The Wit And Wisdom Of Discworld Paperback – 8 Oct 2009
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"When the least they could do to you was everything, then the most they could do to you suddenly held no terror." -From, Small Gods "A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores."-From, The Fifth Elephant "From the Hardcover edition."
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Its fun, with some nice touches such as a book mark with that old novel feel to it and is something that will be placed amongst all his other works, but on the whole it could be seen as a bit of a cash in by Terry's fans. However it might be worth considering though if you're trying to find a way to introduce someone to Terry's books and will make an ideal Christmas present for that ultimate fan.
He re-read every book in the Discworld series; since some gags and funny exchanges need too long a build-up, that eliminated a lot. In some cases he had to edit to convey the context. The quotes are included book by book--in order of publication. (Each book gets its own chapter; some are shorter than others.) And there is an index. I really enjoyed this book since it reminded me of my favorite lines and books. 'Course now I'm re-reading the books because it's true that he couldn't include all the clever and fun word play and scenes. He didn't include the bull run scene in Witches Abroad (my favorite Discworld book), for instance, which is one of my favorite scenes--nor the Greebo scenes.
I love it. Brings to mind great characters and precious moments of each of the books.
Quotes are presented in chapters based on and named for the novel from which them come.
Paper edge is rough-cut to add to the antique look of the dust jacket.
Over-all, Very Nice!!!!!
I have read every Discworld novel so far written and I certainly have my favourites. The wit and wisdom contained within each novel is part of its unique charm. I appreciate what a mammoth task Stephen Briggs undertook in compiling this companion. Almost every page in the actual books contains a wry bon mot, a sly dig at the base greed and venality of the society that we, the readers, inhabit. To try to extrapolate those motes of magic would certainly be beyond me. I just recommend the books to family and friends with the passionate avowal that they will enjoy their experience!
However, I am very disappointed with this offering. I purchased this book via my kindle and whether the actual paper version is the same I cannot tell. But my online copy is riddled with typos! On almost every page there is a misprint and error. I was so shocked! One or two I can forgive (but I don't even like that many!), But page after page with so many errors! Unacceptable. This has reduced my pleasure in reading the witticisms of such a clever and gifted author.
Don't buy this companion. Get the original books and enjoy them in their entirety. You will be far more satisfied.
It's old look cover is a great disguise for a sneaky look at work. Even though most of my favourite lines aren't in it this is still a book that is a lot of fun, and it's nice to see someone elses view of the best bits.
I've always loved the idea of a book you can just pick up and laugh at, and this is that book. It's superb, whether you've read them, and especially if you haven't. I've re-read the best lines, and keep looking through it. There's always one bit that you missed :D.
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This was a gift for a family member. The item went down extremely well and the recipient loved it. Item arrived on time and with no issue.Published 7 months ago by dawn
brings back to mind all the books I have read and plan to re-readPublished 10 months ago by A. Tyerman
It's a distillation of Discworld. If you're a fan you'll love it. If you're not then it might just be the introduction you need!Published 14 months ago by Tedious
A treasure trove for old fans of, and newcomers to Terry Pratchett's brilliant workPublished 16 months ago by Reculver