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The Map That Breathed by Melanie Gideon
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Jul 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011
Read from July 23 to 26, 2011

The Map That Breathed explores our world and a fantasy world, all without the use of anything called magic. People have skills different from what people in our world have, but they are just that, different skills. All the personality types - the socialites, the recluses, the scholars - are presented as valuable, each having his own weaknesses and strengths. Refreshingly, those characters who value facts over emotion or solitude over companionship, the kinds of characters who are often considered to be snobs or plain weird, these characters are shown to normal, necessary, and highly compassionate.

The underlining themes of forgiveness, love, and being true to oneself despite hardships are presented so gently through the story that they might not be named at first reading, but the ideas are there, imbuing these worlds with all the responsibilities and rewards that come from their practice.

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