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hannah grover
Loved it
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Again, it's the story I didn't like. I was hopeful about this author as when I was looking for new reading material, someone said, "Anything by Terry Pratchett." After two books, I simply disagree.
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jennifer heath
For children and adults! One of my favorite Pratchetts! It is a crying shame that it is out of print! Luckily,it is available used.
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bill gauthier
I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett and love hit Diskworld series, and most of his other books, but not this one. Nothing very interesting, no real action or anything worth reading, no point, just a long endless pointless story, to be continued.
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mahmoud sherif
This is the lowest review I have ever written and it’s not because of either the book itself or how it was written. The fault was entirely mine. As the headline states it just was not what I normally read . I will look more closely at the books I think about purchasing. My apologies to the author.
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george hawirko
Having now read one of Terry Pratchett's books, I thought it might be interesting to go back and read his very first work. Many authors don't manage to become famous with their very first book, and I think Terry Pratchett is no exception here. The Carpet People is an amusing book with his standard British charm, but I think it never goes far enough in its exploration of the idea. After all, I was expecting this book to be more along the lines of The Borrowers instead of just a straight-up fantasy with a few references to the fact that these creatures lived in the carpet.

Part of the problem I seemed to have with this book was the incessant need for fantasy books to create new names for objects and creatures that already (mostly) exist. If you took away the carpet setting, I think this book could be practically indistinguishable from any other fantasy book. This is what disappointed me the most. I believe there are plenty of potential moments to highlight the size disparity between creatures that live in the carpet, and the rest of the world we're familiar with (a la Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)).

Granted, I will give this book some grace considering that Terry Pratchett originally wrote it when he was a teenager. For this reason alone, I do have to say that it should be an inspiration for young writers, just to show that it can be done. Pratchett clearly improved his writing skills over time to become a bestselling author, but it's important to recognize and realize that he didn't start out that way. Ironically enough, though, I almost preferred the serialized version of this story that he originally wrote over the more "standard" version that aligns with his later styles.

An amusing book and impressive first novel for a teenage Terry Pratchett, I give The Carpet People 3.0 stars out of 5.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
christine reite
This book is a curiosity -- originally written by a young Terry Pratchett as his debut novel, it went out of print and might have faded into obscurity had Pratchett not found success with his best-known work, the Discworld series. When Pratchett's publisher opted to reprint his first novel, Pratchett was displeased enough with this first work to rework and rewrite it to some degree before releasing it back into the wild of the general public. As someone who has recently grown to appreciate Pratchett's sly sense of humor and creative output, even after his passing, I was curious about his early work, and found the concept of this novel to be goofy but still cute. Hey, if this man can make a flat planet resting on the backs of elephants which are then perched on a turtle's shell believable, he can pull off an entire civilization living in a carpet.

While obviously a first work by someone just starting out, this was a fun read. It's an epic of miniature proportions that nonetheless bears Pratchett's stamp of dry humor, social satire, and taking the hot air out of authority figures.

Somewhere in an ordinary carpet lives a tribe known as the Munrungs, who are perfectly content to live out their lives in peace... until a cataclysmic event called the Fray (strongly implied to be a vacuum cleaner) destroys their village. The tribe, led by the strong but not-so-bright chieftan Glurk, his smarter younger brother Snibril, and their eccentric tribal shaman Pismire, sets out in search of a new home... and along the way discover other villages destroyed by the Fray. Even worse, however, is an army of savage creatures called mouls who seem to follow the Fray and use the confusion it sows to conquer and slaughter their way across the Empire and its many kingdoms and tribes. Can two brothers, their oddball shaman, and a collection of misfits and refugees they pick up along the way stop the marauding army and save the people of the Carpet from utter destruction?

This is early Pratchett, and so the world of the Carpet isn't as richly fleshed out or believable as the Discworld of his later books. But it's still a creative and entertaining world, replete with its own wonders and dangers. Something as simple as a matchstick or a penny becomes an object of great wonder and mystery, and the ordinary movements of humans upon the Carpet are cataclysms of unimaginable destruction. Even the creatures of this world are strongly implied to be the minuscule creatures of our world writ large -- dust mites, silverfish, fleas, etc. And somehow Pratchett manages to make it work, and spin an entertaining adventure out of it as well.

The book also contains some sly digs at our society -- never mean-spirited, but thoughtful and revealing all the same. Fans of Discworld will recognize Pratchett's wit and humor in this novel, and his disdain for authority (especially misspent authority) shines through. I've learned through other sources (which may or may not be entirely accurate) that much of these humorous bits were added by the author during his revision of the book, in an attempt to make it something other than "Lord of the Rings in a carpet." It would be quite interesting to try to get my hands on an original printing of the novel and compare it to this rewritten version...

