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Drama 1. Humour 1. Not specified Hardback Paperback Topic see all Topic. Adventure 1. Magic 1. Special Attributes see all Special Attributes. Dust Jacket 3. Ex-Library 2. Language see all Language. Lovecraft , Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare , as well as mythology , folklore and fairy tales , often using them for satirical parallels with cultural, political and scientific issues. Forty-one Discworld novels have been published. The original British editions of the first 26 novels, up to Thief of Time , had cover art by Josh Kirby.

The American editions, published by Harper Collins , used their own cover art. Since Kirby's death in , the covers have been designed by Paul Kidby. Companion publications include eleven short stories some only loosely related to the Discworld , four popular science books, and a number of supplementary books and reference guides.

The series has been adapted for graphic novels, theatre, computer and board games, and television. Newly released Discworld books regularly topped The Sunday Times best-sellers list, making Pratchett the UK's best-selling author in the s. Discworld novels have also won awards such as the Prometheus Award and the Carnegie Medal. More than 80 million Discworld books have been sold in 37 languages. Very few of the Discworld novels have chapter divisions.

Instead they feature interweaving storylines. Pratchett was quoted as saying that he "just never got into the habit of chapters", [3] later adding that "I have to shove them in the putative YA books because my editor screams until I do". Additionally, Going Postal and Making Money both have chapters, a prologue, an epilogue, and brief teasers of what is to come in each chapter, in the style of A.

Milne , Jules Verne , and Jerome K. The Discworld novels contain common themes and motifs that run through the series. Analogies of real-world issues, such as religion Small Gods , fundamentalism and inner city tension Thud , business and politics Making Money , racial prejudice and exploitation Snuff are recurring themes, as are aspects of culture and entertainment, such as opera Maskerade , rock music Soul Music , cinema Moving Pictures , and football Unseen Academicals. Parodies of non-Discworld fiction also occur frequently, including Shakespeare , Beatrix Potter , and several movies.

Major historical events, especially battles, are sometimes used as the basis for both trivial and key events in Discworld stories Jingo , Pyramids , as are trends in science, technology, pop culture and modern art Moving Pictures , Men at Arms , Thud. There are also humanist themes in many of the Discworld novels, and a focus on critical thinking skills in the Witches and Tiffany Aching series. The Discworld novels and stories are, in principle, stand-alone works. However, a number of novels and stories form novel sequences with distinct story arcs :.

Rincewind was the first protagonist of Discworld ; a wizard with no skill, no wizardly qualifications, and no interest in heroics.


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He is the archetypal coward but is constantly thrust into extremely dangerous adventures. In The Last Hero , he flatly states that he does not wish to join an expedition to explore over the edge of the Disc—but, being fully geared for the expedition at the time, clarifies by saying that any amount of protesting on his part is futile, as something will eventually occur that will bring him into the expedition anyway.

As such, he not only constantly succeeds in staying alive, but also saves Discworld on several occasions, and has an instrumental role in the emergence of life on Roundworld Science of Discworld. Other characters in the Rincewind story arc include: Cohen the Barbarian , an aging hero of the old fantasy tradition, out of touch with the modern world and still fighting despite his advanced age; Twoflower , a naive tourist from the Agatean Empire inspired by cultures of the Far East, particularly Japan and China ; and The Luggage , a magical, semi-sentient and exceptionally vicious multi-legged travelling accessory, made from sapient pearwood.

Rincewind appeared in eight Discworld novels as well as the four Science of Discworld supplementary books. Death appears in every novel except The Wee Free Men and Snuff , although sometimes with only a few lines. As dictated by tradition, he is a seven-foot-tall skeleton in a black robe who sits astride a pale horse called Binky.

His dialogue is always depicted in small caps , and without quotation marks, as several characters state that Death's voice seems to arrive in their heads without actually passing through their ears as sound. As the anthropomorphic personification of death, Death has the job of guiding souls onward from this world into the next. Over millennia in the role, he has developed a fascination with humanity, even going so far as to create a house for himself in his personal dimension. Characters that often appear with Death include his butler Albert ; his granddaughter Susan Sto Helit ; the Death of Rats , the part of Death in charge of gathering the souls of rodents; Quoth , a talking raven a parody of Edgar Allan Poe's " The Raven ", although it flat-out refuses to say "Nevermore" ; and the Auditors of Reality , personifications of the orderly physical laws and the closest thing Death has to a nemesis.

