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The extraordinary life story of one of the most beloved writers in the world, including his courageous battle with Alzheimers With worldwide sales of more than 65 million copies in 37 languages, Terry Pratchett's novels are eagerly awaited by his legions of fans year after year. Featuring an in-depth look at the man and his work, as well as on-screen adaptations and a collThe extraordinary life story of one of the most beloved writers in the world, including his courageous battle with Alzheimers With worldwide sales of more than 65 million copies in 37 languages, Terry Pratchett's novels are eagerly awaited by his legions of fans year after year. Featuring an in-depth look at the man and his work, as well as on-screen adaptations and a collector's guide, this is essential reading for any fan. 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, has delighted both young and old alike. In 2007 Pratchett announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He has courageously faced the disease head-on, equaling the determination of his characters in his vivid and satirical novels. This book examines his extraordinary life, showcased against the backdrop of more than 40 years of irreverent artistic achievements. For devoted fans it features appendices of more than 60 pages listing Pratchett's works on screen and at the theatre, a complete UK bibliography and collector's guide, and a note about cats....

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  • Nikki
    2019-06-18 00:29

    Interesting how many negative reviews of this book there are. I'll confess to not reading it in its entirety: the complaining, self-interested foreword with weird value judgements about people who own Kindles and so on got on my nerves. Which is one of my hobby-horses, as you probably all know: forget the fact that I have a Kindle, the reason any of my family originally had an ereader was so that Mum could still read, since she has macular degeneration and most books have too small print.(She can't use Goodreads, either, because of the colour scheme and serif fonts, but no one can seem to persuade the PTB to care.)So I confess to putting this book right down after that rambling, seemingly irrelevant foreword. And the other reviews and ratings suggest I was right to.

  • Kristina Andreeva
    2019-06-10 03:25

    "Той не само е духът на фантазията - той е въплъщение на човешкия дух."Книгата е биография на Тери Пратчет, но аз лично я възприемам повече като сборник с есета за неговото творчество. Разбира се, има някои споменати факти за личния живот на писателя, повечко за неговата болест и това как той се справя с нея, но в по-голямата си част - разсъждения за развитието на романите му в горе-долу хронологически ред, както и сравнения с произведения на други писатели, които пародира или от които черпи идеи, за да създаде нещо единствено по рода си. Дали това е минус зависи изцяло от читателя. Ако някой не е чел романите, за които има отделени глави, би разбрал целия сюжет и често - края, но на мен това не ми пречи, тъй като книгите на Пратчет бих ги чела дори, когато знам всичко за тях. И все пак ми се искаше тук да прочета нещо повече за живота на писателя - за житейски случки, които са го вдъхновявали, може би спомени от негови приятели за него. Книгата предоставя такива пасажи (говоря за участието му в закрилата на орангутаните, които изглежда доста е харесвал), а макар останалото да беше разсъждения върху темите, разглеждани в произведението му, ми достави удоволствие да я прочета.

  • Erika
    2019-06-24 23:12

    "There comes a time when there is only so much that can be said about a specific fantasy world, because too much explanation becomes tedious and take away some of the mystery." - Craig Cabell, seemingly describing his own book. Cabell makes some incredibly tenuous links between Pratchett's works and has many an opinion about the meanings in Pratchett's life and works (I feel dubious about whether he has confirmed any of this with Pratchett). He also spends the first half of the book getting hung up about the difference between the fantasy and sci fi genres. a) who cares what the difference is and b) how is that relevant to a book about Terry Pratchett?

  • Madla
    2019-06-01 01:23

    Na knihu o Terrym Pratchettovi jsem se moc těšila. Možná právě proto a proto že je jedním z mých nejoblíbenějších spisovatelů, mě dost zklamala. Autor skáče z jednoho tématu k druhému. Něčemu se skoro nevěnuje a jindy zas zachází až moc do detailů, nehledě na to, že dané téma s Pratchettem prakticky nesouvisí. Myšlenky a názory v knize jsou hodně subjektivní a dost často se s Cabellem v jeho soudech rozcházím.Knihu jsem dočetla a jsem ráda, že jsem to udělala, ale myslím si, že takový velikán, jakým je Terry Pratchett, si zaslouží obsažnější, přehlednější a čtivější biografii.