If you're a fan of the late Terry Pratchett's writing, "The Carpet People" should be of great interest -- it's an example of his early writing, and even with his later revisions it's clear that even his first novel had clever ideas and a taste for the strange and wonderful. Probably best for younger readers, it's still entertaining and a lot of fun, and a nice precursor to his Nome/Bromeliad trilogy (which has a similar theme of tiny people living in a way-too-large world).
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
"The Carpet People" was first published when Terry Pratchett was seventeen years old. But before he even wrote it as a novel, he published in in serial form in his local newspaper. This is the first time the work has been published in the United States, and for fans of the truly bizarre and unique author, it is a real treat.

The story centers around the people of the Carpet, a land that has been divided into various factions of the Munrungs, the Dummis, the Mouls, and the Wights. The Carpet has long been a safe place, but when Fray happens (a natural force that is never really explained but humans may be able to figure out what it is), the Mouls decide to attack the other peoples and take over the Carpet for themselves. A ragged band of fighters forms - the former Emperor's general Bane, the tribal chieftain Glurk, his hungry-for-adventure brother Snibril, and their local philosopher Pismire - to fight the Mouls and their evil plan. But how can a bunch of tiny people defeat a force that seems to be able to call down Fray upon their fellow peoples? And can they do so before life in the Carpet as they know it is destroyed forever?

Terry Pratchett is a gifted fantasy writer and it is amazing that this is so evident in a work he wrote as a teenager. "The Carpet People" is a unique Tolkienesque journey through the land underneath our feet. The author keeps the pace moving even when the story can get a little choppy at times (as might be expected with a first novel). "The Carpet People" will certainly make you look at the plush fibers of your carpet a little differently, for who knows what strange creatures might have built a world for themselves underneath your feet?
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sally klem
Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors, and I have about a shelf and a half of his books (there's one long shelf; different sized editions are scattered elsewhere). I was pretty sure I'd enjoy this book, and I did. It's interesting that he wrote the first version at 17 and rewrote it when he was 43. (You can read the original adventure at the end of the book.) This is the first U. S. edition.

While marketed for young readers, anyone can appreciate this book. Pratchett writes with wit and wisdom, though The Carpet People is not as funny as his Discworld books. It's more of a thriller, full of almost non-stop danger and tension--and then there are the enemies....

"They called themselves the Munrungs. It meant The People, or The True Human Beings.

"It's what most people call themselves, to begin with. And then one day the tribe meets some other people, and gives them a name like The Other People, or, if it's not been a good day, The Enemy. If only they'd think up a name like Some More True Human Beings, it'd save a lot of trouble later on."

Snibril is a Munrung, the younger son of the Munrung chieftain; his older brother becomes chief when his father dies, and they and their tribe have to contend with their ruler, other cultures and rulers, predators, strange creatures and hunters, and The Fray... Life is not easy, and it gets harder and stranger as they have to leave their village after being attacked by The Fray and then by the mouls and snargs. [The time frame is significant.]

I love the characters; my favorites include Snilbril, Bane, Pismire, Glurk, the wights, and Roland, the horse. Btw, Glurk grows as the story proceeds so don't mistake him for merely a brawny sidekick. Still, "I runs out of ideas after a while, ..." [That's a funny scene.]

Highly recommended. (It's going back in my reading pile. I'll get even more out of it now.) Btw, the mood reminds me of Nation.

Note: Since this is an Advance Reading Copy, it doesn't have the art that will be in the future edition. I'm sure that will really enhance the book. (I want it!)
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
greg hardin
This is Pratchett's very first book published when he was 17 years old. It sold slowly but it did sell. Twenty years later when he had become famous there was a call for a reprinting and in 1992 he re-read the book and decided it needed some revision before being reprinted. In his author's note at the beginning, he describes the book as being co-authored by his young self and the older man he is now. I've wanted to read this for ages and enjoyed it though it is not exactly a page-turner. I had lots of giggles at Pratchett's signature humour and was entertained by the story even if it fell short. One can definitely see that this book was his spark for greater things in the Bromeliad Trilogy. It features the same kind of gnomish tiny people but here they live in the carpet. There is a whole Empire which is based on the Roman one with two other distinct societies, one which has a King over his small kingdom and the other a nomadic tribe. This is a book for young people and certainly worth reading by Pratchett's fans.
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The Carpet People (1992) is the first Fantasy novel by the author. This version is revised from the original 1971 tale. It concerns tiny people living among the fibers of a carpet which has not been thoroughly cleaned for a very long time.

In this novel, Grimm Orkson is the old chieftain of the Munrung tribe. He has two sons -- Glurk and Snibril -- and many daughters. All the daughters were married off to well-to-do Munrung husbands.

Glurk is the eldest in the family. He is tall, strong and very muscular, but he is not a very fast thinker.

Snibril is the youngest in the family. He is fairly tall, somewhat strong, and a very fast thinker. He has been taught to observe, think and then act by Pismire.

Pismire is the tribal medicine man. He uses herbs and powders to cure people instead of chants and dances.

