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Discworld Monthly - Issue 66: October 2002

Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
2. News
3. Readers' Letters
4. New Trivia
5. Info: Spanish Discworld Newsletter
6. Thud in the Shops & Thud Competition
7. Review: Night Watch
8. The End

1. Editorial

Welcome to issue 66. New Zealand fans may like to know that Terry will be touring in November (14 - 16th). At the moment the events are yet to be fully confirmed. Details will soon appear at and if you want more information you can email

So far the following events are planned:

Thursday 14 November

Friday 15 November

Saturday 16 November

Jason Anthony (Editor)
William Barnett (Deputy Editor)
Richard Massey (Low Energy Lightbulb Expert)

2. News

Tickets go on sale on 30 September for the Studio Theatre Club's world premiere production of NIGHT WATCH adapted by Stephen Briggs which is being staged on 21 - 25 January 2003 at the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon.

The lilac is in bloom, Sybil is in labour and Vimes is in hot pursuit of a psychopath - but his day hasn't even _started_ to get interesting yet!

Ticket information from

Unseen Theatre Company presents The Fifth Elephant at the Bakehouse Theatre - 255 Angas St, Adelaide on October 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26 at 8pm. Tickets cost 14 AUD Adults, 12 AUD Conc, 10 AUD (Group 10+). Bookings can be made by calling Betty on 82962004 or BAS 131 245 or Visit for more information.

The 2002 Discworld Convention Committee writes:

We have just opened our third Charity Prize Draw - this time we are raising money for a theatre in Prague, which has greatly impressed Terry with its Discworld productions, and which suffered great damage during the recent floods.

Tickets cost 2.50 GBP each, and the prizes include a proof of "Night Watch", a copy of "Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature", and a limited edition Josh Kirby print. These and the many other prizes have been kindly donated by various people, including Colin Smythe and Stephen Briggs - many thanks to them.

To order your tickets, and to see the rest of the glittering array of prizes, visit - you can order online with a credit card, or by post with a cheque/postal order. But don't delay - the Prize Draw closes on 8th October!

Hollie Moore writes: I wanted to let you know about our current charity auction which features the [abridged] audio tapes of Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents which has been signed by Tony Robinson who reads the story. To visit this auction click

A specially enhanced version of WYRD SISTERS is soon to be staged for the first time in the UK. With the kind permission of Stephen Briggs a conversation between Nanny and Granny has been added. Mr Pratchett and Mr Briggs have been invited to attend any one (or indeed all) of the performances, where they will be able to see and hear for themselves the "improvement"!

The Scunthorpe Little Theatre Club, an amateur dramatic society with over 40 years experience, will be performing "Wyrd Sisters" at the Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire from 29th October to 2nd November 2002. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. For more information call the Box Office on 01724 277733/277744. Tickets are 4.50GBP and 4.00GBP and there is a group discount available. This is The Scunthorpe Little Theatre Club's first adventure into the Discworld, but to view previous productions and preview photos of "Wyrd Sisters", visit their website at

Braintree Dramatic Society (Essex) are performing "Lords and Ladies" from 20th-23rd November at the Institute, Bocking End, Braintree at 7.45pm. Advanced booking from Hannay Booksellers, High St Braintree or pay on the door. Tickets 5 GBP (4 GBP Concessions) any further information, phone (01371)820334

The Purple Theatre Company will be performing Lords and Ladies at the Compass Theatre in Ickenham, West London at 8pm on Wednesday 13 November to Saturday 16 November with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on the Saturday. Tickets are priced at 5 GBP for the opening night (Wednesday 13 November) and 6.50 GBP (concessions) and 7.50 GBP for all other performances. To book tickets call our box office on 07050 605081

For credit card bookings, call the Compass Theatre box office on 01895 673200. Alternatively, you can book tickets by sending a cheque (made payable to The Purple Theatre Company) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to :- The Purple Theatre Company, 94 Inwood Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 1XL

Further information and on-line booking is available via the website

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KatyBob writes: Having been forced by my evil parents to leave the convention on Sunday evening (at 11 pm! I ask you.) I sadly don't have a few of the issues of the Chronicle Live update (at least I assume not). From memory, the ones I do have are 1, 2, 2a, 3, 4 and 4annabit. Could anyone who's willing to post me photocopies of those I missed please email me? Thanks! (Oh, and I live in England. So if you're from forrin parts feel free to ignore this.)

