Reaper Man

Reaper Man
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN: 0061807052
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reaper Man Book Excerpt:

They say there are only two things you can count on ... But that was before DEATH started pondering the existential. Of course, the last thing anyone needs is a squeamish Grim Reaper and soon his Discworld bosses have sent him off with best wishes and a well-earned gold watch. Now DEATH is having the time of his life, finding greener pastures where he can put his scythe to a whole new use. But like every cutback in an important public service, DEATH's demise soon leads to chaos and unrest -- literally, for those whose time was supposed to be up, like Windle Poons. The oldest geezer in the entire faculty of Unseen University -- home of magic, wizardry, and big dinners -- Windle was looking forward to a wonderful afterlife, not this boring been-there-done-that routine. To get the fresh start he deserves, Windle and the rest of Ankh-Morpork's undead and underemployed set off to find DEATH and save the world for the living (and everybody else, of course).

Reaper Man

Reaper Man
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 1998-12-23
ISBN: 0552134643
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reaper Man Book Excerpt:

In the eleventh Discworld novel, Death is missing – presumed . . . er . . . gone. Which leads to the kind of chaos you always get when an important public service is withdrawn. Meanwhile, on a little farm far, far away, a tall dark stranger is turning out to be really good with a scythe. There’s a harvest to be gathered in.

Reaper Man

Reaper Man
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2009-05-27
ISBN: 1407034774
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reaper Man Book Excerpt:

'Inside every living person is a dead person waiting to get out.' Death has been fired by the Auditors of Reality for the heinous crime of developing . . . a personality. Sent to live like everyone else, Death takes a new name and begins working as a farmhand. He's got the scythe already, after all. And for humanity, Death is just . . . gone. Which leads to the kind of chaos you always get when an important public service is withdrawn. If Death doesn't come for you, then what are you supposed to do in the meantime? You can't have the undead wandering about like lost souls - there's no telling what might happen. Particularly when they discover that life really is only for the living . . . 'One taste, and you'll scour bookstores for more' Daily Mail Reaper Man is the second book in the Death series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.

Death Trilogy

Death Trilogy
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 754
Release: 1998
ISBN: 9780575065840
Category: Discworld (Imaginary place)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Death Trilogy Book Excerpt:

This volume contains Mort, Reaper Man and Soul Music, all starring Death, the Discworld's most endearing character, his steed Binky, his granddaughter Susan, the Death of Rats and all the various denizens of the Discworld.

Mort

Mort
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Harper
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2013-01-29
ISBN: 9780062225719
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mort Book Excerpt:

Death comes to everyone eventually on Discworld. And now he's come to Mort with an offer the young man can't refuse. (No, literally, can't refuse since being dead isn't exactly compulsory.) Actually, it's a pretty good deal. As Death's apprentice, Mort will have free board and lodging. He'll get use of the company horse. And he won't have to take any time off for family funerals. But despite the obvious perks, young Mort is about to discover that there is a serious downside to working for the Reaper Man . . . because this perfect job can be a killer on one's love life.

Secrets of The Wee Free Men and Discworld

Secrets of The Wee Free Men and Discworld
Author: Linda Washington,Carrie Pyykkonen
Publsiher: St. Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2008-04-15
ISBN: 1429934883
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secrets of The Wee Free Men and Discworld Book Excerpt:

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 million books sold, Pratchett is an international phenomenon. His brainchild is the Discworld series—novels he began as parodies of other works like Macbeth, Faust, and The Arabian Nights. The Wee Free Men, one of Pratchett's most popular novels, will be made into a movie by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. It's the story of 9-year-old wannabe witch Tiffany Aching, who unites with the Nac Mac Feegle (6-inch-tall blue men who like to fight and love to drink) to free her brother from an evil fairy queen. A fun, interactive guide that will explore the land of Discword, Secrets of The Wee Free Men and Discworld is filled with sidebars, mythology trivia, and includes a bio of the fascinating author Terry Pratchett, and an in-depth analysis of his work. This unofficial guide is a great resource for readers of The Wee Free Men and the other books of the Discworld series.

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett
Author: Craig Cabell
Publsiher: Kings Road Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2012
ISBN: 1857826787
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Terry Pratchett Book Excerpt:

Terry Pratchett is one of the most loved writers in the world. With worldwide sales of over 65 million copies in 37 languages, his novels are eagerly awaited by his legions of fans year after year. His first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic was released in 1983 and ever since then the series, with its whimsical heroes and fiendish foes.