Bane is a Damii general. He knows Pismire from the Imperial Court.

In this story, the Munrungs are Counted in Tregon Marius. They file by the clerks to record births, weddings and deaths and then pay their taxes. The money goes to Ware -- the Capitol of the Damii Empire -- and the Munrungs go back to their village.

Grimm tried to send Snibril to Ware to become a clerk. After Snibril runs away several times, Pismire suggests that Snibril learn to read and write in the village school. Pismire also mentors Snibril, teaching him about nature and humanity.

When Grimm dies, Glurk becomes the tribal chieftain. He and most other men in the village are hunters. Glurk is the best hunter in the village, but Snibril is better at learning the ways of the game animals.

After ten years, the call for Counting is late coming to the village. Nobody is foolish enough to find out why, but many are wondering about the delay. They continue their normal activities.

One day, Glurk and Snibril are carrying a snarg back to the village. Snibril is getting tired and asks Glurk for a rest stop. While they are sitting, a horse gallops down the trail.

Snibril grabs the reins and swings into the saddle. He calms down the horse and brings him back to Glurk. They ride the horse to the village dragging the dead snarg behind them.

Snibril starts having a terrible headache. The headache grows worst just before the Fray strikes. Carpet hairs are pressed down all around them. Afterward, Snibril's headache disappears.

Glurk finds the village wall knocked down in several places. One carpet hair has fallen over the wall to flatten his hut. Very little is left undamaged.

Glurk rants and curses everything. Afterward, Snibril and Pismire examine the horse. It has one large cut, but no other injuries. Yet it is very dirty, with tangled hair. Pismire thinks it has been in the wild for a week or more.

The village is surrounded by snargs with riders that night. The villagers light fires at the gaps in the walls. They have to fight some intrusions before dawn.

Pismire recommends that they move the tribe. Glurk notifies everybody that it is time to move. They are used to moving now and then, but now have fewer intact items to move. The tribe loads their carts and don their packs to move out.

Glurk leads the villagers to Burnt End. Snibril goes looking for Pismire. He finds a stranger at Pismire's cabin and learns not to creep up on Bane. Snibril, Pismire and Bane reach the tribe just as black snargs with moul riders attack the camp.

This tale involves Snibril with a Deftmene king. Then he meets twenty-one wights. Along the way, he also encounters some very large pones.

Snibril finds himself in the middle of a war. One wight tells him and his associates that they must win the war. Yet the Fray is knocking down carpet hairs, buildings and people.

This is a singleton novel. However, the next work by this author is Truckers, the first volume in the Bromeliad Trilogy.

Highly recommended for Pratchett fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of armed combat, medieval cultures, and strange milieus. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
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ben zerante
This was a strange book. I have heard many things about Terry Pratchett but I think because of all his works it has always seemed a bit daunting to start reading his stuff... this book just happened to sit in the Middle Grade genre and so I figured...hey why not give this one a chance...?

And I did and I am very glad that I did, however it was a very strange book. The Carpet people is now in its newest edition, but what that also means is that there were changes. Luckily Mr. Pratchett lets you know this with the introduction on the audiobook. The listener learns that it is not only a new edition but the first publishing was a long time ago, and the book was written a long time ago by Terry's teenage self, and his adult self has now tweaked the plot after many years being a successful writer.

My first thought upon hearing this was: well what are the differences? I may need to track down an earlier edition now because this edition was great!

So the plot is about a group of people, the Carpet people; the Carpet is where they live in between the hairs (like your living room carpet...or maybe if you think of this in the terms of Whos -- the Horton Hears kind...) but the Carpet is their Earth so to speak. We meet a few different tribes and learn how they come together to defeat a bigger enemy and the terrifying Fray, which is moving through their lands causing destruction and chaos.

The characters are fun and light most of the time, their battles and accomplishments highlighted; and it was imaginative and an epic fantasy world or swords, beasts, and threats abound.

The audiobook was 5 discs long, so much shorter than most that I listen to, and it seemed to start and keep running, I did not want to stop listening, but I also don't want to tell you too much for fear of spoiling it for anyone new to the tale.

The last few tracks of the audiobook include some of the original weekly stories of the Carpet People and are fun shorts that show how that world was created a long time ago.

I think adults and children would be thoroughly entertained by this book, whether it is in the car or reading a paper copy -- that one even has pictures! The CDs also come with a PDF (which I have not viewed yet, and I cannot wait to compare my mental images of the characters and tribe with how Mr. Pratchett illustrated them).
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matthew klobucher
Pratchett's 17-year-old self has been mentored by his 43-year-old, resulting in a fun and entertaining amalgamation of two artistic visions in this latest edition of The Carpet People. Sadly, we Americans missed out on previous editions which Clarion Books is now remedying, giving us the full text plus illustrations by the author, full-color inserts, and the original adventure that introduced readers to the world of The Carpet People, first published as a serial in Pratchett's local paper, the Bucks Free Press.

