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Standalone Books:

The Carpet People (1971/1992)
"In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet...
That's the old story everyone knows and loves (even if they don't really
believe it). But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples - from the empire-building Dumii, to the nomadic Munrungs, the proud Deftmenes, and the terrible creatures from the Unswept Regions. And there's a new story in the making.
The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet. The story of power-hungry mouls - and of two Munrung brothers, who set out on an adventure to end all adventures when their village is flattened.
It's a story that will come to a terrible end - if someone doesn't do something about it. If
everyone doesn't do something about it..."

[pb: Corgi, 04/1993; ISBN 0-552-52752-1]
[pb: "Die Teppichvölker", Heyne, Germany, 1994; ISBN 3-453-07369-X; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
The Dark Side of the Sun (1976)
"Dom Salabos had a lot of advantages.
As heir to a huge fortune he had an eyxcellent robot servant (with Man-Friday subcircuitry), a planet (the First Syrian Bank) as a godfather, a security chief who even ran checks on himself, and on Dom's home world even death was not alway fatal.
Why then, in an age when prediction was a science, was his future in doubt?"

[pb: Corgi, 1988; ISBN 0-552-13326-4; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Strata (1981)
"The Company builds planets.
Kin Arad is a high-ranking official of the Company. After twentyone decades of living, and with the help of memory surgery, she is at the top of her profession. Discovering two of her employees have placed a fossilized plesiosaur in the wrong stratum, not to mention the fact it is holding a placard which reads 'End Nuclear Testing Now', doesn't dismay the woman who built a mountain range in the shape of her initials during her own high-spirited youth.
But then came a discovery of something which
did intrigue Kin Arad. A flat earth was something new..."

[pb: Corgi, 1988; ISBN 0-552-13325-6; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]

The Nomes Trilogy:

Truckers (1989)
"To the thousands of tiny nomes living under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no Outside. No Day or Night, no Sun or Rain. They're just daft old legends. Until the devastating news that the Store is to be demolished. Now the nomes have to think. And they have to think BIG..."
[hc: "The Bromeliad - Truckers, Diggers, Wings", Doubleday, 1998; ISBN 0-385-410441; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
[pb: "Trucker", Heyne, Germany, 1993; ISBN 3-453-06263-9; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Diggers (1990)
"A Bright New Dawn is just around the corner for the nomes when they move into an abondened quarry. Or is it? For when humans turn up, they begin to mess everything up again. Now the nomes have two choices: to run or to hide. Or, maybe they could... fight. But for how long can they keep the humans at bay - even with the help of the monster Jekub?"
[pb: "Wühler", Heyne, Germany, 1993; ISBN 3-453-06264-7; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
[hc: "The Bromeliad - Truckers, Diggers, Wings", Doubleday, 1998; ISBN 0-385-410441; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Wings (1990)
"It's a ridiculous plan. Impossible. To hitch a ride on a truck with wings - Concorde. And then steal one of those space shuttle things. But home is home, and the nomes want to get there. They don't mean to cause any trouble. Really..."
[pb: "Flügel", Heyne, Germany, 1993; ISBN 3-453-06265-5; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
[hc: "The Bromeliad - Truckers, Diggers, Wings", Doubleday, 1998; ISBN 0-385-410441; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]

The Johnny Maxwell Series:

Only You Can Save Mankind - If Not You, Who Else? (1992)
As the mighty alien fleet from the very latest computer game thunders across the computer screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces.
And they send him a message:
We surrender.
They're not supposed to do that! They're supposed to die. And computer joysticks don't have 'Don't Fire' buttons...
It's hard enough, trying to save Mankind from the Galactic Hordes. It's even harder trying to save the Galactic Hordes from Mankind. But it's only a game, isn't it.
Isn't it?"

[pb: Corgi, 1993; ISBN 0-552-13926-2; Cover Art: David Scutt]
Johnny and the Dead (1993)
"Sell the cemetery? Over their dead bodies...
Not many people can see the dead (not many would want to). Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can. And he's got bad news for them: the council want to sell the cemetery as a building site. But the dead have learned a thing or two from Johnny. They're not going to take it lying down... especially since it's Halloween tomorrow.
Besides, they're beginning to find that life is a lot more fun than it was when they were... well... alive. Particularly if they break a few rules..."

