The World of Poo – Terry Pratchett

Discworld #39a Young Geoffrey, sent to visit his grandmother in the big city of Ankh-Morpork, has a chance encounter with avian excrement, and decides to open the world’s first poo museum. Apparently this is something of a meta-book, having been mentioned in the Discworld novel Snuff. The book brims with Terry Pratchett’s characteristic humor, forthrightly brought to bear on a basic human need. It’s not his funniest book, but it’s light, good-natured, and fun. The…

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The Carpet People – Terry Pratchett

The Munrung tribe, forced out of their village by the devastation of Fray, followed by a wave of snarg attacks, try to make their way through the Carpet to the capital. Somehow, despite the efforts of chief Glurk, his clever brother Snibril, and wise Pismire, they get off track. Often. I can’t say The Carpet People is really a good book. It’s awkward, choppy, and overall feels like the work of an earnest novice, which…

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The Long War – Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

Long Earth #2 With the cross-dimensional Long Earth relatively established, distant versions of Earth begin to chafe at Datum’s Earth’s attempts to control them. When the humanoid trolls encounter prejudice and violence, famed dimension-stepper Joshua Valiente once more feels called upon to step in. Baxter and Pratchett’s first entry in this series, The Long Earth, proved a disappointment that didn’t play to either author’s strength. Despite that, it had some interesting moments. This book doesn’t.…

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The Long Earth – Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

Long Earth #1 A simple wiring diagram posted on the internet gives almost every unfettered access to alternate Earths. Joshua, who can ‘step’ to other worlds unaided, explores the ‘Long Earth’ as assistant to a Tibetan reincarnated as a electronic intelligence. Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter are about as unlikely a pairing of SFF authors as one could imagine, the one ever lighthearted and focused on comedic fantasy, the other dour and with a manic…

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