These are all books from my physical TBR:
1. Himself by Jess Kidd
2. Odyssee by Homer
3. Sylvester by Georgette Heyer
4. The Village by Marghanita Laski
5. Miss Silver Intervenes by Patricia Wentworth
6. The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes
7. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
8. They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer
9. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
10. The Leper of Saint Giles by Ellis Peters
Nice! I´m really excited for this book.
by Terry Pratchett
This was a re-read for me, although a lot of years passed in between. The figure of Death is undeniably one of Pratchett's best characters and the character develops a lot in this story, but it's actually about Mort, who becomes Death's apprentice.
Mort is arguably another of Pratchett's better characters. He's a bit of a screw up and apprenticing to the supernatural isn't what he had in mind when he went to a jobs fair, but he rises to the task and manages to do what is asked of him, until he has to sit by and let a young princess die.
I enjoyed this much more on the first reading, but it was still enjoyable and I had forgotten enough to make it almost new to me. I may be a little Pratchetted out because I wasn't enjoying the humour nearly as much this time, but it was certainly there.
It's a good light comedy read and I will be reading the following two books in the Death series (Soul Music, Reaper Man) soon, which I haven't read before.
by Terry Pratchett
This was a weird concept, even for Pratchett. The Hogfather has ceased to be and Death thought he would just fill in for him, with the expected series of misunderstandings of human antics.
The daughter of his adopted daughter, Susan, gets caught up in things, much to her chagrin. She tries so hard not to see things other humans can't and to forget about he childhood as Death's granddaughter. She works as a governess and kills monsters for the children, of course.
There are a lot of metaphysical antics in Pratchett style, with assassins attempting to kill the Hogfather despite the fact that he's an immortal and Death himself coming under threat. There's also a trigger when a character casually mentions drowning a kitten.
I've enjoyed Pratchett's later books a bit less than some of his classics like the Guards and Witches series. Death is actually one of my favourite characters, but towards the end of this story it got a little too convoluted and 'out there' for my taste. Of course then Death comes out with some amazing philosophical statements about humans that are worthy of great literature, just to confuse the issue.
I'm glad I read the story but this is a read once for me. It also loses a star for the kitten.
This was a reread although it's been so long that I didn't really remember it. I think I enjoyed it more this time around, mainly because I wasn't stuck so much on it being for "younger readers" and I just really love Maurice's character. I wish he'd retire with one of the old ladies though.