  • Alison Smith
    2019-06-12 07:25

    Much ado about nothing - although the Appendices were very comprehensive & no doubt the die-hard Discworld fans will love this book. I'd like to have heard more about Pratchett's life as an author, more biographical details.

  • Daniel Hrenak
    2019-05-27 07:22

    Ak čakáte Terryho životopis, tak sa nedočkáte. Ak vám ale stačia názory zberateľa kníh, ktorý občas spochybňuje aj to, že si Pratchett myslí, čo si myslí, lebo on to vidí inak, tak jej možno dáte aj 6 hviezd. Lavíroval som medzi sklamaním a nadšením pri spomienkach na jednotlivé zeměplošské diela. Nakoniec to ustáli iba 2 hviezdičky, ale aj to mali namále. Veľká škoda. A ešte to ani neprekladal Kantůrek... ale asi sa niet veľmi čo čudovať, veď to má s Terryho tvorbou spoločné iba názvy kníh.

  • J.S. Watts
    2019-06-10 06:14

    This is a book in pursuit of an identity. It is really struggling to work out what it is.At times it reads a bit like a biography - there is Terry Pratchett the early years, but then the biography largely peters out. Then there are various attempts at critical analysis of Practhett's works, but only some of them and only those the author really likes. Moreover, the analysis is largely opinionated journalism, rather than real critical analysis and the few genuine insights get lost in the sub-A level standard attempts at literary criticism. The author also attempts to trace the history of fantasy v science fiction, presumably in an attempt to assert Pratchett's place in the canon of the great and influential, but constant referencing to every other significant SF or fantasy book takes over and tries to become a book in its own right (and I am really not going to mention the constant references to Doctor Who, the T.V. series. Oh dear, I just did, but then again so did Craig Cabell, at length, time and time again, and so on).At the end of the book, and it is a book of several endings, there are some interesting chapters on Pratchett's Alzheimers, his support of good causes such as Orangutans and assisted death. These were actually quite good, but didn't fit with the rest of the book, except perhaps the biography section which had petered out many chapters before. There is also a stray chapter on cats, looking for a home, because Pratchett wrote the entertaining "The Unadulterated Cat" with Gray Joliffe. Apparently Terry likes cats. Oh good.For fans, and Craig Cabell clearly is one, there are lists of Pratchett books and films and a further reading list, should you want to pursue the evolution of SF v fantasy theme.The book is extremely repetitive (did I mention Dr Who?)and full of quotations, many of them from writers other than Pratchett, including Dickens. I am therefore going to end on a quotation from Craig Cabell himself. It comes in the end note to the book: "I've written several books now about a writer and his works, but this was the first about a writer and his key works. In that respect it became a very self-indulgent book". Very true, Mr Cabell. Very true.

  • John
    2019-06-15 23:24

    I was looking for an easy to read book that would include some pointers to good Terry Pratchett books I haven't read and I guess I did get that. But this is a very light book and I'm glad I borrowed it from the library, rather than bought it. It is very nicely produced, but the content is a strange mixture of information, including regular references to other books by the author, about Doctor Who and the X-files for example.The photographs are all recent and, I guess bought from a picture agency, when I think readers would like to see photos of our hero at very stages of his life. There are also detailed chapters near the end for book collectors and those interested in tv and movie versions of Terry Pratchett's work which, while interesting, feature incredible detailed and lengthy production credits that could easily be found online.I will take up the author's suggestion to explore the Johnny Maxwell trilogy further, but I would not recommend that anyone buy this - unless you worked on one of those tv series and would like to see your name in print!

