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Discworld Companion [Paperback]

Stephen Briggs
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23 Oct 1998
Who taught witchcraft to Granny Weatherwax? What does Death keep on his desk? This is an A-Z guide to the characters, places, flora and fauna of Terry Pratchett's fantasy planet, Discworld, with sketches and maps of the key locations.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575600306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575600300
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,390,453 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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Stephen Briggs lives in Oxfordshire and has been involved for many years in the sinister world of amateur dramatics, which is how he came to discover the Discworld. Having read one book, he was hooked and read the entire canon over the next three weeks. Oxford's Studio Theatre Club went on to stage his adaptations of WYRD SISTERS, MORT, GUARDS! GUARDS!...and many, many more. As well as compiling THE DISCWORLD COMPANION, THE NEW DISCWORLD COMPANION and, now, TURTLE RECALL: THE DISCWORLD COMPANION ... SO FAR, he has also co-authored the Discworld Diaries, the Mapps and has dramatised most of the Discworld novels. Stephen also now voices the UK and US Discworld audio books.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Esential! 27 May 1999
By A Customer
This book is a great guide to all places, characters, and terms used in Discworld novels. Wanna know everything about the Shades?Forgot which novels feature Mr Silverfish or Rincewind? What are the gods of Disc?How many levels of wizardry are there actally?What are motos of all guilds?If you've ever asked yourself some of these questions, this is the perfect book for you.
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There are alot of things in the Discworld novels that can seem a little "over one's head", thus it's great knowing there is a reference book regarding nearly everything the Discworld has to offer. And if by chance you haven't read any of the novels so far, it can act as a good introduction of what to expect from them. Incidentally, it's highly recommended you read the novels; there will be the chance that you hear the ending of each character and story before you read the books themselves. So the book enhances the reading more, thus I recommend you read it along with your Discworld novels to enrich the reading ^^
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing enough but doesn't add a lot to the books 11 July 2000
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Terry Pratchett's worlds don't seem to need an encyclopedia and this is the encyclopedia they don't need. The interesting parts of this book for me were the sections other than the lexicographical listing of things from the books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... 27 Oct 1998
By GeoX - Published on
This is sort of weird. I mean, it has some new material, but not that much, and Pratchett's jokes tend to work better in the context of a story than as isolated works. For devoted Discworlders this is recommended, but I can't see that you'll really have much use for it, unless you're fanatical enough that you feel the need to cheat at the Discworld Quizbook or something...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually Useful 8 Dec 1999
By wallawallan - Published on
I got this when I was in high school and doing book reports. Since I liked reading Discworld so much I got this book and had lots of fun making fancy book reports with it. Its also useful when a dispute among Discworld fans arises and here you have your answers! Its also full of illustrations that add to the fun of reading Discworld novels. Although I wouldn't just read it cover to cover, whenever you need a laugh just open this book randomly and start reading!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wait for an update 12 Aug 2002
By J H Creek - Published on
I Checked the product details to see if the recommendation regarding
an updated discworld companion reffered to the one I have, it does,
That's the 1997 (C.E.) edition folks, it precedes
Jingo; The Last Continent; Carpe Jugulum; The Fifth Elephant; The Truth; The Thief of Time; The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents; and The Last Hero. If You have all of the Discworld books and have Strata, The Carpet People, and The Dark Side of the Sun and
Are in possession of every other book or CD etc. that you currently want to own, and have a burning desire to own this book, i'd still recommend that you wait awhile for an update, or save the money or donate it to charity or put it towards alcohol tobacco or whatever else happens to be your poison, if in two years or so you sill want this edition because there hasn't been an update and you don't mind how out of date it isthen buy it in the meantime waiting would be a good idea, that said both this book and its 1994 predecessor have been very entertaining. JHC
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only if you already know the series 13 Aug 2002
By guy richardson - Published on
Terry Pratchett is, oh, 500 books deep into the Discworld series, or at least so it seems. The number is actually around 25. This book is an encyclopedia of Discworld chracters (Death, Cohen the Barbarian and so forth), plus Discworld places and concepts. It's a funny book, but you won't get much out of it if you aren't into the series. If you have read several of the series, it's a great resource -- and, like everything by Pratchett, immensely witty.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Discworld Companion" a truly complete guide. 30 Dec 1998
By Derek Smith - Published on
Exhaustive research must have gone into this book. I must say that I am most impressed with how complete The Discworld Companion is. Any reference to any character yet created in Pratchett's Discworld is in here... this is an important and vital part of any Discworld fan's collection.
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