[pb: Corgi, 1994; ISBN 0-552-52740-8; Cover Art: John Avon]
Johnny and the Bomb (1996)
"There was a flash of light, the air flickered... and the world changed. It's May 21, 1941, thought Johnny. It's war.
Johnny Maxwell and his friends have to do something when they find Mrs Tachyon, the local bag lady, semi-conscious in an alley... as long as it's not the kiss of life.
But there's more to Mrs Tachyon than a squeaky trolley and a bunch of dubious black bags. Somehow she holds the key to different times, different eras - including the Blackbury Blitz in 1941. Suddenly now isn't the safe place Johnny once thought it was as he finds himself bound up more and more with then..."

[pb: Corgi, 1997; ISBN 0-552-52968-0; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]

Cooperations / Standalone Books:

The Unadulterated Cat (1989, with Jay Jolliffe)
 The compulsory book about cats every author of some status has to do at some point in their career...
 This one, however, is even funny.
"Can you recognise a real, unadulterated cat when you see one?
Or have you too grown used to the boring, mass-produced cats the advertising industry adores?
Real cats never eat from bowls (at least not the ones marked CAT).
Real cats do eat quiche. And giblets. And butter. And anything else left on the table. They can hear a fridge door opening two rooms away.
Real cats don't need names. But they often get called them. "Yaargeroffoutofityarbastard" does nicely."

[pb: Gollancz, 09/1992; ISBN 0-575-05369-0; Cover Art: Jay Jolliffe]
[pb: Orion, 12/1999; ISBN 0-75283-715-X; Cover Art: Jay Jolliffe]

Good Omens - The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990, with Neil Gaiman)
"According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...
Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home."

[pb: Corgi, 1991; ISBN 0-552-13703-0; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
[pb: "Ein gutes Omen", Heyne, Germany, 1997 (translation 1991); ISBN 3-453-12677-7;Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
(Comment on behalf of the German edition: If you have any chance and ability to get and read the original, go for it. The translation of Good Omens is probably the worst work of this special translator I've seen so far (he translated all German editions of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books). He got a bit better some books later, though.)

The Discworld:

The Colour of Magic (1983)
"On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unkown), ageeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet..."
[pb: Corgi, 1985; ISBN 0-552-12475-3; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
The Colour of Magic - The Graphic Novel (1983)
Imagine a flat world, sitting on the backs of four elephants, who hurtle through space on the back of a giant turtle. That's the setting for Terry Pratchett's phenomenally successful DISCWORLD series.
Follow the bizarre misadventures of Rincewind, the wizard, and Twoflower, the Discworld's first tourist. Twoflower owns 'the luggage', surely the strangest piece of baggage ever, a chest with hundreds of tiny legs that let it move on its own, magic qualities that let it move on its own, magic qualities that let it eat anyone it doesn't like, yet when it's opened all you'll find is Twoflower's clean underwear!
Terry Pratchett is the world's bestselling writer of comic fantasy. This is the first ever fully-illustrated version of the original DISCWORLD novel."

[pb: Corgi, 1991; ISBN 0-552-13945-9; Cover Art: Daerick Cross, Sr.; Illustrated by Steven Ross, Adapted by Scott Rockwell, Lettered by Vickie Williams, Edited by David Campiti]
The Light Fantastic (1986)
"As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld has only one possible saviour. Unfortunately, this happens to be the singularly inept and cowardly wizard called Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world..."
[pb: Corgi, 1986; ISBN 0-552-12848-1; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
The Light Fantastic - The Graphic Novel
"Six month ago, Rincewind was a perfectly ordinary failed wizard. Then he met Twoflower, the Discworld's first tourist, was employed at an outrageous salary as his guide, and has since spent most of his time being shot at, terrorized, chased and hanging from high places with no hope of salvation or, as is now the chase, plunging from high places.
A lot more could be said about why these two are dropping out of the world, and why Twoflower's Luggage, last seen desperately trying follow him on hundreds of little legs, is no ordinary suitcase, but such questions take time and could be more trouble then they're worth. For example, it is said that someone once asked the famous philosopher Ly Tin Weedle 'Why are you here?' and the reply took three years.
What is far more important is an event happening was overhead, far above A' tuin, the elephants and the rapidly-expiring wizard. The very fabric of time and space is about to be put through the wringer."

