After growing from humble beginnings as a Sword & Sorcery parody to more than 30 volumes of wit, wisdom, and whimsy, the Discworld series has become a phenomenon unlike any other. Now, in The Turtle Moves!, Lawrence Watt-Evans presents a story-by-story history of Discworld’s evolution as well as essays on Pratchett’s place in literary canon, the nature of the Disc itself, and the causes and results of the Discworld phenomenon, all refreshingly free of literary jargon littered with informative footnotes.
Part breezy reference guide, part droll commentary, The Turtle Moves! will enlighten and entertain every Pratchett reader, from the casual browser to the most devout of Discworld’s fans.
|Publisher:||BenBella Books, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Lawrence Watt-Evans published his first novel The Lure of the Basilisk at 24 and has since written more than 30 novels, more than 100 short stories, and more than 150 published articles and contributed to several of BenBella Books’ Smart Pop titles. He was a 1987 nominee for the Nebula Award for short story and a 1988 winner of the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo award for best short story. He has been a full-time writer and editor for more than 25 years and has also worked as an instructor of Viable Paradise on Martha's Vineyard and at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Turtle Moves!: Discworld's Story So Far based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This is lighthearted examination of Terry Pratchett's Discworld. He covers all the books individually, then by series (although he does not use the series groups that I would choose), then he discusses recurring themes.I feel a ambivalent about this book. On the one had I kept thinking that this was a good way to introduce a friend of mine to the Discworld. On the other hand I don't agree with all of his theories. For instance he believes that all of the discworld stories are about stories. While the effect of stories is a recurring theme id do not believe that all of the stories are about that. And I feel that like most fiction the Discworld is mostly about what it is like to be us here and now. I am one of the people who feel that what Pratchett says about religion and magic is a critique that has real world applications.
The Turtle Moves! Discworld¿s Story Unauthorized by Lawrence Watt-Evans is in my opinion one mans obsession. He introduces himself, as well as does two separate introductions for those that have and have not read Terry Pratchett¿s books. He is looking for a way to make a book series in the way that Pratchett has, I mean who wouldn¿t want 31 books and possibly counting in a series?
Lawrence Watt-Evans, goes into detail explaining his theories and thoughts on Pratchett¿s stories, a series that is about four elephants carrying a flat Earth while on the back of a turtle moving through space. His book is more for those that have read Pratchett¿s work, than those that know nothing about it. I felt like when I was reading his explanations, that I had missed some very vital details that only reading the books myself would solve. I can¿t say that I am going to rush right out and get one of Mr. Pratchett¿s books, but I do have to say that Mr. Watt-Evans has done an excellent job writing and researching for those that do follow the Discworld series.
Mr. Watt-Evans, I¿m sure has made Terry Pratchett proud with his explanations, all of his hard work doing the research, as well as getting it all written up and published. I have to admit that I very much enjoyed the footnotes, they were humorous at times as well as informative. As I said I didn¿t have any idea of what the Discworld series was until I read this book, but now I have a pretty good understanding, so Mr. Watt-Evans¿ book was a success! 4 Hearts
Contact Lawrence: www.watt-evans.com