Dragons at Crumbling Castle

And Other Tales

Author: Terence David John Pratchett,Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544466594

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

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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.
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The Abominable Snowman

A Short Story from Dragons at Crumbling Castle

Author: Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448196256

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 35

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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.]
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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories

Author: Terry Pratchett

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 006265313X

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 256

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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.
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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection

Author: Gardner Dozois

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466870486

Category: Fiction

Page: 704

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In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.
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Mammoth Book of Best New SF 28

Author: Gardner Dozois

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472120000

Category: Fiction

Page: 704

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For decades now Gardner Dozois has been presenting his annual selection of the very best of recently published SF stories, both byoutstanding up-and-coming writers and undisputed masters of the genre. It has been voted Year's Best Anthology by the readers of Locus magazine an unparalleled eighteen times and remains the definitive anthology for both diehard sci-fi fans and newcomers to the genre. Without fail, Dozois pinpoints the previous year's most exciting and ambitious science fiction, showcasing truly exceptional contemporary writing. Contributors include: Pavel Amnuel; Paolo Bachigalupi; Jessica Barber; Elizabeth Bear; Lauren Beukes; Chaz Brenchley; Karl Bunker; Jérôme Cigut; D. J. Cockburn; Aliette de Bodard; Cory Doctorow; Greg Egan; Timons Esaias; Paul Graham Raven; James Patrick Kelly; Ellen Klages; Nancy Kress; Jay Lake; Rich Larson; Ken Liu; Ian McDonald; Mary Anne Mohanraj; Susan Palwick; Gareth L. Powell; Robert Reed; Alastair Reynolds; Adam Roberts; Karl Schroeder; Vandana Singh; Allen M. Steele; Michael Swanwick; Rachel Swirsky; Lavie Tidhar; Peter Watts; The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 28 includes, as ever, Dozois's extensive recommended reading guide and his illuminating and incisive summation of the year in science fiction. Praise for previous editions: 'Quantity as well as quality . . . every piece is a treasure.' The Times 'For more than a quarter century, Gardner Dozois's Mammoth Book of Best New SF has defined the field. It is the most important anthology, not only annually, but overall.' Charles N. Brown, publisher of Locus 'The most respected editor in the field.' George R. R. Martin 'New authors rub shoulders with old hands, and strong work from relative novices Hannu Rajaniemi and Lavie Tidhar suggest that SF's future is as bright as ever.' Financial Times 'This annual compilation of the previous year's best short stories and novellas, together with a comprehensive summation of the state of the genre and an extensive "honourable mentions" list, has become an institution over the past three decades.' Guardian
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Dragon

Fear and Power

Author: Martin Arnold

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780239416

Category: History

Page: 256

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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.
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Earthanasia

Author: Dr Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 1468973223

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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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.
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The Science Of Discworld

Author: Terry Pratchett,Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446459748

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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In the 'fantasy' universe of the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series, everything runs on magic and common sense. The world is flat and million-to-one chances happen nine times out of ten. Our world seems different - it runs on rules, often rather strange ones. Science is our way of finding out what those rules are. The appeal of Discworld is that it mostly makes sense, in a way that particle physics does not. The Science of Discworld uses the magic of Discworld to illuminate the scientific rules that govern our world. When a wizardly experiment goes adrift, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands: Roundworld, where neither magic nor common sense seems to stand a chance against logic. Roundworld is, of course, our own universe. With us inside it (eventually). Guided (if that's the word) by the wizards, we follow its story from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet and beyond. We discover how puny and insignificant individual lives are against a cosmic backdrop of creation and disaster. Yet, paradoxically, we see how the richness of a universe based on rules has led to a complex world and at least one species that tried to get a grip on what was going on. . .
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Bovine Espionage and Other Stories

Author: Catherine Baker,Simon Cheshire,Jeremy Strong,Terry Pratchett,Morris Gleitzman,Astrid Lindgren,Josephine Feeney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780198392729

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Page: 128

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With 35 hilarious novels, short stories, anthologies and comics, TreeTops Chucklers has something for everyone. Guaranteed to make reading a pleasure!Fantastic award-winning authors, funny stories and amusing artwork to make children laughPerfect for convincing even the most reluctant readers that reading is funGreat way to extend your high achieversA variety of text types, including comics, perfect for engaging reluctant readers
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