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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft; Unabridged edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075311545X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753115459
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,460,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pratchett's writing is a constant delight." Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

First published in 1981, Strata is an early exploration of the idea that was to become the best-selling Discworld series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

Customer Reviews

It is more science-fiction than fantasy, looking at a fantasy world with scientific tools.
Bevan R
Really there are some books, including a few of the Discworld books, that should be shorter, but this is a case where a little more length might have been helpful.
BJ Fraser
It was a pleasure reading this book and I strongly recommend anyone who likes Pratchett's work to give it a try.
Matt Hausig

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hausig VINE VOICE on February 3, 2005
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A scifi/fantasy blend about a jaded planetary designer who gets embroiled in a mission with two very alien aliens to a disc shaped world where magic appears to work, this early work by Terry Pratchett also deftly parodies Larry Niven's Ringworld as well as several fantasy tropes.

This is the first book outside of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett that I have read and it will not be the last. The humor here is more subdued than with the Discworld books but it still is present more or less throughout the story. There is a sense in reading that Pratchett is finding his wings as the book progresses. The begining is a bit rigid, however by the end the author relaxes and the style becomes more playful. It was a pleasure reading this book and I strongly recommend anyone who likes Pratchett's work to give it a try.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bevan R on December 1, 2000
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This book was one of the first few T.Prattchet books that I read and is probably my favourite. It is more science-fiction than fantasy, looking at a fantasy world with scientific tools. This is not only a good solid read. It parodys Larry Niven's Ringworld, it introduces new and origional ideas, and has a delightful twist (I read that bit twice before I understood it). You read it again and again and see more each time.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By guy richardson on April 1, 2001
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Those of you who are familiar with Pratchett from his Discworld series will be puzzled by this book -- it seems to be about Discworld but it has none of the magic or wild humor of that series. It was written before Pratchett created the "real" Discworld with its Unseen University, wizards and wild parodies of our world. That said, those of you who are Discworld fanatics might find this interesting as it's a hard-science (sort of) explanation of the flat Discworld planet. It's not a bad story -- just don't expect the usual Pratchett funny fireworks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. St Denis on June 11, 2005
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This is the first Terry Pratchett book I ever read, and it led me to keep reading him. This is not a Discworld novel, but equally as inventive. It may not be as funny as the other novels, but it has its own sense of humor and surprises. I highly recommend this if you are already a fan, and I doubly recommend it if you haven't ready any Pratchett yet. This one will get you hooked!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harvey S. Trop on February 6, 2007
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Terry Pratchett's Strata, is an early work, that stands on its own as a nice piece of science fiction. The characters are interesting and the plot line is clever. For me, the ending wasn't as crisp as you'd find in his more recent works, but the journey is worth the effort. For those who've read Pratchett's Discworld novels, the novel gives one an early peak at what will become the author's best known works. The disc world here is not the same Discworld of the subsequent novels, but some of the lunacy and wonder of that universe are first glimpsed in Strata. It is a fascinating look at the conception of what will become a place where magic comes alive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BJ Fraser VINE VOICE on April 21, 2009
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This is a book by Terry Pratchett and it is about a disc-shaped world, but it is NOT a Discworld book. That's an important note. Strata was first published two years before the first Discworld book, The Color of Magic, so you can think of it as sort of a precursor to the series.

Kin Arad wrote the book on terraforming--literally. Thanks to gene engineering and other stuff she's lived over two hundred years, most of it for The Company, which is in the business of terraforming planets to make them habitable for humans. The idea is for humanity to spread out as much as possible to ensure the continuation of the species. The technology for the terraforming comes from artifacts left behind by a dead species known as the Spindle Kings. Another interesting side note is that in this universe Rome was founded by Remus and called Reme and Vikings colonized North America (called Valhalla), mating with Native Americans (or Native Valhallans I suppose) and eventually taking over Europe.

Then one day Kin is paid a visit by a supposedly lost space pilot called Jago Jalo, who shows her a cloak of invisibility and tells her there's more goodies to be found on a mysterious planet. She decides to travel with him to this planet, along with a Kung (a four-armed paranoid alien who sees violence as the first and best solution) named Marco and a Shandi (a big bear-like alien with walrus tusks who eat a very specialized diet--mainly each other) called Silver. Jago soon dies of a heart attack, but the other three go on to find a planet that is completely flat and contained in a sort of bubble with its own stars and planets. (Unlike the Discworld, this flat disc-shaped world is not carried by four elephants on the back of a giant turtle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Cobcroft on December 16, 2000
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Strata is fun rather than rolling-about-laughing funny - it is similar in style to Alan Dean Foster's SF comedy. In this book T.P. created an interesting and thought provoking universe in which he makes fun of human (and alien) nature, and an odd plot twist explains some of the more bizarre things that people used to believe in our history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
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This was my first T. Pratchett book and all I can say is BRING ON THE REST! What an imagination and funnaaay! Perfect balance of the science and the fiction. Not "hard s/f".
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