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Solid Theme but a Rushed Ending
on 18 November 2003
Strata, by Terry Pratchett (published before the Discworld books), holds the basis of the creation of the original Discworld idea. It reads more like a serious sci-fi novel (albeit with some gags) and is far more thematic than the Discworld series.
The plot is as follows: Kin Arad (a 210-year-old woman) works for the “Company”, a planet building corporation. With in the first few pages she is approached by the stranger Jalo, who tells her that he has discovered a Spindle world (the Spindles were an ancient race of very talented world builders). She is intrigued and later agrees to join him in located the planet (which is flat) again.
This is a very enjoyable book; some times hilarious, other times deadly serious and profound. The plot is not very original, being very similar to Larry Niven’s “Ringworld”, but captures and holds the reader’s attention (well mime anyway). The characters each have individual and very likeable personalities, while the description of the Discworld are fantastic and vivid.
Surprisingly, this novel has a fairly solid theme that builds up towards the end. Highly recommended, especially to Discworld fans.