  • Robert
    2019-06-07 00:32

    I did like the way Crag liked "The Colour of Magic". It seems to be fashionable to despise Pratchett's early works, but I remember how they had me in stitches back then. I disagree with his implication that "Colour of Magic" was the best Pratchett film, however, as I didn't think it was nearly as good as "Hogfather" or "Going Postal". The list of books at the end seems a total waste of space purely for the benefit of book collectors - fancy buying a book simply as an investment! What a waste. Some of what Mr Cabell has to say is interesting, but it does seem mainly about Craig Cabell than about Terry Pratchett.I loved the list of "further reading" at the end -- basically a list of my favourite books, and the three I haven't read, I am definitely going to find.

  • Holly Leighfield
    2019-06-21 00:37

    Has a small amount of information about Terry Pratchett. Has an even smaller amount of Terry Pratchett's perspective or comments on his own work and when that subject arises it is mainly so that Mr. Cabell can tell us that his opinion trumps the author that he's writing about. Found it to be a smug and ill informed read. Will not be reading it again.

  • Jamie
    2019-05-28 00:33

    Keep your money. This will sound unkind but Craig Cabell has no sense of humour. One of his previous books is entitled "Snipers: profiles of the world's deadliest killers" - to me that screams humourless pillock. He is singularly unqualified for the task at hand.Its also very obvious he has never personally interviewed Terry Pratchett. I'd give this half a star at best

  • Lucy Traves
    2019-06-05 04:23

    I only gave this one star because I couldn't give a zero. Badly written, with no insight. It's a shame as I think there's a good book to be written. Don't waste your time. I kept r reading in the hope it would get better. It didn't.

  • Andy
    2019-06-17 23:21

    This was written quite some time ago and before Terry's passing so there is quite a chunk of information missing.The first part of the book talking about the origins went into a bit more detail with some of the lesser books hardly receiving anything - The unadulterated cat probably got about 25 words right at the end of the book -admittedly this is not the usual Pratchett type book though.The book was fairly interesting but towards the end I almost felt like abandoning it - but I had read this far so continued on.

