Book review: Mort, (Discworld 4) by Terry Pratchett, 1987

If you are still counting, ‘Mort’ is the fourth novel in the Discworld series. It is also the first novel in the series where Death is a central character – some people read the books thematically like that (i.e Death 1, 2 etc.). Anyway, experiencing the need to get out a bit more and live,Continue reading “Book review: Mort, (Discworld 4) by Terry Pratchett, 1987”

Book review: The Influential Mind, What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others, by Tali Sharot, 2017

As a break from the recent relentless Pratchettery I have managed to finish this book of popular science written by Tali Sharot, a neuroscientist who also wrote ‘The Optimism Bias’. This is timely because the paperback version comes out on 2 August in the UK, and I suspect you will see piles of this book in yourContinue reading “Book review: The Influential Mind, What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others, by Tali Sharot, 2017”

Book review: Equal Rites, (Discworld 3) by Terry Pratchett, 1987

Equal Rites’ is the third novel in the Discworld series. This is the novel where Pratchett really hits his stride. ‘The Colour of Magic’ and ‘The Light Fantastic’ are good, of course, but by comparison they felt a little childish when I was rereading them recently (see the reviews earlier in July). Some of theContinue reading “Book review: Equal Rites, (Discworld 3) by Terry Pratchett, 1987”

Supplementary: The Mystery of Sherlock Holmes

If you read the comments on my recent post about ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ you may have seen I postulated that there is a paradox at the core of how we perceive Sherlock Holmes. On the one hand he is (and so far as I can make out, always has been) enormously popular; onContinue reading “Supplementary: The Mystery of Sherlock Holmes”

Book review: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle 1892

Conan Doyle’s ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ contains 12 short stories, all originally published in the Strand magazine between June 1891 and July 1892. Some are better known than others, but all follow a fairly rigid format – a curious case is brought to Holmes’s attention by a flustered individual, often incognito, Watson’s support isContinue reading “Book review: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle 1892”

Book review: The Light Fantastic, (Discworld 2) by Terry Pratchett, 1986

‘The Light Fantastic’ concludes the adventures of Rincewind, the failed wizard, and Twoflower, the curious tourist from the Agatean Empire, who were left at the end of ‘The Colour of Magic’ falling in some style off the edge of the world (the world being, of course, disc-shaped, said disc being on the back of fourContinue reading “Book review: The Light Fantastic, (Discworld 2) by Terry Pratchett, 1986”

Book review: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, 2001

‘Noughts and Crosses’ is set in an alternative society in which the dark skinned people of the world conquered and enslaved the lighter skinned. As a consequence, although slavery has now been abolished, black people are prosperous, have good schools and hospitals and hold senior positions through society, white people are disenfranchised, hold most menialContinue reading “Book review: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, 2001”

Book review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte, 1848

It is quite rare for me to open a classic Victorian novel and have almost no idea what it is going to be about. But that was the case here – I have somehow avoided television and radio adaptations, reviews, blogposts etc – and the kindle edition even removes the clues provided by the blurb and illustrationsContinue reading “Book review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte, 1848”

Book review: The Colour of Magic (Discworld 1) by Terry Pratchett, 1983

So this is where it all began. I returned to the original Discworld novel as a change of pace from Dickens and with one question at the front of my mind – would it stand the test of time? How well would it have aged, and how fully formed was Pratchett’s early vision of Discworld?Continue reading “Book review: The Colour of Magic (Discworld 1) by Terry Pratchett, 1983”