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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575091185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575091184
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,813 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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Turtle Recall - the latest Discworld Companion, fully updated and completely up to Snuff!

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The Discworld, as everyone knows, is a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the shell of the giant star turtle, the Great A'Tuin, as it slowly swims through space.

It is also a global publishing phenomenon with sales of over 70 million books worldwide (but who's counting?). The publication of Snuff brought the Discworld canon to 39 books - not including the various guides, mapps, diaries and other side-projects. That's a lot of Discworld to keep track of - more than most people can manage with just the one head - but fear not: help is at hand!

If you're looking for the ultimate authority on probably the most heavily populated - certainly the most hilarious - setting in fantasy literature . . .

If you need a handy guide to Discworld locales from Ankh-Morpork to Zemphis . . .

If you want help telling Achmed the Mad from Jack Zweiblumen . . .

If your life depends on being able to distinguish the Agatean Empire from the Zoons . . .

. . . look no further than Turtle Recall - the latest Discworld Companion, fully updated and completely up to Snuff!


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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Clive Jones on 30 Dec 2012
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If you're somehow a Pratchett fan who has no previous editions of the Discworld Companion, you'll find this book an invaluable reference, full of information about all the characters, places, etc.

But I suspect most potential purchasers already own older versions. I certainly do. On that basis, I was somewhat disappointed: the new material simply isn't as compendious, entertaining or well edited as the old stuff.

For example, Granny Aching doesn't get an entry, and the entry on Leshp hasn't been updated to reflect the events of Jingo, even though it was published a decade and a half ago. C.M.O.T. Dibbler's part in The Truth isn't mentioned, nor Harry King's in Making Money. The formerly commendable cross-referencing is also becoming increasingly ragged: several entries aren't under the name referenced and some are absent entirely.

Beyond that there are numerous typographic errors, some extremely blatant such as an entry accidentally being dropped in the middle of the the previous entry's headword.

All in all, it feels rushed and slipshod.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The cookie maker on 9 Jan 2013
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I gave this to our"nitpicking" son and he was pleased with the book, but disappointed with the proof reading/checking as there were more mistakes than expected.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Allen on 5 Jan 2013
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Terry Pratchett is unquestionably one of my favourite writers, even when, as in this case, the book rehashes previous characterisations of past storylines. There nevertheless always seems to be a fairly large reserve of previously unremembered and humorous items. Well worth a read for Pratchett Fanatics.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Dec 2012
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Great book but not easy to flick to individual articles. I'd rather have this as a book to use while reading my books on kindle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By roger mountford on 11 Mar 2013
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Well written entries reminded me of characters met in books not read for a while and determined me to re-read them. Detailed entries of guilds and other aspects of disc word geography make it easier to put action of novels in context.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silent Hunter on 26 Jun 2014
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This is the fourth (IIRC) edition of this background guide to the Discworld, covering up to 2012; there has been another book since (Raising Steam) that will result in further changes. While enjoyable, the table of contents page on the Kindle does not have a breakdown by letter.

Worth getting, although you might prefer the paper form if browsing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Wilson on 12 Dec 2013
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Firstly, there are some editing blunders, with some articles being interrupted mid-sentence by erroneous insertion of titles of other sections.

Perhaps more irritatingly, there are lots of cross-references - why are these not linked?
It's an e-book! The text says that cross-references are in small caps: this doesn't work in the e-book version, as the e-reader determines the font, so they're just in caps. But why not make them hyperlinks?

Still, a useful reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Dec 2013
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An informative, funny guidebook to the Discworld and the people who populate it. A must read for fans of the Discworld series, and a great introduction to Discworld for those who have not yet read this series.
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