  • Magdalena Stawniak
    2019-06-05 04:24

    Więcej recenzji na www.geek-woman.blogspot.comKolory magii Terrego Pratchetta12 marca 2015 roku miłośnicy literatury fantastycznej stracili jednego z najoryginalniejszych twórców. Sir Terry Pratchett, twórca uniwersum Świata Dysku, zmagający się od lat z chorobą Alzheimera, przegrał nierówną walkę w wieku 67 lat. Na szczęście pozostawił po sobie niemały dorobek literacki, który na zawsze odmienił oblicze fantastyki, nadając jej nowych, magicznych kolorów.Zazwyczaj bywa tak, że po odejściu znanego twórcy księgarnie zasypywane są albo jego nieukończonymi dziełami (dobrym przykładem są tu wcześniej niepublikowane utwory J.R.R. Tolkiena, które nadal są wydawane pod egidą jego syna, Christophera), albo wszelkimi biografiami, opracowaniami i omówieniami jego twórczości. Nie inaczej stało się z Terrym Pratchettem. Tuż po jego odejściu ukazały się „Kiksy klawiatury”, zbiór felietonów i esejów, a teraz wielbiciele charakterystycznego pisarza otrzymują do ręki opracowanie „Terry Pratchett. Życie i praca z magią w tle”, mylnie reklamowane jako biografia.Droga do marzeńKsiążka, która na polskim rynku ukazała się nakładem wydawnictwa Prószyński i S-ka, wbrew pozorom nie powstała po śmierci pisarza, ale w 2012 roku. I, jak wspomniałam wcześniej, nie jest to jego biografia, ale raczej próba analizy twórczości Pratchetta pod kątem inspiracji literackich czy filmowych, a także pokazania rozwoju idei Świata Dysku, widocznej we wcześniejszej jego prozie.W książce „Terry Pratchett. Życie i praca z magią w tle” autor wielokrotnie wspomina o wpływie innych twórców na książki sir Terrego. Wśród nich znajdują się J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Robert E. Howard, Kenneth Grahame i jego „O czym szumią wierzby”, baśnie braci Grimm czy… serial „Doctor Who”. Szerokie spektrum zainteresowań pisarza pokazuje, jak na twórczość literacką wpływają dzieła z różnych dziedzin sztuki.Craig Cabell jest doświadczonym autorem. Od wielu lat pracuje jako freelancer i reporter, a spod jego pióra wyszły książki historyczne, o historii rocka, serialu „Doctor Who” czy pisarzach ( Ianie Flamingu czy Ianie Rankinie).Cabell nie ukrywa, że jest wielbicielem twórczości Pratchetta i można to wyraźnie wyłapać w tekście, szczególnie w części omawiającej poszczególne motywy, które znalazły swoje miejsce w cyklu „Świat Dysku”. Nie jest to może błąd, ale z drugiej strony trudno przez to pokusić się o bardziej obiektywny odbiór książki. Cabell niemal rozkłada na części pierwsze powieści science fiction Pratchetta czy opowiadania, które ten pisał dla dzieci, doszukując się wszędzie zalążków Niewidocznego Uniwersytetu i Ankh-Morpork. Bardzo szczegółowo rozwodzi się także nad różnicami pomiędzy fantasy a science fiction uważając, że ten pierwszy gatunek jest niedoceniany przez księgarzy i traktowany przez nich, jako literatura gorszej kategorii. Te rozważania zajmują stosunkowo dużo miejsca, zawierają sporo dygresji o prozie innych pisarzy ( Lovecrafta) i niestety niewiele wnoszą do samej tematyki Świata Dysku.Nie tylko książki „Terry Pratchett. Życie i praca z magią w tle” nie jest biografią, ale zawiera pewne wątki z życiorysu pisarza. Dotyczą one przede wszystkim jego zmagań z postępującą chorobą Alzheimera, o których nie wstydził się otwarcie opowiadać. Cabell opisuje, jak Pratchett radził sobie z tym schorzeniem i jakie podejmował działania, by upowszechnić wiedzę o nim. Wspomina także o jego aktywności w organizacji Dignity in Dying, zajmującej się legalizacją eutanazji w Wielkiej Brytanii. Jest to jednak bardzo krótki, choć niezwykle ciekawy, fragment całej książki.Niemal jedną trzecią objętości opracowania zajmują aneksy. Dla wielbicieli twórczości Pratchetta jest to nie lada gratka, ponieważ mogą tam znaleźć szczegółowe spisy ekranizacji czy adaptacji teatralnych jego prozy, a także kompletną brytyjską bibliografię i przewodnik kolekcjonera.Fantastyczny świat„Terry Pratchett. Życie i praca z magią w tle” to opracowanie, które na pewno zadowoli wielbicieli twórcy Świata Dysku i pozwoli inaczej spojrzeć na niektóre motywy znane z książek. Jednak czytelnicy, którzy dopiero rozpoczynają przygodę z Rincewindem, Patrycjuszem czy członkami Straży Ankh-Morpork mogą czuć się w trakcie lektury zagubieni, ponieważ Cabell porusza wiele wątków znajdujących się w dalszych częściach cyklu – dopiero znajomość wszystkich (a na pewno większości) tomów serii zapewnia komfortową i zrozumiałą lekturę tej książki.Pomimo miejscami chaotycznej narracji (szczególnie dotyczącej rozważań nad rozróżnianiem gatunków fantastyki), jest to książka interesująca i wyróżniająca się na rynku, a na pewno lektura obowiązkowa dla fanów Świata Dysku.

  • Cosmonautbullfrog
    2019-06-10 01:33

    I deeply enjoy Terry Pratchett's books and when I saw this at the library I couldn't help but to check it out. The problem is that this book only seems to be partially finished. It has a good foundation but is lacking in flow. Cabell has so much information at hand but not much of an idea of how to use it. It resembles an essay or a book report a student would write.

  • Ladislav Palán
    2019-06-25 23:19

    Bohužel kniha byla velkým zklamáním. O životě Terryho Pratchett a jsme se dozvěděli sice pár zajímavostí,ale většina kniha jsou čiré spekulace pana autora, zhruba tak na úrovni přání či spekulací různých fanoušků po roztodivných fórech na internetu. Terry Pratchett by si zasloužil mnohem lepší souhrnný pohled na svůj život a na své dílo.

