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Пратчетт Терри

Пратчетт Терри

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Country:Великобритания
Year of birth:1948
Терри Пратчетт родился 28 апреля 1948 года в Беконсфилде, Бакс (Beaconsfield, Bucks). В детстве он не очень любил читать книги, но жизнь его изменилась в 10 лет, когда ему в руки попала книга «Ветер в Ивах». С этим открытием интерес к книгам у мальчонки вырос, и он стал проводить все свое свободное время за чтением.

В 1959 году Терри поступил в высшую техническую школу Уайкомб. Первый рассказ «The Hades Business» он опубликовал в школьном журнале в 1961 году, а в 1963 этот же рассказ появился в профессиональном издании. Первый свой гонорар Терри потратил на печатную машинку.

Вдохновленный своим успехом, в 1965 году Терри Пратчетт уходит из школы в журналистику. Его первый роман «Ковровый народ» («The Carpet People») был написан, когда ему было всего 20 лет. Он продолжил писать, параллельно работая в газете. В 30 лет он бросил журналистику. Когда вышла его 4-я книга, «Цвет Волшебства», и стала популярной в Corgi paperback, он понял, что писать — это его призвание, и начал писать, писать, писать...

Настоящий успех пришел к Пратчетту в 1983 году с публикацией блистательного юмористическо-фэнтезийного романа «Цвет волшебства», с которого начался грандиозный цикл бестселлеров «Discworld» («Плоский мир»), насчитывающий сейчас более 30 книг.

Терри Пратчетт также является обладателем множества премий:
1. Author of the Year Award (British Book Awards) — 3 раза.
2. Author of the Year (Booksellers Association) — 2 раза.
3. Science/Fantasy Author of the Year (British Book Awards) (1994)
4. The Guardian Children's Fiction Award (1993, 1997)
5. Children's Book Award (1997)
6. Writers Guild Award (Children's Books) (1993)
7. Smarties Prize Silver Award (9-11 age category) (1996)
8. Award of OBE for services to literature (1998)
9. Carnegie Medal (2001)

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Books of author in the series 'Discworld'

Mort

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Overall rating: 4.5, votes: 2
Mort
Genre:Фэнтези
Published:1987
Series:Discworld
Popularity:61
Language:Английский
Книга четвертая
In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can't refuse – especially since being, well, dead isn't compulsory. As Death's apprentice, he'll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won't need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he'd ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.
Sourcery

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Overall rating: 5, votes: 3
Sourcery
Genre:Фэнтези
Published:1988
Series:Discworld
Popularity:53
Language:Английский
Книга пятая
A sourcerer is born - a wizard so powerful that by comparison all other magic is just mucking around in pointy hats.
And his very existence brings the Discworld, which is of course flat and rides through space on the back of an enormous turtle, to the very verge of all-out thaumaturgical war*.
All that stands in the way is Rincewind, the failed magician, who wants to save the world, or at least that part of it which contains him. More new characters join the Discworld adventure: Conina the barbarian hairdresser, Nijel the Destroyer (whose mother still makes him wear woolly underwear) and possibly the first yuppie genie, who's into lamps as a growth area.
This time the adventure goes east, or hubwards, or whatever. It doesn't simply draw heavily on "Omar Khayyam", "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the "1001 Nights" and every Arabian B-movie ever made, it scribbles on them as well. . .
* A bad thing
The Colour of Magic

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Overall rating: 4, votes: 2
The Colour of Magic
Genre:Юмор
Published:2000
Series:Discworld
Popularity:100
Language:Английский
Книга первая
Terry Pratchett has invented a phantasmagorical universe in which a blissfully naive interplanetary tourist called Two-flower joins up with a drop-out wizard whose spells only seem to work half of the time.
Together they undertake a chaotic voyage through a crazy world filled with monsters and dragons, heroes and knaves. Pratchett has taken the sword and sorcery fantasy tradition and turned it in its ear to create an entertaining and bizarre spoof.
The Light Fantastic

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The Light Fantastic
Genre:Юмор
Published:2000
Series:Discworld
Popularity:50
Language:Английский
Книга вторая
In The Light Fantastic only one individual can save the world from a disastrous collision. Unfortunately, the hero happens to be the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world…
Equal Rites

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Overall rating: 4.3, votes: 3
Equal Rites
Genre:Юмор
Published:2000
Series:Discworld
Popularity:48
Language:Английский
Книга третья
In Equal Rites, a dying wizard tries to pass on his powers to an eighth son of an eighth son, who is just at that moment being born. The fact that the son is actually a daughter is discovered just a little too late…
Wyrd Sisters

