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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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2004 by London : Gollancz (first published January 1st 2003)
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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.
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".
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.
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
A needed update since the Discworld is not a stagnant world and moves ever onwards
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?
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.
Nov 25, 2008 Sharakael rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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.
Gordon Love
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.
Fairly indispensable, as books go.
And then did it again.
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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