Wednesday 6 October 2010

CBR2 Book 84: "The Folklore of Discworld" by Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson

Publisher: Corgi
Page count: 512 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Date begun: September 11th, 2010
Date finished: September 24th, 2010

The Folklore of Discworld is a reference book, co-written by Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson. Terry Pratchett talks about all the various aspects of folklore in his famous Discworld, while Jacqueline Simpson gives background on the folklore of our human world. Much of the folklore is mirrored or gently twisted in the Discworld. There is fascinating information on fairies, witches, trolls, dwarves, heroes, gods, magic and all sorts of things. It also features a number of very nice black and white illustrations by regular Pratchett artist Paul Kidby, which help enhance the reading experience.

The book pretty much does what it says on the tin. I would not recommend it as an introduction to general folklore if you have not read any Discworld books, as absolutely all the folklore discussed is covered from both our world and Discworld perspectives. But if you are a fan of Pratchett's Discworld, it's a great read. Contrary to what some may belive, it's clearly not just a pointless spin-off made solely to make more cash from Pratchett's already ridiculously popular universe. This is a substantial book, with a lot of cool both fantasy and real world information. It made me curious abut several aspects of our world's folklore, and it further inspired me to re-read most of his witches books while I also dipped in and out of this one.

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