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text 2019-10-08 16:30
Reading progress update: I've listened to 60% (approximately).
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer

"The fastest insect [on the Disc] is the .303 bookworm.  It evolved in magical libraries, where it is necessary to eat extremely quickly to avoid being affected by the thaumic radiations.  An adult .303 bookworm can eat through a shelf of books so fast that it ricochets off the wall."



This is turning out hugely enoyable -- and yet another one of Pratchett's books that resonates extremely well with the world we've been living in since 2016.

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text 2019-10-07 21:23
Halloween Bingo 2019: Eighth Extra Square -- and Discworld October Group Read
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer

I haven't decided for which bingo square I'll be using this, but from the blurb and from what I've read so far, it will fit -- at a minimum -- the Supernatural, Creepy Crawlies, Deadlands, Monsters, Ghost Stories, Relics and Curiosities, Murder Most Foul, and Grave or Graveyard bingo squares; possibly / probably also Spellbound, Demons, Cryptozoologist, and / or Doomsday.


This has a bit of an odd beginning, but I have to say I find the description of the inner workings of the Assassins' Guild and their final examination procedures weirdly fascinating, and it promises to be a rather merciless takedown of religion in general and the Egyptian death cult in particular.


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review 2019-09-20 11:48
Kill The Farm Boy (Tales of Pell, #1)
Kill the Farm Boy - Luke Daniels,Delilah Dawson,Kevin Hearne

I don't even know how to start talking about this book.  It's insane.


I first heard about it from Irresponsible Reader and I've been enjoying Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles for a few years.  And it's subtitle sold me:


Once A Pun A Time...


So I was expecting a funny read and I was expecting the puns, but I wasn't at all expecting the sheer enormity of innuendo and entendres: double, triple - possibly quadruple, but I suspect some of it went over my head as I struggled now to drown in the Monty Python-esque silliness of it all.  Examples include a chapter involving the band of unlikely heroes traveling through the elven Morning Wood, with more innuendo, puns and entendres than you can possibly imagine, and later in the book a trip to a pub called Balzac's, where the chef is the famous "wrinkled Balzac", and the house speciality is candied nuts.


It's quite frequently over-the-top, but it's still hilarious and sometimes sweet and a little bit shocking in unexpected ways.  My favorite character was Gustave, the talking goat, by a large margin, though the rest of the band of unlikely adventurers all have their own charms too.  


It's incredibly well-written and it's obvious the authors had a good time writing it, but Luke Daniels did an exceptional job narrating this book.  This is one of those rare instances where I think the reader would lose something by reading a physical copy.  Daniels owns this book and the characters in it, reading it like a dramatisation.  I recommend the audio unreservedly for anyone looking for a goofy good time.


I started the book in August, but it was due back at the library before I was half finished, and I didn't get it back until after Halloween Bingo started, so it qualifies. As there were scenes involving necro-bees and acid leeches, I'm going to use this for the Creepy Crawly square.

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review 2019-08-22 21:08
Like a fine wine ...
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett,Celia Imrie

... the kind of book that only gets better the more often you return to it.


I've revisited Wyrd Sisters three times in the last two years alone, and every single time I'm savoring every single minute of the experience.  Definitely one of my favorite Discworld novels -- next to its sequel, Witches Abroad, and of course the inimitable Hogfather.


Just gotta love the three witches ... and Verence, too.


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text 2019-08-07 22:10
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Rob Reiner,Joe Layden,Cary Elwes
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Cary Elwes,Christopher Guest,Carol Kane,Robin Wright,Wallace Shawn,Norman Lear,Billy Crystal,Rob Reiner,Joe Layden

And now I'm going to watch the movie all over again.


The nice thing about having the audio is that it is not only read by Mr. Elwes; it also features almost the entire cast, reading the comments that they contributed to his book.


The nice thing about having the print version is that it includes a section of behind-the-scene photos.  I also like the makeup of the book, which is printed on slightly thicker paper than usual; imitating the weight of medieval parchment.


Truly inconceivable that this movie took 13 years to be made, had been considered "unfilmable" for as long, and would almost have been buried by botched marketing even after it had been produced.  Thank Heaven for small mercies and the home video market.



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