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Carpet People (Spectrum Imprint) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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Book Description

1 Oct 2000 Spectrum Imprint

In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet...

That's the old story everyone knows and loves (even if they don't really believe it). But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples and there's a new story in the making. The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet. The story of power-hungry mouls - and of two Munrung brothers, who set out on an adventure to end all adventures when their village is flattened.

It's a story that will come to a terrible end - if someone doesn't do something about it. If everyone doesn't do something about it...

A hilarious fantasy, co-written by Terry Pratchett, aged seventeen, and master storyteller, Terry Pratchett, aged forty-three.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft; Large Print edition edition (1 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708995276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708995273
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,709,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"For readers who are attracted to epic but not quite ready for the weightiness of Tolkien, this is a perfect entrée; for those who have loved or will love Pratchett, it's simply a must read." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

"Only a writer with a masterstroke of imagination could place an entire empire of goodies and baddies within the fronds of a carpet" (Daily Mail)

"The perfect starting place for young readers . . . seasoned Pratchett fans will just revel in his wit, his subversion of tropes and his sense of humanity." (Kirkus)

"A unique piece of high fantasy . . . Now very witty and politically aware in its revised version with the new ending" (Vector)

"The story is inventive in its carefully worked-out central conceit, often very funny, and dotted with some genuinely scary bits." (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A hilarious fantasy, co-written by Terry Pratchett, aged seventeen, and master storyteller, Terry Pratchett, aged forty-three. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down among the warp and woof 17 Jan 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Hardcover
The story behind this story is nearly the best story of all: "This book had two authors, one aged seventeen, one aged forty-three. Both of them were Terry Pratchett." Having penned this tale and had it lapse into obscurity, Pratchett is impelled by his editors to revive it years later. Rightly so. For the dedicated PTerry fan, this example of his early writing is an illuminating read. Many views expressed in the Discworld books are readily perceived here. For someone new to Pratchett, it's a great introduction to the scope of his ideas and his writing skills. For any reader, it's simply a delight to enjoy.
The story is a fine example of Pratchett's ability to view the world from a fresh perspective. If there's a fantasy novel lacking a dark forest and mysterious creatures, i've missed it. Pratchett, never a formula writer, simply shrinks the scope. His forested world is a thickly napped rug. Instead of pines or oaks, it's nylon and wool "hairs". The creatures are there, the snargs, the hymetors and others - including silverfish, who live under the world. There are also people - the Munrungs, the Deftmenes and - the Dumii. They interact, sometimes violently. Deep down in the pile, these people and their communities are invisible to humans. Something, however, sends terror through the forest peoples - Fray. This immensely destructive force topples cities and obliterates villages.
Pratchett builds a story of the conflict of respected traditions countered by innovation and invention. There is an Empire, to which taxes are due. That means clerks, organisation, regulations. While the Munrungs have always met the demands for revenue, others have opposed the imposition, hence, the Empire. Could two such peoples find a common cause?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the Carpet People By Terry Pratchett 25 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
As a teacher of ages 9 to 11 I think this book has enormous potential as a shared reading text for use in the classroom. Pratchett takes an everyday item, a carpet, and turns it into something magical. The use of language and his descriptions are ideal for younger readers and having read many of pratchetts other books, including the terrific Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky, I think this is an ideal starter for anyone who may not of read any Terry Pratchett before as it isn't as complex as some of his other books nor are the descritptions as detailed.
I can't wait to share this book with my students and I would recommend other teachers to read this book too. We'll certainly be doing lots of creative writing and story telling based on this book and hopefully writing our own answers to questions such as `What is Fray?'.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shame Shame Shame 30 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover|Amazon Verified Purchase
Let me make one thing very clear - I have loved this book since I borrowed a first edition from our local library many, many years ago. My complaints do not refer to the story, just to the extremely disappointing packaging of this edition.

