Terry Pratchett: The Last Hero

The Last Hero (Discworld, #27; Rincewind #7)The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am blown away by the beauty of that edition. The illustrator is a genius. But there also lies the problem, because I was so busy staring at the pretty pictures that I didn’t concentrate on the words. I loved the Kirk quote and I still really love Rincewind. I get him. And the librarian.

Storywise it was your typical Discworld narrative. I’m not disappointed and also not surprised. All is good.

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Terry Pratchett: Thud

Thud! (Discworld, #34; City Watch #7)Thud! by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Topics: Racism, Intolerance, perception, heritage, history. Dealt with admirably, because every character struggles with (or with overcoming of) their preconception and perception of the Other, may they be dwarf, human, troll, woman or vampire (okay, maybe Young Sam doesn’t) and that is wonderful. You have no righteous character, even Vimes who is ‚as straight as an arrow‘ as to overcome his prejudices and I love that. That’s smart writing. And it is honest writing. And on top the story is also funny in places, as is to be expected. Much love!

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Terry Pratchett: Carpe Jugulum

Carpe Jugulum (Discworld #23; Witches #6)Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love love love the ending. I thought the last couple of books that I read weren’t as hysterically funny.. or as weird or anything. I found this quite plausible. The way religion was addressed or Vampires. I mean, it all makes sense dosen’t it? And I loved Thcrapth. Igor broke my heart in that one scene (even though I knew Thcrapth would make a spectacular return).

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Terry Pratchett: Monstrous regiment

Monstrous Regiment (Discworld, #31; Industrial Revolution, #3)Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliant.

The mood was nothing like e.g. the Twoflower novels. But how can it? It deals with oppression and abuse of women, with war and death and identity and religion and perception and society and the struggle for power and a place in the world. It is probably the most serious in tone of all the Discworld novels I have read so far and it is again very wise.

I truly recommend this. You can read it as a stand alone even, you don’t really need to know who Vimes and Angua are. They only feature a little.

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