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A collection of short fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from schooldays to Discworld and the present day.

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; and adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas, all of it shot through with Terry's inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A.S. Byatt, this is an audiobook to treasure.

©2013 Terry Pratchett (P)2015 Random House Audio

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A Blink, A Wink, A Nod

I really appreciated this compendium of every short story Terry Pratchett ever wrote, including his very first work at age 13, works perhaps not available anywhere else but in this book.
The reader did an excellent job.
I liked listening to this so much I bought the book in print as a birthday present for my grandson who is 13.

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really interesting

being a writer must be really interesting. Seeing how the writing changed and things like pacing which I didn't really know about was really interesting to me. I also like that he repeatedly said short stories are really difficult and I guess for some Riders it just depends on what they can do. just like anything else some things are more difficult for some people than other things. So that was really interesting to learn. it was also very nice to learn that I haven't read everything in Discworld. There's still some things out there that I haven't heard about or read about yet so that's really really nice it's not finished yet for me.

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I kept busting out laughing.

This would be a great introduction to get someone hooked on Sir Terry. Random bits, some that have evolved into greater works and bits about beloved caracters.

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Mostly good stories

The narration was very good.

Most of the stories were very good. Unfortunately the long earth story was very tedious, and took up too much of the audiobook.

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I still miss him

Many enjoyable short pieces and Pratchett's comments on those short pieces. He has a powerful imagination and it is fun to see it bent towards all his creativity.

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A nice way to remember Terry, but not his best

This screwball comedy crossed over from disc world to our world with some interesting insights. In the end, it probably for fans who love Terry's other Discworld novels already and want one last stroll down memory lane.

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Another perfect offering from Sir Pratchett

An fascinating look into the beginnings of Terry Pratchett's writings, meeting Cohen the Barbarian, knobby Knobs, Vimes, Cpl. Carrot and DEATH for the first was a thrill. Will read / listen many times.

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Sir Terry Pratchett is the best!

Every story is fun and interesting! Terry Pratchett is and was an amazing writer! And the voice acting nails the tone of his stories. I highly recommend

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Terry Pratchett

What else can be said, we miss you Terry. May you continue writing wheever you are.

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The Best

Always the best and I will never be lonely in my declining years on earth