“My goal is to read all of Terry Pratchett's books, and I've made a very large dent in a very large collection. These two were the first ones I read, when a friend at work loaned them to me. I was hooked immediately. I love his humour and outlook. I'm a fan of British humour in general, especially Monty Python and Douglas Adams; Terry Pratchett's humour is similar, and just as good, I think.”Marty d'Fried wrote this review Wednesday, June 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It can't of course match the original novel. But it is still cool to see the Discworld brought to life. Even better would be a computer role playing game based on Diacworld. Or a series of Terry Gilliam-directed movies. Until then this is a good start. ”Mr. Niman wrote this review Monday, June 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“2011 Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner”Ms. Paul wrote this review Tuesday, September 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A classic from my youth. I have an earlier edition that amazon can't find covered in plastic contact. It's probably one of the first new books i ever bought.”catweasel wrote this review Sunday, July 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The first two books of Pratchett's Discworld series are often overlooked by many people when compared to the later, more layered books. However, to dismiss them is to do them a grave injustice. What we must bear in mind is that, in order for the series to become as successful as it did, it had to begin somewhere and that beginning had to be a good one or it would never have attracted the interest in the first place.
I'm taking a liberty here as I don't own an omnibus version of the two books (as implied by this edition). The thing is, they work better when taken as one larger tome. Also, they work extremely well if you conveniently forget they are part of a (much) larger series.
If you're a fan of fantasy and have a touch of amiability regarding gentle satire, then you will probably enjoy this. Forget The Hogfather, Going Postal and even Mort (which Pratchett himself considers the true start to the series). TCOM/TLF work excellently as a stand-alone piece or two-parter. There's plenty of high adventure, silly characters with believable behaviour and enough sword and sorcery to keep most fantasy fans happy.
As far as the characters are concerned there's genuine development for all of them, even if said development dis mean them developing into corpses. Most impressive is Death. Much talked-about now for many reasons, He actually begins as a petty personality and is quite miffed that a certain wizzard [sic] continually fails to keep his appointment with destiny. As the books progress, though, he becomes almost fatalistic about the whole thing. After all, He's the only being that truly does have all the time in the world.
Much has been said about Rincewind, the wizzard, but not so much about Twoflower the foreign tourist who inadvertently begets chaos and confusion wherever he goes. Originally in possession of no knowledge of the local language and utterly naive about the way people really are, he winds up - in a believable manner - being quite an important and decisive decision maker. Of course, he will never become as worldly as survival would deem necessary, but that simply becomes one of his charms.
There are a lot of people that can't stand the Discworld novels. To them I say, "Forget the series, just buy this omnibus. It's one book, you don't need anything else, read it and enjoy it. Because you will."”
“Great. Mad, convoluted, chaotic. Great.”Craig K wrote this review Friday, December 31, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story is still great but the art is just not up to par.”Jeremy M wrote this review Tuesday, December 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book and even better when it's illustrated :)”Raluca V wrote this review Saturday, October 23, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“like it”Patrick S wrote this review Wednesday, September 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No