It's quite startling to see the difference between the teenaged Pratchett's voice and his more mature one. The original tale has much more of a "sword and sorcery" feel to it, lacking the plain-speaking, wry "headology" which has become more and more prevalent with each new Pratchett publication. Yet, even in that brief, serialized form, the kernels of Pratchett's world-view can be detected. Of course, in the fuller tweaked version, the Pratchett voice his fans have come to know and love permeates the story in a way that lets us know that that sword and sorcery business isn't all it's cracked up to be. Because this is such an odd little duck of a book, I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to anyone unfamiliar with his work. I would have to say this fable is more for long-time fans of Pratchett's books. In my opinion, unless you're a kid (who can take all kinds of weirdness in stride) only those who're familiar with his humor and particular way of viewing the world, with all of its wonders and flaws and follies, can read this with an appreciation of what he's trying to say.

A fun and exciting little adventure, filled with silliness and even something of Roald Dahl's weirdness, this book is appropriate for all ages, even young kids. Coupled with Pratchett's funny drawings, I can see a parent reading this to their child as a bedtime story. The only warning for that might be: be prepared to find your kid with his face pressed into any piece of carpet in your house as he searches for any evidence of occupation by The Carpet People.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lesley heffel mcguirk
Terry Pratchett is a well known author of the Discworld series. Terry Pratchett wrote this book in 1971, and his publishers, twenty years later, requested that he re-write the book and add colored illustrations. The illustrations turned out to be Terry Pratchett's own colored in scribbles that accompany the text.

This book shows us tribes, the Munrungs trying to find their way among the carpets. Some have attributed this storyline akin to 'the Lord Of The Rings' on a rug. All these little, or very minute people. A happy group of 'little ones' living their life in your carpet. Amid the dust balls and above Underlay.

One of their major landmarks is Achairlegfrom which they mine varnish. Metal is obtained from a dropped and forgotten penny, and wood from dropped matches. There is a battle between good and evil, and the inner struggles among these good and bad guys.

This is a wonderful book for children, and my grandson has a vivid imagination. This book fits his needs perfectly! The writing is fabulous for his age, the colored scribbles he can identify and he loves the characters. I think he and my daughter are considering not to vacuum the carpet for awhile. Should be interesting!

Recommended. prisrob 10-01-13
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
THE CARPET PEOPLE has had quite the publication history. First released in 1971, when its author was 23, it then appeared in a substantially revised edition in 1992. And here it is again, with the text from 1992, the illustrations by the author from 1971, and what the cover copy calls "an exclusive story" but is actually the children's newspaper serial in which an early version of the novel appeared. Sometimes when an author's backlist is reprinted there's a whiff of the archival about it, a sense that maybe it was better left alone, but with THE CARPET PEOPLE that's not the case. It's not as substantial, as satirical, or as laugh-out-loud funny as Pratchett's best work, but it's charming, and the middle-aged Pratchett's revisions have added a thoughtful, convention-twisting edge to the young Pratchett's "LORD OF THE RINGS on a rug" storytelling. Children will get a kick out of the very large struggles of some very small people and laugh at the broad humor, and adults will appreciate the ironic, jaundiced view of authority and coercion... while also laughing at the broad humor, because Pratchett's sense of comic structure and pacing consistently elevates even slight material. For readers unfamiliar with Pratchett, this isn't the best place to start, but it isn't the worst, either, and if all you want is a standalone children's adventure with a comic edge, THE CARPET PEOPLE is a great choice.
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The Carpet People is a fun, light, and fast read. One an adult could easily tear through in a night or two, or spend some enjoyable time reading to an older child. It is unequivocally one of Sir Terry's less mature works with both a simpler story and less developed characters than say one of the Tiffany Aching series (much later works appropriate for a similar audience.) The good news is that all these complaints are so many sour grapes, since the book is still loads of fun.

If you're a long time Pratchett fan as I am, you need to understand the chronology of the Carpet People. To paraphrase the author's own forward, It's a book written by a much younger man with much more conventional ideas about how fantasy was supposed to work with clear card-carrying villains and heroic types saving the day.

That forward actually makes it a more interesting read, as in addition to the standard Pratchett wit, you can see the nascent form of Sir Terry's incisive and laser accurate satire. Kings, chiefs, and emperors are all the target or source of joke after joke, and are all a bit limited in their thinking and actions.

