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The New Discworld Companion Paperback – September 6, 2003
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Ever since the Enlightenment and Diderot's compendium of the natural world, encyclopaedias have remained a buttress to learning. Some of us had the "EB" as children almost as a matter of course. All these references were collections of facts - about nature, people, literature - almost anything you might name. Rarely is an encyclopaedia a collection of one man's imaginative musings. And there are few writers around with the imagination, wit and prose style of Terry Pratchett. If you can catalogue a man's thoughts, it's been done with this "Discworld Companion".
In the earlier part of his career, Pratchett declared he didn't strive for consistency or much order in his writings. Characters, events and places on the Discworld could vary in personality, happen and be forgotten, or be seen and lost. The same place wasn't always in the same place twice. With so many books, so large a fan base and a deluge of questions, some level of order was demanded. Although there is a web page devoted to sources for the origins of Pratchettean allusions, there has never been a catalogue of persons, places and events. Hence this book.
The Companion is a rich trove of entries, many enhanced by Briggs' delightful illustrations. Anyone can read it.Read more ›
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All the information you'd want to know about the Discworld...world.Published 19 months ago by Dr. Elementary
I was expecting a lot of excerpts and reused jokes, but this book was a good combination of references with context and new (and funny) descriptions of well-known characters and... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by tjcurr