What would happen if you created maps that tracked the plots of classic books? This is exactly what Andrew DeGraff and Daniel Harmon did. Daniel Harmon wrote an introduction essay for each book and Andrew DeGraff made incredible maps tracking the characters and their movements throughout the story. The book starts off with Odyssey by Homer (800 BCE) and ends with The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin (1973). Some of my all time favorites were in there too: (Odyssey by Homer, “Hamlet” by Shakespeare, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Actually, let’s put it this way, I either LOVED the books picked (see above) or had never read them. I guess I have some work to do! Four months till summer reading season although let’s be honest, winter is just as cozy and wonderful to read during also!
I liked this book mainly because of the creative idea behind it. Who would have thought to make a bunch of maps like this? The time it must have taken and the creativity are simply remarkable! The final product was simply okay.
This book fulfills the “graphic novel” category of the 2016 Reading Challenge although if we are being serious, this is more of a infographic/atlas/essay book but there is not a category for genre benders like that!