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Strata Hardcover – Sep 15 1981

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Vhps Trade (Sept. 15 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312764294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312764296
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Quite fun and entertaining May 1 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on
So, the Discworld made its first appearance in The Colour of Magic, right? Well, yes and no. You see, two years before The Colour of Magic there was Strata!

Strata tells the story of Kin Arad, a 210-year-old terraformer who thinks she knows the history of the universe. You see, mankind is just the latest in a string of races who have shaped their universe to their own ends, creating planets with artificial histories of evolution built right into the strata of their rocks, a history as artificial as the worlds themselves. But, when an ancient astronaut steers her and two companions to a flat, disc-shaped world, an impossible world full of mysteries, Kin decides that she must get to the bottom of it all. This is the story of the discworld, and the history of...everything.

Now this is one of only two purely science fiction novels that Terry Pratchett ever wrote (the other being The Dark Side of the Sun). But, while perhaps just a little bit more serious than your typical Discworld book, it is still quite fun and entertaining. As you would expect with Pterry, the characters are quite interesting and the storyline always seems to keep you off-balance. I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good story.

If it's not exactly the father of the Discworld stories, it is at least the god-father of them. So, do yourself a treat and check out Strata!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant use of scale, no spoilers though. Sept. 13 2010
By Isa Khan - Published on
One of the most brilliant stories i have read. I only read it recently even though its an old book. Have to say, as your reading your constantly adjusting your mind to fit the entire scope of the universe and the enormous joke hidden in it. And the ending portrays a picture better than any movies. I highly recommend this.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Sharp and slyly insightful with humourous twists Aug. 3 1998
By A Customer - Published on
I first read this book years ago. It's still fun, and I enjoy remembering the geological jokes mentioned -- obviously not from a sedimentary mind. The jump from science fiction to speculative fiction to just fantasy satisfied my quest for tri-dimensional entertainment, with just enough humour to keep me guessing. His subsequent DiscWorld series has entertained me for years.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good preview material Sept. 20 2012
By vm2 - Published on
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If you are a Terry Pratchett fan, this is a must. I think it is one of the first, if not the first, Pratchett books (one of you experts out there must know). It looks and feels something like science fiction but you get the early snippets of Pratchett's Disc World beginnings.
Good SiFi! Aug. 26 2013
By E. Winer - Published on
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This is Terry Pratchett at his best. I enjoyed every bit of it! I enjoy reading SiFi books along with fantasy and this is one of the best.

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