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Posted October 20, 2007
Can't put it down!
Travellers, graphic designers, map geeks and transit enthusiasts will just love this book! A unique idea to combine and compare the maps of 'every urban rail system on earth'. I had no idea how gripping it would be until I started flicking thru. First thing you notice is the hypnotic colors of these things that you usually take for granted when travelling the subway in a different city, second thing is how similar yet uniquely different each one is 'many reflecting the graphic heritage of the nation or region they come from - the Tokyo map for instance is truly beguiling', and the third thing you do is start racing thru the book looking at places you've been or would like to go! Truly eclectic and great fun, Ovenden also gives a never-before-seen preamble about the nature of each metro or subway system and traces the evolution of the maps 'the systems that have been open the longest seem to get the most attention simply because they have had the time to change their style of map many times' Even if you dont think of yourself as a map lover, the layout seems to bring the whole thing to life and you just can't let the book alone. Have been leaving it out in my office ever since I got hold of it and every single person flicks thru looking for their favourite city - well done to Penguin for picking this up, I wouldn't be surprised if this ended up in the Christmas lists as a best-seller, it's just so quirky and captivating!
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