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The Compleat Discworld Atlas

(Discworld Maps)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Unseen University are proud to present the most comprehensive map and guide to the Disc yet produced.

In this noble endeavour, drawing upon the hard won knowledge of many great and, inevitably, late explorers, one may locate on a detailed plan of our world such fabled realms as the Condiment Isles, trace the course of the River Kneck as it deposits silt and bord
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 22nd 2015 by Doubleday
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Andrew
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book marks the return to Terry Pratchetts Discworld.

Let me explain - in the early days of my book collecting (when it was only half the monster it is today) I followed the book of Terry Pratchett and the annals of Discworld, after all it seems like it was all my friends were reading, plus it did something that few others did. They were humorous fantasy novels which made you laugh with not at the stories.

Anyway I digress, for me Discworld and Josh Kirby are so interwound I would
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Trish
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading this, I had "the feels".

And the last page only made it worse!

It was just a description of the author and his work for crying out loud! ... Which is exactly what I did! Crying. Out loud.


Aaaaanywaaaaaay. The book.
As a fan of the Discworld I had to have an atlas of course.
There are a lot of compendium books out there but this newest one seems to be the only one showing all of Discworld so far.
The book is made out to be lik
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Paul
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed most of the discworld spinoffs, the diaries had great backgrounds to the various groups on the guild, the maps were funny and gave a good layout for some of the books and Nanny Oggs cook book is special in so many weird ways.
This was good but not a patch on some of my old favourites. For an atlas there are very few good maps. The big foldout one is reasonably good but not a patch on the recent Ankh Morpork one and in the body of the book the maps are rare and vague at best. More de
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Eugenio
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written as a true book in the world of Discworld and with enough Pratchett-isms that this was a great addition to the world of the Disc. Also has a pretty awesome atlas
Molokov
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An updated Discworld map, which is huge, beautifully illustrated and double sided - together with a very detailed guide to all the lands of the Disc. This book doesn't just repeat the jokes from the novels (although some references are indeed made), it adds a lot of new material about all locations on the Discworld, and even gives details about some places never actually visited in the books (and some that aren't even mentioned!) There is a lot of sly humour, some wonderful illustrations, and so ...more
Sophie
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: terry-pratchett
A fab guide to the Discworld, lots of fun to read. The first time I ever visited the Discworld Emporium, they were on the phone to Sir Terry, talking about the location of Twoshirts for this atlas. So great to finally see the finished product.
BellaGBear
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly the book I needed, namely a book that made me grin out loud almost every page. Sometimes a girl needs some uncontrollable sheer in her life :D. Especially now I decided to be happy again and not grave.
D.K. Powell
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If the overtly colonial 'King Solomon's Mines' was my secret porn (as I wrote recently), then Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is my opium - and one I'm open and honest about.

The series of books was unique for a number of reasons, not least being that you could take any book in any order and enjoy it without having to know the back history of any of the multiple characters which appear, sometimes as main characters, sometimes as quick cameos, sometimes not at all.

For me
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Julia
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly entertaining, especially trying to guess which real country inspired the one you're reading about. My personal favorite is Fourecks with their surfing religion 😄
When I was young and reading the Discworld books, Ankh Morpork just seemed like this crazy, weird and dirty city. Gradually it became very real, very alive, until I moved to to live in the UK and realized that it's indeed, inspired by London. And then the whole picture became clear and i felt like I rediscovered his books. ...more
Matt Bates
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a fantastic companion to the world of the Disc. It contains amusing tidbits about the various locales of Pratchett’s imaginings, some lifted directly from the book series and others merely referenced or hinted at. It reads like an atlas written in-universe, and has a lot of the wry and clever humor I would expect from a Discworld novel. It was an enjoyable read to take in small bits at a time over the last several months, though it left me wishing for new stories in the setting.
Pauline Borgeaud
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars.
This atlas is beautiful, the book itself and the illustrations make it a great add to the Discworld series.
Every region, country, land is depicted in there; cultures, geography, populations,.. you can find a lot of information about each of them.
It's more the kind of book handy while reading the series, rather than reading it in one go. I still did it though.
Kirsten
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully whimsical yet full of purpose - much like any Pratchett book! The illustrations were amazing too. Would definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys the Discworld series particularly if, like me, you honestly have no idea where anything is in relation to anything else half the time!
Johanna
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, misc
Good overview and a cool map but it could have benefited from more time spent on it to buff it up. The last page of the book has the reason why it wasn't done and it did unexpected things to my tear-glands.
NickM
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely layout, fantastic artwork, feels very authentic as a byproduct of the Discworld. Not a long review, this is for fans of the series. If you haven't read a few of the books, most of it will be lost on you.
Sarah
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
What’s funny as small jokes in a narrative just become a bit of a slog when stuck together like this. Beautifully presented though.
James
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want to know in-depth about the different countries of the Discworld, then this book is for you!
Olly Colluphid
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Up and down but good bits are very nice: lots of shout outs to the discworld novels.
Luke Donlan
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Worth it for the map alone. Regions of colour, collect beautiful culture.
Patricia
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, own
Now my entire Discworld collection is complete!
Boukje
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love these bits of extra quirkiness
Nonethousand Oberrhein
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: british, pterry
Round and round the Discworld goes…
If there is an error in this book, is having it called “atlas” where, to any Discworld enthusiast, the reading experience is a trip down memory lane much alike to the browsing of a family photo album. Every page frames an element (be it a character, or a scene, or a witty description) that will take back the “experienced” reader to the book in reference: an extremely elegant and colorful way to celebrate the long book collection and remember its witty architect,
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David
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful companion piece to the late, great, Terry Pratchett's Discworld Series, this Atlas was read with twinges of sadness and mirth as I pondered about what Discworld was becoming, and what it could have been, before Sir Terry passed away last year.