Chris Carolan writes: am urgently seeking solace as I have lost my deer [sic] friend Herne . . . . she's out there somewhere and I haven't heard from her or seen her for maybe 5-6 years. Last sighted hanging around near the mirror image of El-Cid (she'll understand the reference) and I need to find her p.d.q. Herne ... if you're out there please e.mail C.M.O.T. at

Johnny Wilson writes: I'm a sixteen year old from Banbury, very near Oxford who works in the technical arts - stage lighting and sound. I've also experience in some stage management. I'd just like to say that if anyone is running a DW play in the nearby area and would allow me to come and help, I'd love to. I'd just like to get involved. Thanks! =)

Jill Kennair writes: This may sound like a crazy request but my husband is a huge fan of Terry Pratchett, he has read all of the books, countless times but this is my dilemma...he wants to branch out into other authors in the same genre but doesn't want to get caught reading anything that is going to be substandard... are there any authors that you can recommend that are "worthy"?

Jagtazman writes: I am looking for a Rincewind and Librarian Pencil Print by Paul Kidby. Is anyone is willing to sell me theirs?

Ben Deloughry writes: I am looking for somebody who has a copy of Discworld 2 in very good condition with box, manual etc for PC preferably but Playstation will do.

Caroline Lee writes: I live in Tampa, Florida in the United States and wanted to let American fans know about the Necrocomicon is here in Tampa October 4-6 2002.

3. Readers' Letters

If you have any letters/comments, please email

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This month we have a Clarecraft key ring to give away. Clarecraft have a long history of making models of Discworld Characters. For more information about all Clarecraft products visit their web site at

* From: "Katuscia Cummings"
I'm a huge Pratchett fan. The taped stories are great, but is there any chance of getting them on a single CD (or even 2) instead of 6 or 8 tapes which have a tendency to migrate? Losing tape number 3 out of a set makes the whole story very frustrating.

JA replies: A couple of years ago ISIS made about five of their Discworld audio books available in MP3 format, each on a single CD. Unfortunately they would only play on Windows based PC's as they came out as Windows Media MP3 files. Obviously the abridged versions from CORGI are available that fit on two cassettes but I personally wouldn't recommend them.

* From: "Kevin Sigman"
I really love your email newsletter and look forward to reading it when it comes in. I am a HUGE Pratchett fan from over the other side of the Atlantic in Tallahassee, FL. I just attended one of the largest sci-fi/fantasy conventions in the States, DragonCon. Every year I am surprised by the lack of Discworld related things at this convention. I know that Terry's books are more popular in the UK, but there are many, many fans over here in America. I would really like to approach the organizers of this convention with the idea of starting a Discworld programming track for DragonCon. I think it would be immensely popular provided it is organized well and has a lot of fun things to do for us Pratchett fans.

I wanted to know if you, your readers or anyone else had any advice they could give me regarding this. Thank you for your time and I look forward to Night Watch and the next Discworld Monthly!!

DWM replies: You could contact the North American Discworld Society at the following web address (the site hasn't been updated in about three years but you can still subscribe to WOSSNAME the NADs newsletter).

* From: "Avatar"
I'm an 18 year old Terry fan from Germany and I've received your newsletter for 6 months I guess. I don't have content questions because most articles are quite easy to understand but I've got one translation question.

In the actual DWM newsletter you answered Isabella's question about the order in which Terry wrote his novels.

(The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Equal Rites, Mort, Sourcery, Wyrd Sisters, Pyramids, Guards! Guards!, Eric, Moving Pictures, Reaper Man, Witches Abroad, Small Gods, Lords and Ladies, Men at Arms, Soul Music, Interesting Times, Maskerade, Feet of Clay, Hogfather, Jingo, The Last Continent, Carpe Jugulum, The Fifth Elephant, The Truth, Thief of Time, The Last Hero, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Night Watch (November) & Wee Free Men (next year).)

Now - because I'm German - I've got to ask if you know the German names of these books. Especially the "newer ones" since "Hogfather". Their names are unknown to me. If you know them, or a source where I could find them, please answer me.

* From: "Emily Freeman"
I don't know if this is a valid question or not but: how hard (or should I say easy) does the typical Pratchett reader (sorry I can't remember if there was an agreed name) find the books are to read? I suppose it depends on how much you've read but... does ANYONE find it very hard? .

