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Gollancz recently announced the publication of Discworld Collector’s Library, a reprint of Terry Pratchett’s classic comic fantasy series, and the art and design for these hardcover beauties are fantastic. They are being released starting this month in the UK & Commonwealth.

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eBook Deal: Get 5 of Terry Pratchett’s DISCWORLD Novels for $1.99 Each

Today’s daily deal at Amazon includes 5 of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels for $1.99 Each for the Kindle platform (computers, kindles and smartphones).

Which novels are included? These!

Prices go back to normal after the day is over, so act fast if you want ‘em.

[via A. T. Campbell, III]

Terry Pratchett’s The Discworld Graphic Novels

Today over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at a graphic novel that comprises the adaptations of Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic.

From the post:

The Colour of Magic.  Rincewind is a wizard.  Unfortunately, he is not a very good wizard.  He never got high marks during his time attending the Unseen University.  As such, he doesn’t have many prospects.  He does have a penchant for running away and escaping danger.  Enter Twoflower, the Discworld’s first ever tourist, who has travelled from the Counterweight Continent all the way to the city of Ankh-Morpork to ‘look at things’.  This odd behavior attracts a lot of attention, as does the fact that Twoflower carries a lot of gold and doesn’t seem to understand how much that gold is worth in Ankh-Morpork versus his homeland.  Rincewind is tasked with showing Twoflower around, and seeing him safely back to his home with a pleasant story that will bring more of these ‘tourists’ to Ankh-Morpork to spend their gold.

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HarperCollins reminds us of the upcoming novel TITLE by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter, sequel to The Long Earth.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Today’s SF/F Kindle Deal is Terry Pratchett’s first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic:

Terry Pratchett’s profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett’s maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins — with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind.

Remember, Kindle books can be read on by downloading the Kindle software for computers and smartphones, or directly on a Kindle device.

Worldbuilders, a non-profit organization founded by Patrick Rothfuss, is raising money for their cause by offering a 2013 Fantasy Pin-Up Calendar. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to Worldbuilders in support of Heifer International.

Each month the calendar will feature a pin-up based on a different author’s works and/or characters illustrated by Lee Moyer. Participating authors include:
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‘Ware the Grim Reader – Stories That Enter the Realm of Death!

Ah, Death. The cuddly, soul-reaping anthropomorphic personification of mortality that is ever humanity’s companion. Not sure what we did to get our collective selves handcuffed to his bony wrist, but we’re stuck with him…at least until we figure out a cure for aging, and then we’ll just have a whole new host of issues to deal with. Death certainly holds a prominent place in genre novels. With fantasy, you’ll encounter everything from styles of “death magic” to jaunts down to the Underworld to Death making appearances as a character him/herself. Science fiction often holds up Death as a specter to be conquered–with technology often applied to cheat or stall or cure that final fate. Horror novels? Well, no need to get too obvious.

Let’s stare the Reaper in the face and see how a handful of books portray life’s inevitable end.

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Andrew Porter has forwarded us this book trailer for The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter. The trailer is a sequence of people (beginning with Pratchett and including Baxter, Neil Gaiman, Peter James, Tony Robinson, Robert Llewellyn, Michael Logan, David Logan and many others) reading from the book.

Before you see it it, it would help to know what it’s about:

The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for. . . .)

1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man’s-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?

2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive—some say mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth—and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . .

Now, here’s the trailer:
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Upcoming4.me has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Here’s the synopsis:

The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for…)

1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man’s-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?

2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive—some say mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth—and far beyond. All it takes is a single step…

The 352-page hardcover releases in the U.S. and U.K. on June 19, 2012.

Sky One is adapting Terry Pratchett’s book Going Postal. Here’s the trailer:

Whaddya think?

[via The Wertzone]

REVIEW: Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

REVIEW SUMMARY: A very scattered, disjointed Discworld novel, which has some bright spots making it worth a look.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Football finally arrives on the Discworld, as well as the Discworld’s first super-model; both of these things provide a back-drop to a classic Romeo and Juliet love story.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: Pratchett never fails to write excellent dialogue and some of the emotional points the book hits are very effective.

CONS: The plot feels all over the place, never really comes together, and then is hastily wrapped-up. Not so streamlined and precise as some previous books.

BOTTOM LINE: Someone who is already a Terry Pratchett fan will find good bits in here, I think. Someone who is not a Terry Pratchett fan will not find this a good place to start.

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Kobo Books (formerly Shortcovers) os making Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett available as a free eBook download in multiple formats. Here’s the synopsis:

The wizards at Ankh-Morpork’s Unseen University are renowned for many things–wisdom, magic, and their love of teatime–but athletics is most assuredly not on the list. And so when Lord Ventinari, the city’s benevolent tyrant, strongly suggests to Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully that the university revive an erstwhile tradition and once again put forth a football team composed of faculty, students, and staff, the wizards of UU find themselves in a quandary. To begin with, they have to figure out just what it is that makes this sport–soccer with a bit of rugby thrown in–so popular with Ankh-Morporkians of all ages and social strata. Then they have to learn how to play it. Oh, and on top of that, they must win a football match without using magic. Meanwhile, Trev (a handsome street urchin and a right good kicker) falls hard for kitchen maid Juliet (beautiful, dim, and perhaps the greatest fashion model there ever was), and Juliet’s best pal, UU night cook Glenda (homely, sensible, and a baker of jolly good pies) befriends the mysterious Mr. Nutt (about whom no one knows very much, including Mr. Nutt, which is worrisome . . .). As the big match approaches, these four lives are entangled and changed forever. Because the thing about football–the most important thing about football­–is that it is never just about football.

[via Grasping for the Wind]

GIVEAWAY: Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals

Harper Collins is sponsoring a giveaway to promote this week’s release of Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett. 3 Lucky SF Signal readers located in the U.S. and Canada have a chance to win Pratchett’s latest book. Here’s more about the book:

The wizards at Ankh-Morpork’s Unseen University are renowned for many things–wisdom, magic, and their love of teatime–but athletics is most assuredly not on the list. And so when Lord Ventinari, the city’s benevolent tyrant, strongly suggests to Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully that the university revive an erstwhile tradition and once again put forth a football team composed of faculty, students, and staff, the wizards of UU find themselves in a quandary. To begin with, they have to figure out just what it is that makes this sport–soccer with a bit of rugby thrown in–so popular with Ankh-Morporkians of all ages and social strata. Then they have to learn how to play it. Oh, and on top of that, they must win a football match without using magic.

Meanwhile, Trev (a handsome street urchin and a right good kicker) falls hard for kitchen maid Juliet (beautiful, dim, and perhaps the greatest fashion model there ever was), and Juliet’s best pal, UU night cook Glenda (homely, sensible, and a baker of jolly good pies) befriends the mysterious Mr. Nutt (about whom no one knows very much, including Mr. Nutt, which is worrisome . . .). As the big match approaches, these four lives are entangled and changed forever. Because the thing about football–the most important thing about football­–is that it is never just about football.

Here’s how to enter…

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