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The Turtle Moves!: Discworld's Story Unauthorized Paperback – July 11, 2008
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About the Author
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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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".
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.Read more ›
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
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