[pb: Corgi, 11/1993; ISBN 0-552-14159-3; Cover Art: Steven Ross, Sr.; Illustrated by Steven Ross & Joe Bennet, Adapted by Scott Rockwell, Lettered by Michelle Beck & Vickie Williams, Edited by David Campiti]
Equal Rites (1987)
"The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby's sex..."
[pb: Corgi, 1987; ISBN 0-552-13105-1; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]

Mort (1987)
"Death comes to us all. Ehen he came to Mort, he offered him a job.
After being assured that being dead was not compulsory, Mort accepted. However, he soon found that romantic longings did not mix easily with the responsibilities of being Death's apprentice..."

[pb: Corgi, 1988; ISBN 0-552-13106-7; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
[hc: "Death Trilogy - Mort + Reaper Man + Soul Music",Gollancz, 10/1998; ISBN 0-575-06584-2; Cover Art: ?]
Mort - A Discworld Big Comic (1994)

[hc: VGG, 09/1994; ISBN 0-575-05697-5; Illustrations: Graham Higgins]
Sourcery (1988)
"There was an eighth son of an eightht son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we'd better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son... a wizard suared... a source of magic... a Sourcerer."
[pb: Corgi, 1989; ISBN 0-552-13107-5; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Wyrd Sisters (1988)
"Witches are not by nature gregarious, and they certainly don't have leaders.
granny Weatherwax wass the most highly-regarded of the leaders they didn't have.
But even
she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more difficult than certain playwrights would have you believe..."

[pb: Corgi, 1989; ISBN 0-552-13460-0; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
I. The Book of Going Forth, II. The Book of the Dead, III. The Book of the New Son, IV. The Book of 101 Things A Boy Can Do
"Being trained by the Assasin's Guild in Ankh-Morpork did not fit Teppic for the task assigned to him by fate. He inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi rather earlier than he expected (his father wasn't too happy about it either), but that was only the beginning of his problems..."
[pb: Corgi, 1990; ISBN 0-552-13461-9; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Guards! Guards! (1989)
"This is where the dragons went. They lie.. .not dead, not asleep, but... dormant. And although the space they occupy isn't like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and scaly. And presumably, somewhere, there's a key..."
[pb: Corgi, 1990; ISBN 0-552-13462-7; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]

Eric Faust (1990, illustrated by Josh Kirby)
"Eric is the Discworld's only demonology hacker.
Pity he's not very good at it.
All he wants is his three wishes granted. Nothing fancy - to be immortal, rule the world, have the most beautiful woman in the world fall madly in love with him. The usual stuff.
But instead of a tractable demon, he calls up Rincewind, probably the most incompetent wizard in the universe, and the extremely
intractable and hostile form of travel accessory known as the Luggage.
With them on his side, Eric's in for a ride through space and time that is bound to make him wish (quite fervently) again - this time - that he'd never been born."

[pb: Vista, 1996, unillustrated; ISBN 0-575-60001-2; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
[pb: Heyne, Germany, 1992, illustrated; ISBN 3-453-06234-5; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Moving Pictures (1990)
"The alchemists of the Discworld have discovered the magic of the silver screen. But what is the dark secret of holy Wood hill?
It's up to Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little") and Theda Withel ("I come from a little town you've probably never heard of") to find out...."

[pb: Corgi, 1991; ISBN 0-552-13463-5; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]

Reaper Man (1991)
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..."

[pb: Corgi, 1992; ISBN 0-552-13464-1; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
[hc: "Death Trilogy - Mort + Reaper Man + Soul Music",Gollancz, 10/1998 (2nd reprint 1999); ISBN 0-575-06584-2; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Witches Abroad (1991)
"It seemed an easy job... After all, how difficult could it be to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince?
But for the witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, travelling to the distant city of Genua, things are never that simple...
Servant girls
have to marry the prince. That's what life is all about. You can't fight a Happy Ending.
At least - up until now..."

[pb: Corgi, 1992; ISBN 0-552-13465-1; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Small Gods (1992)
"In the beginning was the Word.
And the Word was: "Hey, you!"
For Brutha the novice is the Chosen One. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love.
He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please..."

[pb: Corgi, 1993; ISBN 0-552-13890-8; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Lords and Ladies (1992)
Granny Weatherwax and her tiny coven are up against
real elves.
It's Midsummer Night.
No time for dreaming...
With full supporting cast of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris dancers and one orang-utan. And lots of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place."

