A blink of the screen : collected shorter fiction / Terry Pratchett ; foreword by A.S. Byatt.

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    • Publication Information:
      First United States edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A collection of short fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from schooldays to Discworld and the present day.
    • Content Notes:
      Non-Discworld shorter writings. The Hades business ; Solution ; The picture ; The prince and the partridge ; Rincemangle, the Gnome of Even Moor ; Kindly breathe in short, thick pants ; The Glastonbury tales ; There's no fool like an old fool found in an English queue ; Coo, they've given me the bird ; And mind the monoliths ; The High Meggas ; Twenty pence, with envelope and seasonal greeting ; Incubust ; Final reward ; Turntables of the night ; #ifdefDEBUG + "world/enough" + "time" ; Hollywood chickens ; The secret book of the dead ; Once and future ; FTB ; Sir Joshua Easement: a biographical note -- Discworld shorter writings. Troll bridge ; Theatre of cruelty ; The sea and little fishes ; The Ankh-Morpork national anthem ; Medical notes ; Thud: a historical perspective ; A few words from Lord Havelock Vetinari ; Death and what comes next ; A collegiate casting-out of devlish devices ; Minutes of the meeting to form the proposed Ankh-Morpork Federation of Scouts ; The Ankh-Morpork Football Association Hall of Fame playing cards -- Appendix: Deleted extract from "The Sea and Little Fishes."
    • Other Titles:
      Short stories. Selections
    • ISBN:
      9780385538329 (hbk.)
      0385538324 (hbk.)
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      PRATCHETT, T. A blink of the screen : collected shorter fiction. [s.l.] : Doubleday, 2015. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 14 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Pratchett T. A Blink of the Screen : Collected Shorter Fiction. Doubleday; 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.446140. Accessed November 14, 2019.
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      Pratchett, T. (2015). A blink of the screen : collected shorter fiction. Doubleday. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.446140
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      Pratchett, Terry. 2015. A Blink of the Screen : Collected Shorter Fiction. Doubleday. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.446140.
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      Pratchett, T. (2015) A blink of the screen : collected shorter fiction. Doubleday. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.446140 (Accessed: 14 November 2019).
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      Pratchett, T 2015, A blink of the screen : collected shorter fiction, Doubleday, viewed 14 November 2019, .
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      Pratchett, Terry. A Blink of the Screen : Collected Shorter Fiction. Doubleday, 2015. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.446140.
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      Pratchett, Terry. A Blink of the Screen : Collected Shorter Fiction. Doubleday, 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.446140.
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      Pratchett T. A blink of the screen : collected shorter fiction [Internet]. Doubleday; 2015 [cited 2019 Nov 14]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.446140


Booklist Reviews 2015 February #2

Well, here's a treat: the first collection of short fiction from the creator of the fabulously popular Discworld series. About half the book is given over to Discworld stories, with the other half comprising a fascinating miscellany, including newspaper writings done early in Pratchett's career. The author's very first published short story is here, too, written nearly 55 years ago (he was 13). Also here is the story that sparked Pratchett's collaboration with Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth (2012). In addition, there is is a hysterical "transcript" of a fake political broadcast, a spoof of The Canterbury Tales, a story about a guy who's hired as Hell's public relations director, and a clever tale about Christmas cards come to life. The quality ranges quite considerably, but as a representation of the short-fiction career of one of the fantasy genre's most respected authors, this volume will be much sought after by Pratchett's many devoted fans. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2014 October #2

Though a third of the stories here are set in Pratchett's blockbuster Discworld universe, this collection ranges over Pratchett's entire career. There's even an introduction from A.S. Byatt comparing Pratchett to British fantasy stars from Tolkien to Rowling.

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LJ Reviews 2015 February #2

This collection spans the entirety of Pratchett's prolific career, beginning with the first short story he ever published (when he was just 13), "The Hades Business." Included here are original tales that inspired his "Bromeliad" trilogy and "The Long Earth" series (coauthored with Stephen Baxter) as well as some welcome additions to the "Discworld" canon. Each piece is introduced by the author, giving readers an idea of its where, when, and why. VERDICT With an introduction by A.S. Byatt, this volume provides insight into the extraordinary mind and wit of Pratchett and reveals how he evolved as a writer. An excellent introduction to his work for new readers and the pièce de résistance for longtime fans.[See Prepub Alert, 9/22/14.]—Elisabeth Clark, West Florida P.L., Pensacola

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PW Reviews 2015 February #1

Diehard Pratchett fans will celebrate this first-ever collection of short fiction from the world-famous author of the Discworld novels. These 32 pieces, which show Pratchett "playing with words to see what happens," include his student writing and stories that anticipate his later novels. The author's wry wit shines early on with the publicity-minded devil of "The Hades Business," written at age 13. "Kindly Breathe in Short, Thick Pants," "And Mind the Monoliths," and "There's No Fool like an Old Fool Found in an English Queue" celebrate "half-baked politicians" and bureaucrats. In "The Glastonbury Tale," "Twenty Pence, with Envelope and Seasonal Greetings," and "Once and Future," Pratchett twists classic tales from Chaucer, Dickens, and T.H. White. Discworld characters Cohen the Barbarian, Granny Weatherwax and her fellow witches, the wizards of Unseen University, and Lord Vetinari, ruler of Ankh-Morpork, make appearances in a special section of Discworld-related works. "Short stories cost me blood," Pratchett reminds readers, citing his much greater comfort with novels. Though the stories here aren't his absolute best writing, there is plenty to entertain curious fans. Longtime Pratchett illustrators Josh Kirby and Paul Kidby provide entertaining artwork. (Mar.)

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