Discworld and Philosophy

Discworld and Philosophy
Author: Nicolas Michaud
Publsiher: Open Court
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-08-09
ISBN: 0812699238
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discworld and Philosophy Book Excerpt:

In Discworld, unlike our own frustrating Roundworld, everything makes sense. The world is held up by elephants standing on the back of a swimming turtle who knows where he’s going, the sun goes round the world every day, so it doesn’t have to be very hot, and things always happen because someone intends them to happen. Millions of fans are addicted to Pratchett’s Discworld, and the interest has only intensified since Pratchett’s recent death and the release of his final Discworld novel, The Shepherd’s Crown, in September 2015. The philosophical riches of Discworld are inexhaustible, yet the brave explorers of Discworld and Philosophy cover a lot of ground. From discussion of Moist von Lipwig’s con artistry showing the essential con of the financial system, to the examination of everyone’s favorite Discworld character, the murderous luggage, to the lawless Mac Nac Feegles and what they tell us about civil government, to the character Death as he appears in several Discworld novels, Discworld and Philosophy gives us an in-depth treatment of Pratchett’s magical universe. Other chapters look at the power of Discworld’s witches, the moral viewpoint of the golems, how William de Worde’s newspaper illuminates the issue of censorship, how fate and luck interact to shape our lives, and why the more simple and straightforward Discworld characters are so much better at seeing the truth than those with enormous intellects but little common sense.

Discworld and the Disciplines

Discworld and the Disciplines
Author: Anne Hiebert Alton,William C. Spruiell,Donald E. Palumbo
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2014-04-18
ISBN: 0786474645
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discworld and the Disciplines Book Excerpt:

This collection of new essays applies a wide range of critical frameworks to the analysis of prolific fantasy author Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. Essays focus on topics such as Pratchett's treatment of noise and silence and their political implications; art as an anodyne for racial conflict; humor and cognitive debugging; visual semiotics; linguistic stylistics and readers' perspectives of word choice; and Derrida and the "monstrous Regiment of Women." The volume also includes an annotated bibliography of critical sources. The essays provide fresh perspectives on Pratchett's work, which has stealthily redefined both fantasy and humor for modern audiences.

The Intertextuality of Terry Pratchett s Discworld as a Major Challenge for the Translator

The Intertextuality of Terry Pratchett   s Discworld as a Major Challenge for the Translator
Author: Aleksander Rzyman
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 197
Release: 2017-01-06
ISBN: 1443870013
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Intertextuality of Terry Pratchett s Discworld as a Major Challenge for the Translator Book Excerpt:

For the translator, intertexts are among chief problems posed by the source text. Often unmarked typographically, direct or altered, not necessarily well-known and sometimes intersemiotic, quotations and references to other writings and culture texts call for erudition and careful handling, so that readers of the translation stand a chance of spotting them, too. For the reader, the rich intertextuality of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series is among its trademark features. Consequently, it should not be missed in translations whose success thus depends significantly on the quality of translation of the intertexts which, as is highlighted here, cover a vast and varied range of types of original texts. The book focuses on how to deal with Pratchett’s intertexts: how to track them down, analyse their role, predict obstacles to their effective translation, and suggest translation solutions – complete with a discussion of the translation of selected intertextual fragments in the Polish version, Świat Dysku, a concise overview of intertextual theories, and an assessment of the translator’s work.

Subcreation Fictional World Construction from J R R Tolkien to Terry Pratchett and Tad Williams

Subcreation  Fictional World Construction from J R R  Tolkien to Terry Pratchett and Tad Williams
Author: Stefanie Schult
Publsiher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2017-01-26
ISBN: 3832544194
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Subcreation Fictional World Construction from J R R Tolkien to Terry Pratchett and Tad Williams Book Excerpt:

The doctorial thesis argues that the term Subcreation with its revised and broadened definition, in part differing from J.R.R. Tolkien's original term sub-creation, may be used for the discussion of the making of fictional worlds in literary discourse. The successful conception of a fictional world depends on the reader's willing suspension of disbelief. This depends both on the author and his skilled composition of the world and all its aspects, as well as on the reader's acceptance of this invented fictional world. The author needs to create a narrative with an inner consistency, which is crucial to achieving the effect of the reader's immersion in the fictional world. The fundamental aspects that an author needs to realize to achieve successful Subcreation have been structured into and analysed in four categories: Language and Linguistic Variation, Physiopoeia, Anthropoeia and Mythopoeia. Furthermore, this thesis shows that, as contemporary examples of fantastic literature, both Tad Williams's and Terry Pratchett's fictional worlds are successfully created through the realization of these aspects of Subcreation. Apart from commenting on the success of the subcreative process, this thesis also remarks upon the cultural influences both authors include in their writings. While both may be considered Anglophone in a general categorization, Pratchett's Discworld retains a feeling of 'Britishness' that is not to be found in Williams's Otherland. The thesis proposes several approaches to Subcreation that may be studied subsequently. So, for example, it may be possible to determine the success of an author's Subcreation by collecting empirical data. Apart from literary works this field of studies may also include other media.

