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30% complete! jonn has read 16 of 53 books.

reviewed The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett (Discworld (27))

Terry Pratchett: The Last Hero (Paperback, 2002, Gollancz) 4 stars

An illustrated storybook.

Ah, well, life goes on. Here, have a cucumber.

5 stars

I want to emphasise that I’d probably not give this such a high rating if that was merely a book, and perhaps that’s the reason why people rate it so low.

But it is a piece that was made specifically to be illustrated and published with illustrations! Which is magnificent even for a non-discworlder with no relation to the characters described. Also, a very welcome and missed by many homage to the simpler times of Colour of Magic and Light Fantastic, just done way better than both.

The cast is packed and diverse and it’s always a pleasure to see Patrician do some fieldwork. Not that I like him as a person or anyone who works for him.

Now to quotes. There are some I liked, but if I had to pick one, I’d pick the hook that the author “told” in the beginning to “show” it later. Kind of …

Terry Scott Talyor, Doug Tennapel: Return to the Neverhood (GraphicNovel, Stunt Grafx) 5 stars

Terry Scott Taylor writes down his dream about Neverhood.

American Psychedelia

5 stars

I absolutely adored the interlude where the author conveys the feeling of early morning after a night of creative work and all that comes with it.

It's amazing to be able to feel it as if lived, through straightforward contemporary prose.

Just as everything that Terry Scott Taylor has done, this short story is a rough diamond, with immense amount of love and work put into displaying it in the most captivating environment.

Accompanying music can be found on bandcamp or spotify.

Stand-out quote:

SORRY I HAD TO STOP MID SENTENCE THERE... HAD TO GO SEE A MAN ABOUT A HORSE.

OKAY, WHERE WAS I? I'M LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW AND TRYING TO GATHER MY THOUGHTS, AND NOW MY EYES HAVE FALLEN UPON A FAMILIAR SIGHT; THERE IN THE NEAR DISTANCE AND SURROUNDED BY RELATIVELY LESSER TREES, LOOMS MY OLD FRIEND THE ELM-PROUD, MAJESTIC, AND PROTECTIVE AS HE FAITHFULLY KEEPS …

reviewed Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #19)

Terry Pratchett: Feet of Clay (EBook, 2009, HarperCollins) 4 stars

There's a werewolf with pre-lunar tension in Ankh-Morpork. And a dwarf with attitude, and a …

NO MASTER

5 stars

As a Jewish person, I don’t know how to feel about the ending.

But then again, Pratchett was notorious for overgeneralizations and ethnic stereotypes in his books (take the whole inverse asians, who travel to Ankh-Morpork to study at the feet of a regular Morporkian housewife or Time Monks from the same book, some examples from forthcoming Jingo). However these overgeneralizations for me hitting just the right left-centrist note to not sound ethnicitist.

That said, if I would had to formulate an outtake of this book in one phrase, I would say “you can’t spell nobility without knob… even if you do”.

reviewed Maskerade by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, Book 18)

Terry Pratchett: Maskerade (Paperback, 1997, Corgi Adult) 4 stars

The show must go on, as murder, music and mayhem run riot in the night... …

Everything I wish “The Phantom of the Opera” was. A seriously good detective story.

5 stars

It’s almost impossible not to spoil this one by reviewing, but I’ll say that when I was watching the Phantom of the Opera, I was hoping for non-mystical resolution.

This book is an exemplar detective story, Mrs. Plinge could have just as well be written by Dame Christie and screenplayed by Mr. Horowitz.

Maximum points for detective story and half-a-point extra for, again, keen philosophy and cinematic writing.