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The New Discworld Companion Paperback – September 6, 2003

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Terry Pratchett is the creator of the bestselling Discworld phenomena. His last twenty-one Discworld novels have reached Number One. He lives near Salisbury in Wiltshire. Stephen Briggs has compiled, with Terry Pratchett, the first two editions of the COMPANION and the Discworld DIARIES. He has dramatised a number of Discworld novels, including MASKERADE, WYRD SISTERS and GUARDS! GUARDS!, and has provided text for the Discworld MAPPS. He lives in Oxford.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (September 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575075554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575075559
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on May 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
The wonderful thing about reading encyclopaedias is that there are no rules to follow. From cover to cover, if you wish. Selecting topics of personal interest and ignoring all else, if that's your preference. There's pleasure gained by arbitrary random choices as well as with following cross-references to see where they lead. One thing is certain about this collection, you won't be disappointed in whichever path you follow. And there's a laugh per page, if not per entry.

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.
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By A Customer on January 1, 2004
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Absolutely incredible book, jam-packed with every tidbit of Dsicworldian knowledge you could want to know! (Except for yoghurt...hmm...) There are little sketches of objects as well, that are useful when descriptions get a little difficult. The map of Ankh-Morpork is helpful and there is a massive interview with Terry Pratchett that is funny, informative, and very Terry Pratchett-ish! A must buy for any Discworld fan!
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Of course its Terry Pratchett, so it's great fun. It is basically a dictionary. I just read it straight through to really get it all the jokes I missed while reading the books. Some more rational, non-dictionary readers might want to read an occasional page at random, or even use it as it was intended, looking up a character or place when they come across it in one of the disc world books.
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Item is just as described, and I was excited to get it. It's great for Discworld fans. I'm not sure what else to say about it, amazon just won't let you post reviews without a certain amount of words.
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