The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 284
  • Relase : 1985
  • ISBN : 9780552124751

The Colour of Magic Book Review:

On A World Supported On The Back Of A Giant Turtle (Sex Unknown), A Gleeful, Explosive, Wickedly Eccentric Expedition Sets Out. There S An Avaricious Buy Inept Wizard, A Naïve Tourist Whose Luggage Moves On Hundreds Of Dear Little Legs, Dragons Who Only Exist Ifyou Believe In Them, And Of Course The Edge Of The Planet&

The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic

The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2020-03-26
  • ISBN : 9781473582897

The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic Book Review:

Imagine a flat world, sitting on the backs of four elephants, who hurtle through space balanced on a giant turtle. The Discworld is a place (and a time) parallel to our own - but also very different. That is the setting for Terry Pratchett's phenomenally successful Discworld series, which now celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Discworld Graphic Novels presents the very first two volumes of this much-loved series in graphic novel form. First published fifteen years ago, these fully illustrated versions are now issued for the first time in hardback. Introduced here are the bizarre misadventures of Twoflower, the Discworld's first ever tourist, and possibly - portentously - its last, and his guide Rincewind, the spectacularly inept wizard.Not to mention the Luggage, which has a mind of its own.

The First Discworld Novels

The First Discworld Novels
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Collins Press
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 1999
  • ISBN : 0861404211

The First Discworld Novels Book Review:

This is how the Discworld began. Here is the sapient pearwood Luggage, a mobile trunk which launders any clothes put in it and incidentally homicidally defends its owner. Here is Twoflower, an innocent tourist in a world of nightmares and fairy tales

Night Watch

Night Watch
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 480
  • Relase : 2009-12-01
  • ISBN : 9781407035321

Night Watch Book Review:

Sixth book of the original and best CITY WATCH series, now reinterpreted in BBC's The Watch 'The best Discworld book in the whole world ever. Until next time.' SFX The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . . 'Don't put your trust in revolutions. They always come round again. That's why they're called revolutions. People die, and nothing changes.' For a policeman, there can be few things worse than a serial killer loose in your city. Except, perhaps, a serial killer who targets coppers, and a city on the brink of bloody revolution. For Commander Sam Vimes, it all feels horribly familiar. Caught on the roof of a very magical building during a storm, he's found himself back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard, especially when your time travel companion is a serial killer who knows where you live. But he must survive, because he has a job to do: track down the murderer and change the outcome of the rebellion. The problem is: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future...

Sourcery

Sourcery
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 252
  • Relase : 2009-11-24
  • ISBN : 9781407034546

Sourcery Book Review:

'It's vital to remember who you really are . . . it isn't a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see. They always get it wrong.' An eighth son of an eighth son is born, a wizard squared, a source of magic. A sourcerer. Unseen University, the Discworld's most magical establishment, has finally got its wish: the emergence of a wizard more powerful than ever before. You'd think they would have been a little more careful what they wished for . . . As the sourcerer takes over the University and sets his sights on the rest of the world, only one wizard manages to escape his influence. Unfortunately for everyone, it's Rincewind. Once again the cowardly wizard must embark on a quest: to deliver a precious artefact - the very embodiment of magic itself - halfway across the Disc to safety. If he doesn't make it, the death of all wizardry is at hand. And the end of the world, depending on who you listen to. 'One of our greatest fantasists, and beyond a doubt the funniest' George R.R. Martin 'May well be considered his masterpiece . . . Humour such as his is an endangered species' The Times Sourcery is the third book in the Wizards series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.

Equal Rites

Equal Rites
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2009-11-24
  • ISBN : 9781407034478

Equal Rites Book Review:

'They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.' Everybody knows there's no such thing as a female wizard. So when the wizard Drum Billet accidentally passes on his staff of power to an eighth daughter of an eighth son, a girl called Eskarina (Esk, for short), the misogynistic world of wizardry wants nothing to do with her. Thankfully Granny Weatherwax, the Discworld's most famous witch, has plenty of experience ignoring the status quo. With Granny's help, Esk sneaks her way into the magical Unseen University and befriends apprentice wizard Simon. But power is unpredictable, and these bright young students soon find themselves in a whole new dimension of trouble. Let the battle of the sexes begin . . . 'If you've never read a Discworld novel, what's the matter with you?' Guardian 'Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own' The Times Equal Rites is the first book in the Witches series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.

The Discworld Graphic Novels

The Discworld Graphic Novels
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2009-10-06
  • ISBN : 9780061833106

The Discworld Graphic Novels Book Review:

In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly . . . Imagine a flat world sitting on the backs of four elephants who hurtle through space balanced on a giant turtle. The Discworld is a place (and a time) strikingly parallel to our own—but also very different. But also very similar. To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the birth of the Discworld, the first two volumes of the remarkable Terry Pratchett's equally remarkable—and phenomenally successful—series were made available together, right here, in graphic novel form. These beautifully illustrated renditions of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic show and tell the bizarre misadventures of the spectacularly inept wizard Rincewind and Twoflower, Discworld's very first—and possibly, portentously its very last—tourist. Not to mention the Luggage, which has a mind of its own. And teeth.

