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on 2 May 2001
It is somewhat difficult to rate Pratchett's spin-off works form 1-5, simply because you also are required to do that when rating his novels, and rating a map, say, to a Discworld Novel is rather different matters indeed. Terry Pratchett has offered for us, in the year 2001, the Discworld Fools' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2001 to pursue such brilliant Pratchettian gems such as the Discworld Assassins' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000, the Discworld's Ankh-Morpork City Watch Diary 1999, and the Discworld's Unseen University Diary 1998. The Fools are a Guild primarily made of clowns, jesters, and mimes (Vetinari is particularly chagrined about this). But unlike previous diaries, Pratchett and his reliably comic collaborator Stephen Briggs seem to be attempting to condense a brief dissertation on the Fools Guild's history, and thus seem a little absent of the prior hilarious Pratchett magic, which in a way can be easily comprehensible. UU, the Watch, and the Assassins all had in depth histories detailing them throughout the Discworld texts, so *those* diaries mainly helped to reiterate these with ineffably hysterical gags, but the Fools' Guild Diary only induced laughter in me once out loud (refer to Bouncy Normo) and throughout only received a few half-hearted chuckles and groans respectively. Is Pratchett losing his miraculous touch? Hell no, it's merely because providing a novel, a graphic novel, an anthology of critical essays, a calendar and a diary a year can water down even the Master's sense of humour. Briggs brings home some quirky one-liners too, but it was Kidby's illustrations which, essentially, made the diary for me...unfortunately, I don't purchase Pratchett to only admire Kidby. Keep on trucking, those men...
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