Thursday, 23 February 2012

What's on my Kindle 23/02/12

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I have recently had a bit of a Terry Pratchett splurge on my Kindle. I love his discworld series of books. For those who don't know, discworld is a flat world which is balanced on the backs of 4 elephants that stand on the back of a ginormous turtle! Yes it is that crazy. Each book will often focus on a  specific storyline, for example witches, wizards, the city watch, Death, Moist von Lipwig, Tiffany Aching etc. But this is not your normal fantasy series. Although set in a made up world these books give a lot of insight into our own world, with opinions on politics, science and religion. I always end up laughing at the clever humour and satire in them. They are absolutely brilliant after a stressful day.........like when you realise you will have to redo ALL of the data analysis you did in the last 3 months due to being sent incorrectly linked data.... Sigh.  

The three books that I have finished recently include


♥ I shall wear midnight
The Tiffany Aching books are targeted at younger readers but are suitable for adults as well. I love books with female heroines and Tiffany must be one of the most sensible 15 year old witches on Discworld. Read how she deals with an 'ex' who is now a King, his new fiancee, accusations of murder, and a horrible figure with no eyes who wants to exterminate her.This book is the 4th and last in the series and ties up her storyline nicely. But get the previous three beforehand i.e. The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith.  




♥ Equal Rites
It seems than women can only be witches while wizards must be men. The eight son of the eight son must become a wizard. But what happens if there is a mix up and the eight daughter of the eight son gets a dying wizard's staff instead? I loved the play on the 'role of women' in this book. We all know that it takes a woman to sort things out! And some of the wizards were uncannily similar to some of my university professors......... But I guess I should not really say that! Haha!


Carpe Jugulum 
Never invite a vampire into your home (or even a vampyre). King Verence makes the almost fatal error of inviting Count Magpyr and his family to the naming ceremony for his daughter. But these vampires shun traditional ways. They have learned self methods so they can resist the normal techniques of defeating vampires (such as the use of garlic, crosses and religious symbols, even daylight!) Usually I am not a fan of vampire novels (I refuse to read or watch Twilight) but this book was a breath of fresh air. New is not always better than old. Often it is good to remember that. 


OK so that's it for a quick review of some of the Terry Pratchett books on my Kindle. I would give I shall wear midnight 4 1/2 hearts and the other books 4.

Are you a fan of Discworld? If you are please share you favourite stories in the comments along with other fantasy novels that you think I may also like.

Have a wonderful day!!

7 comments:

Han said...

I got my Kindle last week :) I've read "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer and now I'm reading "Nerd Do Well" by Simon Pegg.

Got a list as long as my arm to work my way through before I even consider adding Discworld to it but I am a bit of a fan of Terry Prachett.

Ray Blake said...

I've read all the Discworld novels pretty much as they were published. I've a soft spot for those that feature the Watch because the characters are so beautifully comic.

LJ said...

Love Discworld!!! I'm just gutted that when I moved to Switzerland I had to leave most of my books (including all my Discworld to date) in the UK. However, I have got all the ones published since then and downloaded the latest one to my Kindle when it was released, so should be reading it very soon (my 101 challenges have had me focussed on other things and books so my head hasn't been in the right place for it yet).

I may have to start it today :o)

LJ said...

Love Discworld!!! I'm just gutted that when I moved to Switzerland I had to leave most of my books (including all my Discworld to date) in the UK. However, I have got all the ones published since then and downloaded the latest one to my Kindle when it was released, so should be reading it very soon (my 101 challenges have had me focussed on other things and books so my head hasn't been in the right place for it yet).

I may have to start it today :o)

caribbean princess said...

Han congrats on your lovely new Kindle! I shall add your reads to my list too. I am unfamiliar with the first author you mentioned. Thanks for the info.

Ray I should try those in the Watch. The first disc world novel I tried to read was Thud. I hated it so much I didn't finish the first chapter :-( that put me off until I read colour of magic years afterwards which I loved! And so the love affair started. Which novels in the Watch storyline would you recommend?

caribbean princess said...

LJ which one are you about to read? Start it now! And good luck with your 101 challenges.

LJ said...

I'm about to start reading Snuff - more of the Watch I believe :-)

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