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 …

Mort by Terry Pratchett

Mort audiobook by Terry Pratchett

Not my favorite Pratchett book, sadly enough. I do so hate it when I don’t like a book from a favorite author. It’s SO awkward! Possibly part of my problem is the audiobook itself– Nigel Planer does wonderful male voices, but his female ones tend to sound a bit…shrill? (Or maybe it’s just the ones in THIS book.) For example: Ysabel, Death’s daughter, who is already an annoying person, is made even more annoying by 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 …

Thud! by Terry Pratchett (reread)

Thud is basically chess, only played with trolls and dwarves instead of knights and queens and whatever. It’s a totally cliched thing, even in the context of the story which has got political maneuvers and whatever up the wazoo. But it still works as a story device, and it doesn’t overwhelm the greatness that is the characters. In all the Night Watch books, the characters start off as one thing and slowly evolve into something 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 …

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 …

Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

Men at Arms has got a super mystery, one of the most twisty mysteries I’ve ever read in a Discworld book. Some of the other Night Watch books focus more on the characters and the surrounding political climate, but this one was a real police procedural. I liked it! One of my favorite things about the Night Watch books is the mystery aspect, so having a whole book with the mystery as the overarching plot 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 …