If you or your kid aren't Pratchett fans already this is a fun breezy read. If you are this is an interesting and fun journey back in time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
adrienne johnson
I will admit that I have read a good number of the Discworld books by the same author, and I really enjoy them. You can tell that this was written when he was much younger and less experienced, though. The story and interactions between characters are very basic, and the book takes some time to get its footing. It's still an enjoyable read, just not as enjoyable as some of the other books he's written. The concept is clever: people who live inside a carpet, and who have clever and obviously exotic-sounding (to them) names for things like the burnt bit of carpet near the fireplace, the area near a chair where the varnish has flaked off, etc. Everyone is as tiny as a speck of dust, and as they travel through this world, the colors around them are changing (obviously there's some kind of pattern in this carpet). It's a fun and quick read, but even the author in his foreward acknowledges that parts of it had to be rewritten after he'd rediscovered it. I wonder if it will be as popular as a reprint than the original. Pratchett mentions that the publishers decided to release a new version because people were clamoring for it, but is it really the same thing as owning one of the originals so you can truly see the changes in writing style that have happened throughout the years?
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
c webster
In this book we follow brothers Glurk and Snibril and some of their companions on a journey across the Carpet. The Fray swept away their village and so they are looking for a safe place to call home. But their journey takes them into an epic battle to save their land from the Mouls.

I've always wanted to read a Terry Pratchett book, but this probably wasn't the best first choice. It's an extremely creative premise, the characters are fun, and I enjoyed the witty dialogue here and there that reminded me of spoof movies like Airplane, The Naked Gun, or Hot Shots. But the story was a little hard to follow, and I never got sucked in. I didn't really care about the characters. I tried to read it out loud to my son and he got confused in parts--too much going on. It might be better on the second read.
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Pratchett's The Carpet People reminded me of a favorite book from childhood: Robin Hawdon's fairly obscure A Rustle in the Grass, about an ant colony fighting for survival. The Carpet People has the same charm and interest: a tiny world exists beneath our feet (literally), populated with a whole host of factions fighting over each square inch, while overhead the Fray--an unseen (but probably familiar) force--storms ahead, sweeping everything before it.

Written when Pratchett was 17 years old, the book has a surprisingly secure, mature tone and sense of humor:

"You should never have to chase prey, Pismire had always said. With proper observation and care, you should be waiting for them. Snibril didn't even thing. He left the butt end of the spear wedged in the ground, and held on tightly. The snarg realized it had done something stupid when it was in midair."

The Carpet People, like The Phantom Tollbooth and The Thief of Always, is a step (several steps, really) above the usual children's books' fare, and is rewarding for adults and kids alike.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
fatma al balushi
I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett's work and have been for a long time. I've read nearly every Discworld book but haven't tried his YA work. I thought that "Carpet People" would be a good segue into that genre. Unfortunately I had the same problems with it that some other reviewers have. The book is too vast too quickly and the characters too similar, causing me not only to be somewhat confused about who was who and what the crisis was (although it was cleverly done). I would bet that younger readers or readers unfamiliar with Pratchett would read through the beginning and avoid this book. I knew that it would pick up and the Pratchett humor is evident from the start, which keeps a fan hooked. But overall, despite its contemporary editing, it does read yet like student writing in places: big ideas that refuse to be focused.

I loved the setting and the concept. I think it would really appeal to a much younger audience. In fact, a ruthless editor could probably make an excellent upper-level picture book from this story. But as a YA novel or as a book meant to appeal to the existing fan looking to complete a collection, it's not a book one would reread (and one might struggle to stay interested in on first read). It is fun to see those early hints of Pratchett's wit and satirical touch and worth a look. I would suggest looking before buying. If you're hooked, you'll love it. If your attention drifts, you might want to wait for his next project.
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The story behind this story is nearly the best story of all: "This book had two authors, one aged seventeen, one aged forty-three. Both of them were Terry Pratchett." Having penned this tale and had it lapse into obscurity, Pratchett is impelled by his editors to revive it years later. Rightly so. For the dedicated PTerry fan, this example of his early writing is an illuminating read. Many views expressed in the Discworld books are readily perceived here. For someone new to Pratchett, it's a great introduction to the scope of his ideas and his writing skills. For any reader, it's simply a delight to enjoy.

The story is a fine example of Pratchett's ability to view the world from a fresh perspective. If there's a fantasy novel lacking a dark forest and mysterious creatures, i've missed it. Pratchett, never a formula writer, simply shrinks the scope. His forested world is a thickly napped rug. Instead of pines or oaks, it's nylon and wool "hairs". The creatures are there, the snargs, the hymetors and others - including silverfish, who live under the world. There are also people - the Munrungs, the Deftmenes and - the Dumii. They interact, sometimes violently. Deep down in the pile, these people and their communities are invisible to humans. Something, however, sends terror through the forest peoples - Fray. This immensely destructive force topples cities and obliterates villages.

Pratchett builds a story of the conflict of respected traditions countered by innovation and invention. There is an Empire, to which taxes are due. That means clerks, organisation, regulations. While the Munrungs have always met the demands for revenue, others have opposed the imposition, hence, the Empire. Could two such peoples find a common cause? It seems unlikely, but the best way to unite two dissimilar tribes is having a common enemy.

