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Secrets of The Wee Free Men and Discworld: The Myths and Legends of Terry Pratchett's Multiverse

2.89 of 5 stars 2.89  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A fascinating guide to the international bestselling Discworld series and the award-winning The Wee Free Men—soon to be a major motion picture

Before J. K. Rowling became the best-selling author in Britain, Terry Pratchett wore that hat. With over 45 millionbooks sold, Pratchett is an international phenomenon. His brainchild is the Discworld series—novels he began as parodi
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2008)
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If you love the Discworld series, you already know the stuff in this book. Well, except for the huge amount of tacked on, tangential filler. Which you don't particularly need. If you are reading a book about Discworld to fill in the lacunae in your knowledge base re: Leonardo da Vinci, you may want to reconsider.

Wildly discursive, full of unsupported opinions and painfully dorky asides, and to add insult to injury, printed on the cheapest paper in the world.

Give it a miss.
I'm giving this two stars simply because the authors like Pratchett so I thought I would be generous.

If you're a Pratchett fan (or even if you're not) skip this book and pick up The Turtle Moves!: Discworld's Story Unauthorized.

1. I did like the mystery chapter, for the most part.

2. The charts were nice.


1. Big mistake with the death of flies. It was Death of Fleas.

2. Over half a page on a minor character in one book, but nothing on Angua, Nobby, or Colon?

3. Authors seem to read very slow
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This book aims to be a guide to Discworld and also to the multitude of real-world things parodied therein. However, the authors spend so much time blabbing about all the other books and movies they like and attempting humor by giving you their thoughts on random crap that it's hard to learn anything at all. Especially since they tend to leave out the actual origins of the things they're supposed to be telling you about. (See long review for many, many examples.)

One stated pu

I am a big fan of Discworld. And I have pretty much every other book written about the Discworld books. And even I couldn't really recommend this book. I like the idea of connecting Discworld characters, themes and topics to those in popular culture and media but this book doesn't discuss or analyze, but lists. There are so many lists with no additional content, it is just an uninteresting read. There are witches in Discworld. Read a paragraph that is more general description than interpretatio
Didn't manage to read it all the way through before I started skimming, but gave it a fighting chance.

The stories of the Discworld are engaging and hilarious. The original sources it parodies are primal and magnificent. The hodgepodge essays in this collection are halfhearted, make weak attempts at jokes, and add no depth to either source.

You know that person at the movie, or at comic con? The one who is constantly saying, "I bet you didn't know...?", and everything they say that they bet you didn't know is something that EVERYONE knows?

Yeah, that's what reading this book was like. Fan nonfiction that's all over the place, sometimes inaccurate, and with jokes added in that aren't funny. No secrets are revealed, and the Wee Free Men, who are mentioned specifically in the title, get maybe a paragraph of information to themselves.
Disappointing. Two fans identify literary allusions they've noticed in the Discworld series and compare Pratchett's use of dragons, elves, wizards etc to other popular fantasy series they've read. They were trying to be humorous but it just didn't happen. Felt like a summary of web-board threads or like walking past a knot of laughing fans at some convention who kinda sorta try to include you in the conversation even though your voice can't be heard above the general hubbub - so they guess at yo ...more
Ok, first of all, you have to be a completist to want this book.

If you are a completist and get this book, well... it's a little disappointing. Some of the comparisons are wonderful and relevant, but others just seem forced. Many don't go far enough. And then there's the "tone", which isn't Pratchett's tongue-in-cheek/knowing wink tone but a pastiche that tries too hard to mimic it (and, at times, the authors fall into outright punnery and HERE!-I'm-being-funny-itis).
Cynthia Egbert
Lots of fun if you want to make certain that you are getting all of the references, however obscure, in Pratchett's works.
This is just not a book to sit down and read read. Lots of it made me say, "Well, duh!"
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