Sir Terry Pratchett’s conclusion to his madcap epic Discworld was released last week to the joyous acclaim you’d expect. (See review snippets below.) If you’re a newbie to the Discworld phenomenon, Harper’s Epic Reads team at Harper gives you the intro you really need in under two minutes.
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With his big Gandalf-style hat and white beard, Sir Terry Pratchett slightly resembled a shorter version of Tolkien’s famous wizard. He himself was certainly a wizard of the page, the most endearing comic novelist since P.G. Wodehouse. But, unlike Wodehouse, he wasn’t just funny; Pratchett was also a moralist. Throughout his tales about the half-medieval, half-Dickensian magic kingdom of Discworld, he skewered bigotry, jingoism, cruelty and every kind of intolerance and zealotry…. The Shepherd’s Crown is certainly a worthy crown to Terry Pratchett’s phenomenal artistic achievement.”
— Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
“Pratchett’s characteristic generosity is very much at the fore of this final Tiffany Aching tale, the last Discworld novel….Rather than tie everything up with a simple happily-ever-after, the ending leaves Tiffany poised to begin a new phase of adulthood—one with the potential for adventures that are now up to readers to imagine. Pratchett’s final work is a tour de force of compassion, great wit, and gleeful storytelling. He will be missed.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Shepherd’s Crown (9780062429971) by Terry Pratchett. $18.99 hardcover. 9/1/15 on sale.