A Blink of the Screen

A Blink of the Screen

Collected Shorter Fiction

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The first career-spanning collection of short fiction by Sir Terry Pratchett--one of the most beloved and bestselling writers of our time -- A Blink of the Screen charts the development of Pratchett's creative vision throughout his prolific career, from his early writings in school to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. Along the way we are introduced to the first published pieces from Pratchett's stint as a young journalist, the experimental stories that originated his later works, and the lyrics to the national anthem of Ankh-Morpork, among other treats. Here, readers will find new and unfamiliar characters and fictional worlds alongside well-known ones. They will also find adventure, chickens, death, disco, and actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas, all infused with Pratchett's inimitable brand of humor and energy.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016.
Edition: First Anchor Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780804169219
0804169217
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: xviii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Byatt, A. S. (Antonia Susan), 1936-

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andreareads
May 19, 2014

Fools rush in, but they are laggards compared to little old ladies with nothing left to fear.

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andreareads
May 19, 2014

Nanny Ogg didn’t often swear . . . She looked as if she habitually used bad words, and had just thought up a good one, but mostly witches are quite careful about what they say. You can never be sure what the words are going to do when they’re out of earshot.

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andreareads
May 19, 2014

It has been suggested by some wizards in the History Department at Unseen University that the rock formations in the valley, in the path of the prevailing winds, vibrate at a frequency that causes considerable unease and ill-temper in the brains of dwarfs, trolls and men, but attempts to prove this experimentally have failed three times because of fights breaking out amongst the researchers.

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andreareads
May 19, 2014

‘Make ourselves _attractive_ to students?’ said the Archchancellor. ‘Mister Stibbons, the whole Idea of a university is that it should be _hard_ to get into. Remember Dean Rouster? He used to set _traps_ to stop students attending his lectures! “I’ll tap talent from all backgrounds”, he used to say, “but a lad who can’t spot a tripwire is no good to me!” He reckoned any student who didn’t open a door very carefully and look where he’s putting his feet would only be a burden to the profession.’

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andreareads
May 19, 2014

This collection is for people who are already fans of Terry Pratchett's work, I think. The quality varies widely, but it's always interesting and often very funny.

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François_Bissey
May 16, 2014

It opens with Pratchett very first story and he cringes at it but it is very impressive for a 13 years old.

"Turntables of the night" is another favourite in there.

If you like Terry's kind of humour this is definitely a must read. I had some of this stories in other books but it is nice to have those under one cover.

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Greebo_Ogg
Jul 02, 2013

Excellent insight into Terry's 'past'. Lovely little short story in there about Nanny Ogg and Esme Weatherwax....... if your a Pratchett devotee of course.

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