collection of maps, what were you expecting, pre-release of the next books, the latest bluray release of the new series. Its an Atlas, it is what it is and dont question MY standards!
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 12:41:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2012 00:45:11 GMT
Can I then question your grammar? It's very bad. If you take the time to read the rest of the reviews you'll see that you are in the VAST minority. So maybe you should re-evaluate. It's also NOT an atlas you fool. It's a bunch of maps. Which wasn't evident at first. People were expecting an atlas-type book. They have since added [Poster] in the title to avoid confusion. If it WAS an atlas it would at least be useable. So your comment it's an atlas and 'is what it is' is really really stupid. It's not an atlas. For your information... an atlas is a bound collection of maps (that's a book). This ISN'T a book. Clear?
Again, I question your review. It says absolutely nothing as to why you think it's so great. I, and others have given detailed reasons as to why we think it's crap. And just as you are entitled to your opinion... MY opinion is that if you think those maps look 'stunning' with their cheap paper and creases and white lines along them then you either have VERY questionable taste or dubious motives. It's probably the former. I think it's important that more people aren't duped into paying lots of money for a VERY inferior product, and your pretty meagre review that gives no real information could fool some very naive people.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 12:54:02 GMT
So you bought a collection of maps and your disappointed in what you got, what were you expecting. Ask for your money back and if you want my advice, look at the description in future, you might know what your buying before your disappointed
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 00:41:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2012 15:46:41 GMT
If you read what I wrote, you wouldn't even say that. As it explains why. Fool.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 12:35:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2012 12:48:17 GMT
Silent majority, check out the fans on Westeros.org and Amazon.com, they're delighted with their purchase, sadly I didn't expect to be trolled and insulted because I gave folk my honest opinion by someone who spends 20 quid and expects so much more has he doesn't read description into what he's buying on other websites, like I did, struggling to know what you expected, hope you choose your purchases more carefully next time.
btw, Don't buy the calender, its a calender with pictures in it based on the books.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 15:43:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2012 17:19:07 GMT
Well... now I know you're a liar as well as a fool. I belong to that site and know there's just as much dissatisfaction with the quality and (lack of) content there. You can assume there's a 'silent majority', but then you would wouldn't you? Otherwise it'd mean admitting you're either lying for some reason, or someone with very low standards.
And yet again for the hard of learning. If the quality of the maps was any good, and the method of storing them was stable, then there'd be no problem. But you'll ignore this because it means you can't have a go at me back. Go figure.
And for anyone interested who wants to see for themselves, the westeros site is here http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topi
Oh.. and thanks for clicking the not helpful button on my review... that makes a total of one. You. All the others are positive. Doesn't that indicate something. Even to you? Probably not. :-)
And remember.... Map = sheet of paper. Atlas = Book with maps in it that is bound. Hope you now realise this isn't an atlas. Good to see you know what a calender is. Well done. You're coming along in leaps and bounds.
btw, I have the calender... which my wife got me. It's rather good in my opinion, but I can see why some may not find it their cup of tea.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 20:29:09 GMT
Christ you still going on about these maps, send them back if your not satisfied, if you spend more time researching your online purchases rather than trolling folk you might know what your buying, who's the fool, me who likes his purchase or you who's still whinging about it
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 22:09:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 19:59:51 GMT
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