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4.0 out of 5 stars As Varied as the Discworld itself, 21 Oct. 2012
This review is from: A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction (Hardcover)
I was disappointed with this years previous release 'Dodger'. The introduction of famous real world characters and a fairytale Dickensian London lacked the usual bite.
So this being so quickly released after that title left me sceptical to say the least. I needn't have worried.

With the exception of A.S Byatt's rather gushing intro this lays out a great smorgasboard of delights, starting with young Mr Pratchett esq. aged 13 taking an early, and not wholly unsuccessful, tilt at the writing business. On to a collection of non-discworld short stories of varying quality. Then finally what we all want, those Discworld short stories. A great collection that underline the beauty of a world impossibly potty peopled by a collection of equally potty characters that through decades of skilful writing have become beloved & cared for.

As well as this very readable collection there is a short personal introduction to each story by the lad himself & two sections of full colour plate illustrations by the superb Josh Kirby. My word how easy it is to forget just how superbly he managed to bring the ideas to life in intricate technicolour detail. An artist sorely missed.

This is not the cash in it appears to be & offers the fan far more than just a perfunctionary 'insight into the artist'. So many of these stories stand up happily in their own right & are well worth the reading. The ideas never less than interesting at worst & hilarious at best.

This offers a collection of short stories to keep the fans happy. Chronologically ordered & although not complete excellent reading & value for money.
Well worth owning & highly recommended.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2012 16:32:28 GMT
R. Cassidy says:
"Per functionary"?

Perfunctory, I think!

But thank you for a very good review, particularly your comment that it is not actually just a "cash in", which I thought it was. It's now on my Christmas list!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 16:50:00 GMT
Friarofdoom says:
Thanks for that, I've corrected it.
For a tenner or so this is a very enjoyable collection.
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