Book review: The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh, 1948

This was an umpteenth re-read – I revisit The Loved One (subtitled An Anglo-American Tragedy) for a chuckle every now and again. It’s not a novel (Waugh called it a novelette) that takes itself very seriously, but it is all the better for that. It also has a lot of fun at the expense of both AmericansContinue reading “Book review: The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh, 1948”

Book review: So long, and thanks for all the fish, by Douglas Adams, 1984

It will not take most readers long to work out that So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, the fourth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, is a very different type of novel from its predecessors. These were all (more or less) novelisations of other iterations of the story, mainly the radioContinue reading “Book review: So long, and thanks for all the fish, by Douglas Adams, 1984”

Book Review: Adolf Hitler, my part in his downfall, by Spike Milligan, 1971

If this blog is anything, it is at heart a reading diary, a record of the books I read and my thoughts about them. What I read is not always going to be improving or classic literature – far from it – and it follows that from time to time I will review books thatContinue reading “Book Review: Adolf Hitler, my part in his downfall, by Spike Milligan, 1971”

Book review: Maskerade (Discworld 18) by Terry Pratchett, 1995

Regular readers of this blog (should there are any) will notice a pattern emerging in which I alternate between a classic/serious novel and the next book in the Discworld series. Today is a Discworld day, more specifically the wonderful Maskerade. And the good news is that this is one of the best, featuring the extraordinary witches ofContinue reading “Book review: Maskerade (Discworld 18) by Terry Pratchett, 1995”

Book review: The Old Devils, by Kingsley Amis, 1986

It is only human nature to assume that reasonable people will agree with you. So when I finished The Old Devils I looked for reviews in the expectation that they would broadly align with my thoughts – that the novel had stolen the 1986 Booker prize from The Handmaid’s Tale, that it was the work ofContinue reading “Book review: The Old Devils, by Kingsley Amis, 1986”

Book review: Witches Abroad, (Discworld 12) by Terry Pratchett, 1991

Is it possible to have two favourite Discworld books? I have three favourite children after all, so conceptually it should be possible. Were it to be deemed so by the powers that be, then ‘Witches Abroad’ would definitely be my joint favourite Discworld novel alongside ‘The Night Watch’. Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, her perfect foil,Continue reading “Book review: Witches Abroad, (Discworld 12) by Terry Pratchett, 1991”

Book review: Moving Pictures (Discworld 10) by Terry Pratchett, 1990

At this point (1990) in his writing career, Terry Pratchett was producing two Discworld novels a year. He’d published Sourcery (Discworld 5) and Wyrd Sisters (DW 6) in 1988, Pyramids (DW 7) and Guards! Guards! (DW 8) in 1989, and Eric (DW 9) already in 1990, before he produced Moving Pictures for the Christmas sales atContinue reading “Book review: Moving Pictures (Discworld 10) by Terry Pratchett, 1990”

Book review: Eric, by Terry Pratchett, (Discworld 9) 1990

Eric, the ninth Discworld novel, was originally published as a Discworld story to distinguish it from its predecessors in the series. It came in a large format with illustrations throughout by Pratchett’s then cover illustrator, Josh Kirby. This is going to make me hugely unpopular with Pratchett fans everywhere, but I have never been a big fan of Kirby’s workContinue reading “Book review: Eric, by Terry Pratchett, (Discworld 9) 1990”

Book review: Pyramids, (Discworld 7) by Terry Pratchett, 1989

As an experiment I tried crowd-sourcing this review. I joined a Terry Pratchett appreciation group on Facebook, and posted the following message: Hi all. Quick question – what do people think of ‘Pyramids’? I am writing a review and my initial impression is that it is one of STP’s less successful books in the series,Continue reading “Book review: Pyramids, (Discworld 7) by Terry Pratchett, 1989”

Book review: Early Riser, by Jasper Fforde, 2018

This is a really welcome return to writing ffor Fforde after a ffour year hiatus. (sorry). I am guessing, but my suspicion is that his inspiration for this novel was the question “What if the last Ice Age had not finished when it did?” We know that human evolution – or probably more accurately theContinue reading “Book review: Early Riser, by Jasper Fforde, 2018”