New Pocket Essential Guide to the works of Terry Pratchett, acclaimed sci-fi and fantasy writer and one of the bestselling novelists currently at work anywhere in the world.
So throwing caution to the wind, let's enter a world where the Librarian is an orang-utan, luggage has legs, and where Death may come to visit, on his holidays. A world which is flat and balanced upon elephants stood on the back of a giant turtle. Welcome to Discworld.
The success of the best-selling Discworld series has been so phenomenal that there have been radio serialisations, TV adaptations, numerous plays, dozens of audiobooks, pottery figures, calendars, diaries, an encyclopedia, a couple of computer games, a quizbook, a CD of music inspired by Discworld, several fanzines, newsgroups, fanclubs and a couple of Discworld Conventions. There was even a whole volume of criticism discussing Terry Pratchett's work. And this one makes it two.
This volume is a book by book analysis of the complete Discworld series and of the other novels by Pratchett. From The Carpet People to Strata, the Bromeliad, The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, Good Omens, The Science of Discworld, the Discworld sequence from The Colour of Magic to Thief of Time, and not forgetting a cat that is Unadulterated, this book covers the lot.
It is generally a well written account- each book gets a breif outline of the plot aswell as useful notes- I found some areas, such as the reproduction of the poem " Jingo " very good indeed. It is at times slightly lacking in in depth facts , but this is made up for by the commentary.
At times I find myself disagreeing with him, however. He seems almost obsessed to draw links between " our " world and the discworld. Pratchett, for sure, uses Earth experience as a background, but then lets the creativity move on from there. The author of this book fails to do that. For example he has decided that the land in " Interesting Times " is China, despite the fact that it clearly is a cocktail of many Eastern areas- noticably Japan aswell.
He rates the books with stars- a good idea- but one that seems again to be based soley on the autor's own feels- if he doesn't like a character the book gets a bad mark. Also with the book " Jingo " he gives it two ratings- a second rating being what he made of the book on subsequent reads- I feel that if he does that for one book he must do it for all.
Overall the ratings are interesting.
Also it contains many spelling errors, and in palces errors of Grammar that alter the context- read the review of Maskerade. This is unfortunate and suggests the book was rushed.
(The only useful information in the book is that Eric was first published by Gollancz, which prompted Corgi to exclude it when numbering Discworld novels, thus confusing anyone trying to figure out the order. There, now you can save your money! :)
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