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||[May. 9th, 2010|01:12 pm]
Lost States by Michael K. Trinklein.
suburb, bright Opal City
sells cosmic power.
Io9 clued me in on this & I immediately told my cats & kittens at Kit Marlowe & Co. about it, since this seems right up my alley, their alley, everybody's alley. Here is a confession I have to make: I hate square states. I mean, the occasional border by parallel or line of longitude is okay with me, but as someone who makes up the occasional map for my role-playing gaming, it just seems like cheating, especially with the fat chain of mountains that cut across America's square-er states. Lost States addresses some of the things that go into making states-- like trending states north-south so that less populated regions in rough climates can be paired with urban centers. Mostly the book is done in the style of trivia; each would-be state is given a page for a map & a page for a write-up. I'm certainly not complaining about the trivia! Like finding out about William Augustus Bowles, who was basically Florida's Ned Kelley. Or about Lake of the Woods in the Northwest Angle of Minnesota, the only sub-Alaskan part of America north of 49°. Or that the panhandle on Oklahoma used to be literal No Man's Land. So count me a fan; I'll be following the Trinklein's blog for more.