Except for the conflict of good and evil, this story avoids formula approaches to fantasy. There are many characters, all of them reflected by people around us. Snibril, a Munrung, stands out but a little from the rest. One of his attributes is that he suffers sinus trouble. This isn't normally a heroic virtue, but it proves valuable here. There's also a philosopher. Everybody thinks to some extent. Philosophers are typified by telling about it in an interesting way. This description, of course, fits Pratchett admirably. [stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada]
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kim martin
Many readers are familiar with Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and its delicious range of unforgettable characters, satirical creations and dialogue and thought-provoking themes. Less known are his earlier works, including The Carpet People, which Pratchett first wrote as a teenager and had published, then went back to years later and rewrote the book to reflect his change in viewpoint.
The Carpet People feels more like a children's, or young adult story, although if it can be found, it will often be placed with Pratchett's Discworld titles in the fantasy section. The story is a delightful bit of imagination, entire societies coexisting within the world of the Carpet. These tiny creatures go about adventure on the epic scale, with Pratchett's typical ironic observations and humorous interpretations. Our hero, Snibril has to set out on a quest to save a kingdom from enemies and to stop the destruction of a force known only as The Fray.
This is not one of Pratchett's most seamless works by a long shot. I don't think he intended it to be. A lot of the themes and world-building elements he puts into practice for this work are later fulfilled with much more skill and elegance in his Discworld novels and Bromeliad trilogy. For any Pratchett fan, this book is a delight simply from its standpoint in the evolution of Pratchett's writing.
I gave this book four stars because I do not feel it is Pratchett's best work. It shouldn't be, this story was one of his earliest. This is a wonderful way to introduce younger readers to Pratchett, along with his Bromeliad trilogy. If you are discovering Terry Pratchett with this book, be aware that his writing only gets better from here! ^_^
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At the timid age of 17, Terry Pratchett wrote a fantasy novel called The Carpet People, and it was published, just in case you haven't been blown away by this already, let me tell you that this is a Very Impressive Accomplishment. In his own words, it sold a bit, and then went out of print, and years later, when people started being impressed by the quality of Pratchett's work instead of by the simple fact that he was being published, they started asking for it. Mr. Pratchett took the book down from wherever he had kept it, and said (I'm quoting this incorrectly) "Wait a minute, I wrote this book when I thought fantasy was about kings and battles, now I think fantasy should be about how not to have kings and battles." So he rewrote the book, and it's been published/reissued.

Plainly speaking, this book is about a bunch of infintesimally small people who live on a carpet, whole societies have evolved, empires have risen and fallen, the most ordinary objects, dropped onto the carpet and forgotten there become magical lands, homes and sources of industry to the molecullar inhabitants of The Carpet. This is the story of Snibril, one of the Munrungs (or in their language The Real Human Beings) and how he and his tribe join the Doomi empire to fight the Moules (or in their language The Real Human Beings) who live in the deepest recesses of the Carpet. It is impossible to describe how TRUE Pratchett's idea's are about war and about making your own choices. If I were a better writer, I could describe how happy this book made me, how magnificent it is. But as I am not, you're just going to have to take my word for it, or read the book.
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Although it appears as a book for children, there is much to recommend this book as a novel for anyone.
Pratchett wrote this early in his career but it's been reviewed and this is a new edition.
This is not a Discworld novel, for those who are addicted to or just starting on the Discworld journey.
With his usual piercing insight into relationships and characters, he makes this an epic story of a little people.
You can see within the lines of the story the shape of those who will people his later Discworld stories.
This is the tale of a people who inhabit the carpet world of a room and are forced to up stakes and move to a more secure location.
There are strange monsters, other tribes and all sorts of adventures included during this mammoth trek.
Great fun and a satisfying read.
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In Terry Pratchett's "The Carpet People," there are civilizations of microscopic and diverse people who live in the Carpet. The story follows a ragtag group of Carpet people who band together after their homes are destroyed by The Fray, a powerful and mysterious force that suddenly appears and sucks or sweeps away entire villages and cities. As they travel to find safety, they meet the evil Mouls who seem to be bent on taking over The Carpet for themselves.