The thing is: my brother and I can read one PTerry book in 24 hours (except during school times... sadly homework has to come before the Discworld), give or take a day (if that makes any kind of sense) BUT We both read a lot and have been Discworld followers from a very young age (my brother started reading them at around 12/13 and I was on Wyrd Sisters in primary school). My best friend, however, finds them harder than stuff like Austen. She still enjoys them but it can take months for her to read one Discworld book.

Why is this? What is the norm? Do most people find it easy to read Pratchett? Is it only people who read a lot? Does it depend on what age or how long you have been reading his books? It really is interesting, but this case may be unusual, maybe all you Diskies are scoffing "24 hours! Pah! Give me 5" Anyway if the case is that the more Pratchett you read the easier it is, then hopefully with The Amazing Maurice Terry, and all associated clubs (inc. DWM) etc. have a secure future. Was this planned? Hmmm what do you think?

WB replies: As per my review, I read Night Watch in about 7-8 hours on the day I got it. Stayed in bed in order to do so.

* From: "traceyaitken"
Can you tell me the official fan club of the Discworld etc please?

DWM replies: There's no 'official' fan club but some organizations are very well established & have frequent contact with Terry. For example L-Space ( and GOFAD (

* From: "Gavin Young"
In reply to Aidan Bramald's letter in issue 65. Just before the third DW game Discworld Noir was published the makers, Perfect Entertainment, went into liquidation due to not making enough DW games (my theory). Anyway, DW Noir was obviously released despite the maker no longer existing, but it was already completed and so was out of their hands. Unfortunately, Perfect Entertainment hold the rights to DW computer games, and as I understand it because the company no longer exists it would be very difficult (if not impossible!) for another games manufacturer to obtain the license. On a related note, Lucasarts' top quality adventure game Grim Fandango features similar dark humour to that of DW Noir, and is now a bargain in a budget DVD case at a tenner. I heartedly recommend it.

* From: "Angela Woodgates"
I recently tried to buy 'Nanny Ogg's Cokkbook' for my nephew's birthday in the branch of WH Smith where I bought my own copy. As there was no sign of it on the shelves among TP's novels I enquired at the counter, and was directed to the Cookery section (hadn't thought to look there.....somehow I didn't expect to find it with the works of Jamie Oliver and the Roux brothers). Having drawn a blank here, I asked whether it could be ordered, so the assistant looked it up on the computer records (neither she nor her colleagues appeared to have heard of T Pratchett, Esq, but then familiarity with authors' names, or indeed the alphabet, doesn't seem to be a necessary qualification for working in my town's only non-second-hand bookshop).

Eventually (after some help with the spelling of 'Nanny' and 'Cookbook') the title was located under the category of.......General Knowledge. I should have been looking on the shelf with the 11 Plus practice papers, Letts GCSE revision guides and crossword books. Looking again at the cover, I realise that the book is described as an almanac, but could anyone REALLY take that at face value after one look at the cover illustrations? Maybe I should have looked in the Foreign travel section: I haven't got the Discworld Mapp yet......

Angela Woodgates, Boston, UK (supposedly)

DWM replies: Angela gets this month's Letter of the Month.

* From: "Trygve Henriksen"
Last month "Alex" asked the obvious:

> I hate to ask the obvious, but how can there be such a > thing as a "Non Fiction book on Dragons"? Unless you > are referring to the large lizards.

A STORY is fiction, like 'Guards! Guards!'... But a book like 'Dragons: Myth and superstition through the centuries' would be non-fiction, even if it is about a fictitious creature.

* From: "Carles Beltran"
After reading all Pratchett's books lots of us are looking for the Short stories Mr. Pratchett has published during these years. Usually it proves impossible to find most of them. I'm sure lots of readers will agree with me that it would be a great thing to get a book containing all those lost "Short Stories" published. Supposing You have ways to get in touch with Mr.Pratchett and/or his editor, or having the possibility that he could even read your letter, could you let them know about this possibility and our interest on it?. It may work!!. If necessary I'm sure we could gather enough signatures to prove our interest in his writing. In fact it's good and a natural thing for both parts. Readers want to read everything the author writes and obviously the author's interest is always focused in getting his writings read by as many readers as possible.

I live in a country where Pratchett books are a rare thing and be sure none of his works has never been published in my language (Catalan) so I still believe in miracles.

