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The Turtle Moves!: Discworld's Story Unauthorized [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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After growing from humble beginnings as a Sword & Sorcery parody to more than 30 volumes of wit, wisdom, and whimsy, the Discworld series has become a phenomenon unlike any other. Now, in The Turtle Moves!, Lawrence Watt-Evans presents a story-by-story history of Discworld’s evolution as well as essays on Pratchett’s place in literary canon, the nature of the Disc itself, and the causes and results of the Discworld phenomenon, all refreshingly free of literary jargon littered with informative footnotes.

Part breezy reference guide, part droll commentary, The Turtle Moves! will enlighten and entertain every Pratchett reader, from the casual browser to the most devout of Discworld’s fans.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The turtle moves - but not very far. 26 April 2009
It's hard to see the purpose of this book. There's too little info for Discworld devotees, and too much plot spoiling for new readers. The same points are reiterated ad nauseum and the whole thing smacks of a weekend's hack work. Buy a proper Discworld novel instead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yada Yada 4 Dec. 2009
By Tom
The author regrets that he cannot write as well as Terry Pratchett. Neither can I but this is all I will write. The book gives a fair survey of the breadth of the Pratchett series of series but adds little for those who have read them and seek more understanding. For those who have not read them there are spoilers aplenty.
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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caution! Contains addictive substance! 4 Aug. 2008
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
The substance is called "narrativium" and Mr Watt-Evans is a Heavy Dealer of the material. And why not, since his book is concerned with the inventor of narrativium, Terry Pratchett? "Narrativium" has to do with telling stories and Pratchett is peerless in that regard. Watt-Evans has undertaken a momentous task in relating and assessing the many volumes comprising the [sort-of] series of Pratchett's Discworld. The collection is an outstanding synthesis, each piece addressing both the established fan and the newcomer to this magical world. Watt-Evans own prose skills are amply displayed here in a highly personalised account.

It's telling that Watt-Evans must begin with THREE Introductions. That's a sign that Discworld books are anything but simple "fantasy" and that their readership is wide and varied. He follows this with some "Commentary" [of which there are two more sets in the book], then descriptions of the books in chronological order. That order causes some continuity problems as he notes things like "six[!] novels later" for readers to revisit certain characters. Each of the essays on the individual books necessarily imparts enough of the story to establish its place and value in the set, while struggling to avoid spoilers. He does this well, although there are a few giveaways that might have been avoided. The point of this string of chapters is to both entice the new reader to the Discworld books while offering insights regular fans may have missed. He offers "starting points" to the new reader, each explained with solid reasons for the selection. "Background" characters and villains are given a hearing, with The Luggage granted its own chapter.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An idiots guide to discworld 4 Nov. 2008
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This book is quite entertaining, it tries to give a synopsis of the Discworld and the books of Terry Pratchett, and it does it well.

The author has taken the books and looked at the mythology and lore relating to the certain aspects of each book. I have a problem with a couple of the "Americanised" versions of why certain things have been included, and especially the inaccurate ones, but I may be being pedantic.

The errors and omissions from his book are not substantial, just sometimes a little irritating, and the book has obviously been written from an American perspective for the growing American readership of Discworld books. This does not detract from the from what is one of the best discworld guides I've ever read.

Overall, it's an outstanding guide to the discworld.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money 26 Sept. 2011
This book needs no introduction ... or indeed no preface, no body and no conclusion either

It's a short-changing hackwork that should be ignored by all

The various book précis are too short to be of any interest to an existing reader, and far too revealing for anyone who hasn't read them yet

The author clearly has only skimmed some of them, making the whole a mockery of its parts

It's hard to imagine what audience this book is aimed at

All in all, you can find more detail, including MANY more notes and references on the lspace website (search for it) and more educated discussion on the books themselves on any of the many many Pratchett forums

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't add much to Discworld 10 Jun. 2013
By Bagpuss
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I am of mixed views about this book. I love Discworld and all things TP and thought this would interesting. It's not. While Lawrence Watt Evans (real name) tries to be funny, he comes across as jealous. He finds faults with Discworld which are purile and irrelevant and his points of view add little to the series.

He also constantly moans about the fact that Terry Pratchett is English and writes in English, not American. How dare he! Yes we read books in the UK.

I have never heard of Lawrence Watt Evans and going by this book, I wouldn't want to read anything by him again. I'm not surprised this is unauthorised.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 10 April 2009
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If you've read Terry Pratchett before you don't need this book - 97% of this book will be old hat - no sky here. If you haven't read Terry Pratchett then go buy a book or borrow from the library & enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Turtle Moves! - Great A'Tuin's Story 17 Sept. 2010
A likeable and well written book outlining the history of Terry Pratchett's hugely successful Discworld series of fantasy novels. This includes chapters ranging from the Colour of Magic, published in 1983 right through to Making Money, 2007. The recently published I Shall Wear Midnight is also mentioned. Space doesn't permit any great details but several of the major characters are explored in depth. There are also short chapters on the writings, articles and short stories produced during the earlier days of Sir Terry's career. Also a list of on line resources where more information and merchandise can be found.

Ideal for the newer convert to Discworld but doesn't contain anything much that the ardent Pratchett fan might not know already.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for Newbies to the Disc
Good as a series Catch up Or if you do not know any of the Discworld books.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. L. G. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting while on offer, useful for reference
This gives a summary of each Discworld book (up to Making Money) and groups the titles by main characters, whose history is described. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Helenix
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very entertaining look at the discworld
Published 11 months ago by butterfly60
3.0 out of 5 stars Very slow delivery. Poor quality book
The book was delivered after the specified delivery time and so causing Christmas problems. The cover and insider pages were also badly bent and there was staining on the inside... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Peter Hale
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs updating.
Interesting to read some else's take on Terry's work. Slghtly dissappointed that it was'nt completely up to date, and didn't cover any works I haven't yet read and didn't encourage... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Newly old Geezer
1.0 out of 5 stars The Turtle Moves
Sadly this book has no merit where Terry Pratchet is concerned.It stumbles along and adds no enjoyment to the fun of Disc World Books.I suspect Sir terry is NOT amused.
Published on 16 July 2012 by Mr. John Proctor
4.0 out of 5 stars No discworld but fun
Some reviewers have mentioned that if you have read pratchett you do not need this book and if you haven't you should in stead of this one. I feel this is a bit harsh. Read more
Published on 27 Nov. 2011 by Djeedjee
5.0 out of 5 stars essentail discworld
a must read for all discworld fans and for sci fi fans, you wont regret it
Published on 2 Jan. 2010 by hobojock
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste yout money or time...
This book is a waste of money. 2-4 pages about every masterpiece from PTerry - that's absolutely not enough to give the discworld books the credit they deserve!
Published on 26 Jun. 2009 by Peter Morell
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