The book is filled with colorful characters and settings, and actually reminds me a lot of the adventures that I made up for my action figures and toys when I was little. I think this is a great introduction to Terry Pratchett for younger readers, especially those who have big imaginations.
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jeff james
This was a project I think, an exercise in seeing how wisdom and experience can be married to youthful but inexperienced enthusiasm - ie - the young TP and the old TP. For my money it just doesn't work; it's a dreadful story; presumably / logically it was dreadful when Mr P was 17, but sorry to say, whatever tinkering he's done has not upped the quality, it's still dreadful now.
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alison george
The author apologizes right up front for the book being the product of two different versions of himself, 30 years apart, and it shows in a bit of unevenness to the story. However, The Carpet People is generally an enjoyable enough story. There are travel and adventure and battles and mysticism and gender equity and teamwork as a small town travels across their world to find out why their central government has forgotten to count and tax them. It's not quite as much fun as his Discworld books, but it's an enjoyable enough read. I appreciated getting to read in the addendum some of the original material on which the final book is based, and the book is much improved from that.
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jennifer reposh krieger
I'm not sure this was the best book to be introduced to Terry Pratchett. It was enjoyable,but definitely not what I'd come to expect from the love that so many express for the author.I'll definitely be trying another book in the near future
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“The Carpet People” is a delightful read for any Terry Pratchett fan. Though the quality isn’t up there with some of his other books, there are still a lot of classic Pratchett moments. As a children’s book, the humor doesn’t, of course, go as far in some directions, but there is still that balance between hysterically funny and deadly serious that I love. “The Carpet People” is a wonderful introduction to Terry Pratchett for young readers, and a nostalgic read for lifelong fans. My favorite thing was the 20+ pages at the end, which featured some of the original “Carpet People” stories written by Pratchett at seventeen!
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kristle heald
"The Carpet People" is an interesting concept, particularly when you consider the bulk of it was actually written by a young Terry Pratchett. The one criticism I have of Pratchett's work is the general sense of mayhem often makes the books too busy. There is too much going on at once, which prevents the reader from connecting with any of the characters. "The Carpet People" suffers from this problem.

The concept of the book is quite fascinating. A society that lives beneath the strands of carpet is quite original. The societies of this underworld have evolved in much the same way as humans. Power hungry villains threat the innocent heroines of this underworld causing conflict and the general sense of mayhem. The sense of religion is link to "the fray" which our human minds are able to explain even when the carpet people lack understanding. The conflicts of the book, readers will understand all too well.

One can easily say that a book Pratchett wrote as a teenager and recently improved is a creative but flawed book. There are aspects of the book I enjoyed, but flaws I could not overlook.
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jake leech
I'll give it 4.999 for philosophical reasons. Wise people insist that there's always room for improvement.

Heh. Well. Maybe. This book's pretty much perfect.

This your average swords and horses and kingdoms under siege story and yet it isn't your average swords and horses and kingdoms under siege story.

It's all in the delivery. Just like a great actor can bring a staid piece, a done-to-death act alive, Terry Pratchett charms not just with his plot but the characters running around in it, giving evidence of his immense genius. He makes it simple and he makes it beautiful.

It's your average swords and horses and kingdoms under siege story, and it's perfect!
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lynn siler
The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett is a children's story that's great fun even for adults. The original novel was written when Pratchett was 17 years old; this is the revised version done when Pratchett was in his early 40's. Pratchett is best known for his many comic fantasy novels set in Discworld.

The Carpet People tells the exciting, and frequently amusing, story of a world of very tiny creatures that live in a carpet. Their world, complete with towns and cities, kings and emperors, is disrupted when the horrible Fray passes overhead and destroys their buildings. This provides the opportunity for the evil mouls to attack and enslave them. The heroes of this story overcome tremendous odds, with the unexpected help of various other peoples, to save their world.

If you like the Discworld novels, you'll certainly enjoy this early Pratchett story. And if you aren't familiar with Terry Pratchett, this is a great place to start.
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kim badger yerkes
I had read The Carpet People in paperback many, many years ago - so many that I had pretty much forgotten it all. It was a delight to revisit the story, tweaked by an adult Pratchett from what he wrote as a teen. The revised text itself had been published some years ago, but this edition includes Pratchett's own illustrations, many in color, as well as a reprint of his original short story as serialized in a local paper.

While I am a fan of the Kindle, Pratchett's books I buy in hardcover whenever I can, as they are treasures.
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angela cribb
The story takes place between the tall and multicoloured hairs of a carpet, in a place called the Dumii empire.
Under the omnipresent threat of Fray and after the destruction of their village, a group of carpet people decide to march against the evil mouls and snargs. Along the way, they meet other tribes with other ways of living and other points of view, and they know they'll have to ally with them in order to win the battle.
What sort of disappointed me is that Terry Pratchett almost doesn't take any advantage of the setting of his story, i.e. an actual carpet, at all and in the end you realize it could have happened anywhere. However, he approaches many great themes, like proving that in union, there is strength, and in a way this is a pretty good early sketch for his later masterpiece: the Bromeliad.
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rodney hunt
This will delight anyone who is a fan of Pratchett. It's his first book (written as a kid), which he later re-wrote after a looooong writing career. So, don't expect high-art. At the same time, it's a delightful story full of Pratchett wit and humor, and it's also a great study of the author himself. If you've never read Pratchett, this is probably a 3-star experience (and not the book you should start with), but to fans it's definitely 5-star material.

