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by Craig Cabell

eBook Terry Pratchett: The Spirit of Fantasy download ISBN: 1843585073
Author: Craig Cabell
Publisher: John Blake; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 246
ePub: 1458 kb
Fb2: 1864 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: History and Criticism

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Craig Cabell is only interested in airing his subjective views, which I do not agree with. CC uses a lot of words to tell about all the books he has read, which in my opinion does not relate to TP's books. I love Terry Pratchett's work for its universality, its politics and humanism, but found Mr. Cabell's book a tired and repetitive wander through the history of Science Fiction and Fantasy writing, diverting into his own favourites at intervals. He obviously sees himself as a sort of Rincewind and has no understanding at all of the complexity of the other truly great characters - Sam Vimes, Granny Weatherwax, etc.

Terry Pratchett is one of the most loved writers in the world. 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.

There is a Bruce Springsteen line in the song ‘Two Hearts’ (from the album The River) that says that people grow up to dream again. Perhaps another side to fantasy isn’t just the instruction of moral duties to children, it is the reminder to adults to remember those teachings and pass them on to the younger generation themselves. Writing for Children. This is the story of Pratchett's life and work. Craig Cabell is the author of The Doctor Who's Who,Ian Fleming's Secret War,Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus, and Snipers: Profiles of the World's Deadliest Killers. Country of Publication. He has courageously faced the disease head-on, equalling the determination of his characters in his vivid and satirical novels.

Terry Pratchett: The Spirit of Fantasy.

Revaluation Books (Exeter, United Kingdom).

Terry Pratchett – The Spirit of Fantasy is not an unofficial biography and not a Discworld companion

Terry Pratchett – The Spirit of Fantasy is not an unofficial biography and not a Discworld companion. This book is about the fantasy genre and one of its greatest practitioners, Terry Pratchett, a man who has earned his place on the bestseller lists and is still continuing to break down the boundaries of his chosen genre. Science fiction is a subset of fantasy.

The extraordinary life story of one of the most beloved writers in the world, including his courageous battle with Alzheimers
Comments: (7)
So disappointed, as seemed I was just reading things I already knew from intros and prefaces of other books, and web site things, and wherever, whatever. A long slow discussion of the difference between Science Fiction and Fantasy, and which Terry's books are aren't, and some understandable complaining as to why seems Terry's 'Bestselling' books are NEVER on the Bestseller shelves of bookstores, and but then a scantiest view of the tiniest bit of Terry's life (nearly all of which I already knew) and then some discussion of his work, which I didn't want, or need, and mostly didn't agree with. Some nice pictures, and the rest should just be on a web site, and maybe it is? A big hefty handsome volume of not much. I wanted to learn all about Terry Pratchett! Must look elsewhere. (RIP, Terry...)
I expected a deeper look at Pratchett's background and of his novels as well. I'll admit to some bias here as Cabell seems to feel that the character that most embodies the spirit of Pratchett's work is the inept wizard Rincewind, the one Pratchett character that I cannot stand. I would like to have seen more analysis of such characters as Granny Weatherwax, Lord Vetinari and Sam Vimes. Each of these is touched on but then Cabell is off onto something else, skimming very briefly over themes and characters that I feel deserved a closer look. One very puzzling bit, in the list of Discworld movies, is the inclusion of the name of every single person who worked on any part of each movie. As one of those people who sits through every last frame of the credits at movies, I can appreciate the work that people put into a film, but here, was it necessary? The space could have been used for more exploration of Pratchett's novels. A decent read, but I don't think the author came close to examining why Sir Terry is "the spirit of fantasy."
Terry Pratchett has kept us all enthralled with his wit and fascinating story telling. He embodies the spirit of fantasy and is amongst the greatest story tellers of our time. An interesting look into what makes the man tick.
As a new-ish but now devoted fan of Terry Pratchett's writing, I'm sorry to say I was truly disappointed in this book. It should have been titled "The Spirit of Fantasy - with a few mentions of Terry Pratchett". For a title that claims to "examine his extraordinary life", I learned absolutely nothing about his life whatsoever, less than can be found free, online, in any interview. The author seems much more interested in promoting the view that he (Cabell) himself is a wide reader of fantasy and science fiction through the use of numerous barely relevant quotes by other authors (most other than Pratchett) scattered liberally throughout the very thin text. It reads much like a college student's dissertation or analysis of the genre, rather than a work about Terry Pratchett. The body of the book, the part I assume was to be a reflection of Pratchett's work in light of his life, was a glancing fly-by of a few of Pratchett's early and then latest work set against a discussion of other fantasy and sci-fi. Any fan will know - or be able to learn - more of Pratchett by reading Pratchett himself, or any interview with him, than was found in this book. I left the ending with the awful feeling this book was written to take advantage of the popularity of the man, not celebrate his life or his work in any way. If you want to spend your money on something Pratchett, buy anything by Pratchett himself, or support one of his causes. Get this book from your library if you're still truly interested.
As an avid Terry Pratchett fan, I was excited to start this book. First off, be aware that almost half the book is lists. It contains everything ever produced by Terry Pratchett-lists of early writings, TV and Movie adaptions, all his books including collectors editions etc. 62 pages worth. A thorough and complete list for the person who wants to read or own everything Pratchett.

The content of the book itself was ok. I was semi interested until I got to page 74 where he says, "If one feels betrayed that one hasn't seen a dragon in a Pratchett fantasy, one has to note that it is not necessary to see it." This author spent several chapters talking about his favorite Pratchett books one in which his favorite character Rincewind RODE ON A DRAGON in one of the books he allegedly preferred over all the others! In the book "Guards! Guards!" They fought a dragon that took over the city! It was the story line to the whole book! One of the major characters in the City Watch story lines (and is in several books) is married to a woman who run a sanctuary for orphaned swamped dragons (she's also in several books)! Did this guy read more than 3 or 4 of Pratchetts books? He claims he only likes the early ones but only talks about 2 or 3. At this point I don't know if I will continue to read the work of someone who can't be bothered to do his research but expects people to take him seriously as a writer.
Being a large fan of Terry Pratchett and the Discworld, I was given this as a gift over Christmas. It's a strange read that describes nothing about the life "of the man behind the magic." Cabell seems more intent to throw in random quotations from other authors, and then try to fit them to Pratchett's life.

This is written by a man who seems more interested in editions and values of books than he is in what they contain.

Avoid. If given as a present, thank them graciously, and then proceed to trade in for some old, well-loved Discworld paperback at you local bookstore and then give it to a friend.
It wasn't as good as I expected but was an interesting work on the writer's views on the work of PTerry