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A book blog, mostly touring foreign worlds of fantasy novels with occasional detours into space and explorations of magical realism, featuring book reviews, random bookish thoughts and hand lettered quotes.

Pretty Books: The Glass Sentence

Pretty-BooksPretty Books is a randomly occuring feature where I show you books that are especially pretty, both on the outside and the inside.


I usually try to only choose books for my Pretty Books feature which I already read, to tell you about all the little details that fit the story. I haven’t read The Glass Sentence YET, because I only got it today, but it is SO PRETTY I just have to show you.


This book is about “the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods” and a girl who ” travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation”. What could better fit a story like this than a map and a compass,right!?


SEE-THROUGH DUST JACKET! That’s what I love the most about this book’s design. The dust jacket is so pretty I want to pin it onto my wall as a poster.




Deckled edges! I don’t always like to have this rough cut but when it comes to historical fiction I LOVE it (even though I always have a hard time  flipping through a book with rough cut).


This book has three pretty maps. THREE! I already fall in love with stories when the book has one map, but three! And they are all so beautiful.




And last but not least: pretty chapter headings, page numbers and the like.





What do you think? Pretty or pretty?

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  • MAPS! One of the reasons I love fantasy books so much. It’s great to see the world the author created. I also like that the dust jacket is transparent :D

  • Oh cool, ein transparenter Schutzumschlag, sowas hab ich bei Romanen noch überhaupt nicht gesehen!

    Die Karten und die Typographie der Kapitel-Anfänge finde ich auch toll, ich steh nur nicht so wirklich auf Rough Cuts :D

  • I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE! I seriously love maps and this book sounds brilliant and I want it and all the things! Your posting of all these amazing books just makes me want it more!

  • I am hoping to get to this book tomorrow or the next day, I think my hopes might be a tad optimistic, but I’ve heard such good things and /maps/, and it is seriously a really, really pretty book.

  • Oh my I like this a lot! I love the frosted effect on the jacket! Also I love the dappled edges to the paper and ahh, the illustrations so much love for this book! <3

  • SO PRETTY! *__*

  • This book has no right to be so damn pretty! Gosh, now I want it so badly. But I will wait a little and read a couple of reviews first. I’m not sure whether that’s my kind of book – although I could buy it just to have it on my shelf… hmmm…

  • Oh wow, der Schutzumschlag ist ja ein Highlight für sich! Und der Kapitelanfang sieht auch traumhaft aus! *.*
    Überhaupt ist das eine tolle Kategorie, bin gespannt, was für schöne Bücher du uns noch zeigen wirst ;-).

  • Awwww, ich will das jetzt unbedingt haben!