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The author of the book: Terry Pratchett
Edition: Pocket Science fiction
Date of issue: May 1998
ISBN 13: 9782266113120
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.73 MB
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I think, for the preservation of sci-fi as a book genre, this book should only be read by either fans of Terry Pratchett himself or of obscure, vintage sci-fi. And I reason thus...
Terry Pratchett is an amazing writer. Of fantasy. I know many people would argue, but I don't think he would have become half the writer he was if he had not been writing in the fantasy genre. His ability to write about people is what made him wonderful and well-loved, but putting that in to a fantasy setting made it.
The Dark Side of the Sun is a half-decent attempt at sci-fi. It has all the elements of a humorous lark á la Hitchhiker's and has some great imagination when it comes to technology, but there always seemed to be too much happening at once. Terry had a hard time explaining everything in a well-thought out manner.
The best thing about this book? If you're a PTerry fan, it is the sheer amount of Discworld references (I say references, but this was a pre-cursor to Discworld so it's more of a starting point). We have Small Gods here, Hogswatch and klatch and probably a couple of character traits in the robots and humans. Widdershins may as well be on Discworld, only a Discworld that is 2000 years in to the future and has more advanced technology than the slide rule.
It is a fairly decent yarn, with a good story arc and some great comedy sci-fi moments. The humour was lacking slightly, as if he was just a little apprehensive. The ending was useless in all fairness, but you can see the tiny seedling shoots of PTerry's genius here. I mean, it was published about five years before Discworld, and it's nice to know that a man like PTerry started his career with a slight failure. It makes you feel good about yourself.
Imaginative? Yes. Humorous? Fairly. Epic to read about Hogswatch before Discworld had even been born? Totes. It's nice. It's a very quick read. It'll make you chuckle a little, if only at how rubbish it is considering who wrote it. But it's hugely enjoyable because that's what he does to you. He makes you enjoy stuff, the bastard.
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Read information about the authorSir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987, he turned to writing full time.
There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal.
A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback - Harper Torch, 2006 - and trade paperback - Harper Paperbacks, 2006).
In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry published Snuff in October 2011.
Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.
In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.
Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.
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