Release on 2015-02-03 | by Terence David John Pratchett,Terry Pratchett
And Other Tales
Author: Terence David John Pratchett,Terry Pratchett
Pubpsher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Juvenile Fiction
An illustrated collection of 14 short stories—featuring "dragons and wizards, councilors and mayors, an adventurous tortoise and a monster in a lake, along with plenty of pointy hats and a few magic spells"— was written when the author was a teenaged newspaper reporter. 50,000 first printing.
Captain the Honourable Sir Herbert Stephen Ernest Boring-Tristram-Boring (known to his friends as Bill) is very rich but very bored. When famous explorer Alfred Tence* shows up at his front door, life gets considerably more exciting. Before long, he’s speeding off in a taxi to the mountains of Chilistan in search of the hairiest, most mysterious monster ever known – an ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN! A fantastically funny short story from the collection Dragons at Crumbling Castle. [*Yes, that Alfred Tence – the same man who punted from Brighton to Bombay in the bath. It’s true.]
Do you believe in magic? Can you imagine a war between wizards? An exciting journey in an airship or down in a submarine? Would you like to meet the fastest truncheon in the Wild West? The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner is the second fabulously funny short-story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett. A follow-up to Dragons at Crumbling Castle, this second batch of storytelling gems features stories written when Sir Terry was just seventeen years old and working as a junior reporter. In these pages, new Pratchett fans will find wonder, mayhem, sorcery, and delight—and loyal readers will recognize the seeds of ideas that went on to influence his most beloved tales later in life. As Neil Gaiman says, “a Terry Pratchett book is a small miracle”—and The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner proves to be another miracle taking its place alongside Pratchett’s astounding and cherished body of work.
From the fire-breathing beasts of North European myth and legend to the Book of Revelation’s Great Red Dragon of Hell, from those supernatural agencies of imperial authority in ancient China to the so-called dragon-women who threaten male authority, dragons are a global phenomenon, one that has troubled humanity for thousands of years. These often scaly beasts take a wide variety of forms and meanings, but there is one thing they all have in common: our fear of their formidable power and, as a consequence, our need either to overcome, appease, or in some way assume that power as our own. In this fiery cultural history, Martin Arnold asks how these unifying impulses can be explained. Are they owed to our need to impose order on chaos in the form of a dragon-slaying hero? Is it our terror of nature, writ large, unleashed in its most destructive form? Or is the dragon nothing less than an expression of that greatest and most disturbing mystery of all: our mortality? Tracing the history of ideas about dragons from the earliest of times to Game of Thrones, Arnold explores exactly what it might be that calls forth such creatures from the darkest corners of our collective imagination.
This is how the Discworld began. Here is the sapient pearwood Luggage, a mobile trunk which launders any clothes put in it and incidentally homicidally defends its owner. Here is Twoflower, an innocent tourist in a world of nightmares and fairy tales
This is the story of a young boy, named after a licence plate, and his sister, named after a type of floor polish who battle an alien menace, the void of space, scary things in sewers and massive explosions, all while discussing the psychologically paradoxical nature of evil, the universe and everything else. They are aided in their quest by Bopi, a cyborg posing as the family pet, Madame Esmeralda- a small medium, a welsh self taught astronaut in a home made suit, a computer with a head-cold and a thermonuclear bomb who is afraid to die. Cameo appearances from the men in almost black, killer robots with faulty logic circuits, a horde of giant slavering monsters, cyborgs and succubi as well as countless sci-fi in jokes and references to keep the adults amused.
The Lancre Witches, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, are the Discworld's only hope of rescue when elves threaten to take control with their hypnotic glamour. Standing stones; wizards; Morris men and Rude Mechanicals; country lore and ancient magic all feature in this adaptation.