Publisher: Colin Smythe
Released: January 1, 1971
In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet . . . That’s the old story everyone knows and loves. But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples, and there’s a new story in the making. The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet. The story of power-hungry mouls—and of two brothers who set out on an adventure to end all adventures when their village is flattened.
It’s a story that will come to a terrible end—if someone doesn't do something about it. If everyone doesn’t do something about it . . .
First published in 1971, this hilarious and wise novel marked the debut of the phenomenal Sir Terry Pratchett. Years later, Sir Terry revised the work, and this special collectable edition includes the updated text, his original color and black-and-white illustrations, and an exclusive story—a forerunner to The Carpet People created by the seventeen-year-old nascent writer who would become one of the world's most beloved storytellers.
Since I couldn’t find any two people who agreed on the order in which to read Discworld, I’m going for the approach of reading Pratchett in published order. Hence my first Pratchett wasn’t to be Discworld at all.
The Carpet People is good fun. Nothing more, but also nothing less. When buying the book I was surprised at the 4+ star average review on Amazon. It’s his first book… can it really be that good? Well, no. But it really isn’t bad either. The story is a little not-in-the-good-way chaotic, and feels like it isn’t quite sure where it’s going.
But hey, it’s a quick read, it’s very charming, and it’s good fun. That’s what I expected and that’s what I got. I’m looking forward to continuing reading Pratchett’s stuff. This was a very promising start.