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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312764294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312764296
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
So, the Discworld made its first appearance in The Colour of Magic, right? Well, yes and no. You see, two years before The Colour of Magic there was Strata!

Strata tells the story of Kin Arad, a 210-year-old terraformer who thinks she knows the history of the universe. You see, mankind is just the latest in a string of races who have shaped their universe to their own ends, creating planets with artificial histories of evolution built right into the strata of their rocks, a history as artificial as the worlds themselves. But, when an ancient astronaut steers her and two companions to a flat, disc-shaped world, an impossible world full of mysteries, Kin decides that she must get to the bottom of it all. This is the story of the discworld, and the history of...everything.

Now this is one of only two purely science fiction novels that Terry Pratchett ever wrote (the other being The Dark Side of the Sun). But, while perhaps just a little bit more serious than your typical Discworld book, it is still quite fun and entertaining. As you would expect with Pterry, the characters are quite interesting and the storyline always seems to keep you off-balance. I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good story.

If it's not exactly the father of the Discworld stories, it is at least the god-father of them. So, do yourself a treat and check out Strata!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Isa Khan on September 13, 2010
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One of the most brilliant stories i have read. I only read it recently even though its an old book. Have to say, as your reading your constantly adjusting your mind to fit the entire scope of the universe and the enormous joke hidden in it. And the ending portrays a picture better than any movies. I highly recommend this.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1998
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I first read this book years ago. It's still fun, and I enjoy remembering the geological jokes mentioned -- obviously not from a sedimentary mind. The jump from science fiction to speculative fiction to just fantasy satisfied my quest for tri-dimensional entertainment, with just enough humour to keep me guessing. His subsequent DiscWorld series has entertained me for years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vm2 on September 20, 2012
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If you are a Terry Pratchett fan, this is a must. I think it is one of the first, if not the first, Pratchett books (one of you experts out there must know). It looks and feels something like science fiction but you get the early snippets of Pratchett's Disc World beginnings.
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By E. Winer on August 26, 2013
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This is Terry Pratchett at his best. I enjoyed every bit of it! I enjoy reading SiFi books along with fantasy and this is one of the best.
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