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The Carpet People Paperback – Import, 1993
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Imagine a vast continent right below your feet. Terry Pratchett's The Carpet People takes listeners to a world filled with emperors, kings, and hardworking folk. Best known for his fantasy series Discworld, Pratchett has rewritten his first book, published when he was 17. In this thoroughly British import, the domain of The Carpet People is bordered by places such as "Wainscot" to "Hearthland." The minuscule "true human beings" who live in the carpet must contend with power hungry Muols overtaking the kingdoms that abound among the carpet fibers. Another constant concern is Fray, a whirlwind of destruction that sounds a lot like someone vacuuming. An amusing cast of characters is led by brothers, Glurk and Sbibril. They are leaders of the Munrungs clan and are looking for new homes after an attack by Fray. This fantasy has lots of encounters with danger and intervals with strangers who have mysterious powers. Richard Mitchley does an outstanding job of imbuing each of the characters with a vivid persona, a difficult task since there are so many characters. This audiobook is attractively and durably packaged in a vinyl book style case with information about both the book and the narrator. The cassettes are clearly marked, and there are listener prompts when each side ends. Though the long list of characters and places make The Carpet People more challenging in an audio format, it will fit very comfortably in both school and public libraries collections.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"For readers who are attracted to epic but not quite ready for the weightiness of Tolkien, this is a perfect entree; for those who have loved or will love Pratchett, it's simply a must read." * Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books * "Only a writer with a masterstroke of imagination could place an entire empire of goodies and baddies within the fronds of a carpet" * Daily Mail * "The perfect starting place for young readers . . . seasoned Pratchett fans will just revel in his wit, his subversion of tropes and his sense of humanity." * Kirkus * "A unique piece of high fantasy . . . Now very witty and politically aware in its revised version with the new ending" * Vector * "The story is inventive in its carefully worked-out central conceit, often very funny, and dotted with some genuinely scary bits." * Publishers Weekly * --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I guess I shall have to re-read the Disc World series---it has been YEARS. Those will be a new read as I have picked up two other old books that I read over twenty years ago. I could not remember reading hardly any of it/them. Well, I am over 70 so I have an excuse.
Whatever age you are, if you want a quick, fun and original read, download this book. And be careful where you step.
I love all of Pratchett's work that I have read, with the first Discworld novel being my least favorite. I highly recommend The Carpet People to all Pratchett fans and Fantasy/fiction readers.
I really enjoyed this story. And if you're a die hard Pratchett fan like me, you'll be glad to finally find out what this book listed amount his work is finally. I totally recommend it to fantasy fans, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I will be reading this again and again. Enjoy!
As an author myself, I am constantly amazed at Sir Terry's creativity in naming his characters. Unfortunately, I have yet to develop that skill.
I would recommend this book to any fan of Sir Terry. As always, I am waiting yet again, for the next book.
It isn't that it is a bad book, but it seems incomplete with quite a few hanging loose ends. The descriptions lack Pratchett's usual eclat and the story just doesn't "flow right". This could be the result of the collaboration between the youthful Pratchett and the mature one of today,
I am not even sure why it was published except that maybe he needs the money? It was an interesting experiment, but hardly a resounding success.