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: 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”

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: 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”

Comment: Missing Terry Pratchett

It is rare that going into a bookshop saddens me, but it did so last week. Going into any half decent bookshop in December any time in the last 20 years or more inevitably meant encountering a large pile of the latest hardback DiscWorld novel – the easiest item on my Christmas list. But thisContinue reading “Comment: Missing Terry Pratchett”

Book review: The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld 41), Terry Pratchett. 2015

Sadly, ‘The Shepherd’s Crown’ will be the last Discworld novel*. I had in my head drafted a response to the critics who claimed that the impact of Terry’s illness can be traced in the overall quality of this novel. The problem with that way of reading the novel is that once you start to lookContinue reading “Book review: The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld 41), Terry Pratchett. 2015”

Book review: The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

This is the inevitable sequel to the Long Earth, which I reviewed last year. In case you have forgotten, in the first novel a multiverse of parallel earths – the Long Earth – is discovered, along with the ability for humans to travel quickly and simply along a sequential series of earths. Its not quiteContinue reading “Book review: The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter”

Book review: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Occasionally a new series is announced on television. The director is someone well known, the lead actors are famous, the production has obviously (from the trailers) had a lot of money spent on it. So you tune in with high expectations…. but end up a bit underwhelmed – the whole is less than the sum ofContinue reading “Book review: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter”