The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
Doubleday Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780385611770
Date: 24 September 2007 List Price £14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Two definitive factors cause me to wonder why this neat and compact hard cover is not a huge coffee table book - the first is the sheer number of novels that the prolific Terry Pratchett has produced in his market dominating Discworld sequence, and the second is the comparable depth of wit and wisdom that he has consistently channelled into his work.
I have said before - though I'm not necessarily a habitual Pratchett reader - that I believe he is one of the genre's sharpest satirists, and his social comment is often (and probably rightly so) overshadowed by his comic flare. Stephen Briggs brings together this collection of "...the wittiest, pithiest and wisest quotations from this extraordinary universe" and I do not envy Briggs his editorial task in trying to cherry-pick from the Pratchett canon.