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Overall rating: 5, votes: 1
Wyrd Sisters
Genre:Юмор
Published:2000
Series:Discworld
Popularity:25
Language:Английский
Книга шестая
Kingdoms wobble, crowns topple and knives flash on the magical Discworld as the statutory three witches meddle in royal politics. But Granny Weatherwax (of Equal Rites) and her fellow coven members find it's all a lot more difficult than playwrights would have you believe...
Everything you'd expect is here - hunchbacked kings, lost crowns and disguised heirs. And they are joined by things you haven't heard of yet, like a stage-struck thunderstorm and the first recorded instance of the in-flight refuelling of a broomstick.
Through it all the wyrd sisters ("This cauldron's got all 'yuk' in it!") battle against frightful odds to put the rightful king on the throne.
At least, that's what they think...
"Wyrd Sisters" is the sixth of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, which are now well-established as the funniest fantasy series ever - and among the funniest novels of any kind currently being published.
Pyramids

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Overall rating: 5, votes: 1
Pyramids
Genre:Юмор
Published:2000
Series:Discworld
Popularity:35
Language:Английский
Книга седьмая
It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he's been trained at Ankh-Morpork's famed assassins' school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun.First, there's the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad -- a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal -- not to mention a headstrong handmaiden -- at the heart of his realm.
Guards! Guards!

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Overall rating: 5, votes: 2
Guards! Guards!
Genre:Юмор
Published:2000
Series:Discworld
Popularity:56
Language:Английский
Книга восьмая
Some night-time prowler is turning the citizens of Ankh-Morpork, greatest city of the fantasy Discworld*, into something resembling small charcoal biscuits.
And that's a real problem for Captain Vimes of the City Watch, who must tramp the mean streets of the city searching for a seventy-foot-long fire-breathing dragon which, he believes, can help him with their enquiries.
In a city thrown into turmoil by magic, charcoal biscuits, secret societies and mad lady dragon breeders ("Just tell him 'sit' if he'sothering you"), he's just looking for the facts.
* Which is flat and rides through space on the back of four elephants who stand on the shell of an enormous turtle, as every scholar knows.
Eric

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Overall rating: 5, votes: 1
Eric
Genre:Юмор
Published:2003
Series:Discworld
Popularity:49
Language:Английский
Книга девятая
An inept demonologist wants three wishes granted--to be immortal, to rule the world, and to have a beautiful woman fall in love with him. But instead of a demon, he calls up Rincewind, the most incompetent wizard in the universe. Because Eric gives him no other choice, Rincewind tries to grant him his wishes--with hysterical results.
Moving pictures

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Overall rating: 5, votes: 3
Moving pictures
Genre:Юмор
Published:2003
Series:Discworld
Popularity:32
Language:Английский
Книга десятая
Cameras roll - which means the imps inside have to paint really fast - in the fantastic Discworld when the alchemists discover the magic of the silver screen.
But what is the dark secret of Holy Wood hill?
As the alien clich's of Tinsel Town pour into the world, it's up to the Disc's first film stars to find out...
THRILL as Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little") and Theda Withel ("I come from a little town you've probably never even heard of") battle the forces of evil and cinema advertising...
SCREAM as Gaspode the Wonder Dog nearly saves the day...
EAT POPCORN as you watch the filming of "Blown Away", the oddest Civil War picture ever made...
A Passionate Saga Set Against the Background of a World Gone Mad!
This Will Amaze You!
With a Thousand Elephants!
("And afterwards, why not dine at Harga's House of Ribs, for the best in international cuisine; only two minutes from this book...")
Reaper Man

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Overall rating: 5, votes: 1
Reaper Man
Genre:Юмор
Published:2004
Series:Discworld
Popularity:30
Language:Английский
Книга одиннадцатая
Book 11
When Death begins to question the P's and Q's of his job, he is officially retired, which leads to the kind of chaos that always ensues when a public service is withdrawn.

Witches Abroad

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Witches Abroad
Genre:Юмор
Published:2006
Series:Discworld
Popularity:25
Language:Английский
Книга двенадцатая
Book 12
Be careful what you wish for...

Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills--which unforunately left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when DEATH came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to ensure the servant girl doesn't marry the Prince.

But the road to Genua is bumpy, and along the way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling house (well this is a fairy tale, after all). The trouble really begins once these reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and must outwit their power-hungry counterpart who'll stop at nothing to achieve a proper "happy ending"--even if it means destroying a kingdom.

