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Lawrence Watt-Evans published his first novel The Lure of the Basilisk at 24 and has since written more than 30 novels, more than 100 short stories, and more than 150 published articles and contributed to several of BenBella Books’ Smart Pop titles. He was a 1987 nominee for the Nebula Award for short story and a 1988 winner of the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo award for best short story. He has been a full-time writer and editor for more than 25 years and has also worked as an instructor of Viable Paradise on Martha's Vineyard and at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; FICTF edition (July 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771465
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bruce Trinque VINE VOICE on June 27, 2008
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So, you think you know Terry Pratchett's Discworld, do you? Even if you have read and re-read Pratchett's thirty-plus Discworld novels (and companion books), Lawrence Watt-Evans's "The Turtle Moves: Discworld's Story Unauthorized" will still teach you a new thing or two, I suspect -- new insights into characters, new ways of looking at the novels.

Watt-Evans, a noted science fiction/fantasy author himself, has created a respectful, genial, and thoughtful look at the Discworld universe, discussing each novel and story and placing them in context of "sub-series" (within the overall Discworld series). He does this with a tone of mock frustration ("How come Pratchett can write such an extraordinarily successful series of books and I can't?!?" -- well, maybe Watt-Evans's frustration isn't wholly fictional; surely, any author must envy such a creation), but it is clear throughout that Watt-Evans is first and foremost a fan of Discworld -- not blind to its occasional minor flaws, but overall deeply impressed with its high quality.

In his introductions, Watt-Evans explains that he is writing the book both for fans of the Discworld tales and also for those readers yet unfamiliar with them. Oh, and also to make money while trying to understand the roots of Pratchett's success (I am sure this is said tongue-in-cheek, although he wouldn't mind making the money).

"The Turtle Moves" is a pleasure, and as truly informative as it is amusing to read. As the cover blurb says: "The greatest British fantasy series by a living author who doesn't go by initials is Terry Pratchett's Discworld".
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The substance is called "narrativium" and Mr Watt-Evans is a Heavy Dealer of the material. And why not, since his book is concerned with the inventor of narrativium, Terry Pratchett? "Narrativium" has to do with telling stories and Pratchett is peerless in that regard. Watt-Evans has undertaken a momentous task in relating and assessing the many volumes comprising the [sort-of] series of Pratchett's Discworld. The collection is an outstanding synthesis, each piece addressing both the established fan and the newcomer to this magical world. Watt-Evans' own prose skills are amply displayed here in a highly personalised account.

It's telling that Watt-Evans must begin with THREE Introductions. That's a sign that Discworld books are anything but simple "fantasy" and that their readership is wide and varied. He follows this with some "Commentary" [of which there are two more sets in the book], then descriptions of the books in chronological order. That order causes some continuity problems as he notes things like "six[!] novels later" for readers to revisit certain characters. Each of the essays on the individual books necessarily imparts enough of the story to establish its place and value in the set, while struggling to avoid spoilers. He does this well, although there are a few giveaways that might have been avoided. The point of this string of chapters is to both entice the new reader to the Discworld books while offering insights regular fans may have missed. He offers "starting points" to the new reader, each explained with solid reasons for the selection. "Background" characters and villains are given a hearing, with The Luggage granted its own chapter.
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This book is supposed to be an in-depth look at the Discworld series of novels. The problem is that the discussion of the books and the chapters on their meaning and place in the series is so superficial that anyone who has even read the dust jackets will have understood that much. The only useful part is that it lists some of the one-shot stories that aren't published in the United States. Of course, anyone with enough interest to purchase a book on pratchett will have already found them on the internet. Save your money and just buy more Discworld books.
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The Turtle Moves!: Discworld's Story is a companion book by Lawrence Watt-Evans (BenBella Books, 2008) to Terry Pratchett's DiscWorld series. I learned about puns and word play I missed, plus background. And I see that there's an upcoming Tiffany Aching book, I Shall Wear Midnight, and possibly Raising Taxes, and a number of books I wasn't aware of, including the three Science of Discworld books (stories plus science). and short stories, two of which I got to read online. (See the link to Lspace below.) The short stories include Troll Bridge (Cohen story).

It starts off a bit slow, but when he gets to the stories, it was fun remembering and learning more about my favorites and the connections between stories and characters--lots of details. He points out the changes from the first two books (parodies) and the evolution of the characters and plots. l learned the connection between XXXX and Australia; the meaning of words and names, including Tempscire, Carrot, Hex (the computer), ...

Btw, the kangaroo in The Last Continent is called Scrappy, which Watt-Evans mentions in passing. (This is not his favorite book.) I have a vague recollection that there was a TV program in Australia about a kangaroo, named Scrappy--yet another connection to Australia, along with the cave paintings, bush rangers, Mad Max references, ....

There's also a bibliography and online resoources list, including the
Lspace website: [...]
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