poohbcarrot wrote:I took a leaf out of Batty's book and contacted the Oracle;
"They're more than just chapters. I suspect because he thought them appropriate for the story's shape - and he's taken a liking for the old Victorian style of describing the contents - though in his case in rather more cryptic form, which he enjoys. Does that satisfy??"
That explains the Moist books (but not Nation).
Well, of course. Pratchett continually experiments with styles, words, formatting and whatever he thinks works (or he enjoys just for the fun of it). As for Nation
, of course it has chapters. It's both a young adult and a non-discworld novel. Incidentally, it has been named an Honor books for the Matthew Prinz Award this year--the American equivalent of the Carnegie award.
I must, however, take exception to your suggestion that Terry is at the mercy of his American publishers, by which I assume you mean Harper. Terry has had fans from the beginning in the US, and has sold more and more books (moving to larger publishers). But he has mob scene signings for all his US book tours, was the Guest of Honor at the 2004 Worldcon. There are chapters in the British editions of the children's books, just as in the American ones. And perhaps the reason that Pratchett's rise to fame in the US was slightly slower than in the UK (and the rest of the world) lies in the fact that he is an English writer, and by and large writes about the foibles and humorous aspects of life as he sees it around him--which explains why some of his puns (for example) have to be explain to non-Brits.