Conversations with Neil Gaiman

Conversations with Neil Gaiman
Author: Joseph Michael Sommers
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2018-09-17
ISBN: 1496818733
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conversations with Neil Gaiman Book Excerpt:

Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) currently reigns in the literary world as one of the most critically decorated and popular authors of the last fifty years. Perhaps best known as the writer of the Harvey, Eisner, and World Fantasy-award-winning DC/Vertigo series, The Sandman, Gaiman quickly became equally renowned in literary circles for works such as Neverwhere, Coraline, American Gods, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning The Graveyard Book. For adults, for children, for the comics reader to the viewer of the BBC's Doctor Who, Gaiman's writing has crossed the borders of virtually all media and every language, making him a celebrity on a worldwide scale. The interviews presented here span the length of his career, beginning with his first formal interview by the BBC at the age of seven and ending with a new, unpublished interview held in 2017. They cover topics as wide and varied as a young Gaiman's thoughts on Scientology and managing anger, learning the comics trade from Alan Moore, and being on the clock virtually 24/7. What emerges is a complicated picture of a man who seems fully assembled from the start of his career, but only came to feel comfortable in his own skin and voice far later in life. The man who brought Morpheus from the folds of his imagination into the world shares his dreams and aspirations from different points in his life, including informing readers where he plans to take them next.

Beyond the Night

Beyond the Night
Author: Nadine Farghaly
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2015-09-04
ISBN: 1443881368
Category: Monsters in literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond the Night Book Excerpt:

Werewolves, witches, vampires, demons, gods, zombies, and shape-shifters; these are just a few examples of the monstrous that society is confronted with. Most people have some knowledge about these creatures, and have had fleeting contact with ghosts, fairies, vampires and goblins, either in their imagination, or while reading, watching, or interacting with other people (whether in reality or the online world). From Beowulf and Buffy, to Freddy Krueger and Frankenstein’s Monster, this collection highlights different aspects of the monstrous, and discusses various ways in which they can be read, discussed, and understood. What does the mother in Beowulf really represent? How can the character of Zoey Redbird really be understood? What is the importance of memories in Buffy the Vampire Slayer? And what should we make of Terry Pratchett’s undead creatures? And what role does the children-friendly vampire play? Beyond the Night offers a range of insights into these topics, as well as many more. It presents the reader with a vast array of old and new creatures in popular culture, analysing the significance they have for wider society. This collection will also help readers to understand their favourite monsters better in relation to questions concerning sexuality, gender, social change, and otherness.

The Science Of Discworld

The Science Of Discworld
Author: Terry Pratchett,Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2013-04-11
ISBN: 1448176670
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Science Of Discworld Book Excerpt:

The fantastic first book in the Sunday Times bestselling Science of Discworld series When a wizardly experiment goes adrift, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands: Roundworld, where neither magic nor common sense seems to stand a chance against logic. The Universe, of course, is our own. And Roundworld is Earth. As the wizards watch their accidental creation grow, we follow the story of our universe from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the internet and beyond. Through this original Terry Pratchett story (with intervening chapters from Cohen and Stewart) we discover how puny and insignificant individual lives are against a cosmic backdrop of creation and disaster. Yet, paradoxically, we see how the richness of a universe based on rules, has led to a complex world and at least one species that tried to get a grip of what was going on. Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. After falling out with his keyboard he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back. www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob Professor Ian Stewart is the author of many popular science books. He is the mathematics consultant for New Scientist and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize for furthering the public understanding of science, and in 2001 became a Fellow of the Royal Society. Dr Jack Cohen is an internationally-known reproductive biologist, and lives in Newent, Gloucestershire. Jack has a laboratory in his kitchen, helps couples get pregnant by referring them to colleagues, invents biologically realistic aliens for science fiction writers and, in his spare time, throws boomerangs. Jack, who has more letters to his name than can be repeated here, writes, lectures, talks and campaigns to promote public awareness of science, particularly biology. He is mostly retired.

The Ultimate Discworld Companion

The Ultimate Discworld Companion
Author: Terry Pratchett,Stephen Briggs
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2021-11-11
ISBN: 1473223539
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ultimate Discworld Companion Book Excerpt:

The absolute, comprehensive, from Tiffany Aching to Jack Zweiblumen guide to all things Discworld, fully illustrated by Paul Kidby. The Discworld, as everyone knows, is a flat world balanced on the back of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the shell of the giant star turtle, the Great A'Tuin, as it slowly swims through space. It is also the global publishing phenomenon with sales of over 70 million books worldwide (but who's counting?). There's an awful lot of Discworld to keep track of. But fear not! Help is at hand. For the very first time, everything (and we mean everything) you could possibly want to know has been crammed into one place. If you need a handy guide to locales from Ankh-Morpork to Zemphis . . . If you can't tell your Achmed the Mads from your Jack Zweiblumens . . . If your life depends on distinguishing between the Agatean Empire and the Zoons . . . Look no further. Compiled and perfected by Stephen Briggs, the man behind The Ultimate Discworld Companion's predecessor Turtle Recall, this is your ultimate guide to Sir Terry Pratchett's beloved fantasy world.

