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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 07:36
Terry Pratchett: The Spirit of Fantasy by Craig Cabell
Terry Pratchett: The Spirit of Fantasy - Craig Cabell

This book was so-so.  The blurb states "featuring an in-depth look at the man and his work, as well as on-screen adaptations and a collector's guide, this is essential reading for any fan".  However, I found this book does not really discuss Terry Pratchett or his life.  So it's not much of a biography.  Cabell selects a few of Terry Pratchett's books and does a brief analysis on them, but it reads more like a college paper than an "in-depth look at the man and his works".  The collector's guide section is a list of almost everything type of adaptation and book Terry Pratchet wrote/ was involved in.  Something you can probably find on his website.  If you want to know more about Terry Pratchet, then I recommend reading the authors own words which is supplied in A Slip of the Keyboard:  the Collected Nonfiction.

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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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