A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction
In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world's best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of... show more
In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world's best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett's long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press,; to the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas,all of it shot through with his inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A.S. Byatt, illustrations by the late Josh Kirby and drawings by the author himself, this is a book to treasure.
Publish date: October 11th 2012
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
4.5 stars. Stories about evenly split around there. 5 stories include the Dickensian tale of a Nightmare Christmas and the one about Granny Weatherwax. And the Chaucerian tale of hitchikers on the road to Glastonbury told in verse that's thrillingly reminiscent of Middle English rhythms, though very...
I quite enjoyed it (except for all the Kirby art, which I don't care for). Recommended for the completist.Library copy
For me, A Blink of the Screen was a venture into nostalgia. It starts at the very beginning of Pratchett’s published writing career, which, as it turns out, was when he was 13 years old. “The Hades Business,” which involves the Devil hiring an image consultant, demonstrates that while Thirteen-Year-...
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley, but I received the approval notice the same day that my brought physical copy arrived in the mail. One of the greatest literary sins in today’s world, as far as I’m concerned, is that Terry Pratchett never won the Booker or the Nobel . He should have...
Wonderful short stories. Very old short stories that fans would like. Only half way through it but I really like it. What it is, is thrown together his already published works in magazine and put it together in a book. What we got, is a treat. Most stories I like, and it kind of see the comp...