Title: The Carpet People
Author: Terry Pratchett
Page Count/Review Word Count: 192
This is arguably one of the most unique of Pratchett’s books, because he actually wrote it twice – the blurb describes the book as “a hilarious fantasy, co-written by Terry Pratchett, aged seventeen, and master storyteller, Terry Pratchett, aged forty-three.”
And I’d agree that The Carpet People is a strong novel, and in many ways it also serves as an early indicator of the Discworld. Essentially, it follows the story of the tribes and peoples who live in the Carpet, during the time of Fray, where a wave of destruction is swept across the carpet.
I don’t want to go into any more detail than that in case I ruin the story for you, but let’s just say that Pratchett is arguably at his funniest here, and also at his freest – the first draft of the book was written at a young age, when he had no expectations to live up to, and no readers to please. But even if you’re a die-hard Pratchett fan, you’ll enjoy this – it makes you smile.