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Starting to wear a bit thin
on 23 January 2003
The problem with these spin-off experiments is that they are never as good as the real thing. After the surprisingly successful Streets of Ankh-Morpork and Discworld Mapp, this one just doesn't seem to have quite the same excitement.
Lancre does not have quite the complexity of A-M for a start, and there's little about the books that makes you wish for a bit of geography to help you along (as opposed to the fascinating intellectual exercise involved in following Carrot, Cuddy etc. through the city streets) - so the map itself ends up as a wall poster. The book that comes with it is okay I suppose, but it's a bit of a one-joke comic.
So in conclusion, pretty but unessential.