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 …

Yearly Wrap-up Part 1: Best (and worst) books of 2013

Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner is hosting her annual end of year book survey again, and since I had fun doing it in 2012 I figured I’d do it for 2013, too! This time, though, I’ve divided it up into three posts. For easier reading, see? All wrap-up posts: Part 1 (Books) | Part 2 (http://heretherebebooks.net/2013/12/30/yearly-wrap-up-part-2-blogging-hits-misses-of-2013/) | Part 3 (Goals) | Part 4 (Stats) Part 1: Reading 1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If 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 …

Currently Reading (Nov. 24)

Beware! I’m currently in one of those places where I’m reading a million books at once. It’s kinda fun, but mostly frustrating. I just want to FINISH ONE. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (non-fiction). A reread! I really liked this the first time I read it, and this time is no different. I need to get some of his other books and read those, too. March to the Stars by David Weber and John Ringo Read More …

Book Notes: These new Discworld covers are AMAZING

Announcing the Discworld Collector’s Library! @ Gollancz: This project, developed in consultation with Sir Terry Pratchett, will see the release of a beautiful, affordable new set of hardback editions of the Discworld novels, from The Colour of Magic to Jingo, for readers who love the Discworld and would like high quality editions to treasure. […] The Discworld Collector’s Library will be published thematically, beginning in November 2013, as stunning B-format hardbacks at an affordable £9.99 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 …

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 …