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The New Discworld Companion (Discworld Companion Books)

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The book compiles a precise (and often quoted directly from the books concerned) definition of words, lives of historical people, geography of places and events that have appeared in at least one Discworld book.

The third edition named The New Discworld Companion includes articles about books up to Night Watch, as well as Discworld related books and short stories. The book
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2004 by London : Gollancz (first published January 1st 2003)
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Cait
Dec 26, 2014 Cait rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback, fantasy
Enjoyed this - lots of classic Discworld humour, some bits obviously taken from the books.

Good to get information which was printed in the books I haven't got, like in the diaries.

Really liked the pictures and the interview at the end (which must date from around the time I met him).

Glad I waited to read this because of some spoilers - some were carefully avoided in one entry but then blatantly given away in another.

Wonder if there's been an updated version.
Pedro
Feb 16, 2015 Pedro rated it really liked it
This is great for newcomers and experts alike.

I didn't "finish" reading per se, so much as went through lots of references and still do nowadays.

It's written more like an encyclopaedia than a novel.

But if you can't remember a certain detail or wish to see the connection between many things in Discworld literature, this is the thing.

Very fun to "read".
Georgene
May 28, 2015 Georgene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second edition of this book. There is a 3rd edition. Read the 3rd edition.

This edition does have a very good interview with Terry Pratchett at the end of the book.
Buggz79
May 13, 2015 Buggz79 rated it liked it
Been feeling rather nostalgic since Terry's passing. It's a fabulous means of dipping into various discworld books and enjoy the man's genius
G.r.s. Hjelm
Jun 09, 2014 G.r.s. Hjelm rated it really liked it
A needed update since the Discworld is not a stagnant world and moves ever onwards
Helen
Sep 29, 2013 Helen rated it liked it
A good reference to all things Discworld, not only telling us what we already know, but giving the fans a few tidbits you can't clean from the actual books, which is nice. The only beef I have with it is that there are times the illustrations don't really go with the subject at hand, which can be confusing. The "World's Greatest Grandad" Susan gave to Death for example, what does that have to do with Fourecks?
Sam
Apr 03, 2010 Sam rated it it was amazing
The New Discworld Companion is a compendium of trivia, characters, locations and events from the Discworld universe. It provides a summary of details given over the entirety of the series, as well as miscellaneous notes from Pratchett's idea folder that never made it off the ground or haven't been written yet. It fleshes out the Discworld with an encyclopedic reference of, well, everything.
Sharakael
Nov 25, 2008 Sharakael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Discworld fan.
Definitely a must-have for Discworld fans! Think of it as a Discworld Encyclopaedia; any name, place of importance, town, object, deity, animal, anything in Discworld, you can find it in this Companion. Useful when you're just trying to find out in which novel did a certain character appear, etc...
Küpçük Hellyea
Mar 05, 2013 Küpçük Hellyea rated it it was amazing
Must have reference book for non-linear readers (not that it is absolutely possible to read whole Discworld in a linear timeline) and role-playing game story tellers. Book presents background and systematic structure about characters, events, places and major concepts.
Tommy Verhaegen
Sep 11, 2015 Tommy Verhaegen rated it liked it
Shelves: paper_en, nf-culture
Really superfluous if you read the whole series - and wh hasn't ?
Could be useful when references are made to previous books. Contains no additional information which could have made is a must-have.
Gordon Love
Feb 29, 2016 Gordon Love rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
incomprehensively complete, or not, guide to characters and places in the Discworld. Puns and fun abound, as do trolls, dwarves, witches, humas, more or less, and other fantastical beasts.
Serena
Feb 16, 2016 Serena rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, fantasy
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Elizabeth
Fairly indispensable, as books go.
Roy
Aug 21, 2008 Roy rated it it was amazing
And then did it again.
Mel
Aug 10, 2010 Mel rated it liked it
Glossary and guide
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,
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