Very quick reviews: May & June 2015

Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me – Al Ewing A Loki who wants redemption and who doesn’t look like the bottom of an old shoe? Awesome! On the other hand, very much read like a continuation of about three other series (because it is), and at least two issues crossed over with another title and didn’t make much sense if you hadn’t read anything outside of this one. Annoying. Pretty good art, however, Read More …

REVIEW: The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

First off: this is not a story about an elephant. Instead, it’s about what an elephant left behind as it hurled into the Discworld– namely: deposits under the earth. It’s also a murder mystery, like all the other Night Watch books! Also like in all the Night Watch books, there’s things about what makes a person a person, what it means to be an immigrant and adapt to your new home’s culture, whether that new Read More …

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

What a fabulous book! It’s funny, of course, but not because of any puns. Mostly I found humor in the absurd situations. I mean, hello, a big warrior/scary-father god get stuck in a tiny turtle body. And THEN he spends the entire book bullying a monk into doing his bidding– until he gets bullied back. It reminds me of Nation, actually, because it talks about a lot of the same things re:gods and humanity’s relationship Read More …

Making Money by Terry Pratchett (reread)

Now that I’ve finally read Going Postal, the first Moist von Lipwig book, I definitely like Making Money more than I did the first time I read it. Let this be a lesson to you– don’t rely on TV show versions for background information in a book series! You miss out on a lot, and some of the changes they make in televised versions mean you’ll be very confused when you read the sequel and Read More …

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

I’ve read Good Omens at least five times, and loved it EVERY TIME except for the last. The last time was for a class, and no matter how good a class and no matter how much I may love the books I read for a class during that class,1 afterwards I always associate that book with schoolwork and thus it is tainted. It is Work. It is Un-Fun.2 (Why did I major in English?) Something Read More …

Soul Music by Terry Pratchett (reread)

Generally I at least enjoy reading a Terry Pratchett book, even if I don’t LOVE whatever it. But sometimes I end up kind of…hating it? Soul Music is just such a book, and I don’t know why I dislike it so! If I add up all its good points it should equal YAY! But instead it ends up nay. Let’s break it down: Yay All the puns are based on rock n’roll! Though I didn’t Read More …

REVIEW: Jingo by Terry Pratchett

Despite Jingo being one of the weaker Discworld books (which doesn’t mean much anyway because even the crappier Discworld books are a LOT better than most other books) it’s still pretty darned groovy. I’ll tell you why! a: It has great characters. Not just the City Watch, who are weird and lovable and basically Big Damn Heroes, but also the guest stars! The Klatchian Ambassador in particular was a favorite of mine; he plays mind Read More …

REVIEW: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

I actually saw the TV version of Going Postal before I read this book. I liked that version, but, as always, it messes with my enjoyment of the text version. I kept thinking “but that’s not how it was in the show!” instead of paying attention to what was going on in the story. However! Despite that problem, I enjoyed reading Going Postal. Moist von Lipwig is one of the funnest Discworld characters; he’s a Read More …

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Monstrous Regiment reminds me a lot of Equal Rites. They’ve got a lot of the same themes: women wanting to be equal to men, or at least not have men make ALL the rules. Unlike Equal Rites, though, Monstrous Regiment doesn’t have any witches. It’s got Polly, one of my most favorite Pratchett characters EVER. If she were inclined to be magical I think she’d be a witch (strong-willed, manipulative, kind and helpful to people Read More …

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

I read (or am reading) the Discworld City Watch books out of order, starting somewhere in the middle and working my way towards the end. It seems I’ve cycled back around to the beginning: Guards! Guards! is the first City Watch book, as well as one of the earlier Discworld books, too. It’s not easy to have a drunkard/alcoholic character in a humor book and not have him be either tragic or farcical (or both). Read More …