The Science Of Discworld Revised Edition

The Science Of Discworld Revised Edition
Author: Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen,Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 418
Release: 2011-10-31
ISBN: 1407022652
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Science Of Discworld Revised Edition Book Excerpt:

When a wizardly experiment goes adrift, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands: Roundworld, where neither magic nor common sense seems to stand a chance against logic. The Universe, of course, is our own. And Roundworld is Earth. As the wizards watch their accidental creation grow, we follow the story of our universe from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet and beyond. Through this original Terry Pratchett story (with intervening chapters from Cohen and Stewart) we discover how puny and insignificant individual lives are against a cosmic backdrop of creation and disaster. Yet, paradoxically, we see how the richness of a universe based on rules, has led to a complex world and at least one species that tried to get a grip of what was going on.

The Science of Discworld IV

The Science of Discworld IV
Author: Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen,Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2013-04-11
ISBN: 1448147050
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Science of Discworld IV Book Excerpt:

The fourth book in the Science of Discworld series, and this time around dealing with THE REALLY BIG QUESTIONS, Terry Pratchett’s brilliant new Discworld story Judgement Day is annotated with very big footnotes (the interleaving chapters) by mathematician Ian Stewart and biologist Jack Cohen, to bring you a mind-mangling combination of fiction, cutting-edge science and philosophy. Marjorie Daw is a librarian, and takes her job – and indeed the truth of words – very seriously. She doesn’t know it, but her world and ours – Roundworld – is in big trouble. On Discworld, a colossal row is brewing... The Wizards of Unseen University feel responsible for Roundworld (as one would for a pet gerbil). After all, they brought it into existence by bungling an experiment in Quantum ThaumoDynamics. But legal action is being brought against them by Omnians, who say that the Wizards’ god-like actions make a mockery of their noble religion. As the finest legal brains in Discworld (a zombie and a priest) gird their loins to do battle – and when the Great Big Thing in the High Energy Magic Laboratory is switched on – Marjorie Daw finds herself thrown across the multiverse and right in the middle of the whole explosive affair. As God, the Universe and, frankly, Everything Else is investigated by the trio, you can expect world-bearing elephants, quantum gravity in the Escher-verse, evolutionary design, eternal inflation, dark matter, disbelief systems – and an in-depth study of how to invent a better mousetrap.

The Wit And Wisdom Of Discworld

The Wit And Wisdom Of Discworld
Author: Stephen Briggs,Terry Pratchett
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2008-11-06
ISBN: 1407035509
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wit And Wisdom Of Discworld Book Excerpt:

'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 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.

Still Lives

Still Lives
Author: Maria H. Loh
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 326
Release: 2015-03-22
ISBN: 0691164967
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Still Lives Book Excerpt:

How portraits of artists during the Renaissance helped create the first art stars in modern history Michelangelo was one of the biggest international art stars of his time, but being Michelangelo was no easy thing: he was stalked by fans, lauded and lambasted by critics, and depicted in unauthorized portraits. Still Lives traces the process by which artists such as Michelangelo, Dürer, and Titian became early modern celebrities. Artists had been subjects of biographies since antiquity, but Renaissance artists were the first whose faces were sometimes as recognizable as their art. Maria Loh shows how this transformation was aided by the rapid expansion of portraiture and self-portraiture as independent genres in painting and sculpture. She examines the challenges confronting artists in this new image economy: What did it mean to be an image maker haunted by one's own image? How did these changes affect the everyday realities of artists and their workshops? And how did images of artists contribute to the way they envisioned themselves as figures in a history that would outlive them? Richly illustrated, Still Lives is an original exploration of the invention of the artist portrait and a new form of secular stardom.

The Turtle Moves

The Turtle Moves
Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans
Publsiher: BenBella Books
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2008-07-11
ISBN: 1933771461
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Turtle Moves Book Excerpt:

After growing from humble beginnings as a Sword & Sorcery parody to more than 30 volumes of wit, wisdom, and whimsy, the Discworld series has become a phenomenon unlike any other. Now, in The Turtle Moves!, Lawrence Watt-Evans presents a story-by-story history of Discworld's evolution as well as essays on Pratchett's place in literary canon, the nature of the Disc itself, and the causes and results of the Discworld phenomenon, all refreshingly free of literary jargon littered with informative footnotes. Part breezy reference guide, part droll commentary, The Turtle Moves! will enlighten and entertain every Pratchett reader, from the casual browser to the most devout of Discworld's fans.