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The Dark Side Of The Sun
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on 26 February 2018
I did not know about this book until someone on a facebook group posted a picture of a paperback copy.
Reviews were mixed but i think it is a very good read and you can see elements of the pTerry we know from the diskworld books. Odd references and words that have no logical reason to be there, like hogswath, widdershins.
And to cap it all it is a bloody good page-turning read.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 1 October 2009
Dark Side of the Sun is an early Pratchett book ( circa 1976) predating the Discworld series.
The inheritor of a family company survives assassination attempts in his efforts to find the fabled " jokers" - a mythological race left evidence of their existence as giant towers. An institute has been set up to solve the mystery of the towers and to eliminate others who look like solving it. As usual there is the odd prophecy as to how things will unfold which is cunningly woven into the plot which twists and turns to a "predictable" conclusion.
A pleasant enough SciFi / sf fantasy (spoof?) showing elements of the Pratchett humour and inventiveness that was to crystallise in to the Discworld series some 7 years later. A book in a similar SciFi vein is Strata (first published 5 years later in 1981) which laid the foundations for the idea of Discworld .
If you like Strata you will like Dark side of the sun - and vice versa . Not a traditional discworld story however - so live dangerously and try it for yourself.

I bought this to complete my set of Pratchet books but was not disappointed.
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on 22 July 2013
bought this and lots of other pratchett books when got my first kindle so could read as liked. All the older books haven't read for a while and can not afford the prices for the hard backs (from middle to latest have a hardback collection). Took great pleasure in re-reading this again. The magic is still there and he's still the only author that keeps me glued to page chuckling away. If you haven't read a Pratchett novel before then buy one quick and be prepared for whole other world of entertainment.
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on 1 March 2015
In this comparatively short book Mr Pratchett previews many of the concepts and inventions that he later used in the Discworld series. It is very densely written, bubbling over with ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but will need to re-read to get full value from his creativity. There is plenty of humour, as would be expected, and his usual enigmatic ending.
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on 27 April 2017
Another great novel from terry pratchett
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on 2 March 2018
Not one of his best.
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on 27 September 2017
good condition. love terry Pratchett. many thanks..
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on 10 December 2013
Sorry this is the only Pratchett story that I didn't enjoy, too bitty & un-explainable! plus with the footnotes at the back of the book rather than at the foot of the page they lose continuity!
On the plus side I have read and enjoyed immensely all of the discworld series!
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on 10 October 2017
Excellent as aways
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on 24 January 2016
Pratchett rules the idiots
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