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review 2017-04-25 03:34
Review: Making Money (Discworld Book 42 of 49ish)
Making Money (Discworld, #36) - Terry Pratchett

Making Money is the second book in the Moist von Lipwig subseries of Discworld.  I’m enjoying this subseries quite a bit; I’m sorry it only has three books.


In this book, Moist von Lipwig finds himself unexpectedly involved in banking.  The way in which this happens is pretty amusing, and the situation provides many chuckles throughout the book.  I’m still really enjoying the character, and I also love that Lord Vetinari gets some decent page time in this subseries.  The story itself wasn’t super exciting, and I was never in any great suspense about what would happen next, but it was funny and held my attention throughout.

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url 2017-04-21 08:51
Open thread: what books do you find most attractive in a potential partner?
Pyramids: A Novel of Discworld - Terry Pratchett
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
Hitch-22: A Memoir - Christopher Hitchens


Harry Potter's series is a turn-off for men but turn-on for women? 


Bible is a turn-off? Sure.


There is a list of books that I would say a total turn-off. Twilight, 50 Shades, The Secret, Deepak Chopra, are all on the turn-off list for all gender. 


It is harder than I thought to name four favourite books. If I read have to, I would imagine myself stuck in an airport with a delay flight, and which 4 books would help me survive. 

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review 2017-04-19 23:19
Review: Wintersmith (Discworld Book 41 of 49ish)
Wintersmith (Discworld, #35) - Terry Pratchett

Wintersmith is the third book in the Tiffany Aching subseries of Discworld.  In this book, Tiffany has made a mistake that has put not only herself but also everybody she knows, and a whole bunch of people she doesn’t know, in danger. 


There really isn’t too much I can say about this book that I haven’t already said about the previous two.  I’m still really enjoying the series, and I still really like the characters in it.  In this book, two of my favorite characters from previous books got a decent amount of page time, so I was especially happy about that. 


And how could anybody not love the idea of Granny Weatherwax with a little, white kitten?

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review 2017-04-18 04:17
Review: Thud! (Discworld Book 40 of 49ish)
Thud! (Discworld, #34) - Terry Pratchett

Thud! is the seventh book in the Watch subseries of Discworld.  Tensions have always been high between the dwarves and the trolls.  Now a dwarf has been murdered in Ankh-Morpork, and it looks like a troll might have been responsible. 


As with the previous Watch book, it focuses heavily on Vimes, but he continues to be far more likeable than he was earlier in the series so I’m continuing to warm up to him.  The story itself didn’t really stand out from the previous books.  Yes, it does a good job of portraying the conflict and prejudice that can arise between two groups of people.  Yes, it has some great things to say through the use of subtle, and not-so-subtle, humor.  The problem is, we’ve seen this quite a bit now in Discworld, particularly in the Watch books, so it’s starting to feel a little repetitive. 


The story did hold my interest, and I wasn’t bored, but I don’t think it will be one of the more memorable stories when I’m looking back on the series.  Speaking of which, I’m down to seven books, one illustrated novel, and one short story left to read.  I started this series a little under a year ago, on April 26.  It will feel weird when I finally finish it and I'm no longer a regular visitor to the Discworld.

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review 2017-04-13 01:37
Review: Going Postal (Discworld Book 39 of 49ish)
Going Postal (Discworld, #33) - Terry Pratchett

Going Postal is the first book in the Moist von Lipwig subseries of Discworld, which is also associated with the Industrial Revolution subseries.  In the case of this book, it’s maybe a little more of an “Industrial Counterrevolution”.


The post office in Ankh-Morpork has effectively been out of commission for a while, with tons of undelivered letters sitting around.  Meanwhile, over the past several books, we’ve seen the development of a faster and more efficient method of communication called the “Clacks”.  However, lately there have been issues with the Clacks -- mismanagement, downtime, and maybe even murders.


The main character, Moist von Lipwig, was a fun character of the “lovable rogue” archetype.  I wasn’t too sure about him at first, but he grew on me as the book went on.  Vetinari also had some good moments in this book.  The story itself held my interest really well.  In fact, I think this may be the first Discworld book for which I actually stayed up a few minutes past my bedtime one night because I wanted to know what would happen next.  I only stayed up about 15 minutes late, but I take my bedtime very seriously so this isn’t a common occurrence for me. :)


I enjoyed the ending, and I particularly liked the choices Moist made it the end. 


To be more specific, I liked that he looked at the bigger picture and considered the greater good.  He backed off from his original plan that would have effectively destroyed the Clacks until they could be rebuilt, realizing that they fulfill a vital role and also that there were a lot of good people involved in the industry who would suffer.  Instead, he found a way to deal with the corrupt management that was the root problem.

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