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text 2019-02-03 20:59
Hear ye, hear ye -- there have been two monstrous Discworld occurrences here on BookLikes! Find out all about it!
Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett

And they're both the fault of your host -- i.e., yours truly.

 

First of all, I totally missed the start date of our present group read -- Equal Rites -- which was on February 1.  I'm not sure how many of us will want to (re)read this one as it's not a general favourite, but anyway ... there we are.  The discussion thread is HERE

 

... which swiftly takes us to snafu no. 2, which is the decidedly bigger one:

 

Somehow, when creating the Discworld group last year, I totally missed the fact that you only get both a book club and a discussion group linked with it (i.e., the combination of both the club and group features) if you create the club first -- which will then have a discussion group auto-attached to it.  If, as I did, you create the the group first, it will not have a club (with its handy reading schedule feature) attached to it ... nor can you combine it with a club if you create one later. 

 

I discovered all this -- you guessed it -- when creating a Discworld book club AFTER we had already gotten the Discworld discussion group up and running.  At first I thought oh well, let's just forget about the club feature (also, RL seriously got in the way in the interim), but as some of the Discworld group members have since found the club and have already signed up for membership, I hereby officially give you

 

The BookLikes Discworld Book Club

 

with its very own attendant and brand new

 

Discworld Discussion Group.

 

(For purposes of clarity: This is the NEW group auto-created by the system when I created the book club page.)

 

As it's really very handy to have the combined book club and discussion group features, I suggest we continue using the new discussion group henceforth -- I'll post a message corresponding with this one in the old group, too.

 

So, if you are / were a member of the old Discworld discussion group but haven't signed up for membership with the new Discworld Book Club yet, you may want to do so now.

 

Also: Once I've posted the message in the old Discworld group, I'll start transferring our old posts and discussions from that group to the new group.  So if you're already a member of the new club (+ group) and see lots of notifications for me having posted something in the new group, please disregard -- this is just me replicating the discussions we already had.  (I may not do all of them, but I at least want to copy the essentials across.)

 

Ahem.  As you were ...

 

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text 2019-01-30 12:54
DNF @ Chapter 4
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements - Sam Kean

I think it's fair to say that if I prefer doing office admin chores and listening to a(n albeit truly fascinating) memoir about growing up in and getting out of North Korea to reading this book, that's a pretty good indication I won't be getting back to this.

 

Chapter 4 started readable, but within 2 pages we had the next bit of arrogant nose-snubbing, at the scientist authors of one of the most groundbreaking papers in all of 20th century science writing no less, with a casual misinterpretation of two lines by Shakespeare tagged on in another asterisked footnote -- and I decided I just couldn't take it any longer.

 

Writerly tone aside: if I find that I can't trust an author's pronouncements on the bits of his book that I can instantly verify based on my own knowledge, experience and interests (e.g., European history and Shakespeare's writing) ... how can I possibly trust him on the bits that I cannot verify quite as easily and quickly?

 

So Huggins must regretfully record that I'm outta here as well.  I think we may seriously need to review our book selection procedure ...

 

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review 2018-12-05 15:00
24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 - Diwali, Book -- as well as Discworld December Group Read
The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett
The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

The book where we learn how the Librarian of the Unseen University ended up as an orang-utan.  (This happens on the very first pages and anyone who's read at least one Discworld book knows this anyway, so I'm officially not considering it a spoiler.)  Other than that, more fun with Rincewind, Twoflower and the luggage, and more send-ups of  the1980s' life and times on our round blue planet, complete with Conan Cohen the Barbarian and a doomsday cult.  The picture box makes a reappearance, too, and we learn what Death is like when he's at home

and hanging out with the other three horsemen of the apocalypse -- and with his daughter.

(spoiler show)

  Also, there are dine chewers (say that one aloud).  And trolls with a Scottish accent in the audio version.  And there's this, on the usefulness of books:

"Cohen was shocked.

'Bonfires of books?'

'Yes.  Horrible, isn't it?'

'Right,' said Cohen.  He thought it was appalling.  Someone who spent his life living rough under the sky knew the value of a good thick book, which ought to outlast at least a season of cooking fires if you were careful how you tore the pages out.  Many a life had been saved on a snowy night by a handful of sodden kindling and a really dry book.  If you felt like a smoke and couldn't find a pipe, a book was your man every time.

Cohen realized people wrote things in books.  It had always seemed to him to be a frivolous waste of paper."

To put this one to optimum use, since it's got the word "light" in the title I'll use it as my book for the Diwali square of 24 Festive Tasks.  In addition to which, of course, it is the Discworld group read book for December 2018.

 

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text 2018-12-03 12:18
Glingelingelingeling ... Discworld Group Read Alert!
The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

 

Two days late admittedly and thanks to Elentarri for reminding me -- anyway, here's your reminder that the Discworld group read of The Light Fantastic started on December 1!

 

Will Rincewind come back from the edge?  Will Twoflower disappear in space?  Where will The Luggage go next?  Please join us to find out!

 

As a bonus for those who are participating in the 24 Festive Tasks, this book would obviously qualify for the "Hogswatch" square (in the event you're not planning to (re)read Hogfather anyway) -- as well as a number of other squares, including:

 

* Día de los Muertos (book by a deceased author)

* Diwali (book with the word "light" in the title)

* depending on your edition, Mawlid and Kwanzaa (book with a green cover)

* Hanukkah (second book in a series) and

* Festivus (comedy / parody / satire)

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text 2018-10-06 17:33
Reading progress update: I've read 332 out of 332 pages.
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett

One of those Discworld books that only get better with every single reread.  Pratchett absolutely hit his stride with this ... one of my all-time favorites, by far not for the Shakespeare references alone.

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