DWM replies: Terry's short stories were written for various publications, including newspapers and anthologies and it could prove very hard to get the publishing rights back for some of them. In fact very few people (possibly including Terry) could give you the names of all the short stories he has written. A great resource, however, happens to be DWM's back issues, no's 3 - 22 available on our web site.

* From: "Martin Kuklinski"
We also were at the DWCON, met lots of new people and had a great time. We would love to thank all the organizers for making our first trip to the UK a very memorable one. If anyone would like to view our convention pictures they can see them online at


* From: "Hasseena Asan"
I haven't read the Last Hero yet and I already know that Cohen's dead. WHY? Because you published a letter by a 'Joel Brackenbury' that gives the plot away. I'm sure that there's many out there like me who don't buy hard covers due to many reasons and wait for the paperbacks. Why spoil it for us... we would have liked to have read the book to have found the plot out just like the hard-cover readers did.

DWM replies: Sorry, sorry, sorry. Hasseena's quite right - we really bungled on this. The Last Hero's only just out in paperback in the UK, let alone abroad (sorry.)


* From: "Robert MARLEY"
I have the first Discworld PC game on CD Rom which was purchased in 1995 and worked well in Windows 95. I have now upgraded to Windows XP Home Edition and cannot get any sound to play the Discworld with Rincewind. My machine is a Packard Bell with a 64 Voices Stereo sound chip. I would be very grateful for any advice as to how I can get the sound for this game. I would love to play it again.

DWM replies: Dual boot XP & 95/98. XP supports dual booting beautifully.

* From: "Alex"
2 Questions:

1. This question has probably been asked before, but since I can not find the answer I am going to have to ask it again: why on the book Eric dose it have "Faust" crossed out?

2. Does anyone know any good web pages for Discworld desktop wallpapers as I have found many pics, but none that work well as desktop image. In my opinion a good wallpaper should be quite dark, with a blank area round the outside for the icons so that they show up well. I thought maybe a good pic of Great A'Tuin, but I don't seem to be able to find one - anyone got any ideas?

WB replies: Faust is the title of a famous play by the German playwright Goethe. Faust makes a pact with the devil... The novel Eric loosely parallels the play.

* From: "Rhiannon"
Having just finished reading Thief of Time, I found myself wondering why does it seem so familiar, then it clicked. ToT is a Discworld Dr Who adventure. The History monks are the Time Lords, busily keeping the flow of history in check with their 'awesome psychic powers' (TM), and Lu-Tze plays the Doctor. The non-conformist rebel who takes off with his companion to save the world, while the Time Lords, sorry history monks with their APP (TM) fumble around helplessly, he even gets to regenerate. Please tell me someone else sees this connection, or is it just me?

* From: "Niki Kamarianou"
Hello. I don't know if any of you remember us. We are the two Greek girls, Niki & Elli, who were doing our thesis project on the architecture of the Discworld! Well, we are glad to tell to all of you who sent us answers to that questionnaire a few months ago, that we have finished it, submitted it and gotten our grade: 9 out of 10!!! We really want to say "thank you" to everybody. The presentation was really weird. Everybody was asking "what kind of topic is that?" and "Pratchett who?" and "Where can I get his books. Are they any good?" Well of course we told them where to find his books in our city and that they are really very good. Our teachers were also surprised with the topic we chose and I heard one of them say "This is the most surreal topic of all!" In general, the atmosphere during our presentation was light and everybody was having a good time. I must add that it was the best and most enjoyable written work we have ever done. Niki Kamarianou & Elli Stathaki

4. New Trivia

As William did such a great job with the Birthday Trivia (which we ran for the last ten months) we invited him back to write some more. This month William's questions are about the Watch.

In which book did Vimes meet Sybil Ramkin?
Name the first golem to become a member of the Watch.
What was Detritus's job before he joined the Watch?
What is the title of the book Carrot brought with him when he first came to Ankh-Morpork?
Who is the President and Convener of the Guild of Watchmen?

As always the answers can be found at the end of this issue.

5. Info: Spanish Discworld Newsletter

Manu Viciano writes a Spanish Discworld newsletter and gives us a brief introduction to it below. If you read or are learning Spanish this newsletter could be of interest to you.

