The Folklore of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
Doubleday Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780385611008
Date: 11 September 2008 List Price £17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Another addition to Pratchett's Discworld canon that will doubtless delight its many, many fans. As an offshoot publication, The Folklore of Discworld does cause me to consider if the franchise is becoming a little stretched, but one cannot doubt the market for such a book. A hard cover from Doubleday.
"Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, fairytales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings that on Earth are creatures of the imagination, like vampires, trolls, witches and, possibly, gods, are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc. In "The Folklore of Discworld", Terry Pratchett teams up with leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson to give an irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated and affectionately libelled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld. "