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  1. The Wee Free Men: A Tiffany Aching Novel (Discworld Novels) is the first in a series of five Discworld novels aimed at 9 -12 year olds. Tiffany wants to be a witch but doesn't know how to learn. Her brother gets kidnapped and Tiffany embarks on an adventure to get him back. I normally enjoy children's fiction and have been eager to read Terry Pratchett for a while. I didn't dislike this book and finished it but do not know what all the fuss is about. Perhaps I need to read a book aimed at grown-ups.
  2. This book is certainly cleverly written, but it is not as LOL as Light Fantastic. And it felt more liked linked short stories than like a novel. But it was still highly entertaining and a whole lot of fun. Pratchett has an incredible imagination. And this is a wild ride. But it did feel like an introductory novel, where he was trying things out.
  3. In hunting the Pratchett tags for a non-existent existing thread on this book I found several mentions of it, but it didn't get a lot of love. I really don't see why not. This is a hilarious book! And while I must agree that Going Postal and Snuff, my two previous encounters with Pratchett's work, were more coherently plotted and the characters less caricatural, they were not as funny as Light Fantastic, which had more lol moments than anything I've read in a long time! And, really, it never occurred to me that a book which starts out with a planet sized turtle supporting 4elephants which support a world, was subject to any strictures of reality. This was a fun book from start to finish and as gleeful a read as I've had in ages! 4stars Now I'm off to read The Colour of Magic, which I would've read first if I'd known Light Fantastic was second.
  4. This collection of very early Terry Pratchett short stories is wonderful. This is before Sir Terry had 40+ books under his belt, and is practising his craft. The short stories contain tales of dragons (they of Crumbling Castle), a forerunner to the carpet people and wild and madcap adventures. The stories are littered with what we now recognises as Terry Pratchett's style. Footnotes, asides and wonderful slightly bonkers characters, who are not so mad that you can't recognise real people in them. It is essence of Pratchett. Perfect.
  5. Terry Pratchett's Nation is a departure from the Discworld, although it's set in a world like ours but not identical to ours... The backdrop is a Pacific-like island around the 1900s, when a tidal wave strikes and a cast of characters who wouldn't normally associate with one another are thrown together. Having seen this on stage at the National Theatre last November as well, it's really stayed with me. I'd read about 3/4 of it before seeing the play, and it was quite nice to have the end as a surprise in the theatre. In usual Pratchett style, it's also very clever and well rounded. It's definitely a stand-alone book, and the epilogue puts paid to any potential sequels which is a relief. It's not got anything too scary in it, and although there is the minor love interest, it's all very innocent, so this could be enjoyed by a mature 9 year old and anyone above that! I would be happy to return to Nation in the future for a re-read, not something that I often say.
  6. This is the most recent Discworld book, and I was really looking forward to it. Pratchett is one of my favourite authors and I have been reading his books since I was a teenager. In this book the theme is football and celebrity. The wizards of the Unseen University have to play a game of football in order to keep hold of a generous allowance which keeps their cheese trolly fully stocked. The problem is that they are not allowed to use magic. We also meet Mr Nutt from Uberwald who works as a candle dribbler in the University. There is something a little odd about him. As the story unfolds we find out what that is, but for some reason never really find out why he ended up there or what his purpose was. As with all Pratchett books, our real life is poked and made fun of with wry observations on our daily lives. However, this was missing some of it's usual sharpness and the story felt quite disjointed. The characters were great and well written, but the plot just didn't seem to hang together at all. There were also a lot of loose ends than needed tidying up. I enjoyed it for the one liners and for individual scenes, but was disappointed over all. Not one of his best.
  7. I've only read a few of them, but I've found that the ones with Death in are so much funnier and easier to get into than the ones without. My favourite's Mort, mainly because of the big part Death plays in it, and its got some of the funniest lines, e.g......'Why is there a cherry on a pole in this drink?'....'Mort realised that, with some difficulty and embarrasment, Death was attempting to wink'. Discuss...
  8. I remember seeing that other people had bought/ were planning to read this so thought I'd make a start... I loved it. It's the first Discworld book in a while that I've really enjoyed, which is both good and bad for me really. I don't know wy but the Witches books were never really my favourites, so whilst I have enjoyed the ones about Tiffany they haven't grabbed me in the way the Discworld books used to. I've always been a fan of the City Watch ones, and then (comparatively) recently the others based in Ankh-Morpork. I especially liked The Truth and this one is in a similar vein. I don't know why but I even liked it more than Going Postal, although to be fair I've only read that once... unusual for me! One minor plot point that kept me happy was when...
  9. I've just finished this... I'm SO disappointed with the ending. (Is this post meant to go here or somewhere else? *confused newbie*) Anyway - I'd like to discuss the ending, but not ruin it for others who haven't read it yet...