  • Marek Pawlowski
    2019-06-03 23:18

    Na początku trochę przeraziła mnie ilość krytycznych uwag na temat tej książki na Goodreads, dlatego już ze sporą dozą sceptycyzmu podchodziłem do jej czytania. Niemniej jednak nie okazała się ona aż tak zła. Rzeczywiście autor używa zbyt wielu sądów wartościujących, czyni zbyt dużo osobistych wycieczek na intrygujące go problemy, jak powolne odchodzenie do przeszłości papierowych wydań. Owszem momentami jest to bardzo irytujące. Warto jednak zaznaczyć, że książka, którą napisał, nie jest biografią, jest ona raczej pewnym esejem na temat tego, jaka jest literatura Pratchetta i jak można ją rozumieć. Mamy dość sporo odniesień do innych pozycji książkowych i filmowych, które autor zestawia z tym, co zostało przedstawione w Świecie Dysku. W ten sposób otrzymujemy pogłębione spojrzenie na książki Pratchetta, widzimy je w szerszym kontekście literatury fantasy (czy też literatury w ogóle). Nie jest to pozycja niezwykła, ale warto ją przeczytać, aby zobaczyć jedną z perspektyw, w jaki sposób możemy rozumieć jego twórczość.At the beginning I was a bit scared because of the number of critical reviews concerning this book on Goodreads, that’s why I was sceptical before reading it. Nevertheless this book has not turned out so bad. Indeed the author uses too many value judgments, he’s making too many private remarks on the problems interesting for him, for example a slow departing from the paper editions, that is sometimes annoying. But it is worth noting that this book is not Pratchett’s biography but rather an essay about what his literature is and how we can understand it. There is a lot of references to different movies and books that author correlate with things described in the Disc World. Thanks to that we get a deeper understanding of Pratchett’s books, mostly because we see them in a wider context of fantasy literature (and literature in general). This is not an extraordinary book. Nevertheless it is worth to read just to see one of many perspectives by which we can understand Pratchett’s works.

  • Knigoqdec
    2019-06-06 01:34

    Аз съм много млад фен на Пратчет, както вероятно вече е известно.Разбира се, старах се, доколкото мога, да се закърмя с фенството от самото начало, класическото начало. "Цветът на магията", "Фантастична светлина"... "Ерик"... "Волният народец"...Всъщност няма значение, поне според мен, откъде си започнал. Особено ако си човек, който не изпитва проблем да се гмурне в един нов свят, дори и да започне с дадена поредица отпред назад. На мен ми се е случвало. Дори първата ми книга с името на Пратчет на корицата беше "В черно като полунощ"."Духът на фантазията" е биография от тези, без претенции, но писана със сърце и любов към спомена за скъп приятел. По-скоро даже изследване на творчеството на един писател, променил жанра фентъзи с нещо малко, но явно съществено.Има нещо съкровено (определено не точната дума, но за съжаление аз не съм чак толкова добра с думите, колкото е сър Пратчет) в тази книга. Нещо, заради което се усмихваш, което е топло, нежно и приятно. Болка, гарнирана с абсолютна вяра, която не може да отблъсне по никакъв начин един закоравял фентъзи фен. Не е задължително да има Бог. Може пък и да го има... но всъщност няма значение.Открих едно момче, което живее в свят на магия. Открило още в ранните си години невъобразими светове. Аз също ги открих... макар че и досега знам, че пътят на журналистиката не е моят път и все още търся правилния. Въпреки това усещам всички тези неща, които "споделяме" със сър Пратчет... близки.Аз "живея" предимно в светове стереотипи... но винаги съм готова да пристъпя отвъд, там, където смели хора като този човек са пристъпили преди мен.В Света на Диска има много неща, които можеш да откриеш и много истини, които можеш да научиш. Страхове, които можеш да изоставиш, докато се смееш от сърце. Само трябва да пристъпиш по-надълбоко.

