I received this book for free from the publisher (Quirk Books) in exchange for an honest review.
I really liked this book. The idea behind it is so fun! The book consists of maps from 35 different movie worlds. Some of the movies featured include, Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Clueless, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The maps are also not your typical flat ones. They are more three dimensional and are reminiscent of bus/subway maps because of the characters’ paths that run throughout them.
Artistically, each map is stunning, You can tell so much work was put into each one. There is so much detail in each map. It’s really amazing.
The essays that accompanied each map were incredibly insightful in its analysis. The essays don’t necessarily correlate to the map; they just talk about the film in general. I also really liked the writing style of the essays. They were easy to read, concise, and flowed nicely.
My one issue with this book is the size of the maps. Even though they take up a whole page, the maps are still too small to fully appreciate. Some parts are made bigger which helps, but it’s still not enough to gain the entire experience. You would need a magnifying glass to see all the little details. In person, the maps would be glorious, but in the book they fall a bit flat.
Together, the essays and the maps create a beautiful coffee table book that will make you want to re-watch the movies featured.
Set in the same universe as Planetfall, but not a sequel, this police procedural follows the son of the previous book's narrator as he navigates a capitalist dystopian Earth as an indentured servant trained in investigation. While some of the aspects of the prophet known as the Pathefinder may be vague without having read Planetfall, the details included are sufficient and After Atlas can be read as a standalone novel.
This is a very different kind of story in a very different setting. The shape of the last act has something in common with Planetfall, which is interesting if you read both, but not necessary to enjoy either.
As a murder mystery set in a high surveillance society, it's excellent. The start felt a little slow as the reader is introduced to life as a corporate asset (read: slave) and the protagonist's quirks, but once he'd assigned a case, everything was interesting. He knew the victim, the leader of a cult he left as a teen, but finds little recognizable in the man and the organization he remembers.
And the last act went totally off the rails in completely the right direction.
I did this as an audiobook and my house is much cleaner as a result of wanting to spend time listening.
I read 9 books this month. Yay!
My reading goal this year is low because I want to be able to read with little pressure.
This month my favorite read was On Fire: The Seven Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
I also enjoyed How To Break up With your Phone. Great suggestions.
My mystery reads were all entertaining. I plan to catch up on these series in the months to come.
I am happy that three of my reads were nonfiction/self-help.
My short-term goals are to read more classics, dive into the British Crime Mystery series and catch up on series I loved but have not gotten around to finishing.