[pb: Corgi, 1993; ISBN 0-552-13891-6; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Men at Arms (1993)
"'Be a MAN in the City Watch! The City Watch needs MEN!'
But what it's
got includes Corporal Carrot (technically a dwarf), Lance-constable Cuddy (really a dwarf), Lance-constable Detritus (a troll), Lance-constable Angua (a woman... most of the time) and Corporal Nobbs (disqualified from the human race for shoving).
And they need all the help they can get. Because they've only got twenty-four hours to clean up the town and this is
Ankh-Morpork we're talking about..."

[pb: Corgi, 1994; ISBN 0-552-14028-7; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]

Soul Music (1994)
"Sex, Dwarfs, and Rocks that Roll!"
[pb: HarperPrism, 1995; ISBN 0-06-105489-5; Cover Art: Michael Sabanosh and Optical Artists]
Yes. There's a Death in the family.
It's hard to growe up normally when Grandfather rides a white horse and wields a scythe - especially when you have to take over the family business, and everyone mistakes you for the Tooth Fairy.
especially when you have to face the new and addictive music that has entered Discwolrd.
It's lawless. It changes people.
It's called
Music With Rocks In.
It's got a beat and you can dance to it, but...
And it won't fade away."

[pb: Corgi, 1995; ISBN 0-552-14029-5; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
[hc: Gollancz, 05/1994; ISBN 0-575-05504-9; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Interesting Times (1994)
The oldest and most incrutable empire on the discworld is in turmoil, brought about by the revolutionary treatise
What I did on MY Holidays. Workers are uniting, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes. War (and Clancy) are spreading throughout the ancient cities.
And all that stands in the way of terrible doom for everyone is:
Rincewind the Wizard, who can't even spell the word 'wizard'...
Cohen the barbarian hero, five foot tall in his surgical sandals, who has had a lifetime's experience of not dying...
...and a very
special butterfly."

[pb: Corgi, 1995; ISBN 0-552-14235-2; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Maskerade (1995)
The Opera House, Ankh-Morpork... a huge, rambling building, where innocent young sopranos are lured to their destiny by a strangely-familiar evil mastermind in a hideously-deformed evening dress....
At least, he hopes so. But Granny Weatherwax, Discworld's most famous witch, is in the audience.
And she doesn't hold with that sort of thing.
So there's going to be
trouble (but nevertheless a good evening's entertainment with murders you can really hum...)"

[pb: Corgi, 1996; ISBN 0-552-14236-0; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Feet of Clay (1996)
"A Discworld Howdunnit
Who's murdering harmless old men? Who's poisoning the Patrician?
As autumn fogs hold Ankh-Morpork in their grip, the City Watch have to track down a murderer who can't be seen.
Maybe the golems know something - but the solemn men of clay, who work all day and night and are never any trouble to anyone, have started to commit suicide...
It's not as if the Watch hasn't got problems of it's own. There's a werewolf suffering from Pre-Lunar Tension. Corporal Nobbs is hobnobbing with the nobs, and there's something really strange about the new dwarf recruit, especially his earrings and eyeshadow.
Who can you trust when there are mobs on the streets and plotters in the dark and all the clues point the wrong way?
In the gloom of the night, Watch Commander Sir Samuel Vimes finds that the truth might not be out there at all."

[hb: Gollancz, 1996, ISBN 0-575-05900-1; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Hogfather (1996)
"It's the night before Hogswatch. And it's too quiet.
There's snow, there're robins, there're trees covered with decorations, but there's a notable lack of the big fat man who delivers the toys...
Susan the governess has got to find him before morning, otherwise the sun won't rise. And unfortunately her only helpers are a raven with an eyeball fixation, the Death of Rats and an oh god of hangovers.
Worse still,
someone is coming down the chimney. This time he's carrying a sack instead of a scythe, but there's something regrettably familiar...
It's true what they say.
'You'd better watch out...'"

[hb: Gollancz, 1996; ISBN 0-575-06403-X; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Here be spoilers:
"It's the night before Hogswatch. And it's too quiet.
Where is the big jolly fat man? Why is
Death creeping down chimneys and trying to say Ho Ho Ho? The darkest night of the year is getting a lot darker...
Susan the gothic governess has got to sort it out by morning, otherwise there won't
be a morning. Ever again..."