As a bonus, it will give you an excuse to stop vacuuming!
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trinh hong quan
I think this is a wonderful novel for children (or a book to be read to children). Everyone knows that Pratchett is Mr. Fantasy Extraordinaire, so it's important to remember that he wrote this book a long, long time ago (I believe in his teens). That's probably not going to live up to the hardcore Pratchett fans' standard of fantasy. However, it is indicative of his talent and there are some very endearing *and* enduring ideas/themes in "The Carpet People."
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Or maybe vacuum more often--I'm not sure which is a better option after reading this. If you like the idea of a whole world of little people with various cultures living in your rug, then don't vacuum. On the other hand, if that fact kinda squicks you out. . . Well, anyway, most people know there are all sorts of microorganisms living on our stuff. What only Terry Pratchett knows is who they are and how they live.

While at times the Thread was a bit hard to follow (hee, hee--you'll get that when you read the book), overall this is a charming look at a microcosm of (microscopic) humanity. This definitely is not as polished as Pratchett's other children/YA books, but since it's a mashup of young Terry and middle-aged Terry, it's easy to see how that happened. It should definitely appeal to imaginative kids--and adults.
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This book is Terry Pratchett's starting effort, with some revisions made after he achieved success with the Discworld series. Its aimed at younger readers, but has much of the world building and creativity that made his books popular with all ages. As the title indicates, the setting is a carpet and the characters, microscopic people who live in the carpet. There is plenty of adventure and wit to be found here. Its a great choice for kids 8 and older.
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mafalda cardim
I may never be able to vacuum my carpet again. This is an adventure story of the tribes of the minute peoples living in the Carpet. The tribes band together, albeit somewhat reluctantly to fight a common enemy, or so they think. Things aren't always what they seem, and sometimes knowledge can be a formidable weapon.
A seriously funny story.
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zeus rivera
While I enjoyed this book, I liked Pratchetts Bromeliad (diggers/truckers/wings) trilogy far more. This book has good characterisations, and I don't have any quibbles with the plot, but throughout the story I kept thinking: "OK, they all live in a carpet. Um, is this an abandoned house, or will there be vaccuuming?" Likewise, there is a huge penny in the carpet that has been there for years - will someone pick up this penny? I considered that perhaps miniature people had shorter years, but they experience regular length days. These little problems made it hard for me to really get into the storytelling.
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The introduction to this book is the best part. I burst out laughing right in the bookstore.
The Carpet People is Pratchett's first published work but has been extensively rewritten since then. As he puts it, this is now "a collaboration" between the younger author and the older.
I love Pratchett's Discworld series and the only reason I can't give this book more stars is because his other work sets the bar so high. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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marlene cowan
I love Terry Pratchett, and was happy to read one of his first stories. Fun read, and shows how his sense of humor has been there all along. I have to admit, I still prefer his disc world books, but hey, he was 17 when he wrote "The Carpet People"!
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valarie rivers
So fun! Light and funny and will make you think twice next time you set your foot down on the carpet. It is all Pratchett and all good. I would highly recommend! gbash
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This story is so very imaginative! Only one thing might have improved it. Being a visual person, I would have loved a map or even a sketch of Carpet Land. I drew my own but it lacked a lot.
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lori hartness
The Carpet People is a Terry Pratchett classic, both witty and funny. If you like the Disc World series, you should enjoy this book.
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nic parkes
In this reworking of Pratchett's first published novel, the reader finds aspects of threads that run throughout Pratchett books: fate, destiny, new ideas vs. tradition, plus Plato's "Cave"-like interpretations of reality based on limited information. Plus it's fun!
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I am a huge Pratchett fan, own everything available by him, and now reading through the Discworld series for a second time...But 'Carpet People' just doesn't work for me. It was his first big story, so fine, he had not gotten his style really going yet. What bothered me most are things like were is any water? How can they grow any crops? Etc... Can't have rain or rivers or lakes or anything in a carpeted living room? And the story sort of rambled, and his silliness which works in his other books, just doesn't click yet. Honestly not really worth the read.
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nia ch
Interesting read.
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For kiddies and adults alike (just read the entire series). In a grand adventure the carpet people must be saved. It's in Pratchett's usual cheerfull, commical and enthralling style of writing.
Enjoy ;)
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jonathan schuster
A sweet book in Terry Pratchett's youth style. (Not to say simplified for kids - this is convoluted and well thought out.) He's the best author out there!
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patricia cia
As much as I hate to admit it, I couldn't get through this book. I tried and tried, but just couldn't do it. I've enjoyed the two Discworld books I've read by Pratchett, as well as another children's book that he wrote. I thought the premise was interesting, but the story just didn't grab me. Don't let this review turn you away from Pratchett altogether though. I would just start elsewhere if you're interested in reading his books.
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This was a fun and interesting way to see the beginnings of Terry Pratchetts literary career.
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The Carpet People is so well written that each word, each page allow you to see in your mind the exact same places, adventures and people of this story. It is the best book that I've ever read that still, after having read it over 10 years ago, that I still can remember the details clearly.
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Good tale.
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ryan casey
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