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The Compleat Ankh-Morpork (Discworld Artefact) [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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8 Nov 2012 Discworld Artefact

Greetings, adventurer! We lay before you this most comprehensive gazetteer encompassing all the streets of Ankh-Morpork, as well as information on its principal businesses, hotels, taverns, inns, and places of entertainment and refreshment, enhanced by the all-new and compleat map of our great city state.

Our city has grown well beyond its ancient walls, but the remit of this commission from the honourable Guild of Merchants was to 'map the city', the pulsing organ of commerce and culture, the heart as opposed to the body, and this we have done. In spades.

We ask that when you pore over this glorious work you spare some thought for the humble cartographers and surveyors who made journeys into the darker corners of our metropolis - no less dangerous than the wilds of Skund or Bhangbhangduc. To some the only memorial is the map you now possess. Others, in their quest for knowledge, paid the highest price that scholarship demands, which is to say, a day off in lieu.

And so we dedicate this map and these accompanying words to the officers, councilors and members of the Merchants' Guild and to all who will find in its pages paths yet to tread and places yet to explore within the magnificentbwonder that is the city of Ankh-Morpork.


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857520741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857520746
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,484 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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- "You'd have thought that, by now, Pratchett would be running out of ideas; thankfully, however, the universe he created 25 years ago just keeps on giving... It's a triumphant effort." --"Independent on Sunday"

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A brand-new companion to Discworld city Ankh-Morpork complete with beautifully illustrated, double-sided pull-out map

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide book par excellence 8 Nov 2012
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Hardback, 128 pages, comes in a royal blue tactile sleeve richly illustrated, fastened, Inside this sleeve along with the actual guide book is large map of Ankh-Morpork, but look on the reverse side, and there you will have a beautiful illustrated aerial view of the city, richly detailed with every house, guild, notary buildings in situ, its beautiful to admire and a magnifying glass is a must! The guide-book itself is filled with whimsical advertisements, Half Medieval half Georgian flavor and are a delight to peruse. Inside the book starts easy, the currency exchange rates for example, landmarks, the do's and donts of the local Laws (?!) Acommodations, food and drink, communications, descriptions of the Guilds with illustrations of most of the Guild Houses, Walking tours, and a guide to the Shades district of Ankh-Morpork. This is most definately a bonus for the bookshelf, Terry Pratchett has produced a beautiful volume with rich detailing and written in the style we all love so much, its deserves great time to study this book, but also you will time and time again delve into it. A worthy addition to the Discworld library, but also it stands in its own right as a treasure. Very highly recommended!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Roy Ellor VINE VOICE
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Firstly, this book and its accompanying large-scale map is written in English rather than Morporkian so don't worry about translations and the like. A beautifully illustrated book with copious detail, plenty of laughs and astounding accuracy is what you get for your AM$ (thoughtfully converted by Amazon into GB) inside a matching binder cover with an elasticated closure.

But wait? What is this carbuncle on the cover of the book itself? A sticker advertising an IPad app soon to be released. It fits the book like a baseball cap would look right on the Mona Ogg. Fortunately the serious Pratchett collector can peel this off with a little effort not to rip the beautifully tooled cover.

