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The Compleat Ankh-Morpork: City Guide Hardcover – Dec 3 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday UK (Dec 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857520741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857520746
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 2.3 x 26.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 • "You'd have thought that, by now, Pratchett would be running out of ideas; thankfully, however, the universe he created 25 years ago just keeps on giving... It's a triumphant effort." --Independent on Sunday

About the Author

TERRY PRATCHETT is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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I have to have everything I can get from Pratchett's Discworld series. Like the almanacs, maps and encyclopedic works, this city guide is a literary escape, a book mentioned within Pratchett's books, and provides some colour and background to the Discworld novels. It contains a separate map of Ankh-Morpork. I'm not sure if this is a new map or the same that was sold separately some years ago, but if you want one to pin to your wall or to frame, why not buy both? Some readers may find the local city directory style short entries less entertaining than a narrative, but if you like the various extras published over the years, you'll probably like this one as much or more than the earlier almanacks and maps.
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Makes a good gift for Pratchett fans. :) The pull-out map is very nice. This was a gift for someone who has read all the Discworld books, and they seemed very happy to receive it. The overall quality of the book (cover, print, etc.) is very good as well.
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If you can get it on sale I'd say it's worth it. It come with a giant and beautiful map of Anhk-Morpork which is about half the value of the book right there. This one is only for die-hard Discworld fans though.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa81910cc) out of 5 stars The Ankh-Morpork Yellow Pages Sept. 30 2013
By Stephen Mann - Published on
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Well, sorta.

The product is a book and a double-sided map in a shiny (plastic?) slip-cover held shut by an elastic strap.

The map is a bedsheet-sized, double-sided map of the city. It will provide hours of entertainment to the map-fascinated if they can find anywhere to deploy it in all its glory. Perhaps by evicting a child and commandeering its bedroom. The paper is a semi-gloss type that will suffer if made wet, so one's first instinct - to use it as a sail for a raft - is probably not a good one.

The book is a replica of a type of book one doesn't see outside of second hand book shops these days - a town gazetteer. Sort of like a yellow pages without phone numbers.

The town is, of course, Ankh-Morpork.

The material ranges from discussions of the various guilds including address (where appropriate), senior officers (where known) and general information (where not forbidden by law), to classified advertisements for a plethora of goods and services.

The pages have been printed to represent the age-acidized look of such publications and bound between hard covers.

This is the sort of book one dips into occasionally and stays for a while rather than reading from cover to cover. The overriding feel I got was much like that when I was given The Brand New Monty Python Bok and that year's Beano Annual; this would be something I would sample often but not all day.

In point of fact I bought my copy to help me get a game of Discworld (HC) off the blocks and running. It will be just about perfect for that.

Recommended for Discworld fans everywhere.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa81a7600) out of 5 stars surprise after surprise Jan. 25 2013
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Just bought it while walking a mall in Southern London, bought it as an inspiration for printed design having no clue about its content, I believe when people read about "fantasy" world they just don't get the full picture of it, this publication is hillarious, like nothing else, if you get it don't leave a stone unturned or a word unread, EVERYTHING has its meaning and the biggest devil is in the smallest detail, I think this can be re-read multiple times and each time will end with a yet another discovery, this isn't just great story telling, the sophistication is simply unparalleled, Mr. Pratchett is a novelist-genius
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa81a7660) out of 5 stars Every Visitor needs one Feb. 9 2014
By mel - Published on
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The ancient city of Ankh-Morpork grew rather haphazardly and was never subjected to the dictates of a city planner. A guide and map is therefore essential for any prospective visitor who wishes to find their way through the intricate alleyways of this exotic metropolis. This is especially important if the visitor wishes to seek out or avoid some of the intriguingly different cultures that inhabit this most cosmopolitan of cities. This handsomely illustrated guide has a generous section of helpful advertisements to aid tourists seeking accommodation, amusements, business opportunities, educational institutions, night life or food. I would advise very careful study indeed of the guide before venturing into this fascinating city, about which so much has been written. Cultural ignorance might easily lead to perhaps fatal embarrassment if for example a visitor attempted to buy food in a dwarf bread shop. Highly recommended for the fantastic journey. Don't leave home without it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa81a77e0) out of 5 stars Brings the city to life Jan. 31 2013
By J. Badgley - Published on
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I wish I had this book three years ago when I started reading through the series from start to finish. Having a guide of all businesses and important locations within the city makes the stories feel so much more real.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is a must have for Discworld fans and fanatics alike.

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