Terry Pratchett


A Discworld Novel

Ages since I’ve  read one, and it got me in and laughing. I think I might prefer his earlier books, perhaps a bit less preachy.

As ever Pratchett delivers some lovely descriptions, characters and events.

I don’t quite know why he frequently goes so hard for a suspenseful climax – the rules of the universe are being so constantly bent and toyed with that we all know that whatever is a threat can be overturned in a moment – this one was almost as bad as ‘it was all a dream’, as as an afterthought death mentions having a quiet word with the gods, making, of course, a mockery of all the agonising of the previous few chapters.

But if you stick to the wonderful ideas and descriptions and leave the plot behind, this is a fun read.

January 2008