- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; hardcover edition (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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion . . . So Far Hardcover – 8 Nov 2012
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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!See all Product Description
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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.
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.
However, "The Right Honourable Miss Alice Band" Head of Mantis House who teaches Traps, Locks and Edificeering and lists her hobby as Stealth Archaeology, is noticably hard to find, and not in the index, despite being worthy of artistic representations in the DiscWorld Lexicography as sketched by Paul Kidby in "The Art of Discworld".
One for the converted
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I keep this where I can read it in pieces, ie the bathroom. I enjoy it very much indeed. The wit and wisdom keeps flowingPublished 5 months ago by Leslie
another good one from the late Sir Terry Pratchett. Always pod stuffPublished 7 months ago by Ms. H. Rogers
If you like the Discworld and who couldn't? Then this is a laugh in itself.Published 7 months ago by D. Cheung
If one is a fan of the Discworld series this is a must have. I have yet to re read some of the books so I not sure if I agree with all the statements in this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Scredriverman