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Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Stories (original 2014; udgave 2014)

af Terry Pratchett

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A beautifully illustrated collection of short stories by master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, featuring dragons, dinosaurs, cavemen and car races! Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur's knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It's a disaster! Luckily, there's a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who's willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there's a teeny weeny surprise in store... Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of time travel and tortoises, monsters and mayhem!… (mere)
Medlem:jessicariddoch
Titel:Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Stories
Forfattere:Terry Pratchett
Info:Doubleday Childrens (2014), Hardcover, 352 pages
Samlinger:2014, Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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This compilation contains some of Pratchett's oldest stories, written when he was working for the Bucks Free Press. His stories appeared in the 'Children's Circle' section of the newspaper. As they were untitled back then, the master had to come up with titles for this compilation.

Next to an introduction, in which the older Pratchett writes about his younger version and why these stories were written ("...all we both ever wanted to do was write for people who were old enough to understand. And to imagine..."), there are fourteen stories to enjoy. 'Dragons at Crumbling Castle' is marketed as a children's book, but there's no reason why you, as an adult, should skip this book, especially if you're a Pratchett fan.

These are the stories: (Althea Ann went into a little more detail: see here)
Dragons at Crumbling Castle (1966)
The Great Speck (1969)
Hunt the Snorry (1966)
Tales of the Carpet People (1965)
Hercules the Tortoise (1968)
Dok the Caveman (1966)
The Big Race (1968)
Another Tale of the Carpet People (1967)
The Great Egg-dancing Championship (1972)
Edwo the Boring Knight (1973)
The 59A Bus Goes Back in Time (1966-7)
The Abominable Snowman (1969)
The Blackbury Monster (1968)
Father Christmas Goes to Work at the Zoo (1973)

There's a wide variety of themes: dragons, time travel, monsters, politics, and more. As you can see, some of these evolved into the later [b:The Carpet People|97361|The Carpet People|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1344619032s/97361.jpg|583699], which I enjoyed very much, as you can read here.

Of course, one story is better than the other, and some do remind of his later works, contain the beginnings of his typical humour and jokes, also thanks to the little notes he added in 2014. This compilation shows he had quite an imagination, capable of entertaining young and old.

So, again, recommended reading. But I do believe you must first have read more recent works to appreciate his older stuff and see where it all began. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
This is a collection of some of the late great Sir Terry's earliest work, originally written in the late 1960's and early 1970's that has been repackaged and delightfully illustrated by the artist Mark Beech.

There are some amusing tales in here, and these are some of the first stories of the tiny people that became the Carpet People later on. It is a book primarily written for children, but hey, it's Terry Pratchett. The stories are not complicated, but you do get a feeling for the way his mind was working even then, and what it is also very clear are the elements and raw materials that were used in the fabulous Discworld Series.

Now just need to make sure my children read it... ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Fortunately, he got better. ( )
  mike.wallace | Jan 10, 2020 |
this was adorable. and the illustrations are great! I particularly liked the short stories about the carpet people. ( )
  tronella | Jun 22, 2019 |
When a boring prince uses his boring power to make a dragon falls asleep. And a bus trace through time. You know you are not reading a conventional children stories.

I like the conflict resolution in this book. Not a lot of violence but lot of reasoning to why the the characters did.

When a baby dragon wondered off, the castle is being invaded by dragons. What else can you do?

the carpet people were pretty cool too. Edge. If the carpet is like. Edge of the world for people who lived in carpet.

Overall, pretty entertaining for children , and some adults who get it. ( )
  XOX | Apr 25, 2019 |
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For Colin, who spent far too much of his time digging around in dusty cupboards to find all of this material that I had carefully hidden away and very deliberately forgot all about. And to my younger self who thought these stories were pretty good ... Oh, I could teach that lad a thing or two!
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A beautifully illustrated collection of short stories by master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, featuring dragons, dinosaurs, cavemen and car races! Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur's knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It's a disaster! Luckily, there's a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who's willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there's a teeny weeny surprise in store... Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of time travel and tortoises, monsters and mayhem!

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