Rincewind the Wizzard

Rincewind the Wizzard
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 649
  • Relase : 1999
  • ISBN : 0739403451

Rincewind the Wizzard Book Review:

Includes "The Colour of Magic", "The Light Fantastic", "Sourcery" and "Eric".

The Light Fantastic

The Light Fantastic
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2012
  • ISBN : 9780552166607

The Light Fantastic Book Review:

Rincewind, a cowardly wizard, is the only one who can save Discworld as it falls slowly toward a red star.

A Blink of the Screen

A Blink of the Screen
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 368
  • Relase : 2012-10-11
  • ISBN : 9781409043997

A Blink of the Screen Book Review:

In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world’s best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett’s long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press,; to the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas,all of it shot through with his inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A.S. Byatt, illustrations by the late Josh Kirby and drawings by the author himself, this is a book to treasure.

The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 286
  • Relase : 2012-06-21
  • ISBN : 9780552166591

The Colour of Magic Book Review:

Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot.Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. It plays by different rules. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers.But just because the Disc is different doesn't mean that some things don't stay the same. Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea...

Lords And Ladies

Lords And Ladies
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 400
  • Relase : 2008-12-16
  • ISBN : 9781407034874

Lords And Ladies Book Review:

'People didn't seem to be able to remember what it was like with the elves around. Life was certainly more interesting then, but usually because it was shorter. And it was more colourful, if you liked the colour of blood . . .' On Midsummer Night, dreams are especially powerful. So powerful, in fact, that they can cause the walls between realities to come crashing down. And some things you really don't want to break through. The witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick return home to discover that elves have invaded Lancre. And even in a world of wizards, trolls, dwarfs, Morris dancers - and the odd orangutan - they're spectacularly nasty creatures. The fairies are back - and this time they don't just want your teeth . . . 'His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction' Mail on Sunday 'Cracking dialogue, compelling illogic and unchained whimsy' The Sunday Times Lords and Ladies is the fourth book in the Witches series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
  • Author : Douglas Adams
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2011-06-01
  • ISBN : 9780330525060

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul Book Review:

The second Dirk Gently book by Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul is a witty detective story perfect for fans of his phenomenally successful The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. When a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shot up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame, the usual people tried to claim responsibility. First the IRA, then the PLO and the Gas Board. Even British Nuclear Fuels rushed out a statement to the effect that the situation was completely under control, that it was a one in a million chance, that there was hardly any radioactive leakage at all and that the site of the explosion would make a nice location for a day out with the kids and a picnic, before finally having to admit that it wasn't actually anything to do with them at all. No rational cause could be found for the explosion – it was simply designated an act of God. But, thinks Dirk Gently, which God? And why? What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15:37 to Oslo? 'A thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic' - Douglas Adams, on Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Continue this surreal series with the unfinished The Salmon of Doubt.

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 306
  • Relase : 2008-12-05
  • ISBN : 9781407034966

Interesting Times Book Review:

'There is a curse. They say: may you live in interesting times . . .' This is the worst thing you can wish on a citizen of Discworld. Especially for the magically challenged Rincewind, who has already had far too much excitement in his life. Unfortunately, the unlucky wizard always seems to end up in the middle of, well, absolutely everything. So when a request for a 'Great Wizzard' arrives from the faraway Counterweight Continent, it's obviously Rincewind who's sent. For one thing, he's the only one who spells wizard that way. Once again Rincewind is thrown headfirst into a dangerous adventure. For the oldest empire on the Disc is in turmoil and Chaos is building. And, for some reason, someone believes Rincewind will have a vital role in the coming war . . . 'Pratchett is a comic genius' Daily Express 'Funny, delightfully inventive, and refuses to lie down in its genre' Observer Interesting Times is the fifth book in the Wizards series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.

The Magic of Terry Pratchett

The Magic of Terry Pratchett
  • Author : Marc Burrows
  • Publisher : White Owl
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2020-07-30
  • ISBN : 9781526765512

The Magic of Terry Pratchett Book Review:

An in-depth look into the life and writings of the bestselling author of the Discworld novels, Good Omens, and Nation. The Magic of Terry Pratchett is the first full biography of Sir Terry Pratchett ever written. Sir Terry was Britain’s bestselling living author*, and before his death in 2015 had sold more than 85 million copies of his books worldwide. Best known for the Discworld series, his work has been translated into thirty-seven languages, and performed as plays on every continent in the world, including Antarctica. Journalist, comedian and Pratchett fan Marc Burrows delves into the back story of one of UK’s most enduring and beloved authors, from his childhood in the Chiltern Hills, to his time as a journalist, and the journey that would take him—via more than sixty best-selling books—to an OBE, a knighthood and national treasure status. The Magic Of Terry Pratchett is the result of painstaking archival research alongside interviews with friends and contemporaries who knew the real man under the famous black hat, helping to piece together the full story of one of British literature’s most remarkable and beloved figures for the very first time. * Now disqualified on both counts. Praise for The Magic of Terry Pratchett "In this encompassing biography of the prolific fantasy and science-fiction author, writer and comedian Burrows details both the writing accomplishments and the personal life of Sir Terry Pratchett. . . . Burrows spoke to friends and family, and this biography has moments of sadness, especially when discussing Pratchett’s fight with Alzheimer’s. But the book is also funny and conversational in tone, and an excellent tribute to a beloved author.” —Booklist “Affable and consistently engaging . . . Burrow’s buoyant, pun-peppered, and aptly footnote-flecked style . . . helpfully marries his subject matter, propelling us through decade after decade of a heavily writing-centric life while illuminating Pratchett’s complexities and contradictions without any drag in the tempo.” —Locus Magazine “An impressively comprehensive, engagingly written biography. ****”—SFX

