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review 2020-12-08 11:36
Recenzja: „Para w ruch”, czyli ponadczasowa idea
Para w ruch - Terry Pratchett,Piotr W. Cholewa

„Para w ruch” to kolejny przykład prozy Terry'ego Pratchetta, który przekonał mnie, że można pisać mądrze tudzież zajmująco. Nie mogłem się oderwać aż nie skończyłem czytać. Aż mnie naszła chętka, żeby i inne tomy „Świata Dysku” odświeżyć.

 

Ekspres Mohanagar Provati przy peronie na dworcu Kamalapur w Dhace (Bangladesz, 2012 r.)

 

„Można było tylko płynąć z falą. Nowe pomysły, nowe idee pojawiały się, pokazywały, do czego są zdolne, niektórzy krytykowali je ostro, aż nagle, kto by pomyślał: ten, kto wydawał się potworem, nagle stawał się kimś niezwykle ważnym dla świata. Przez cały czas wynalazcy i konstruktorzy tworzyli coraz bardziej użyteczne produkty, których nikt nie przewidział, a które stawały się niezastąpione. Mimo to filary świata wciąż trwały niewzruszenie.”

Terry Pratchett „Para w ruch”

 

Tym razem autor wziął pod lupę ponadczasową ideę kolei żelaznej. Być może dziś dzieci, szczególnie z wielkich miast, nie przeżywają takiej fascynacji koleją jak kiedyś. Wszyscy chcą teraz jeździć wszędzie samochodami. Bywa, że dzieci mieszkające od urodzenia np. w Krakowie pierwszy raz w życiu wsiadają do tramwaju na wycieczce organizowanej w szkole podstawowej. Podobnie jest z pociągami.

 

Doczepianie lokomotywy do ekspresu Mohanagar Provati, jadącego z Dhaki do Chittagong, było atrakcyjne nie tylko dla mnie ale i dla grupki podróżnych (Bangladesz, 2012 r.)

 

Ale kolej ma wciąż wielu wyznawców. Także we mnie, wychowanym w niewielkiej odległości od stacji kolejowej. Z rym większą przyjemnością zanurzyłem się w fascynujący świat Pratchetta, gdzie każda idea może trafić na sprzyjający miejsce i czas. Nie zdradzę żadnego sekretu pisząc, że kolej żelazna i w Świecie Dysku szturmem zdobyła i skurczyła przestrzeń i czas. Ale jaki to miało wpływ na historię, to już warto i trzeba doczytać.

 

Terry Pratchett „Para w ruch”

 

E-book „Para w ruch” Terry'ego Pratchetta oferuje m.in. księgarnia Ebookpoint czy LitRes (w LitRes podając kod 10CYFR przy zakładaniu konta – zakładka „Kupon” – można otrzymać 10 PLN zwrotu za zakupy o wartości 20 PLN).

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review 2020-10-10 14:49
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman
So the hubby wanted to watch the show adaption. I told him I wasn't watching it with him unless I read the book first. So after he read it, here we are!
This book was harder to read than I thought it would be. I thought I would fly through it, page after page, but it was a slow pace. I actually looked at my hubby and said,'it's one of those ones you gotta read all the way through to get it, right?!'. He nodded and told me to stick with it. All the while, I was baffled at having to stick with a Gaiman novel...
I want to say when I got to the end that I had some sense of clarity and understanding but I can't. While these characters were so well-crafted, witty and fun to read in dialogue, the story itself was lacking, confusing and all over the place. You can tell this book was written with two very different authors.
Oh, how I pray the show is not like the book. I have a friend who says the show is better but I'm on the fence after struggling with the book.
Definitely not my favorite Gaiman book, that is still The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Read that one if you haven't already.

 

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/10/good-omens-by-terry-pratchett-neil.html
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review 2020-10-05 09:02
The best book of the year.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman

I can’t find words to describe the thrill of reading this book, since I haven’t read anything like it for a long time.  To learn how to convey my feelings, I need to use the help of https://papernow.org/thesis-statement-help because here you can get the best advice and tips.

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review 2020-06-24 22:32
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Reaper Man (Death Collection #2) - Terry Pratchett

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”

 

This is my second dive into the world of Terry Pratchett, and unfortuantly I didn't enjoy this book as much as Mort. I found it hard to find my rhythm with this one, it all felt too random and I couldn't figure out the plot, plus I couldn't get attached to any of the characters a part from Death. Even though this is part of the Death Collection I feel like it took a while before he was properly in it.

 

I really like Prachett's way of writing, the humour and how just plain bonkers it all is, however I found the structrure of this book to be differnent from Mort and more confusing. Due to the events of the previous books and Death not really acting quite himself it's been decided he's to be replaced...times up. And instead of working till the sand runs out of his hourglass Death decides to use his remaining time.

 

Enter Windle Poons, a wizard about to die, but that's fine, wizards understand this sort of thing. When his big moment arrives Windle finds no one waiting to escort him off, so he climbs back into his body. From this point we follow him trying to figure out what to do, as he did die and is still dead, whilst his fellow colleagues and wizards trying all manner of supernatural ways to re-kill Windle and whilst Death begins working on a farm.

 

It didn't feel like this book had any drive or knew where it was going, but maybe that was my own confusion; the mysterious snow globes didn't help either. Or perhaps it was because I couldn't really connect with any of the characters. But regardless, this won't put me off, by the end Death is easily an absolute favourite of mine.

 

“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.”

 

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review 2020-05-12 13:35
Mort
Mort - Terry Pratchett

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.

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