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This review is from: The Last Hero (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
When I ordered this book I must admit that I wasn't expecting too much. After all, we've had two incredible novels in quick succession ('the Truth' and 'Thief of Time'), so I thought 'The Last Hero' would be a minor novella with some pictures. I wasn't sure about the pictures either. I have this theory that the Discworld should be played 'straight', if you know what I mean, and Paul Kidby's past work has been on the humourous side.
I received the book this morning, and sat down to read it. Forget any idea of this being an illustrated Discworld Story. This is a true collaboration between writer and artist, parts of the story are told by the illustrations, in fact there is synergy going on here - my neighbours, had they been listening, must have thought I'd gone completely insane when I saw one particular picture. Paul Kidby's final painting of 'the bard' is probably the supreme masterpiece, and the accompanying text is guaranteed to rip your heart out.
When I finished the book, I read it again, and I know I'll be repeating the dosage many times in the future. And I'll never again be able to hear the phrase 'Houston, we have a problem' without thinking of .... no, read it yourself!
One caveat - you must be reasonably familiar with the Discworld and its characters to understand this book.