The Coolest TOC I’ve Ever Seen
Yesterday I got wind of a new anthology from Dark Quest Books called River, edited by Alma Alexander. It’s notable not only for its contributors, but also for its theme, which is, if you hadn’t guessed, river-themed stories. Here’s the description:
“When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.”
It begins. Somewhere. An insignificant trickle of water. And it changes. And it grows up, and gathers a history, and finds its way into atlases and maps, until it finally reaches the sea, and vanishes into its vastness. You might think it is of no importance. That it does not matter. But you follow where it leads… Rivers have always been very important to humankind. They’ve been explored. They’ve been navigated. They’ve been called gods. They’ve been blessed and cursed and venerated and used and enjoyed and exploited and polluted since the beginning of recorded history. They’ve been sung about and dreamed about and followed on epic journeys of discovery. The capitals of empires have risen on banks of rivers—and so have a thousand fishing villages, and river landings, and water mills.
There is only one River. Really. And it’s all of them. Every river is different—and yet they’re all the same, vast and full of life and death and mystery and history and adventure and quiet dreams. Full of life. Full of mystery.
Full of stories.
What really surprised me, though, was the Table of Contents. It’s really more of a Map of Contents. It’s, a map of… Well, easier if I just show you.
How cool is that? I really love the idea of a Map of Contents. I’ve never seen anything like this before, have you? This alone makes me want to pick up the antho, but if that wasn’t enough, the contributor list certainly would be. I’ve not read it yet, but give it a look-see. I think it may well be worth your time.