The Spirit of Fantasy Press Release

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The Spirit of Fantasy Press Release

Postby RJH » Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:45 pm

The Spirit of Fantasy
3rd October 2011, £17.99 hardback

Terry Pratchett is one of the most loved writers in the world. With worldwide sales of over 65 million copies in 37 languages, his novels are eagerly awaited by his legions of fans year after year. His first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was released in 1983 and ever since then the series, with its whimsical heroes and fiendish foes, has delighted both young and old alike.

In 2007 Pratchett announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He has courageously faced the disease head-on, equalling the determination of his characters in his vivid and satirical novels.
In Terry Pratchett – The Spirit of Fantasy, Craig Cabell examines his extraordinary life, showcased against the backdrop of his irreverent works.
With 2011 the 40th anniversary year of his first novel, The Carpet People, this is a fitting time to pay tribute to the author’s artistic achievements and celebrate one of Britain’s true national treasures. Featuring an in-depth look at the man and his work, as well as on-screen adaptations and a complete UK bibliography and collector’s guide, this is essential reading for any fan.

About the author

Craig Cabell is the author of 17 books including Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus, The Doctors – Who’s Who and the acclaimed Operation Big Ben – the Anti-V2 Spitfire Mission 1944-45 with Graham Thomas

HOWEVER.................

Terry has posted this -->

"After numerous enquiries I would like to make it clear that although I am indeed working on my autobiography, the book 'Terry Pratchett - The Spirit of Fantasy' is not officially authorised in any way. The writing of my personal account of my life is well under way, including all the saucy bits and lies I can now tell because the people who know otherwise are now dead :)

Further more, just to clarify, due to our punishing writing schedule neither Rob or myself will be attending the Irish Discworld Convention this year."


http://bricksandbooks.co.uk/2011/the-sp ... s-release/
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:14 pm

From what I've read elsewhere it's not that good, not authorised and does not add a lot more than what has gone before, a bit of a jump on the bandwagon type book, so I for one will give it a miss. :)
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Postby LilMaibe » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:36 pm

From what I saw of it after reading this thread it seems to me as if someone just copy-pasted stuff from the net and tries to cash in on other people's works.
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:54 am

They've got a book by this guy - 'The Doctors – Who’s Who' remaindered at The Works for a couple of quid. If I buy this book at all (which I probably won't) I'll wait until it's at a bargain price. £17.99 is just too much.
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Postby RJH » Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:42 am

LilMaibe wrote:From what I saw of it after reading this thread it seems to me as if someone just copy-pasted stuff from the net and tries to cash in on other people's works.


I have not heard anything good yet, I got sent the press release by his publishers yesterday so I posted it up on my site and here but will reserve judgement till I have read it for myself, if it is anything like the Turtle Moves it will be rubbish. I for one am looking forward to the official one that comes straight from the horses mouth so to speak.
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:35 pm

If you're into bios then an author's own one really isn't going to be bettered is it?

It's not as though Terry's Jordan (Katie Price :roll: ) and can't string 2 interesting words together without a ghost writer and touting for some dubious publicity by having her implants out / doing something stupid with her current 'partner' or losing her veneers :twisted: :lol:
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Postby Jason » Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:48 pm

I've had the misfortune of reading this. It's not a biography it is basically someone saying what he likes about Terry books and offering comparisons to [insert other author name here]. And I found quite a few inaccuracies in there for good measure.

There is nothing new or interesting in the book. It reminds me of the spate of bad Discworld / Terry related books that came out a while ago. Like the unofficial companion and The Secrets of the Wee Free Men.

Really, please save you money. I'll try to write a more constructive review for next month's Discworld Monthly but I think I will find it hard to be positive about anything in it.
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Postby RJH » Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:54 pm

Jason wrote:I've had the misfortune of reading this. It's not a biography it is basically someone saying what he likes about Terry books and offering comparisons to [insert other author name here]. And I found quite a few inaccuracies in there for good measure.

There is nothing new or interesting in the book. It reminds me of the spate of bad Discworld / Terry related books that came out a while ago. Like the unofficial companion and The Secrets of the Wee Free Men.

Really, please save you money. I'll try to write a more constructive review for next month's Discworld Monthly but I think I will find it hard to be positive about anything in it.


Thanks for the feedback will not buy it now, so far avoided all the unofficial stuff like this and will continue to do so
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Postby deldaisy » Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:55 pm

Jan Van Quirm wrote:If you're into bios then an author's own one really isn't going to be bettered is it?

It's not as though Terry's Jordan (Katie Price :roll: ) and can't string 2 interesting words together without a ghost writer and touting for some dubious publicity by having her implants out / doing something stupid with her current 'partner' or losing her veneers :twisted: :lol:


:shock: :shock: :shock: Terry's got implants!!!!???? :shock:

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....*rereads* ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh :oops: okay then
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Postby RJH » Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:33 pm

Just to let those interest know you can pick up this book for as little as £4.99 from your local works store.
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Postby meerkat » Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:38 am

Ugh, no! I'll wait for Terry's own thanks.

Out of pique, I wonder how big the band wagon is that all these so called 'writers' seem to jump on?
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:35 am

This guy already seems to have cashed in on Dr Who and Ian Rankin. :roll:
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Postby Dotsie » Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:43 am

How much cash can be coming in though? He keeps getting remaindered, why are publishers still paying him? Money for old rope :roll:
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Postby Antiq » Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:56 pm

Meh. I will totally wait for Terry's own book, thank you. Sniff.
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