  10. Hey guys! Has anyone read The Wee Free Men Trilogy by the Pratchett God? I'm a HUGE fan! I think this trilogy is HILARIOUS and I love the whole idea behind it. It's SO original. Maaaaaaaaaaaaan I love you Terry!!! Fantasy fan, mj x x x x
  11. I feel almost trepidatious reading this, given as Pratchett gets good press here on on BGO and he's also recently announced a serious illness. Won't I have to like it? Being a good reader and a terrible human I ignored the author's personal situation and dived into Equal Rites, chosen as it's one of the 'starter' novels recommended by David in this post. It's rather good, and whilst I wouldn't go overboard with praise I think Pratchett does have a very enjoyable style. Maybe the plot relies too much on ye olde magik but who really worries about that, and you can't fail to enjoy the fun he has with the what I'd call the "Novel Form." I never laughed out out loud once, but like people watching The Office or Curb Your Enthusiasm, I did elbow the person next to me and comment dryly on how funny it was. No doubt I'll read another but I can't see me being a convert. I thought some of the witch/wizard women/men analogies were laid on a bit thick in EQ and I hope he gets a little more subtle in later books.
  12. Moist von Lipwig was a con artist and a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged, or put Ankh-Morpork's ailing postal service back on its feet. It was a tough decision. But he's got to see that the mail gets though, come rain, hail, sleet, dogs, the Post Office Workers Friendly and Benevolent Society, the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and a midnight killer. Getting a date with Adora Bell Dearheart would be nice, too. Maybe it'll take a criminal to succeed where honest men have failed, or maybe it's a death sentence either way. Or perhaps there' s a shot at redemption in the mad world of the mail, waiting for a man who's prepared to push the envelope… <iframe width="180" height="180" scrolling="no" frameborder=0 src="http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=bookgrouponli-21&l=st1&search=Going%20Postal%20Terry%20Pratchett&mode=books-uk&p=33&o=2&f=ifr&bg1=C6EFF7&lc1=082984&lt1=_blank"> <table border='0' cellpadding='0' cellspacing='0' width='468' height='362'><tr><td><A HREF='http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/redirect-home/bookgrouponli-21' target=_blank ><img src="http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/G/02/associates/recommends/default_180x180.gif" width=180 height=180 border="0" access=regular></a></td></tr></table></iframe>
  13. I got both of these books today... Read Where's My Cow? already! I thought it was quite a cute book really, and I'm guessing it ties in with Thud! which I plan to start later this evening! Has anyone else got either of these yet...?
  14. RRP: £17.99, <a href ="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/spring2005.asp?CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank">The Book Pl@ce</a> Price: £13.49 Just click on book jacket <A HREF="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/display.asp?ISB=0385608675&CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank"> <IMG SRC="http://213.253.134.29/jackets/m/038/0385608675.jpg"></A> Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago. But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office. With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war-drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him. Oh ...and at six o'clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read 'Where's My Cow?', with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are some things you have to do.
  15. It began as a sudden strange fancy . . . Polly Perks had to become a boy in a hurry. Cutting off her hair and wearing trousers was easy. Learning to fart and belch in public and walk like an ape took more time . . . And now she's enlisted in the army, and is searching for her lost brother. But there's a war on. There's always a war on. And Polly and her fellow recruits are suddenly in the thick of it, without any training, and the enemy is hunting them. All they have on their side is the most artful sergeant in the army and a vampire with a lust for coffee. Well . . . they have the Secret. And as they take the war to the heart of the enemy, they have to use all the resources of . . . the Monstrous Regiment.
  16. With witty illustrations from Paul Kidby, this is an artistically presented package guaranteed to tickle the funny bone of all Pratchett fans. <iframe width="180" height="180" scrolling="no" frameborder=0 src="http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=bookgrouponli-21&l=st1&search=discworld%20almanac&mode=books-uk&p=33&o=2&f=ifr&bg1=C6E7DE&lc1=082984&lt1=_blank"> <table border='0' cellpadding='0' cellspacing='0' width='468' height='362'><tr><td><A HREF='http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/redirect-home/bookgrouponli-21' target=_blank ><img src="http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/G/02/associates/recommends/default_180x180.gif" width=180 height=180 border="0" access=regular></a></td></tr></table></iframe>
  17. In THE ART OF DISCWORLD, Terry Pratchett takes us on a guided tour of the Discworld, courtesy of his favourite Discworld artist, Paul Kidby. Following on from THE LAST HERO, THE ART OF DISCWORLD is a lavish 112-page large format, sumptuously illustrated look at all things Discworldian. Terry Pratchett provides the written descriptions while Paul Kidby illustrates the world that has made Pratchett one of the best-selling authors of all time. Here you will find favourites old and new: the City Watch, including Vimes, Carrot and Angua, the three witches - Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick - and the denizens of the Unseen University Library, not forgetting the Librarian, of course: they're all here in sumptuous colour, together with the places: Ankh-Morpork, Lancre, Uberwald and more... No Discworld fan will want to be without this beautiful gift book. <iframe width="120" height="213" scrolling="no" frameborder=0 src="http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=bookgrouponli-21&l=st1&search=Art%20Discworld%20Terry%20Pratchett&mode=books-uk&p=6&o=2&f=ifr&bg1=C6EFF7&lc1=082984&lt1=_blank"> <table border='0' cellpadding='0' cellspacing='0' width='120' height='213'><tr><td><A HREF='http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/redirect-home/bookgrouponli-21' target=_blank><img src="http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/G/02/associates/recommends/default_120x213.gif" width=120 height=213 border="0" access=regular></a></td></tr></table></iframe>
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