It's called "El Puercoespin" (The Hedgehog). It has quite a similar structure to Discworld Monthly, but of course it's a bit more centered on translation and Spanish Discworld editions. It is also a monthly newsletter and everyone can feel free to subscribe just by sending an empty e-mail to: There is a form to do it still more easily at: It's the Klatchian Foreign Legion Spanish-Gabbling section's newsletter, but we usually forget about that (that's the KFL for you) and do just as we please. The back issues can be found at: <>

I suppose it can be useful if you're learning Spanish, since it contains such an awful lot of colloquialisms that any non-Spanish-speaking reader will either (a) learn an awful lot of colloquialisms, or (b) quit learning Spanish :) Either way, it saves time.

6. Thud in the Shops & Thud Competition

The cunning Artificer is pleased to announce that Thud will be seen in selected retailers within a few weeks.

The sets will be in a big poncy box with clever writing on it designed by young master Pagan, and inside along with the gaming version pieces there will be a rather fetching, heavy duty board, cunningly folded and printed to resemble the original parchment boards found in the UU. Not only that, they will be on sale for round about 30.00GBP. So all in all, rather good news.

And to add to it, a competition.

The first out the hat [send your entries by the 20th October to -Ed] to name the geographical location for the historical setting of Thud gets one of the new games.

Furthermore, should any reader of this electronic organ take it upon themselves to enquire at the stockists listed below about when they will be getting the games in, I shall not be at all displeased. I might well reward them in ways they know not of, if they tell me the branch they badgered and the name of the manager.

Retailers are as follows:

Ottakar's, Border's, Hammick's, Forbidden Planet & Waterstones.

There will be some mail order I'm told via the company below.

Leisure games 91 Ballards Lane, Finchley, London, N3 1XY, U.K. Tel: 020-8346-2327, Fax: 020-8343-3888 E-mail:

There yer go, bless the lot of yer.

regards Bernard

For more information about Thud visit the official web site at and for more information about Bernard and his toys visit

7. Review: Night Watch

by William Barnett

Night Watch is the latest Discworld novel. It's a 'proper' Discworld book: not aimed at a younger audience, not accompanied by lavish illustrations, not written in collaboration with anyone else. Good.

No surprise that it's a Watch novel (the clue's in the title) but, more specifically, it's very much a Sam Vimes novel. Although Vimes is always the focus of Watch stories, in Night Watch his trusty fellow watchmen are almost entirely absent.

I hope it doesn't give too much away to reveal that in Night Watch Vimes travels back in time and meets his younger self, when he had first joined the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. For Discworld aficionados (e.g. anyone reading this newsletter) a lot of the fun of Night Watch is learning about the earlier Ankh-Morpork - Lord Winder is Patrician, not Vetinari, although the young Vetinari gets a look in (and features in my favourite scene in the book, incidentally, as an apprentice at the Assassins' Guild).

Night Watch's story is principally driven by Vimes's involvement in a plot to usurp Winder. He adopts the persona of John Keel, a new arrival in Ankh-Morpork, and immediately starts to mould the 'historical' Watch around himself. The thing is, the book starts in present-day Ankh-Morpork with several of the Watch's old hands sporting lilac in remembrance of the hero John Keel's demise many years ago - see where this is going? Of course you'll have to read the book to discover the outcome.

One thing about Night Watch is that it's very short on laughs. They're in there, but a lot of the story is occupied with Vimes's thoughts and reflections, particularly as he ponders his younger self. It's as readable as ever, to the extent that I read it in one day, not even bothering to get out of bed (except for certain necessary toilet trips, obviously). Certainly more reflective and more sombre than we're used to, though.

The chance to go back and see yourself as a younger person, perhaps take yourself aside and explain a few things, issue a couple of warnings, make some suggestions - for me it's one of the most attractive conceits fiction makes available to us as readers. It's a powerful theme and Terry doesn't use it as one might expect; if this had been a Rincewind novel, for example, it would have been a very different story. Night Watch isn't your run of the mill Discworld adventure, but it's another bloody good book.

8. The End

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* Trivia Results *

In which book did Vimes meet Sybil Ramkin?
Guards! Guards!

Name the first golem to become a member of the Watch.

What was Detritus's job before he joined the Watch?
Doorman at the Mended Drum.

What is the title of the book Carrot brought with him when he first came to Ankh-Morpork?
The Laws and Ordinances of the Cities of Ankh and Morpork.

Who is the President and Convener of the Guild of Watchmen?
Corporal Nobbs.

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