In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world’s best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett’s long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press, and the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series.
Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco, and actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas, all of it shot through with his inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A. S. Byatt
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By James on 11-07-13
This is not just one for the fans
This is a fantastic rendition of "A Blink of the Screen". As a huge Terry Pratchett fan, I bought the book when it was released and read most of the way through the numerous short stories over the course of a week until I mistakenly left it in a Hotel room on holiday. With this in mind, and with a long plane ride looming, I quickly turned to Audible and downloaded the Audio book; and I am so glad that I did.
As I have mentioned, I am a huge Pritchett fan, reading and listening to almost all of his works; therefore I am quite familiar with Stephen Briggs giving voice to the varying characters, so I knew I would be in safe hands with this purchase.
For those of you that are unaware, this book is a collection of short stories from throughout Sir Terry Pratchett's long career right back to his first works in school to the current day. This gave a fan of his work such as me, a great insight into the development of themes and characters that entered our lives in the books that we know and love.
Putting aside the short stories from the Discworld (which as just as great as the novels) the other Novellas are equally as witty, fun loving and sometimes heart-warming with my favourites being "The Hades Business", "Rincemangle, The Gnome of Even Moor" and “Theatre of Cruelty”. Not only is this book well compiled and recorded but the voice acting brings the characters to life.
All in all, this is a fantastic listen for anyone not just the loyal followers of Sir Terry Pratchetts work.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Martin on 08-12-12
As good as he's ever been.
With the discworld so familiar, we're almost too comfortable with Pratchett. Brilliantly compelling and storytelling at its best, but this collection bring together some older stuff that reveals a freshness we've not seen for a very long time.
A rare treat.
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By Mim on 09-01-13
For the collector who can't bear a hole...
I have most of the titles in various anthologies but there were a couple of holes this book filled. It is fantastic to have them all together and so well narrated.
From the first published story he wrote at 13, to the Drabble, to the story that fits into the Long Earth and various other favourites, this shows the skill and inventiveness of this marvellously talented author.
(The author notes with some of the stories are useful to understand the chronolgy of time and the progress of his prowess.)
I am so pleased to have stumbled over this quite be accident while searching for 'Nation'. Well done Audible.
By Jacobus on 21-11-12
Expected a bit more
More or less two-thirds of the book consists out of loose short fiction stories Terry Pratchett wrote over the span of decades. A third of the stories takes place in the well-known Discworld milieu. While there were one or two really good stories in the first two-thirds of the book, including his very first published story that he wrote age 13, I didn't warm up to most of them. While Michael Fenton-Stevens did a wonderful job in reading these stories, content-wise it felt a bit mediocre. Don't get me wrong, Pratchett plays with brilliant ideas, yet it is not his best writing.
I enjoyed most of the Discworld short stories, that said I am positively prejudiced towards those. Stephen Briggs was his own brilliant self in bringing these stories to life.
If you need something relaxing and which is good for a chuckle and occasional laugh, I would recommend "A Blink on the Screen." However, don't expect a masterpiece. On the other hand, Pratchett is Pratchett and worth listening to.