Sunday, April 13, 2014

Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion ... So Far-Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs

Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion ... So Far Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs Harper, Apr 8 2014, $27.99 ISBN: 9780062292551 The latest edition of the Discworld companion book (previous edition published in 2003) targets diehard fans of the phenomenal series as four hundred plus pages are an enormous glossary of terms, biographies, geography (including maps) and illustrations taken from the forty or so books. These are fun to read entries (over an extended time as it can turn tedious) reminding us of the brilliance of the puns and quips making social commentary that satirizes and puns our world in novel format for the last three decades. In addition to the enormous amount of information, the reference tome contains two small segments published in the 1994 original companion: an interview with Terry Pratchett and how he deals with readers and fan snail mail (stored in cardboard boxes); and an updated essay on translating the saga into other languages. Finally there are also rules for playing "Cripple Mr Onion." Harriet Klausner

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