Book review: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (Discworld 28) by Sir Terry Pratchett, 2001

My lock-down guilty pleasures Discworld series reread continues with another novel I have not read before. Let me explain. I discussed at length in my previous post the fact that The Last Hero and Maurice were not originally considered part of the Discworld series of novels. The change, from them being Discworld stories to becomingContinue reading “Book review: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (Discworld 28) by Sir Terry Pratchett, 2001”

Book review: The Last Hero (Discworld 27), by Sir Terry Pratchett, 2001

I haven’t yet worked out why this matters to me, but for some reason it does. If you look up a list of Discworld novels on the internet today it will tell you there are 41, starting with The Colour of Magic and ending with The Shepherd’s Crown. There are many other Discworld books, fromContinue reading “Book review: The Last Hero (Discworld 27), by Sir Terry Pratchett, 2001”

Book review: The Thief of Time (Discworld 26) by Terry Pratchett, 2001

In Thief of Time Terry Pratchett gives his by now bulging bag of Discworld characters, settings and scenarios a good shake, and comes up with an entertaining story about the end of the world. There are some distinct echoes of Good Omens along the way, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Auditors ofContinue reading “Book review: The Thief of Time (Discworld 26) by Terry Pratchett, 2001”

Book review: Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez, 2019

“The presumption that what is male is universal is a direct consequence of the gender data gap. Whiteness and maleness can only go without saying because most other identities never get said at all. But male universality is also a cause of the gender data gap: because women aren’t seen and aren’t remembered, because maleContinue reading “Book review: Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez, 2019”

Book Review: Decline and Fall, (Diaries 2005-2010) by Chris Mullin 2010

These diaries cover the long slow death of the New Labour experiment from Blair’s comfortable third win in 2005 to Labour’s election defeat in May 2010. The diaries were published later that year, which suggests either that Mullin used his self-imposed retirement productively or that he was actively preparing them for publication while still writingContinue reading “Book Review: Decline and Fall, (Diaries 2005-2010) by Chris Mullin 2010”

The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902

Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead of a heart attack, his corpse disfigured by an expression of horror. Next to the corpse the footprints of a gigantic hound are found. There is a sinister curse on the Baskerville family dating back to the brutal abduction of a local girl by one of Sir Charles’ ancestors.Continue reading “The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902”

Book review: The Truth (Discworld 25) by Terry Pratchett, 2000

In the mid-1990’s, in response to the question “Do you see yourself still writing Discworld books in ten years’ time?” Sir Terry gave a very definitive reply: “No. Not even in five years time. Certainly not on a regular basis, anyway. There’s only so much I can do with it.” Published in 2000, The TruthContinue reading “Book review: The Truth (Discworld 25) by Terry Pratchett, 2000”

Book review: Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell, 2019

Another ‘popular science’ read. I had previously bought but was unable to read Gladwell’s highly successful Blink, a study of what he termed the ‘adaptive unconscious’. It’s not that I didn’t finish it – it just never got to the top of my to-be-read pile, and is probably still lurking at the back of aContinue reading “Book review: Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell, 2019”

Book review: Factfulness, by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund 2018

Subtitled “Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think“ Which is a really encouraging subject isn’t it? We spend so much time reading how terrible the world is, wouldn’t it be nice if things are better than we think they are? That’s the central compelling thesis ofContinue reading “Book review: Factfulness, by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund 2018”

Book Review: The Fifth Elephant (Discworld 24), by Terry Pratchett, 1999

My lock down indulgence reread of the Discworld series continues with another novel featuring the great moral philosopher Duke, Commander and Blackboard Monitor Sam Vimes. One aspect of Pratchett’s work which is under-appreciated in my opinion is his ability to craft detective stories. Because The Fifth Elephant is, among several other things, detective fiction. TheContinue reading “Book Review: The Fifth Elephant (Discworld 24), by Terry Pratchett, 1999”