When I stumbled across a paperback edition of the revised book in Manchester airport, I was very sad to see that the illustrations that I had been captivated by as a child were not present. It was like a copy of Winnie-the-Pooh without the original illustrations - unthinkable. I had thought that the hardback edition would restore them, but no such luck. I even contemplated trying to get hold of a first edition until I found out how much such a thing would cost (gulp!). Then I saw that this edition was going to be released which contained the illustrations. I was very, very happy.

However, when I received the copy yesterday I was devastated to find that, not only had the writing been printed on very inferior quality paper, but the format of the book did absolutely no favours to the illustrations at all. OK, they had been printed on glossy paper, but they had all been bound into one clump and because the size of the book was so small, much of the detail was lost. The larger format pictures from the original book (eg the Hymetors and the Wights) had been so compressed as to be next to useless. Worst of all, by far the best picture in the original book - a double page spread illustrating a sugar crystal surrounded by a mass of licking creatures of all shapes and sizes - was not there at all. A real tragedy!

So, if you are wanting to get this book as a cheap alternative to a first edition, forget it. The book is brilliant to read, but this edition is a massive disappointment.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down among the warp and woof 21 Feb 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
The story behind this story is nearly the best story of all: "This book had two authors, one aged seventeen, one aged forty-three. Both of them were Terry Pratchett." Having penned this tale and had it lapse into obscurity, Pratchett is impelled by his editors to revive it years later. Rightly so. For the dedicated PTerry fan, this example of his early writing is an illuminating read. Many views expressed in the Discworld books are readily perceived here. For someone new to Pratchett, it's a great introduction to the scope of his ideas and his writing skills. For any reader, it's simply a delight to enjoy.
The story is a fine example of Pratchett's ability to view the world from a fresh perspective. If there's a fantasy novel lacking a dark forest and mysterious creatures, i've missed it. Pratchett, never a formula writer, simply shrinks the scope. His forested world is a thickly napped rug. Instead of pines or oaks, it's nylon and wool "hairs". The creatures are there, the snargs, the hymetors and others - including silverfish, who live under the world. There are also people - the Munrungs, the Deftmenes and - the Dumii. They interact, sometimes violently. Deep down in the pile, these people and their communities are invisible to humans. Something, however, sends terror through the forest peoples - Fray. This immensely destructive force topples cities and obliterates villages.
Pratchett builds a story of the conflict of respected traditions countered by innovation and invention. There is an Empire, to which taxes are due. That means clerks, organisation, regulations. While the Munrungs have always met the demands for revenue, others have opposed the imposition, hence, the Empire. Could two such peoples find a common cause?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carpet people
I thoroughly enjoyed it and if you suspend belief anything is possible the world is not always about us optimistic
Published 4 days ago by alex fitzcharles
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my sort of Pratchett
I prefer the ascorbic smart writings of the Disc world series not this. It is a mid range quality early writing so he must be cut some slack.
Published 13 days ago by 3turn
5.0 out of 5 stars For Ages 9-90
It's a kids book but I loved it. One that could truly take of those 9-90 age ranges, maybe younger if you're reading it to them.
Published 1 month ago by Roddenberry
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
This is a fun read for discworld aficionados ... usual commentary about not needing leaders ... this time strongly influenced by Roman history .. just on a carpet.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Jason C. Cole
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I'm a massive Terry Pratchett fan but was disappointed by this. (why do they want us to write more? I just want to rate this, not describe it.)
Published 2 months ago by Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Read this one in record time, loved the characters and the story. Only frustration is 'what is the fray', hopefully this will be explained in a later book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant:o)
Brilliant, as always. Absolutely recommend this book to all those who love, enjoy and finde Terry Pratcehtts book enjoyable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tine Borup
4.0 out of 5 stars oldie but goodie
not his best book but better than a lot of stuff out there, hey its Pratchett you can't go wrong!
Published 8 months ago by P. Cowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Pratchett
I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett and this early work although lacking the polish of his Disc World novels it had an easy charm and wit that made it fun to read.
Published 9 months ago by D J MILLER
4.0 out of 5 stars A fan.
Not 5 stars as I like a lot of his other books so much so 4 is still good. An enjoyable read.
Published 9 months ago by Bruce
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