A collection of shorter fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from schooldays to Discworld and the present day.
In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world's best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett's long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press, and the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series.
Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco, and actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas, all of it shot through with his inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A. S. Byatt
©2012 Terry and Lynn Pratchett (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
"As good as he's ever been."
With the discworld so familiar, we're almost too comfortable with Pratchett. Brilliantly compelling and storytelling at its best, but this collection bring together some older stuff that reveals a freshness we've not seen for a very long time.
A rare treat.
loved it great short stories you can see where a load of the books begain
I found it hard to follow, disjointed. I wished I had a chosen the more recent book from Terry Pratchett
"A real mixture but still very much worth getting."
This book is so hard to rate because the stories are so varied in here. The Discworld stories are in the minority but it's still worth buying for those alone. There a relatively long story about the witches, a short but hilarious story involving the city watch and a Punch and Judy man, Cohen makes an appearance and the details about the types aliments exclusive to Discworld had me in stitches. I would have bought the book for these tales alone. Admittedly not all the stories are as of high a quality and of course being unconnected to universe readers know and love, are often harder to get into. However I really enjoyed the fist story The Hades Business and was intrigued by The Picture. My suggestion would be that you buy this for the over 3 hours of Discwold stories and anecdotes that you can easily find by skipping through (they are 3 hours 8 minutes from the end and the book actually tells you when you get to that section). However when you have read these, give the others a try, they are hit and miss depending on taste but still really worth giving a try.
"Not so good"
Yeah. There's a reason this anthology wasn't published when Pratchett was at his most popular. Most of these short stories really aren't very good. I'd recomend ignoring this and just re-reading Thud or something.
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