The Last Continent

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The Last Continent
Genre:Юмор
Published:2006
Series:Discworld
Popularity:26
Language:Английский
Книга 22
Book 22
The mystery and mystique of an unknown country make for hilarious inspiration in the latest episode of the wildly popular Discworld series.
Small Gods

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Small Gods
Genre:Юмор
Published:2006
Series:Discworld
Popularity:21
Language:Английский
Книга тринадцатая
Book 13
The thirteenth Discworld novel — In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: “Hey, you!”

For Brutha, the novice is the Chosen One. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him, now, please.
Lords and Ladies

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Lords and Ladies
Genre:Юмор
Published:2006
Series:Discworld
Popularity:23
Language:Английский
Книга четырнадцатая
Book 14
The fairies are back, but this time they don’t just want your teeth . . . Granny Weatherwax and her tiny coven are up against real elves. There’s a full supporting cast of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris dancers and one orangutan. It’s Midsummer Night — no time for dreaming. And lots of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place.
Carpe Jugulum

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Overall rating: 5, votes: 1
Carpe Jugulum
Genre:Юмор
Published:2009
Series:Discworld
Popularity:34
Language:Английский
Книга 23
Book 23
Carpe Jugulum is the 23rd Discworld novel, and with it this durable series continues its juggernaut procession onward. Pratchett is an author who inspires such devotions that his fans will fall on the novel with cries of joy. Nonfans, perhaps, will want to know what all the fuss is about; and that's something difficult to put into a few words. The best thing to do for those completely new to Pratchett is to sample him for themselves, and this novel is as good a place to start as any. But fans have a more precise question. They know that Discworld novels come in one of two varieties: the quite good and the brilliant. So, for instance, where Hogfather and Maskerade were quite good, Feet of Clay and Jingo were brilliant. While true fans wouldn't want to do without the former, they absolutely live for the latter. And with Carpe Jugulum, Pratchett has hit the jackpot again. This novel is one of the brilliant ones.

The plot is a version of an earlier Discworld novel, Lords and Ladies, with the predatory elves of that novel being replaced here by suave and deadly vampires, and the tiny kingdom of Lancre being defended by its witches. But plot is the least of Pratchett's appeal, and Carpe Jugulum is loaded with marvelous characters (not least the witches themselves, about whom we learn a deal more), comic touches and scenes of genius, and even some of the renowned down-to-earth Pratchett wisdom
The Fifth Elephant

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The Fifth Elephant
Genre:Юмор
Published:2009
Series:Discworld
Popularity:26
Language:Английский
Книга 24
Book 24
Everyone knows that the world is flat, and supported on the backs of four elephants. But weren't there supposed to be five? Indeed there were. So where is it?...

When duty calls. Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork constabulary answers. Even when he doesn't want to. He's been "invited" to attend a royal function as both detective and diplomat. The one role he relishes; the other requires, well, ruby tights. Of course where cops (even those clad in tights) go, alas, crime follows. An attempted assassination and a theft soon lead to a desperate chase from the low halls of Discworld royalty to the legendary fat mines of Uberwald, where lard is found in underground seams along with tusks and teeth and other precious ivory artifacts. It's up to the dauntless Vimes — bothered as usual by a familiar cast of Discworld inhabitants (you know, trolls, dwarfs, werewolves, vampires and such) — to solve the puzzle of the missing pachyderm. Which of course he does. After all, solving mysteries is his job.
The Truth

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The Truth
Genre:Юмор
Published:2011
Series:Discworld
Popularity:29
Language:Английский
Книга 25
Book 25
The Truth, Pratchett's 25th Discworld novel, skewers the newspaper business. When printing comes to Ankh-Morpork, it "drag(s) the city kicking and screaming into the Century of the Fruitbat." Well, actually, out of the Century of the Fruitbat. As the Bursar remarks, if the era's almost over, it's high time they embraced its challenges.

William de Worde, well-meaning younger son of reactionary nobility, has been providing a monthly newsletter to the elite using engraving. Then he is struck
The Truth is satirical, British, and full of sly jokes. Although this cake doesn't rise quite as high as it did in previous volumes, even ordinary Pratchett is pretty darn good, and those who haven't read a Discworld novel before can start here and go on to that incredible backlist.
Thief of Time

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Thief of Time
Genre:Юмор
Published:2011
Series:Discworld
Popularity:34
Language:Английский
Книга 26
Book 26
Time is of the essence in Terry Pratchett's twenty-sixth Discworld novel.
Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like underwater — how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities where there's never enough time. But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone's problems.
Thief of Time comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes and villains, yetis, martial artists and Ronnie, the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous).

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