[pb: Corgi, 1997; ISBN 0-552-14542-4; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Jingo (1997)
"A weathercock has risen from the sea of Discworld, and suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing.
A new land has surfaced, and so have old feuds.
And as two armies march, Commander Vimes of Ank-Morpork City Watch has got just a few hours to deal with a crime so big that there's no law against it. It's called 'war'.
He's facing unpleasant foes who are out to get him... that's just people on
his side. The enemy might even be worse. And his pocket Dis-organizer says he's got Die under 'Things To Do Today'.
But he'd better not, because the world's cleverest inventor and its most devious politician are on their way to the battlefield with a little package that's
guaranteed to stop a battle...
Discworld goes to war, with armies of sardines, warriors, fishermen, squid and at least one very camp follower."

[hb: Gollancz, 1997; ISBN 0-575-06540-0; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
The Last Continent (1998)
"This is the Discworld's last continent, a completely separate creation.
It's hot. It's dry... very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one now believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, all right?
And it'll die in a few days, except...
Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, beer drinker, bush ranger and someone who'll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when he's
sober? A man in a hat, whose Luggage follows him on little legs, who's about to change history by preventing a swagman stealing a jumbuck by a billabong?
Yes... all this place has between itself and wind-blown doom is Rincewind, the inept wizard who can't even
spell wizard. He's the only hero left.
Still... no worries, eh?"

[hb: Doubleday, 05/1998; ISBN 0-385-40989-3; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
Carpe Jugulum (1998)
"Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest. He thought he'd come to the mountain kingdom of Lancre for a simple little religious ceremony. Now he's caught up in a war between vampires and witches, and he's not sure there is a right side.
There're the witches - young Agnes, who is
really in two minds about everything, Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraft and nappies, Nanny Ogg, who is far too knowing... and Granny Weatherwax, who is big trouble.
And the vampires are
intelligent - not easily got rid of with a garlic enema or by going to the window, grasping the curtains and saying, 'I don't know about you, but isn't it a bit stuffy in here?' They've got style and fancy waistcoats. They're out of the casket and want a bite of the future.
Mightily Oats knows he has a prayer, but he wishes he had an axe."

[hb: Doubleday, 11/1998; ISBN 0-385-40992-3; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
The Fifth Elephant (1999)
"Sam Vimes is a man on the run.
Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police and the ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald.
Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya (don't ask). It's snowing. It's freezing. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization there's going to be a terrible war.
But there are monsters on his trail. They're bright. They're fast. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vimes is out of time, out of luck and already out of breath... "
[hb: Doubleday, 11/1999; ISBN 0-385-40995-8; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
  The Truth (planned for 11/2000)
  The Last Hero (illustrated novel with Paul Kidby, planned for release autumn 2001)
  The Thief of Time (working title, probably 2001)

Discworld Meta-Literature and Spinoffs:

The Streets of Ankh-Morpork (1993, with Stephen Briggs, map artwork by Stephen Player)
["Die Strassen von Ankh-Morpork", Goldmann, Germany, 1996; ISBN 3-442-24719-5; Cover Art: Stephen Player]
The Discworld Mapp (1995, with Stephen Briggs, map artwork by Stephen Player)
"They said it couldn't be done. Well, it has been done, proving them wrong once again. After years of research, cunningly contrived in as many minutes, the Discworld has its map. It takes full account of the historic and much-documented expeditions of the Discworld's fêted (or at last fated) explorers: General Sir Roderick Purdeigh, Lars Larsnephew, Llamedos Jones, Lady Alice Venturi, Ponce da Quirm and, of course, Venter Borass.
Now travellers on the circular world can see it all: from Klatch to the Ramtops, from Cori Celesti to the Circle See, from Genua to Bhangbhangduc. The great cities of Hunghung, Pseudopolis, Al Khali and, of course, Ankh-Morpork are placed with lovingly care upon this world which is carried through space by Great A'Tuin."

[pb: Corgi, 1995; ISBN 0-552-14324-3; Cover Art: Stephen Player]
A Tourist Guide to Lancre (1998, with Stephen Briggs, map artwork by Paul Kidby)
"Not only an artistic and breathtaking view of Lancre but also an interesting and informative guide to one of the Discworld's more, er, picturesque kingdoms.
Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick live there. Lancre could hardly be somewhere ordinary, could it?
Magic glues the Discworld together and a lot of it ends up in Lancre, principal Kingdom of the Ramtop Mountains. Between Überwald and Whale Bay, the Octarine Grass Country and the Widdershins Ocean lies the most exciting and dangerous terrain in all Discworld. The Ramtops supply Discworld with most of its witches and wizards. The leaves on the trees in the Ramtops move even when there is no breeze. Rocks go for a stroll in the evening. Even the land, at times, seems alive.
The mapp may only be two-dimensional, but watch it very carefully and you might see it jostle about a bit."

