plaidpladd's review against another edition

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4.0

I read this book cover to cover this year. I didn't retain much besides there are a ton of books set ~inside the earth~

vermidian's review

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3.0

While not really something you can just sit and read, I feel the authors did an excellent job of collecting and summarizing magical and unusual fictional places for you to read about. While I am still in the process of slowly but surely reading through this dictionary, I find that, to really find interest in many of these places, you really just ought to read the books these worlds and places came from.

I'd really love to see a science fiction one with full planets.

I'm giving this one 3 stars on the basis that I don't feel this is something people would really read. This seems more like a novelty book or a quick reference boon to me. Ultimately, you would more likely use a real dictionary than this one.

lonesomelovee's review against another edition

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3.0

just something interesting I enjoy occasionally browsing

awamiba's review

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The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic by Alberto Manguel (2000)

assimbya's review

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5.0

Unprecedented, witty, and utterly delightful, this encyclopedia of magical worlds uses a tongue-in-cheek, tour guide sensibility combined with a genunine love for its source material, which together are incredibly effective. It remains equally engaging whether flipped through at one's leisure or read straight through, and also serves as a enlightening survey of the worlds we create, over centuries. Much can be said about humans by looking at their Utopias and Dystopias, and the proliferation of each in this book, as well as of far more balanced worlds such as Tolkien's Middle Earth, makes for a fascinating study.

uncleflannery's review

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5.0

This is such a mindblowing expansive, well organized, entertaining collection.
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