This really is like the Yellow Pages of the City of Ankh-Morpork, listing businesses and establishments together with detailed placement on a large fold-out map (with an artists impression of a Google Disk type snapshot from above). Obviously done with huge amounts of loving care and slavish attention to the Discworld canon, it is probably the best Artefact I've yet purchases. Certainly both collectable and readable, and it looks every bit the part with that quality binding and jacket to hold the map and book. Well worth the cash and a delight to read.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art. 8 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover
I am a big Terry Pratchett fan but I usually wouldn't have bought something like this. I am so pleased that I did. The writing is superb, there's a lot of new material, but the book is written in small sections so its ideal to dip in and out of. You can see Terry having fun here. There's more comedy in this book than many recent diskworld novels. The illustrations are lush, the fake adverts are hilarious but the map and city scape are awesome. Every house in ankh-morpork is drawn in great detail and every street is named. This is a thing of real quality. So much work has gone into this. Can't recommend this highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of Art 12 Nov 2012
By lu_ming
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This book is everything I had expected, and more. It comes in a nice slipcase and contains a guide of the city structured like a directory of businesses and streets, each with their own address and a few curiosities, and peppered throughout with mock-Victorian ads and illustrations which only make it more beautiful to see and read. But the jewel of the set must be the incredibly accurate map, which constitutes a serious improvement over the old "Streets of Ankh-Morpork". Behind the map is a bird's eye view of the city which is simply spectacular, each house completely detailed. You could pore over this one for hours on end with a magnifying glass. If you like maps and detailed settings, definitely buy this. If you're a Discworld fan and you haven't bought this, what's wrong with you? :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful piece 12 Nov 2012
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The book comes in a high quality hardback, with a large, removable, doublesided fold out map in the back. It has an elasticated blue thread which pulls from the back around to wrap around the front cover to hold it shut, which is a really nice touch.

The writing is in clear sections, and for a book not much more than 120 pages long, is FULL of information. The old style newspaper layout immediately sets you in mind of the Ankh-Morpork times, and the beautiful cover makes you think of an encyclopedia.

I was shocked at the sheer amount of info given, in true Ankh-Morpork style, and written in Terry Pratchett's classic humour. If you want a book to take on holiday with you, this probably won't fit, but if you have just finished a few of the Discworld books and want something related to that wonderful world, you'll be in stitched with this and the other recent Discworld add on, Turtle Recall.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Ceri S
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I'm not someone who is generally a Terry Pratchett fan, but wow (one of my good friends is and was asking for this for his Birthday). I was just having a flick through to make sure all the pages were ok and then, well, kind of got absorbed. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it is absolutely beautiful in all its quirky details.

The artwork inside in gorgeous (particularly in the directory section) and the guild descriptions are the kind of thing that make you laugh out loud on the bus and have all the passengers stare at you.

It should be top of the list if you are looking to buy a Pratchett fan something and pretty near for anyone who likes maps, humour or fantasy.

The only problem is I'm not entirely sure I want to part with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Nice item, as described, sent faster than a speeding bullet
Published 1 month ago by ROBERT
5.0 out of 5 stars best yet
Not only is the content superb (including the aside porn crackers) the production is superb as well. It looks good even when used as a conversation starter!
Published 5 months ago by Peter Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome traveller...
This is a wonderful guide to Ankh Morpork. It really helps you flesh out the environment that my beloved Discworld books take place in. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Six Impossible Things
4.0 out of 5 stars Xmas Gift for a T Pratchett fan
My son was v pleased with the book, especially the map and cant wait to read it. I myself do not read or understand T Pratchett but I appreciate that other readers find him... Read more
Published 7 months ago by margaret fulker
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting gift for my son.
I saw that this book was in my son's wish list and decided to buy it for Christmas
I think he was very excited and liked it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by George Balchev
5.0 out of 5 stars City Guide
it gives detailed information about the city written in the diskworld books and gives you a comprehensive knowledge of all the locations
Published 8 months ago by Paul Cousins
5.0 out of 5 stars the complete guide to Ankh-Morpork
Absolutely brilliant and stunning book. It has been very well put together and very well thought out. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bigsister88
5.0 out of 5 stars onlyme
I f you have become addicted to discworld as I seem to have become then this is more ethemerical objects to collect none of this is helping in some way but yet you need it ,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by a guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely map, so so book
A lot of the book is taken up by advertisements for imaginary businesses in Ankh-Morpork, so the maps are not given pride of place. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Abraxas
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost?
All that detail you wished you knew and/or understood about the greatest city on the disc. It's all here in one entertaining volume. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andy Powles
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