[pb: Corgi, 1998; ISBN 0-552-14608-0; Cover Art: Paul Kidby]
Death's Domain (1999)
"It's no more than a breath away ...
Everyone needs a place to relax after a long day, after all. So here is the place where the Grim Reaper can kick back and take the load off his scythe. Here's the golf course that's not so much crazy as insane, and the useless maze, and the dark gardens - all brought (incongruously) to life. And here, for the first time ever, you will find out the reason why Death can't understand rockeries, and what happens to garden gnomes.
As Death rides Binky into the sunset (of other people's lives), you can at last see what he gets up to when he's not at work."
[pb: Corgi, 1999; ISBN 0-552-14672-2; Cover Art and Illustration: Paul Kidby]
The Discworld Companion - Updated (with Stephen Briggs, first edition 1994, updated edition 1997)
"The Discworld is an unpredictable place, what with rivers you can skateboard across (if they weren't so knobbly), rocks that tend to stroll about of an evening and points of raw magic that can turn a body inside out as soon as look at it. For safety's sake, you need a guide.
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs, respectively chronicler and cartographer, have produced just that - the one and only definitive guide to the flat panel that floats through space on the back of four elephants standing on a turtle.
So if you're one of those really adventurous armchair travellers, and you need to know, say, where to get a curry in Ankh-Morpork*, or indeed, anything elese about the discworld, then this is the book for you.
Happy holidays!
*Klatchian Curry Gardens, corner of God Street and Blood Alley
PS Don't use the kitchen entrance."

[pb: Vista, 1997; ISBN 0-575-60030-6; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
The Discworld Quizbook - The Unseen University Challenge (by David Langford; illustrations by Stephen Briggs and Graham Higgins)
"Trolls have smashed down the door, there's a banshee on the roof, the river's caught fire, the librarian has turned into some kind of ape, and this is your starter for ten...
Questions about figgins, DEATH, mind-destroying footnotes, carnivorous Luggage with lots of little legs, quantum butterflies, the magico-numerical significance of what we must always call
twice four or seven plus one, and even the precise sex of the Great Turtle who supports Terry Pratchett's phenomenal planet (via four elephant middlemen).
This is a quizbook for fans of fantasy and fun alike - and the ultimate challenge for all Discworld aficionados."

[pb: Vista, 1996; ISBN 0-575-60000-4; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
The Pratchett Portfolio (1996, with Paul Kidby)
[pb: Gollancz, 1996; ISBN 0-575-06348-3; Cover Art: Paul Kidby]
The Science of Discworld (1999, with Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen)
"In the fantasy universe of the phenomenally best-selling Discworld series, everything runs on magic and common sense. The world is flat and million-to-one chances happen nine times out of ten. Our world seems different - it runs on rules, often rather strange ones. Science is our way of finding out what those rules are. The appeal of Discworld is that it mostly makes sense, in a way that particle physics doesn't.
The Science of Discworld uses the magic of Discworld to illuminate the scientific rules that govern our world. 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.
Roundworld is, of course, our own universe. With us inside it (eventually). Guided (if that's the word) by the wizards, we follow its story from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet and beyond. 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 on what was going on..."

[hb: Ebury, 1999; ISBN 0-09-186515-8; Cover Art: Paul Kidby]
  Discworld's Diary: 1998 (1997, with Stephen Briggs and Paul Kidby)
("Discworld's Unseen University Diary. Everlasting Calendar" (1997) ?)
  Discworld City Watch Diary: 1999. (1998, with Stephen Briggs and Paul Kidby)
Theme of this diary is Ank-Morpork and the city-watch
Discworld Assassins' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000 (1999, with Stephen Briggs and Paul Kidby)
The theme of this diary is the Assassins' Guild.
[hb: Gollancz, 1999; ISBN 0-575-06687-3; Cover Art: Paul Kidby]
Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (1999, with Stephen Briggs, Tina Hannan and Paul Kidby)
A useful and improving Almanack of Information including Astonishing Recipes from Terry Pratchett's Discworld
"'They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, which just goes to show they're as confused about anatomy as they gen'rally are about everything else, unless they're talking about instructions on how to stab him, in which case a better way is up and under the ribcage. Anyway, we do not live in a perfect world and it is foresighted and useful for a young woman to become proficient in those arts which will keep a weak-willed man from straying. Learning to cook is also useful.'
Nanny Ogg, one of Discworld's most famous witches, is passing on some of her huge collection of tasty and above all
interesting recipes, since everyone else is doing it. But in addition to the delights of the Strawberry Wobbler and Nobby's Mum's Distressed Pudding, Mrs Ogg imparts her thoughts on life, death, etiquette ('If you go to other people's funerals they'll be sure to come to yours'), courtship, children and weddings, all in a refined style that should not offend the most delicate of sensibilities. Well, not much.
Most of the recipes have been tried out on people who are still alive."

