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review 2018-01-08 19:47
Hogfather ★★★★★
Hogfather - Terry Pratchett

I loved everything about this book, from the little fairies that kept popping into existence with a glingle-lingle-ling to Death playing the role of Santa in his very own way, to the Auditors, to the poker. Especially the poker. Hogfather is going to join with Dicken’s Christmas Carol and Dr. Seuss’ Grinch to form my very own Holy Trinity of Christmas stories.

 

Now I just need to find it on audio for my annual re-reads!

 

Paperback version, read for the 2017 Christmas Bingo.

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text 2018-01-03 21:03
Not sure if I should laugh, cry or throw myself into the river
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman

Amazon is making a series out of Good Omens by Terry Pratchet and David Tennant is Crowley.

 

 

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text 2018-01-02 21:28
The Science of Discworld - reshelved for now
The Science Of Discworld - Terry Pratchett,Jack Cohen,Ian Stewart

I'm going to have to reshelve this book unfinished for now. This has been about the hardest Christmas I've ever had. My father has been - and is still - very ill. He was hospitalized a couple of weeks ago and has just come home. I've been out of town to be with him and to help my mother. I really haven't done any reading, other than a few pages here and there. I just haven't had the time or energy. And now I'm home, I realized that I left this book at their house. So I'm just going to reshelve it and will get back to it later, once I get my hands on it again. 

 

I'm back now, but am spending most of my time catching up at work and with the mess I left at home. Hopefully I'll be back to reading and posting regularly soon. 

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review 2018-01-01 17:56
The Science of the Discworld (updated version)
The Science of Discworld - Terry Pratchett,Jack Cohen,Ian Stewart

Series: Science of the Discworld #1

 

Although I've read this book before, this was my first read of the updated version. I haven't done an exhaustive comparison, but it looks like a few of the wizard sections were shuffled around to make room for a couple extra chapters, one of which was the obviously updated one that mentioned a dinosaur show I'd never heard of and talked about feathers.

 

Overall the book suffers a bit because it's now somewhat dated and I've been exposed to the content before because I've already read it and it's pretty basic stuff that I've read in other books and so on. But it still manages to be interesting and the wizards are awesome.

 

One thing that I either hadn't noticed in my earlier read or just didn't remember because I didn't understand it at the time was the attempt to explain the difference between understanding a true description of a physical model and mathematically describing a physical model in such as way as to yield accurate predictions. Since my description of this is all wishy-washy, here's what they actually write on page 103:

"Because our human-level theories are approximations, we get very excited when some more general principle leads to more accurate results. We then, unless we are careful, confuse 'the new theory gives results that are closer to reality than the old' with 'the new theory's rules are closer to the real rules of the universe than the old one's rules were'. But that doesn't follow: we might be getting a more accurate description even though our rules differ from whatever the universe 'really' does. What it really does may not involve following neat, tidy rules at all."

Another way of capturing this idea is the lies-to-children concept that infuriated so many others reading this book. It's a good way to remind ourselves that our understanding or explanation may not be actually "true" and we should be wary of conflating accurate enough predictions or descriptions with truth as we read more in depth on various topics. Anyway, I feel that concept is super important and I wanted to underline it here.

 

Although it may be a bit dated now, it wasn't when I first read this book as a teenager, and I still think it's a good overview of the general science involved despite it being pretty basic. Plus there's wizards! And Rincewind gets to devise a system of sorting rocks based on how friendly they are.

 

Previous updates:

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review 2017-12-31 10:31
The Color of Magic
The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic: 25th Anniversary Edition: "The Colour of Magic", "The Light Fantastic" by Terry Pratchett (2-Jun-2008) Hardcover - Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic is a book filled with adventure that will keep you on your toes throughout the book and numerous funny one-liners. This book is about a world, Discord, that has although been through many problems, is going to face one that might turn the world on its head, a careless and naive tourist with a sentiment chest and too much time on his hands. The story follows Twoflower, the tourist, as he and Rincewind, the inept wizard that somehow becomes his guide, as they try to avoid Death with the literal Death at heir door and the Gods messing up their lives.This, to me, was a very interesting book although it was quite confusing too. It is the first book by Terry Pratchett I have read and I will definitely be reading more. I really like his sense of humour and the way he phrases his one-liners. It amazes me that he has so much creativity and imagination and the way he puts it down on paper is really amazing.

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