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Strata - Terry Pratchett
Strata
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Strata is a comic science fiction novel by Terry Pratchett. Published in '81, it's one of his 1st novels & one of only two purely science fiction novels he's written, the other being The Dark Side of the Sun. Altho it takes place in a different fictional universe & is more science fiction than... show more
Strata is a comic science fiction novel by Terry Pratchett. Published in '81, it's one of his 1st novels & one of only two purely science fiction novels he's written, the other being The Dark Side of the Sun. Altho it takes place in a different fictional universe & is more science fiction than fantasy, it could be said to be a kind of prequel to the Discworld novels, as it also features a flat Earth similar to the Discworld. It has been called a "preconsideration" of Discworld, tho the plot and characters are modelled on (or parodies of) the novel Ringworld by Larry Niven. The Company builds planets. Kin Arad is a high-ranking official of the Company. After twenty-one decades of living, & with the help of memory surgery, she is at the top of her profession. Discovering two of her employees have placed a fossilized plesiosaur in the wrong stratum, not to mention the fact it's holding a placard which reads 'End Nuclear Testing Now', doesn't dismay the woman who built a mountain range in the shape of her initials during her own high-spirited youth. But then come a discovery of something which did intrigue Kin Arad. A flat earth was something new...
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 0552134619
Publisher: Corgi Books
Pages no: 285
Edition language: English
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The Caffeinated Bibliophile
The Caffeinated Bibliophile rated it
4.0 Strata
Enjoyable and well written sci-fi. While I can't fault it, it does lack that humour that I've come to expect and enjoy from Pratchett.One I'd be happy to revist again and again.4.5/5, losing that half a star on the lack of Pratchett's twisted humour.For my full review visit at The Caffeinated Bibli...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
2.0 Pratchett Re-Read #1
Not the best Pratchett, but an interesting read to trace the development of the Disc. It is also wonderful to read Sci-Fi that does make sense in a way. Want to see a cannibalistic Chewie? Check it out.
Kythe42's Astral Library
Kythe42's Astral Library rated it
4.0 Review of Strata by Terry Pratchett
Strata by Terry Pratchett was a quick but entertaining read. It's about a company that manufactures planets much like Magrathea from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The main character is contacted by a stranger who claims to have found a flat planet seeks to hire her to investigate this flat "...
Bookstooge's Reviews On the Road
Bookstooge's Reviews On the Road rated it
3.0 Strata
If you ever wondered how Discworld came into existence [I mean, was God having an off day or something?], this is the book for you. It is a science fiction book, much along the same lines as The Dark Side of the Sun, especially in that Pratchett's humor is noticeably toned down, to almost non-exist...
SilverPen
SilverPen rated it
3.0 Strata
I loved reading this book because it is so unlike Terry Pratchetts normal style. It seems to me this might have been his first or second book before he got his writing legs under him. Its well writen and interesting but it dosent have as much of the sence of humer that is his his trademark now. Ther...
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