Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book - Paul Kidby (Gollancz 18.08.16)

Sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Stevie Finegan & Gollancz for this copy. 

Format & Page Count: Colouring Book, roughly 40 pieces of art to fill in.

Genre: Fantasy.

ISBN/Amazon Link: 9781473217478 (Paperback £6.99)

Audience: Fans of colouring, Terry Pratchett, Discworld, amazing artwork, relaxing with awesomeness.

Summed up in one word: Dedicated.

Author Bio: Self taught artist, Paul Kidby, was born in West London in 1964. He left school at 17 and worked as a commercial artist before becoming a freelance illustrator in 1986. He 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. (Bio provided by Gollancz)

Immediate Impression After Finishing The Book (Mini Review):
I am not very good at colouring.... sorry about that...feel free to mock me in the comments. That said, I had a lot of fun colouring in the art piece for this review. I choose all the wrong colours...of course! But in my mind, Death would have a Ginger Tom cat. 

I was astounded by the detail and the depth of this colouring book. I have seen mindful colouring books before, but this is a whole new level. A dedicated illustrator who has spent 15 years with the  Discworld material, crafts a very awesome colouring book. 

My Attempt At Colouring...

What The Piece Of Art Actually Looked Like....

A Bit About Discworld: Discworld is a fantasy comic book series, created/written by legendary author Terry Pratchett. Set in the fictional Discworld (a disc, balanced on four elephants, stood on the back of a giant turtle). Terry Pratchett drew inspiration from many people and places, mostly other notable authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien and H. P. Lovecraft, as well as many forms of mythology. There are 41 Discworld novels in total.

Intended Audience: Containing black-and-white line drawings featuring such iconic Discworld personalities as Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vines, Archchancellor Ridcully, Rincewind, Tiffany Aching and of course DEATH - Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book is required...reading?...for all Discworld fans. (Excerpt from Gollancz's press release, I loved this short paragraph, summed it up nicely).

Overall Opinion: The Discworld Colouring Book is a special tribute to such an influential author. Paul Kidby knew this world from the inside out and this is both a fine addition to the colouring book world and the Discworld legacy. 

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