I was reading Fellowship of the Ring today and I realized something, something that gets to me about all fantasy novels, Tolkien mentions a million places and things in passing but that's it, they only exist in passing - like (for a exaggerated example) "Oh that lies over the River Aduin, up the Greypath into the Tethril Moutains." Well I was thinking, we never see those places - we only hear about them and then it dawned on me - every fantasy novel has a flaw. They are too linear. If the reader wants to go see that what lies "over the River Aduin, up the Greypath into the Tethril Moutains" - let him! Your only seeing a brief sliver of the world the author is created, your always following one person or a group's travels through the world - only going the places they go, only meeting the people they meet, only seeing the events they see. Your view is restricted. It's like an alien reading a novel about our world where the story focuses on a modern day American, it would learn about America and Americans - not the Earth as a whole. Now what I purpose is someone out there should write a fantasy novel this way: The author should make up the fantasy world then show it us a non-linear and breathing fashion. Make it a series of like vingettes, each one depicting a different place in the world, different people in the world, different lifestyles in the world. Have some connected, have some recurring characters and locales but try to show us snippets of the world as a whole - all it's different places, people and historical events. Maybe have the same events told through the eyes of different sides. Try to make world breathe, to have the same depth and confusion as the real world. Try not to have a place mentioned in passing then just dropped like it never existed. Give the world, this feeling of being dynamic, of being alive and in motion. It'd be a challenge but I think the end read would be incredibly immerseful.