Sunday, January 06, 2008

The Wit and Wisdom of the Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Title: The Wit and Wisdom of the Discworld
Author: Terry Pratchett (compiled by Stephen Briggs)
ISBN: 9780385611770
Publisher: Doubleday
No. of pages: 304
Rating: 8/10

Synopsis (from Amazon):
'A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores.' From, "The Fifth Elephant". 'Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.' From, "Moving Pictures. The Discworld is filled with a vast and diverse population - from witches to vampires and from the fiendish to the foolish, it is a world in which magical books can devour the unsuspecting, and Death can escape to the country for some time off. "The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld" is a collection of the wittiest, pithiest and wisest quotations from this extraordinary universe, dealing one-by-one with each book in the canon. Guaranteed to transport you back to your favourite or forgotten Discworld moments it is the perfect book for die-hard Pratchett fans, as well as anyone coming to the Discworld for the first time.

The brief introduction by Stephen Briggs instantly lets the reader know that this is not a "read straight through" kind of book, but more of a "dip into" book, and he's right. This is not really a Discworld book, more a book specifically put together for the fans - a compilation of fantastic quips and quotes from the Discworld novels, including such gems as "Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant 'idiot'." and "If women were as good as men, they'd be a lot better!".

There are quotes from each of the Discworld novels, both one-liners and much longer segments, presented in order of publication, up to and including the most recent one, Making Money. Basically it's a trip down memory lane that reminds fans exactly why they love these novels so much and will perhaps prompt an outbreak of re-reading of the older novels!

It's beautifully presented and will guarantee a gaggle of giggles from fans as they reminisce over their first exploration into the Discworld, but will mean next to nothing to those who haven't experienced the joys of Pratchett's most famous creation. If you've read even just two or three of them, however, it will most likely have you gagging to read more (if you're not already, that is!).


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