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The Art of Discworldby Terry Pratchett and Paul Kidby
Synopses & Reviews
The Discworld floats through space on the backs of four elephants standing on a giant turtle (once there were five elephants, but that's another story). It's a world bursting with magic, a land of contrasts and extremes, from the bustling metropolis of Ankh-Morpork, the oldest city on the Disc (now ruled with an iron hand in a velvet glove by the Patrician, Lord Vetinari), to the ancient empire of Klatch, where there are fifteen words for assassination. There's the mysterious continent XXXX, or Foureks, about which nothing anyone has ever heard is really an exaggeration, the tiny kingdom of Lancre and the dark country of Uberwald, where things do go bump in the night.
And then there are the inhabitants: the witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick (now a Queen, of course). There are wizards galore, Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully, the Librarian, Rincewind, the Bursar...there are the History Monks and the ancient Vampyre families. There are great heroes, like Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde, Sam Vimes, Captain Carrot and the men* of the City Watch...and there are the ordinary folk like Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, Foul Ole Ron, the Igors...and there's Death.
The Discworld might have started out in the imagination of its Creator, Terry Pratchett, but over the past 30 or more books, it has taken on a life of its own.
Here, gathered together for the first time, is artist Paul Kidby's own voyage through the Disc, in glorious color and intricate black and white: a cornucopia of characters that have won the hearts of millions of adoring readers the world over:
Here is The Art of Discworld. werewolves, zombies, gargoyles, dwarves — in fact, men of the Watch are actually few and far between these days.
Artist Paul Kidby's own voyage through Terry Pratchett's legendary Discworld, The Art of Discworld brings together — in glorious color and intricate black and white — a cornucopia of characters that have won the hearts of millions of adoring readers the world over.
Brought to life by Paul Kidby, the artist who collaborated with Pratchett on the illustrated fable The Last Hero, The Art of Discworld is the ultimate companion volume to Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld series.
A sumptuous illustrated journey through Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld universe, this lavish full-color volume is the ultimate holiday gift for the legions of Pratchett fans.
About the Author
With sales of over 30 million copies, Terry Pratchett's brilliantly funny and subtly wise books have been translated into more than 25 languages. In addition to his novels about the fantastic flat planet Discworld, Mr. Pratchett has written several children's books, including The Bromeliad Trilogy and the books about Johnny Maxwell: Only You Can Save Mankind, Johnny and the Bomb, and Johnny and the Dead. Mr. Pratchett won the Carnegie Medal for his first young adult novel set in Discworld, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, which was also named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, one of the New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and a Bank Street College Children's Book Committee Book of Outstanding Merit. Mr. Pratchett lives in the English chalk country.
Paul Kidby became a freelance illustrator in 1986, since when he has worked on projects ranging from computer game packaging to magazine covers. He began reading the Discworld novels in 1993 and was immediately inspired. He has produced, with Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs, five Discworld Diaries, as well as The Discword Portfolio, cards, book covers and calendars. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife Sandra and their three children.
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