Small Gods

Small Gods
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 128
  • Relase : 2016-07-28
  • ISBN : 9781473541252

Small Gods Book Review:

'Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle.' In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: 'Hey, you!' This is the Discworld, after all, and religion is a controversial business. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods, of every shape and size, and all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, it's certainly not helpful to be reduced to appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast: for the Great God Om, Brutha the novice is the Chosen One – or at least the only One available. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please... Now adapted into graphic novel form with new artwork by Ray Friesen.

Guards! Guards!

Guards! Guards!
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Corgi
  • Pages : 432
  • Relase : 2012-10-11
  • ISBN : 0552166669

Guards! Guards! Book Review:

âe~Vimes ran a practised eye over the assortment before him. It was the usual Ankh-Morpork mob in times of crisis; half of them were here to complain, a quarter of them were here to watch the other half, and the remainder were here to rob, importune or sell hotdogs to the rest.âe(tm) Insurrection is in the air in Ankh-Morpork. The Haves and Have-Nots are about to fall out all over again. Captain Sam Vimes of the cityâe(tm)s ramshackle Night Watch is used to this. Itâe(tm)s enough to drive a man to drink. Well, to drink more. But this time, something is different âe" the Have-Nots have found the key to a dormant, lethal weapon that even they donâe(tm)t fully understand, and theyâe(tm)re about to unleash a campaign of terror on the city. Time for Captain Vimes to sober up.

The Rincewind Trilogy

The Rincewind Trilogy
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 568
  • Relase : 2001
  • ISBN : 0575072369

The Rincewind Trilogy Book Review:

"The Rincewind Trilogy" is a bumper volume containing the complete text of two novels and one novella, all starring one of the Discworld's most popular characters: the Wizard Rincewind and his irrepressible - and quite intractable - Luggage.

Unseen Academicals

Unseen Academicals
  • Author : Terry Pratchett
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 393
  • Relase : 2009-11-10
  • ISBN : 9781407047294

Unseen Academicals Book Review:

'We play and are played and the best we can hope for is to do it with style.' Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork. And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match without using magic . . . so they're in the mood for trying everything else. To do this, they recruit an unlikely group of players: Trev, a street urchin with a talent for kicking a tin can; Glenda, the night chef who makes a mean pie; Juliet, the kitchen hand turned world's greatest fashion model; and the mysterious Mr Nutt, who has something powerful, and dark, locked away inside him . . . And the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football. Here we go, here we go, here we go! 'This isn't just football, it's Discworld football. Or, to borrow another phrase, it's about life, the Universe and everything' The Times 'No one mixes the fantastical and mundane to better comic effect' Daily Mail Unseen Academicals is the seventh book in the Wizards series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.

Guest House for Young Widows

Guest House for Young Widows
  • Author : Azadeh Moaveni
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 2019-09-10
  • ISBN : 9780399179761

Guest House for Young Widows Book Review:

A gripping account of thirteen women who joined, endured, and, in some cases, escaped life in the Islamic State—based on years of immersive reporting by a Pulitzer Prize finalist. FINALIST FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • NPR • Toronto Star • The Guardian Among the many books trying to understand the terrifying rise of ISIS, none has given voice to the women in the organization; but women were essential to the establishment of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s caliphate. Responding to promises of female empowerment and social justice, and calls to aid the plight of fellow Muslims in Syria, thousands of women emigrated from the United States and Europe, Russia and Central Asia, from across North Africa and the rest of the Middle East to join the Islamic State. These were the educated daughters of diplomats, trainee doctors, teenagers with straight-A averages, as well as working-class drifters and desolate housewives, and they joined forces to set up makeshift clinics and schools for the Islamic homeland they’d envisioned. Guest House for Young Widows charts the different ways women were recruited, inspired, or compelled to join the militants. Emma from Hamburg, Sharmeena and three high school friends from London, and Nour, a religious dropout from Tunis: All found rebellion or community in political Islam and fell prey to sophisticated propaganda that promised them a cosmopolitan adventure and a chance to forge an ideal Islamic community in which they could live devoutly without fear of stigma or repression. It wasn’t long before the militants exposed themselves as little more than violent criminals,more obsessed with power than the tenets of Islam, and the women of ISIS were stripped of any agency, perpetually widowed and remarried, and ultimately trapped in a brutal, lawless society. The fall of the caliphate only brought new challenges to women no state wanted to reclaim. Azadeh Moaveni’s exquisite sensitivity and rigorous reporting make these forgotten women indelible and illuminate the turbulent politics that set them on their paths.