  • Beth Dale
    2019-05-27 00:09

    My mum gave me this book after she was having a clear out, knowing that I loved Terry Pratchett books like her. Admittedly it took me a while to actually pick it up because often I find books about writers incredibly dull and I often think that these biographies of famous writers are written by people purely trying to make money. Surprisingly I found this not to be the case. I enjoyed reading most of it. Cabell, who stated that he was indeed a fan of Sir Terry's work, was focused more on the themes and Sir Terry's ideas and views shown in his work and was basically a critical analysis of his works. It was interesting and thought provoking. It's simply written and can easily be read in one sitting, if so desired. However, there were some aspects which irritated me and had it not been for them, I would have given the book a higher rating. He would quote from other writers at some what random points which did not further back points up. It felt like he was just throwing quotes in to show that he was well read. He would also go on to rants which did not add to the book. At one point he ranted about teenagers and as a young reader I found this incredibly annoying and nearly threw the book at the wall (which is something I'm not often prone to).All in all I would suggest that you read this if you want to and form your own opinions on it.

  • Sophie
    2019-06-17 03:23

    Although there was some interesting information in this book, a lot of it was the author's irrelevant(and sometimes fairly offensive) opinions on things. In a way it was good that he didn't just blindly worship the books, however he had a lot of criticisms that I felt were unfair, and seemed to think he was more qualified to make judgements about Pratchett's books than Sir Terry himself. This made the author come across as smug and overbearing - though he clearly had a passion for Discworld as evidenced (repeatedly) by his large collection.The book didn't seem to have a point even though the author kept insisting it did. He was supposed to be "analysing key texts" in Pratchett's work but I personally didn't agree with most of his choices and wished he could've written more about the later Discworld books. He also kept going off on tangents about genre definitions and other books/TV shows that didn't seem to link in to the subject matter that well. I thought at least the Bibliography at the back would be useful, but on closer inspection it was missing a couple of Discworld books that I personally own.Terry Pratchett said at Cheltenham Lit Fest that he is planning to write his own autobiography, and I think it is worth waiting for that one.

  • Jonathan
    2019-06-12 04:28

    This is a marvellous little book about one of our truly great British authors, Terry Pratchett. There are great quotes from the man himself and small insights into his life, the book concentrates mainly on his works, particularly his famous Discworld series. Craig Cabel has approached the book in a very sympathetic tone, you can tell he is a man who greatly admires Pratchett and his work. Later chapters tackle Pratchett’s struggles with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease and his inevitable confrontation with his own mortality. It is very poignant and sad at times, indeed I had tears in my eyes at certain parts of the book. The sadness that underlies such a great man’s life is well conveyed, rather than dwelling on these themes, the Discworld series is thoroughly covered and you can see the author is an avid collector of Terry Pratchett’s work. There is a detailed list of the many valuable editions of Discworld novels and other pieces he has written, in the appendix. When you read about some of the themes in Discworld you start to realise that much of it is slightly prophetic of what has happened to Pratchett, with regards his health. Though not the most comprehensive biography ever written, it does remind you of the absolute magic of one the greatest authors of our time.

  • Bob Simms
    2019-06-10 06:17

    The jacket proclaims this to the the life and works of the man behind the magic. Readers expecting a biography will be disappointed. Whilst his early life is covered, it is brief at best. This book is more about recurring themes within his books, looking at how they evolve over his life, how they can form (soemtimes tenuous) links between otherwise unrelated books.Cabell seems to have his own theories about what makes the author tick, and his place in writing. The book expounds these theories, ignoring anything that isn't relevent. Good Omens, for instance, isn't mentioned, despite Pratchett and Gaiman being compared to each other. Where is any reference to The Lost Continent, the first of his books to receive less than universal praise from his fans?The appendices contains bibliographies, filmographies, etc of his work, a useful reference, but anyone wanting a biography should look elsewhere

  • Bec
    2019-06-18 01:19

    I'm not really sure what the aim of this book was. I was expecting insights into Pratchett which have not previously been made public. I soon found that it was mostly hypotheses of the author, coupled with info from public interviews with Pratchett which I was already aware of. This would be all well and good, but it felt like the author was pulling back on some of his more interesting theories about Pratchett's writing, which was quite frustrating. There's no point putting out a theoretical analysis of an author's writing if you're not willing to go all-in and explain yourself clearly.The book was quite disjointed, with some ideas being explored in far more detail than necessary (particularly the author's thoughts on sci fi versus fantasy, which only had vague links to Pratchett and his work) and other ideas only briefly touched on before he moved on.In the end it was a pretty unsatisfactory read.

