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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (696 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline Simpson, Terry Pratchett Narrator: Michael Fenton Stevens Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Terry Pratchett joins up with a leading folklorist to reveal the legends, myths and customs of Discworld, together with helpful hints from Planet Earth.

Most of us grew up having always known when to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly some of these things are beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: Our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got here. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings, which on Earth are creatures of the imagination—like vampires, trolls, witches, and, possibly, gods—are real, alive and in some cases, kicking on the Disc.

In The Folklore of Discworld, Terry Pratchett teams up with leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson to take an irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated and affectionately libeled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld.

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  • “One of the most interesting and critically underrated novelists we have…The Folklore of Discworld—co-authored with the eminent folklorist Jacqueline Simpson—emphasizes his irreverence and drollery.”

    The Times

  • “Pratchett is, like Mark Twain or Jonathan Swift, not just a great writer but also an original thinker…funny, exciting, lighthearted and, like all the best comedy, very serious.”

    The Guardian

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth-Anne | 2/16/2014

    " Even to a seasoned Discworld fan there is much to discover here. The book takes the welcome approach of treating Pratchet's world as if it really exists, which avoids any problems of the "tricks" being spoiled by hearing too much about what inspired them. The accounts of folklore are fascinating - I know more than the average person about the subject, and there were still things that were new to me. Best of all, it makes you want to return to the Disc anew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa Curley | 2/16/2014

    " a fun supplement to Discworld. Pratchett's co-author here is a respected folklorist, and adds great background information on the "sources" of Discworld myths and lore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melinda | 2/16/2014

    " For those who have read many of the Discworld books, it's obvious that Sir Pratchett has used existing folklore as a starting point for much of what goes on in the Discworld. I liked learning about Roundworld folklore, some old, some new and the discussion on how they've changed over the years. The section on the different personas of Santa Claus is a great example. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/12/2014

    " This was an interesting read, even if it didn't provide any really new information. "

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