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Discworld (Reformed) Vampyre's diary 2003 Hardcover – 26 Sep 2002

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (26 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575071052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575071056
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.6 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898,613 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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The (reformed) Vampyre's Diary 2003 (Sponsored by the Uberwald League of Temperance), written by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs and lavishly illustrated by Paul Kidby

About the Author

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.

Paul Kidby discovered Terry Pratchett's Discworld in 1993 and since then has devoted his working life to the place. He is the illustrator of THE PRATCHETT PORTFOLIO, the bestsellers THE LAST HERO and THE ART OF DISCWORLD, as well as the Discworld DIARIES, cards, T-shirts, maps, mugs and, of course, the covers.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "catsamia" on 28 Sep 2002
Format: Hardcover
Another year, another Discworld yearbook! In my opinion this one has a stunning layout. The cover is purple & black, the writing in white & silver, and the cover pictures (both back and front) are much prettier and better than last year (which I really disapproved of). There is even a picture of Otto (from the Truth) on the back.
If you ever wondered how the non-blood drinking vampires get by, then this is the book for you. And if you're a non-blood drinking vampire yourself then you cannot move to Ankh-Morpork without it. It gives you information on how to choose a name (vice-president Jane Mary Betty Pamela Ann Peggy von Jones is sure to help you out), what to wear, where to live, where to get a job, where NOT to get a job (face it - you are just not cut out to be a deckchair attendant), and much more.
As with all of the other diaries, each week has 8 days, but the 8th day (Octeday) is filled up with little encouraging tidbits or comments of some sort, especially about various famous and infamous vampires. These tidbits include: "Thought for the week: A day without blood is a day without guilt; that's the Rock upon which our new Movement is built."
It is illustrated by the always talented (very talented) Paul Kidby, and there is a picture of Greebo on the very last page of the diary that is a MUST SEE. I am not kidding; this is the cutest picture I ever did see in all my life and devotion to the Discworld. I would recommend getting this book just for that single picture alone.
However (there is always one of those, isn't there?). However, while I think this is a commendable and well-laid out book, it does not as such catch my attention (except for that picture I mentioned) but this is caused by the fact that I am not so interested in the vampires.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Tallar on 10 Oct 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have all the discworld diaries and I Love them all (really I do!!!) but this one seemed not as amusing or funny as the others. This is probably due to the fact that I have not grown to care about these particular characters from reading the Pratchett books. He hasn't gone into depth into vampires trying to kick their blood addiction except for his novel "The Truth". It's a very attractive diary, (reminiscent of the Assassin’s Guild) with its deep purple cover and blood red bookmark. And like Death the vampire's speech occasionally has a different font style "Vhen they talk about zer old days". Still maybe we will meet more vampires later in the Pratchett novels that got their start here (like the mysterious 'Bob' or 'John Not-A-Vampire-At-All Smith'). And it is worth buying it to see "The Ascent of Igor". I wish they had added more information about Igors in here, along with puzzling personal histories of how these particular (and somewhat silly) vampires became vampires. Don't be a sucker, know what your getting, some great illustrations but not Terry Pratchett at his best. Let's keep our fingers crossed that he does the Seamstress's guild next time!
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