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The Pratchett Portfolio (Discworld) [Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars For Discworld fanatics only Aug. 18 2002
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Pratchett Portfolio is an impressive little book, but only serious Discworld fanatics will want to invest in acquiring it. It is quite large in format and quite thin in content, consisting of pictures and small biographical vignettes of some of the Discworld's most prominent personalities. Paul Kidby's illustrations are indeed lavish and impressive, consisting of black and white sketches alongside vibrantly colored portraits. I personally envision some of the characters, particularly Rincewind and Magrat, quite differently, but it is certainly interesting to see how a professional illustrator and bonafide Discworld fan envisions the denizens of my favorite flat planet. It must be said that Kidby ably captures the spirit of Pratchett's creations, and any favorite illustrator of Terry Pratchett's is a favorite illustrator of mine. Pratchett's biographical sketches of characters are fun to read, but there is nothing found here that cannot be found in the novels themselves. I would also note the fact that this portfolio was published in 1996, at which time only 18 Discworld novels had been published. If you are not a Discworld fanatic, you will most likely be disappointed by this item. If you are as fanatical as I am, though, the Pratchett Portfolio will take its place as an unusual, eye-catching, one-of-a-kind item in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Discworld fanatics only Aug. 18 2002
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Pratchett Portfolio is an impressive little book, but only serious Discworld fanatics will want to invest in acquiring it. It is quite large in format and quite thin in content, consisting of pictures and small biographical vignettes of some of the Discworld's most prominent personalities. Paul Kidby's illustrations are indeed lavish and impressive, consisting of black and white sketches alongside vibrantly colored portraits. I personally envision some of the characters, particularly Rincewind and Magrat, quite differently, but it is certainly interesting to see how a professional illustrator and bonafide Discworld fan envisions the denizens of my favorite flat planet. It must be said that Kidby ably captures the spirit of Pratchett's creations, and any favorite illustrator of Terry Pratchett's is a favorite illustrator of mine. Pratchett's biographical sketches of characters are fun to read, but there is nothing found here that cannot be found in the novels themselves. I would also note the fact that this portfolio was published in 1996, at which time only 18 Discworld novels had been published. If you are not a Discworld fanatic, you will most likely be disappointed by this item. If you are as fanatical as I am, though, the Pratchett Portfolio will take its place as an unusual, eye-catching, one-of-a-kind item in your collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good drawings, but not worth the price April 4 2001
By David Raz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First I must admit that I did enjoy the drawings in this "booklet". Paul Kidby did a great work, like anyone who saw his other works learns to expect. The reason I was disapointed is that for that price (more then $20) I expected much more content, and I expected to enjoy this book for much longer. For that price I can buy three books from the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discworld lives! June 14 2000
By "wiljis" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You know how two different people never see the characters of a book the same? Well, Paul Kidby has drawn the people of Discworld exactly the way I always thought they should look like.
I have never liked it when my favourite books were illustrated, but this book just made my day. It is a pure work of art, from both Kidby and Pratchett.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile addition for any Discworld fan Jan. 31 2002
By Kevin W. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a short, large-format book that contains a collection of marvelous illustrations by master Discworld illustrator Paul Kidby, accompanied by Pratchett's descriptions of the characters depicted. It's a very nice addition to any Discworld fan's collection.
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome book, but only if you can find a good price Sept. 4 2009
By Kathryn Halbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a nice little book of mainly pencil drawn character illustrations. It's great if you're a hardcore Pratchett fan or studying chracter design. Sadly, it's a very thin book and usually sold at a high price. If you happen to get lucky and find it cheap get it, but otherwise stick with the more recent Pratchett/Kidby art book. It's cheaper, larger, has more colored pieces, and is in general more bang for your buck.
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