Death or Susan appear as the main characters in five Discworld novels. Witches in Pratchett's universe are largely stripped of their modern occultist associations though Pratchett does frequently use his stories to lampoon such conceptions of witchcraft , and act as herbalists , adjudicators and wise women. That is not to say that witches on the Disc cannot use magic ; they simply prefer not to, finding simple but cunningly applied psychology often referred to as "headology", or sometimes "boffo" far more effective. The principal witch in the series is Granny Weatherwax , who at first glance seems to be a taciturn, bitter old crone, from the small mountain country of Lancre.

She largely despises people but takes on the role of their healer and protector because no one else can do the job as well as she can. Her closest friend is Nanny Ogg , a jolly, personable witch with the "common touch" who enjoys a smoke and a pint of beer, often leading to her singing bawdy folk songs including the notorious "Hedgehog Song".

The two take on apprentice witches, initially Magrat Garlick , then Agnes Nitt , and then Tiffany Aching , who in turn go on to become accomplished witches in their own right, and, in Magrat's case, Queen of Lancre. The witches have appeared in numerous Discworld books, but have featured as protagonists in seven. They have also appeared in the short story " The Sea and Little Fishes ".

Their stories frequently draw on ancient European folklore and fairy tales, as well as parody famous works of literature, particularly by Shakespeare. The stories featuring the Ankh-Morpork City Watch are urban fantasy , and frequently show the clashes that result when a traditional, magically run fantasy world such as the Disc comes into contact with modern technology and civilization.

They revolve around the growth of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch from a hopeless gang of three to a fully equipped and efficient police force. The stories are largely police procedurals , featuring crimes that have heavy political or societal overtones.

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The main character is Sam Vimes , a haggard, cynical, working-class street copper who, when introduced in Guards! Then Carrot Ironfoundersson , a 6-footinch-tall 1. The Night Watch manages to save the city from a dragon, we learn that Carrot is possibly the rightful heir to the throne of Ankh-Morpork, and the Patrician decides to allow Vimes to create a real police force. The City Watch have starred in eight Discworld stories, and have cameoed in a number of others, including Making Money , the children's book Where's My Cow?

Pratchett stated on numerous occasions that the presence of the City Watch makes Ankh-Morpork stories 'problematic', as stories set in the city that do not directly involve Vimes and the Watch often require a Watch presence to maintain the story—at which point, it becomes a Watch story by default.

The Wizards of the Unseen University UU have represented a strong thread through many of the Discworld novels, although the only books that they star in exclusively are The Science of the Discworld series and the novels Unseen Academicals and The Last Continent. In the early books, the faculty of UU changed frequently, as rising to the top usually involved assassination. However, with the ascension of the bombastic Mustrum Ridcully to the position of Archchancellor , the hierarchy has settled and characters have been given the chance to develop.

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The earlier books featuring the wizards also frequently dealt with the possible invasion of the Discworld by the creatures from the Dungeon Dimensions , Lovecraftian monsters that hunger for the magic and potential of the Discworld. In later novels, Rincewind also joins their group, while the Dean leaves to become the Archchancellor of Brazeneck College in the nearby city of Pseudopolis.

Tiffany Aching is a young apprentice witch and protagonist of a series of Discworld books aimed at young adults. Her stories often parallel mythic heroes' quests, but also deal with Tiffany's difficulties as a young girl maturing into a responsible woman. She is aided in her task by the Nac Mac Feegle , a gang of blue-tattooed, 6-inch tall, hard-drinking, loud-mouthed pictsie creatures also called "The Wee Free Men" who serve as her guardians. Both Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg have also appeared in her stories. Moist von Lipwig is a professional criminal and con man to whom Havelock Vetinari gives a "second chance" after staging his execution, recognising the advantages his jack-of-all-trades abilities would have to the development of the city.

After setting him in charge of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office in Going Postal , to good result, Vetinari ordered him to clear up the city's corrupt financial sector in Making Money. Case Histories. The Colour Of Magic. Night School. The Night Circus. The Heart's Invisible Furies.

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