[hb: Doubleday, 1999; ISBN 0-385-60005-4; Cover Art: Paul Kidby]
Wyrd Sisters - A tale of sorcery & spells, Witches & Warts and a fool that's smarter than he looks (1996, animated movie)
"If someone thrust a new born baby into your arms and told you to look after it, what would you do? Suppose you had a sneaking suspicion it was no ordinary baby? And suppose again, you were Granny Weatherway - the most practical and pragmatic of a trio of ill-assorted witched?
But once even this problem is solved, a greater one takes it's place. After murder and skulduggery in the royal palace, the land - now ruled by a corrupt Duke - cries out for a new leader. Not the people, but the very land itself is calling for help, and the Wyrd Sisters must listen.
It's time for Granny and her two companions, Magrat and Nanny Ogg to get involved in matters both magical and regal, and give the land the King it deserves..."
[sic! on punctuation]

[1997 Channel 4 TV, Cosgrove Hall Films, Astrion]
Soul Music - Parte One - A story of Life, Death and Rock'n Roll music
(Animated movie)
"There's a weird music taking over the land - it's fast, it's furious and the call it The Music with Rocks In. And what's more....it's alive.
And even more sinister....Death's gone missing, and who can possibly be qualified - or willing - to step into his black cape and wield the scythe?"

[1996 Cosgrove Hall Films, Channel 4 TV]
Soul Music - Parte Two - The Music Continues...
(Animated movie)
"In this concluding part of the story of The Band with Rocks In, the questions are answered;
Did the Archchancellor do the Rite stuff?
Will death imbibe enough alcohol to forget?
And will he ever return to the duty?
Will The Band with Rocks In get to play a free festival?
And can Susan save Buddy from the Music?"
[1996 Cosgrove Hall Films, Channel 4 TV]
Truckers - The Video (Puppet-Animation, 'stop-motion')
"Book Lovers all over the world have been captivated by the work of best-selling author Terry Pratchett, the UK's most talented and celebrated fantasy adventure writer. Truckers was the first of his novels to be adapted for television and is now yours to own on video. Beautifully produced by award winning British animators Cosgrove Hall, and featuring the voice of Joe McGann and Sir Michael Hordern, this delightful film brings to life the
story of the Nomes.
15,000 years ago the Nomes crashed to Earth in a scoutship from the Starship Swan. Generations of them have come and gone with the passing years and the changing countryside. Suddenly faced with extinction, the ten surviving Nomes, guided by their reluctant leader Masklin, must face many exciting adventures during their search for a new home and hiding place in the big, bad world of the humans." [sic!]

[Cosgrove Hall Films]
Johnny and the Dead - Video (movie)
"An entertaining film for the whole family full of excitement, humour and fantasy, based on TERRY PRATCHETT's best-selling novel about a young boy's supernatural adventure.
Only Johnny can see the Dead. His daily walk to school involves a short-cut through a run-down Victorian cemetery. On the day Johnny learns that the cemetry has been sold to property developers, the Dead appear before him and appeal to him to save their home. To save the cemetery, a hastily-organised campaign is put into action by Johnny involving local newspaper archives, a public meeting and a confrontation with hired thugs. As the campaign progresses, the Dead, cautiously at first, venture out of the cemetery and into the outside world."

Cast: George Baker, Brian Blessed, Jane Lapotaire, introducing Andrew Falvey as Johnny Maxwell
[London Weekend Television]
Discworld (Computer Game, Graphics Adventure)
 Loosely based on 'Guards! Guards!' you have to defy a scaly, nasty, large being from The Other Side, lift the shadows over a conspiracy, find out all about LSpace and finally save life on Discworld as we know it. Finished that you can take your afternoon off.
And be warned: Here be dragons!

