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Do you prefer your map front or back of the book?
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Do you prefer your map front or back of the book?
Front
72%
 72%  [ 18 ]
Back
4%
 4%  [ 1 ]
Don't care so long as there IS a map
20%
 20%  [ 5 ]
I hate maps
4%
 4%  [ 1 ]
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:02 pm    Post subject: Do you prefer your map front or back of the book? Reply with quote

Now, as any who have bought the mass market of Cry of the Newborn will have discovered. There is a map. It is at the back of the book.

It's something Gollancz are trying out because there is a feeling that some potential readers are put off by maps in the front of books.

But what do you think?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must admit I prefer the front. You get an idea of the land before starting to read and I find it easier to flick to the front of the book instead of the back.

But hey, I'm definitely not mr average.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

to be really picky i like an overall map in the front and as you travel around to diferent areas a more defined map (more detail) as the characters travel around the world Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and also helps to stop finding out what happens at the end too early.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to agree with everyone who's posted here thus far, it's the front for me Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When was the map put in? I've been waiting ages for a map to be put in the book but didn't think it was coming so soon, what are peoples thoughts on the map? Also when you say mass-market, what does that mean? Smaller in height and larger in depth? or something else?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Ry. To clear up the terminology. Mass market refers to the smaller, cheaper paperback that typically comes out a year (or thereabouts) after the hardback and teh larger paperback which is known as the trade paperback.

The map is only included in the mass market paperback which was published in September.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and very good it looks too Very Happy Would I be right in thinking it was drawn by the same person who did the Balaia map Question
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I far prefer the front of the book because that's how I'm used to using them. I like my maps in the front and the appendices in the back. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Completely agree with Drizzt.

Although I do like having a cast of characters in the front of the book just by the map Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes i agree cast can be a good reference but does stop you doing the encyclopedia at a later date!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Parmenion wrote:
yes i agree cast can be a good reference but does stop you doing the encyclopedia at a later date!! Very Happy


now THAT would be a cool idea. i wish i had thought of it Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like maps, as they are usually drawn with more reference to art than cartography. However, they can be nice, I have maps for a few of my own stories actually. Front of book is the place to be.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not if you use some of the cartography programs available these days, they can be very accurate

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Parmenion wrote:
yes i agree cast can be a good reference but does stop you doing the encyclopedia at a later date!!


now THAT would be a cool idea. i wish i had thought of it


I have a little experience with this, me and a friend had been working on a similar exercise for David Gemmell, and even had his approval for the work, although in the last 6 months its been more my mate than me...too much work...
Bur we have timelines, family trees, charater lists against the books they appeared in and background on them and then started into the history of the drenai (world) the myth and mystery of who is who how they evolved etc..
maps, even some character art.

but his death sort of stopped the project, dros tried to speak with the publishers but they might be looking at a existing author to carry out the work. twas fun at the time though!!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Front, as I usually don't look in the back of the book, before I've read it Wink .
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