  • Eric
    2019-06-02 06:16

    I'd probably rather give thisbook something more on the order of two & a half stars, truly. Not having read anything else by Mr. Cabell, I'm unable to say how much of the stylistic fault is typical of his work, for example, or might result from excessive ambition and/or hurry. That he shows even less knowledge of the Discworld series than I have (making general statements about it that are contradicted by entries he doesn't discuss) doesn't surprise, as such (even also some inaccuracies about books he does discuss; Guards! Guards! - and 1 other at least in that series- surely _do_ have dragons, eg) that, a certain workmanlike and/or didactic/book-reportish quality, reductive moralisms in the discussion of his work for young adults- these things disappoint.There's a fair amount really worth reading here too and an excellent bibliography, but 2.5 seems about fair. Best if, like me, you're able to get this from the library.

  • Simon Ford
    2019-06-11 02:25

    This book has a lot of poor/negative reviews, justified or not. It's not a biography, more a guide to how Terry got to where he is today. A lot I did not know, so it filled in some gaps in my understanding to Terry's writing.Like some reviews have mentioned, they don't like Cabells style or the way he's tackled the subject, this may be a bit harsh as every thing is subjective. I think he did as well as he could with the amount of work Terry produced over nearly five decades as a writer. In the end it turned into a bibliography of Terry's work with another list of work that is advisable to read.Like Marmite you'll either like it or loathe it. Easy enough to read in one sitting, make your own mind up.

  • Stephen Dole
    2019-06-08 06:09

    A singularly disappointing attempt at a book on Pratchett. Although there are a few interesting chapters, such as Pratchett's early writing or his opinions on religion, the vast majority of the book gives very little insight into the author or his works. Furthermore, the writing itself was rather bland. I raced through so that I could finish it and move on to something more interesting. Don't bother reading this, just check out Terry Pratchett's Wikipedia page.

  • Stephen Bates
    2019-06-04 07:32

    Not actually a biography as I first thought it was, this does cover a little of Pratchett's life but is more of a collection of short essays about Terry's works sorted into chronological order, together with a bibliography (covering books, plays, films, etc) at the end. It's a mildly interesting read but doesn't really delve into any depth. Kinda disappointing but neither is it terrible. Ok for a short read if you can get it very cheaply or from your local library.

  • Patrick Lum
    2019-06-22 07:22

    A huge disappointment. Though it conforms more or less to the basic tenants of a biography, it's largely the author's own views of what PTerry's work reflects, blah blah blah, blah blah blah. What little analysis exists is extremely brief and not very well supported. For a book about Terry, it's simply quite odd how much of it seems rather to be about Craig.There is also a hell of a lot of quoting lines in lieu of actually saying anything.

  • Ann Thomas
    2019-06-08 06:28

    A very interesting book. Not a biography, though his early days are covered. This book examines Pratchett's development as a fantasy author, looking at key works and themes. Much food for thought, especially for a fan. It also looks at his Alzheimers diagnosis and how it has affected his writing - not in his ability to write, but in the darker themes which have appeared in his books. There is a detailed bibliography and annexes.

  • Chris The Story Reading Ape
    2019-06-20 02:38

    This book explores the evolution of Terry Pratchett's books and stories, often comparing them with other works of fantasy, however, the rather dry presentation leaves me cold, even if I am now better informed.Don't expect any humour outside of some excerpts from TP's Discworld series, however, do expect almost relentless and pedantic analysis of how and why the stories developed.