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review 2019-11-02 17:51
Pyramids ★★★☆☆
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett

This is the first book in Discworld’s “ancient civilizations” subseries, and I already miss Granny Weatherwax and Greebo and the Luggage. Like nearly all the DW books so far, it is endlessly quotable, pokes fun at both dearly held beliefs and silly tropes, and frequently provoked a giggle from me when I least expected it. But the pacing was off – it really dragged in places – and the characters were not nearly as engaging as in the other subseries. Overall, it’s a worthwhile read, but not one of Pratchett’s best.

 

 

I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Poe/Raven: Free Space.

 

Prior Updates:

Oct07 8/352pg

Oct12 60/352pg

Oct12 79/352pg

Oct12 189/352pg

Oct14 250/352pg

 

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text 2019-10-31 15:11
October Wrap Up
A Halloween Tale - Austin Crawley
Terror on the Tundra - J. Esker Miller
The Widow of Pale Harbour - Hester Fox
Mistletoe - Alison Littlewood
Surviving The Evacuation, Book 2: Wasteland - Frank Tayell
Thor - Wayne Smith
Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

So, 9 books finished this month. Not enough for a blackout, but not bad for me.

 

Stand outs were:

A Halloween Tale by Austin Crawley

Terror on the Tundra by J. Esker Millar

Wasteland by Frank Tayell

 

Honorable mention to I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.

 

I didn't hate any of this month's reads, so yay!

 

I now have a few Netgalley books to catch up and a gazillion samples I've been ignoring, so that's November sewn up.

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text 2019-10-21 20:17
Reading progress update: I've read 169 out of 314 pages.
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett

LoL, the names of those camels make me chuckle so much. And the rest about the camels gives me the giggles, too. You Bastard is amazing. 

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text 2019-10-14 20:32
Pyramid - 250/352 pg
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett

Dios sat on the steps of the throne and stared gloomily at the floor. The gods didn't listen. He knew that. He knew that, of all people. But it had never mattered before. You just went through the motions and came up with an answer. It was the ritual that was important, not the gods. The gods were there to do the duties of the megaphone, because who else would people listen to? 

 

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review 2019-10-14 13:36
Reaper Man
Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett

by Terry Pratchett

 

I've read Mort twice so decided it's time I continued this series. Admittedly I enjoyed Mort less on the second reading, but the character of Death is one of Pratchett's most interesting ideas so I still wanted to carry on.

 

As Pratchett books go, I found it a little slower in parts than I expected. The overall story was interesting in itself, but some of the digressions went on a little longer than interest demanded. The humour was certainly there and the unique concepts of Death as an entity who might take a holiday or even die himself. How he interacts with people is definitely a strength of the book.

 

The wizards tended to witter on a bit too long to keep my attention, but the inception of The Death of Rats makes the whole book worthwhile! I'm unlikely to re-read this one, but I'm glad I've read it now and I'll continue with Soul Music before too long.

 

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