The Compleat Ankh-Morpork (Discworld Artefact) Hardcover – 8 Nov 2012
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"You'd have thought that, by now, Pratchett would be running out of ideas; thankfully, however, the universe he created 25 years ago just keeps on giving... It's a triumphant effort." --"Independent on Sunday""
A brand-new companion to Discworld city Ankh-Morpork complete with beautifully illustrated, double-sided pull-out mapSee all Product Description
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But wait? What is this carbuncle on the cover of the book itself? A sticker advertising an IPad app soon to be released. It fits the book like a baseball cap would look right on the Mona Ogg. Fortunately the serious Pratchett collector can peel this off with a little effort not to rip the beautifully tooled cover.
This really is like the Yellow Pages of the City of Ankh-Morpork, listing businesses and establishments together with detailed placement on a large fold-out map (with an artists impression of a Google Disk type snapshot from above). Obviously done with huge amounts of loving care and slavish attention to the Discworld canon, it is probably the best Artefact I've yet purchases. Certainly both collectable and readable, and it looks every bit the part with that quality binding and jacket to hold the map and book. Well worth the cash and a delight to read.
The writing is in clear sections, and for a book not much more than 120 pages long, is FULL of information. The old style newspaper layout immediately sets you in mind of the Ankh-Morpork times, and the beautiful cover makes you think of an encyclopedia.
I was shocked at the sheer amount of info given, in true Ankh-Morpork style, and written in Terry Pratchett's classic humour. If you want a book to take on holiday with you, this probably won't fit, but if you have just finished a few of the Discworld books and want something related to that wonderful world, you'll be in stitched with this and the other recent Discworld add on, Turtle Recall.
Having said that, there is rather too much self-indulgent laziness in the multiple pages of spoof adverts (which add little or nothing) and we could have done with a lot more articles about the underlying structures, institutions and soi-disant "rules" which purportedly obtain in A-M; much more about the University, the Watch, the Patriarch and so forth could have been so easily and wittily expounded to the improvement of the whole.
In sum, it's very good as far as it goes, but it could have been really great, so a bit of a shame, really, but still worth having.
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Got this around the same time as the Discworld atlas. Both for my daughter - a big fan - both are excellent. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Slumberingforest
I've just received this as a birthday gift and I'm delighted, it's every bit as rich and detailed as I had hoped. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Beth Jones
Arrived on time, in perfect condition. A great book. The map is huge and very detailed. Great product for the price.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer