Review: The Manual of Aeronautics: An Illustrated Guide to the Leviathan Series


The Manual of Aeronautics: An Illustrated Guide to the Leviathan Series
The Manual of Aeronautics: An Illustrated Guide to the Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic resource with some very nice artwork. However, for some reason I expected something more from this book, and I find myself disappointed in it. Yes, there are some gorgeous illustrations for entities, craft and all sorts of things along with brief descriptions to go with the artwork, but I also expected maps and other similar things that tie into the books more than this. After all, the books have some fantastic maps already, so why not incorporate them into this volume, add more to them, or at least make them a larger scale item that is easier to read?

For what it is this volume is fantastic. The artwork is very well done with easy to distinguish details, and the text that accompanies the artwork is all relevant. One those elements alone it deserves a solid four or borderline five stars. The problem that I have, and why I didn’t rate it as high, is that it could have been so much more if they had simply brought in artwork and maps already published in the books and fleshed them out a bit more. This would have been easy since the work had already been done, and this was the perfect vessel to collect that type of information into one place.

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