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Saturday, March 31, 2007

More early works of Terry Pratchett

Just finished two more of Terry Pratchett's early works:
  • Carpet People was originally published when Terry was innocent 17 years old. After his huge success with the Discworld novels he was asked to republish this story as well. He conceded, but only after rewriting it. So it's only in parts still his earliest work. But to the story. Did you ever think a carpet was a boring place? Think again, then it is home to Munrungs, Wights, Deftmenes, Pones and other wondrous people all worth paying attention to. The focus of the story are two brothers who, with their village in tow, travel to the capital to discover why no one arrived for the latest counting...
    It's an appealing story about how to overcome differences in the face of a shared enemy and how even a single person can have an impact.
    Compared to Terry's later works it is but a short story and therefore all the more worth reading.

  • The Colour of Magic is the first book in his well known Discworld series and it introduces the concept of a flat world traveling through space on the back of four elephants which in turn stand on a giant turtle. The "heroes" of this story are the luckless wizard Rincewind who finds himself trying to protect Twoflower the Discs first ever tourist.
    It's the first book in the series and that is apparent in some places, for example the characters of Death and the Patrician undergo quite a change in the later books. Nevertheless it is full of jokes and puns and as with every one of Terry's books I've read so far I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

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