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I mostly like science-fiction. About to embark on a re-read of the Discworld series.


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75% complete! Hyperlink Your BOOKS has read 9 of 12 books.

reviewed Pyramids by Terry Pratchett (Discworld -- 7)

Terry Pratchett: Pyramids (Paperback, 1990, Corgi) 4 stars

It's bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn't a clue as to …


5 stars

I have a feeling all my reviews so far have been very focused on when the Discworld series starts feeling "like itself" - capturing the feeling and exploring the themes that I remember it for as a whole from when I read it as a kid.

Well, this one is no different! However, it might be the last one that mentions it, because I think this book is the one that really gets to the theme of progress that runs through almost every memory I have of the series.

Equal Rites tried it, but I felt it pulled its punches. Wyrd Sisters skirted the edges of it with the implication of a renaissance in the arts kicking off in Ankh-Morpork. But in Pyramids we have a story about a man returning to his kingdom which is literally stuck in the past, bringing new ideas, and kicking off events which leave …

Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters (Paperback, 2001, HarperTorch) 4 stars

Meet Granny Weatherwax, the most highly regarded non-leader a coven of non-social witches could ever …

The best one since the last one.

5 stars

Granny Weatherwax was great in her previous outing in "Equal Rites", but it's the bickering trio of Granny, Nanny and Magrat, introduced in this book for the first time, that really bring the Witches stories to life.

This book also introduces a sense of progress and dynamism to the Discworld that is largely absent in the previous books, but will become a staple as the series progresses. Previous books have high stakes sometimes, but don't ultimately alter the status quo - Equal Rites did not end with women being accepted as wizards, everything is restored with a snap of the fingers at the end of Sourcery, etc. In Wyrd Sisters we see multiple characters breaking out of their rigid, pre-ordained roles, and a sort of renaissance taking root in the founding of the Dysk theatre. Though it seems almost incidental to the plot, it leaves the world altered.

reviewed Mort by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #4)

Terry Pratchett: Mort (Paperback, 1999, Transworld) 4 stars

Death takes on an apprentice who's an individual thinker.


5 stars

This book is the first that really fleshes out the character of Death, one of the best characters in the series, and his obsession with the living world that he can never be a part of.

Another thing I enjoy about this book is the whirlwind tour of the disc - a little bit of Klatch, a little bit of the Counterweight continent, and a lot of Sto Lat and Ankh-Morpork. It feels like the disc is starting to take shape, as it were.

It's the first book in the series that I really can't find any fault with, it's just brilliant.