Terry Pratchett is a true publishing phenomenon, an internationally bestselling satirist published in 36 different languages More than 46 million copies of his books have been sold across the world. Terry Pratchett accounts for 1% of the total UK book sales each year, and he is one of Britain's most shop-lifted writers THE LAST HERO was a SUNDAY TIMES number one bestseller in hardback More than 200,00 copies sold in trade editions This is a complete Discworld novel, illustrated in full colour throughout by Paul Kidby, one of the author's artists of choice for Discworld THE LAST HERO features Cohen the Barbarian, and many more of the fans' favourite characters
Paul Kidby discovered Terry Pratchett's Discworld in 1993 and since then has devoted his working life to the place. He is the illustrator of THE PRATCHETT PORTFOLIO, the bestsellers THE LAST HERO and THE ART OF DISCWORLD, as well as the Discworld DIARIES, cards, T-shirts, maps, mugs and, of course, the covers. Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular writers. Every Discworld novel since SOURCERY has been a Number One bestseller. He lives in Wiltshire. Paul Kidby is Pratchett's Discworld artist of choice. He has provided the jacket illustrations for many Discworld projects, and has contributed to a number of Calendars. As well as THE LAST HERO, he has illustrated all the Diaries, THE PRATCHETT PORTFOLIO and THE ART OF DISCWORLD. He lives in Hampshire.
When Cohen the Barbarian and a select group of aging heroes set out on one final quest that will, incidentally, bring about the end of the world, the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork enlists a brilliant inventor, a luckless tourist-turned-wizard, and an intrepid city watchman to foil the heroes' quest. Lavishly illustrated by Discworld regular Kidby, Pratchett's latest brings together some of the series' most beloved and unforgettable characters in a tribute to one of comic fantasy's most celebrated worlds. Though slim in pages, this oversized illustrated novel showcases Pratchett's comic genius and belongs in libraries where the series has a following. Essential for fans. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/01.] Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Cohen the Barbarian, aka the Emperor Ghengiz Cohen, hero of 26 Discworld fables, and his Silver Horde go gentle into any good night? Never. Not even if they're held together by various elasticized supporters and forget where they left their false teeth. The gods unpardonably let Cohen and Co. succumb to old age, and the members of the Horde Boy Willie, Caleb, Truckle and Hamish, who's ("Whut?") stone deaf still want drink, treasure and women, even if they admit they've had to ease back on the last one. Cohen gets a bard to record their one last universe-defying hobble toward immortality, and old age has rarely been so gut-splittingly yet accurately portrayed here, embellished by Paul Kidby's wacky and wicked illustrations. The Horde's last quest is to return the fire Cohen stole long ago from Dunmanifestin, the gods' ultimate Good Address. Unfortunately, that will destroy the magic holding the world together, so Lord Vetinari of Ankh-Morpork "workshops" the situation ("the means by which people who don't know anything get together to pool their ignorance") and sends a dragon-powered vessel crewed by an inventor, a soldier, a wizard and an orangutan librarian to stop Cohen and his tottery Horde. Pratchett lets fly sly volleys at today's civilization and skewers nearly every barbarian-fantasy clich? rampant in too many books and films. This far-out farce rollicks along hilariously enough to make the inevitable aging process, if not palatable, at least worth a few good belly laughs. (Nov. 1) Forecast: You don't have to be a fantasy fan to appreciate the marvelous jacket art, depicting a skinny, bald, aged barbarian clutching a sword in one hand and a cane in the other. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.