THE COM­PLEAT DIS CWORLD AT­LAS

Edge to edge

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 22 Oc­to­ber 127 pages | Hard­back

Au­thors Terry Pratch­ett, The Dis­c­world Em­po­rium

Pub­lisher Dou­ble­day

For fans who’ve loved the Dis­c­world for more than 30 years, there’s some­thing es­pe­cially heart­break­ing about an au­thor bio that refers to Terry Pratch­ett in the past tense. But with the fi­nal novel re­leased in Au­gust, now’s a good time to look back on the en­tirety of the se­ries with this “gen­eral and de­scrip­tive ge­og­ra­phy” of the Disc. Ar­ranged like a con­ven­tional at­las, it cov­ers each of the na­tions of the Disc in turn, dis­cussing their history, gov­er­nance and op­por­tu­ni­ties for tourism. A fold- out map helps you to put each coun­try in con­text.

Though the text is amus­ing, it acts as a re­minder of what it’s not – you get a strong urge through­out to put the at­las down and be­gin a re- read of the nov­els in­stead. And more maps within the book would help to place each coun­try vis­ually with­out hav­ing to fold out the huge map or flip back and forth. This is a fun col­lectable for fans, but if you’re still to buy any of the nov­els, get them first. Then raise a drink to what we’ve lost. Rhian Drinkwa­ter

More maps within the book would help

Pratch­ett re­sisted map­ping Dis­c­world for a long time, ar­gu­ing that, “You can’t map a sense of hu­mour”.

De­tail of Metho­dia Ras­cal’s “Bat­tle Of Koom Val­ley”.

Uber­wald and the Kneck Val­ley.

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