Terry Pratchetts brilliantly vivid imaginative worlds have entranced millions of readers all over the world. Here, for the first time, is a fans guide to everything Terry Pratchett has written, including the “”Discworld[registered]”” novels, the “”Bromeliad””, the “”Johnny Maxwell”” trilogy, stand-alone fiction, graphic novels and rare short stories. Entries on plot lines and characters, articles on key themes and discussions of artwork, television adaptations and collaborative work make this the most comprehensive, fascinating and illuminating companion to the work of Terry Pratchett, one of our most entertaining – and greatest – writers.In terms of worldwide sales (around 25 million copies to date, and no signs of stopping), Terry Pratchett is one of the leading writers in English. He is also a writer of complexity and allusiveness, whose rich work raises important issues about the real world within a fantasy/comic environment. This encyclopedia mixes shorter entries conveying specific information with longer, more discursive articles for readers wanting more reflective engagement with Pratchetts novels.Entries on novels and characters not only highlight Pratchetts celebrated inventiveness but also analyse the underlying meanings. Entries on Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and related topics situate the novels within literary genres, and other articles discuss the scientific, social and philosophical ideas underpinning Pratchetts playful but sophisticated narratives. Associates and collaborators, such as Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman and Ian Stewart, feature in articles discussing contemporary influences, and plentiful information about the fascinating peripheral detail of audio editions, radio broadcasts, TV adaptations and film scripts enhance the fun. “”An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett”” is essential reading for fans who want to unpick the allusions and appreciate the rich complexity of one of the great bodies of contemporary popular literature.
Andrew M. Butler
Greenwood World Publishing