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A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction Hardcover – International Edition, November 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday UK (November 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385618980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385618984
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Clever, neatly constructed and funny.Pratchett is one of the great comic writers and storytellers of our time" Guardian

About the Author

TERRY PRATCHETT is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was fifteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 36 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these children's books, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). Terry's latest book, Nation, a non-Discworld standalone YA novel was published in October of 2008 and was an instant New York Times and London Times bestseller. Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire "for services to literature" in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 55 million copies (give or take a few million) and have been translated into 36 languages. Terry Pratchett lives in England with his family, and spends too much time at his word processor.  Some of Terry's accolades include: The Carnegie Medal, Locus Awards, the Mythopoetic Award, ALA Notable Books for Children, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Book Sense 76 Pick, Prometheus Award and the British Fantasy Award.

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The answer to this is YES he is enjoying it just as much -he is reading right through the book and has nearly finished.
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It was a great collection of discworld shorts as well as various other short stories from his youth through to now.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By George H Johnston IV on December 22, 2012
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This is a collection of all of Terry Pratchett's short fiction and much of his miscellany. I have been trying to collect them for years so, when this book appeared, I jumped at the chance to get it. "Troll Bridge" introduced Cohen the Barbarian, who later got a book of his own, "The Last Hero." "The Sea and Little Fishes" provides insight into Granny Weatherwax. Both are excellent stories. Many of the stories were new to me. In his foreward, A.S. Byatt notes that many of the stories live at the intersection of reality and fantasy. For a good example, see "Final Reward," in which an author of heroic fantasy decides to kill off his hero. "FTB" is a beautiful little Christmas story. "#ifdefDEBUG + 'world/enough' +'time'" is a very nice story about virtual reality. This is a book for all Pratchett fans and for those who love fantasy and humor.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Georgiou on January 8, 2013
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Whilst I love pretty much any book by Terry Pratchett, I found that towards the end, the publisher (or author) was looking for material to add, to make the book look a little more substantial. The 1st 50% of the book has some excellent stories, but its downhill from there. The last 20% is very hard to get through, and to be honest, I still haven't got through the last part. I've taken a break and am reading something else. I'll get back to it sometime.

For me the stories in the 1st half of the book, particularly the one with the marketing guy and the devil are worth the price of the book, and I wouldn't have been unhappy to not have got the "fillers".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SandyD on October 30, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. I found all of the stories entertaining, my personal favourite was the National Anthem of Ankh-Morpork which I then just had to google. I had my mates in stitches :-) I know Sir Pratchett said they cost blood, but I think it was worth it. An excellent read :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Edmund on January 26, 2013
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In this revealing work Pratchett himself reveals that short stories 'require blood' referring to his own difficulty in producing them. Nonetheless in his huge career he has pumped out enough works to put together a compilation and A Blink of the Screen is it.

Pratchett's works range from funny, to barely understandable bizarre and quirky, to surprisingly dark and violent. Each story has a short intro and history from the author, providing what I found to be the most enjoyable parts of the book. Which I guess in saying reveals that this piece is for Pratchett fans, for those novice to the Discworld I wouldn't recommend this as a first read. For fans of the man of course this is a must read, it's split about 50/50 Discworld and 'real' world novels although many of Pratchett's stand-alone work still smells of his most famous universe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bella McGuire on July 8, 2013
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I'm a huge Discworld fan and I never got a chance to buy the limited print "Once More with Footnotes" so I jumped at the chance when I knew there was another Discworld anthology coming out.

This anthology comprises Discworld and non-Discworld stories. I only read the Discworld stories I hadn't read before, so this is only a small selection of the wonderful stories in this book.

The Ankh-Morpork National Anthem - who knew the city had a national anthem? The story tells about how it was created by a visitor of Ankh Morpork, a vampire, and the second verse involves a lot of mumbling!!

Medical Notes - first published for a Discworld convention and features notes on some illnesses around the Discworld. These were hilarious. I particularly loved "Scroopism" where Male Infant Scroop had a desire to add rude notes and words to books. He took it so far as to republish books when be became wealthy and substituted the rude versions for the originals. I loved this short story and would love a full length book based on this concept!!

Thud! A Historical Perspective was interesting as it told the real history behind Thud! Which started with a board game and also games in the Discworld universe.

A Few Words from Lord Havelock Vetinari is a speech Vetinari gave on the twinning with the city of Wincanton. This was a fun speech and I like the mention that they think its strange that they don't rob tourists in Wincanton!!

Death and What Comes Next is a conversation between Death and a philosopher facing his own demise. This was a fun story, seeing Death turn the concept of philosophy back on itself to the philosopher. Love Death!!

Minutes of the Meeting to the Proposed Ankh-Morpork Federation of Scouts - Scouts in Morpork? Oh yes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad Blumenthal on June 24, 2013
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This is a book for the Pratchett fans looking for every scrap of Pterry they can find -- a good read, but probably not something you're going to go back and re-read.

It's fun to read his earliest works and see just how creative he was, even as a schoolboy.

The later stuff is also good fun.

The Discworld bits are on par with the canon, with the extended Granny Weatherwax / Nanny Ogg story having some laugh-out-load moments, as well as an exemplary exploration of headology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CBL on December 31, 2012
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then consider this required reading. It's an eclectic collection of shorts, reaching back to his teenage (!) years. Every story is terrific, and the longer (sort-of Discworld) pieces are not to be missed. Much better than most of the Disc "companion" books, IMO.
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