The book itself is a compendium of quite short segments dealing with the geography of the Disc. This includes, of course, Ankh-Morpork and the more well-known areas such as Klatch, Uberwald, and Lancre as well as - well - everywhere
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Faye
Read: October 2015

I put down this book with such a warm feeling in my heart; it is a credit to the world that Pratchett built that so many of the fans wanted a book like this. It is full of all those tiny obsessive details that only a really dedicated fan would delight in reading. I am in awe of the time and effort that have gone into making this book. The attention to detail is just so incredible. The map alone that comes with it is worth paying the full price for. It is so perfect
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This book is a brilliant addition to the Discworld collection; it's absolutely stunning, and gives plenty of details on the areas of the Disc that are mentioned in passing, or haven't been visited in a while, with an update as to what's going on at the moment. Two happy afternoons were spent with the map open on the floor, one finger holding the page with the map
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Deborah
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The shelves of our holiday home in October included the maps of Discworld and Ankh-Morpork, and although I passed an enjoyable hour or two with them I decided it wouldn't be worth buying them, because I don't know enough about either place - a latecomer to Discworld, there are some volumes I have only read once or twice, and there is a lot I don't remember. What I needed, I felt, was some sort of gazeteer, which pulled together everything we know about Discworld and attached it to some maps.

It tu
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Samantha
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Please note my rating is from the perspective of a Discworld fan. If you're not, I would strongly recommend working your way through a few of the books first. Otherwise this will simply be bewildering at best.
This is a lovely book. I have some of the other Discworld maps so I'm used to the amount of detail and effort, but here there is such detail in the text too, written in the style of any great quality world atlas. Detailed observations on geography, geology, weather, politics, history and c
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Cissa
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully done atlas of the Discworld. And it includes a huge map! with insets describing things like thaumaturgical fields...

The presentation is wonderful: a hardcover book in a jacket that includes an elastic to hold it together, and which keeps the separate HUGE map in place so it does not slip out.

It's a delight to read, too, whether straight through or at random. All of the separate areas have their own small maps in the text, too, which is fun. (I love m
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Helle
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked The Compleat Ankh-Morpork slightly better, but The Compleat Discworld Atlas was still really nice. The Atlas provides amusing and interesting background information to the Discworld novels. Both maps and atlas contain lots of details, but lack a bit of the humor I expect from the Discworld Emporium. Of course the sad circumstances may have played a role in this. Still, the big map alone is well worth it.
Nicholas Smeaton
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This can be regarded as a 'What are they doing now?' for fans of the Discworld books. It gives updated summaries of what's be happening in the locations of the stories going all the way back to 'The Colour of Magic' as they were at the end of 'Raising Steam'. Reading it gave me the impression that Sir Terry was trying to provide his fans with a sense of closure. It includes an updated map of the Discworld.
Blair Conrad
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Fine, for what it is. If you absolutely obsess over Discworld and need every last little bit written about it, it's probably for you. Otherwise, it was okay. No really new info for the typical fan, I'd say. The folding map was cool. The interior maps less so.
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, 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, includin
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