[1995 TWG, Psygnosis/Sony]
Discworld II - Missed, presumed ... Death. (Computer Game, Graphics Adventure)
 So what happens, if Death decides to stop with his Duty, but that dancing, drinking and partying is much more fun? Save again the world from looming doom.

[1996 Perfect Entertainment, Psygnosis]
Discworld Noir (Part 3) (Computer Game, Graphics Adventure)
 Set in Ankh-Morpork in a darkish atmosphere.
[GT Interactive/Bertelsmann, 1999]

Short Stories:

  The Hades Business (Short Story, 1963)
  Night Dweller (Short Story, 1965)
  Twenty Pence With Envelope and Seasonal Greetings (Short Story, 1987)
  Incubust (Short Story, 1988)
Turntables of the Night (Short Story 1989, 1997 in 'The Flying Sorcerers' ed. Peter Haining)
 Another story featuring Death
[pb: Orbit, 1999; ISBN 1-85723-725-0; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
(Note: 'The Flying Sorcerers' is a kind of sequel to 'The Wizards of Odd', another collection of short stories edited by Peter Haining.)
Hollywood Chickens (1990)
[pb: "Knights of Madness", ed. Peter Haining; Orbit, 2000, 323p.; ISBN 1-85723-958-X; Cover Art: Josh Kirby]
  #ifdefDEBUG + "WORLD/ENOUGH" + "TIME" (1990)
  The Secret Book of the Dead (Gedicht, 1991)
Troll Bridge (Short Story, 1992, in 'After the King' ed. Martin H. Greenberg)
 Meet again Cohen the Barbarian
[pb: Tor/Tom Doherty, 1992; ISBN 0-812-51443-2; Cover Art: Keith Parkinson]
(Note: There are some nice stories in there, but a few stories are quite bad.)
  Theatre of Cruelty (Short Story, 1993)
 A Discworld WhoDunnit
  Let There Be Dragons (1993)   
  Once And Future (1995)

The Sea and Little Fishes (Short Story, 1998, in 'Legends', ed. Robert Silverberg)
"A new Discworld story of fruit, vegetables and deadly rivalry between Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg." [sic, the reviewer surely got the point]
[pb: Voyager/Harper Collins, 1999; ISBN 0-00-225667-3; Front Cover: unknown, Back Cover: Josh Kirby (at least it looks like his, since no credits are given)]
(Note: This book/edition does have two covers, the one on the back is upside-down, leading to a lot of confusion in book-shops.)

Short Biography:
"For those who really need to know, Terry Pratchett was born in Buckinghamshire in 1948. He has managed to avoid all the really interesting jobs authors take in order to look good in this kind of biography. In his search for a quiet life he got a job as a Press Officer with the Central Electricity Generating Board just after Three Mile Island, which shows his unerring sense of timing. Now a full-time writer, he lives in Wiltshire with his wife and daughter. He likes people to buy him banana daiquiris (he knows people don't read author biographies, but feels this might be worth a try)." (Taken from 'Good Omens'.)
"Terry Pratchett was born in 1948 and is still not dead. He started work as a journalist one day in 1965 and saw his first corpse three hours later, work experience meaning something in those days. After doing just about every job it's possible to do in provincial journalism, exept of course covering Saturday afternoon football, he joined the Central Electricity Generating Board and became press officer for four nuclear power stations. He'd write a book about his experiences if he thought anyone would believe it [note: or at least wait until the material lost some of its volatile nature - i.e. in about 35,000 years...]
All this came to an end in 1987 when it became obvious that the
Discworld series was much more enjoyable than real work. Since then the books have reached double figures and have a regular place in the bestseller lists. He also writes books for younger readers. Occasionally he gets accused of literature.
Terry Pratchett lives in Wiltshire with his wife Lyn and daughter Rhianna. He says writing is the most fun anyone can have by themselves."
(Taken from 'Hogfather' paperback)
"Terry Pratchett is fifty and lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire, where he answers letters in a desperate attempt to find time to write. He used to grow carnivorous plants, but now they've taken over the greenhouse and he avoids going in. He feels it may be time to get a life, since apparently they're terribly useful." (Taken from 'The Last Continent'.)
"Terry Pratchett is Britain's best-selling living novelist. He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he 'doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three already.'" (Taken from 'The Fifth Elephant'.)

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