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October Wrap-Up

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Here are the books that I read, started or finished in October:

 I started and finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo and The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett.  I also finished The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice on the seventeenth.  I started the Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons and Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice.

My favourite book of the month was the Vampire Lestat and my least favourite was The Fifth Elephant.

Where to start with the Discworld

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The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett numbers close to forty books by this point.  It is a funny, exciting and sometimes profound series of books, but starting out it can be a bit daunting.  So, here is my guide, as a fan, to where to begin with the Discworld.

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1.  The Colour of Magic/ Light Fantastic omnibus.  This is a little obvious being the first two books in the series.  I started here and I think that it does help to give the reader an idea of the setting of the books and the tone of the early ones.

2. Guards! Guards!.  This is the best ‘early’ book that I have read and it introduces the Watch to the Discworld, who go on to have their own series of books.  I should say ‘mini’ series, because the Discworld series is made up of different ‘mini’ series and standalone novels.

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3. Soul Music.  This is not the first book in the Death series, but I think it serves as a good introduction to Death and Susan.  This also leads into the Hogfather book, which was adapted by Sky a few years back.

October TBR

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I am a big fan of booktube and enjoy watching such and such a month’s to be read posts, so I am going to do the blog version here.  In October I want to read

1. Dagon and Other Macabre Tales by H.P. Lovecraft

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2. Nightwatch by Terry Pratchett

3. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

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4. Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

I don’t expect to get them all done, but a girl can hope right?

PS – I know my pictures are pretty bad – I have a really old camera.

Book Review: Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

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Book Synopsis:

Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest.  He thought he’d come to Lancre for a simple ceremony.  Now he’s caught up in a war between vampires and witches. 

There’s Young Anges, who is really in two minds about everything.  Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraft and nappies.  Nanny Ogg… and Granny Weatherwax, who is big trouble. 

And the vampires are intelligent.  They’ve got style and fancy waistcoats.  They’re out of the casket, and want a bite of the future.  Mightily Oats knows he has a prayer, but he wishes for an axe. 

Carpe Jugulum is what I suppose you would call the last proper Witches book in the Discworld series.  After this we read about the Witches mainly through Tiffany Aching’s perspective, which is still brilliant, but different.  It is a change from the earlier instalments in some ways because there are four witches instead of three and Granny Weatherwax is having a meltdown.  We don’t see a lot of her in this book.

I think any true Discworld fan knows the gist of the end here.  I mean (forgive me for spoiling) Granny Weatherwax always wins.  The story is always more about the how, and there is a good answer put forward here.  It was, as per usual, very clever.  The humour was good – not the best but good.  Here’s my favourite funny bit:

 Steam was rising from under the blanket they’d pulled over Granny Weatherwax. As Agnes looked down Granny’s eyes sprang open and swiveled from side to side. Her mouth moved once or twice. ‘And how are you, Miss Weatherwax?’ said Mightily Oats, in a cheerful voice.  ‘She was bitten by a vampire! What sort of question is that?’ Anges hissed.  ‘One that’s better than “what are you?”’ Oats whispered.”                      

                                     Carpe Jugulum also made a lot of interesting points on religious differences and how just because someone doesn’t have your beliefs (or any at all) it doesn’t make them the enemy.  I think that people could learn a lot from that.  This novel also provided an insight into how things change over time – how sometimes being too modern is a bad thing, because you can make choices that aren’t for the best if you forget the past.

To sum up, this was a good Discworld novel.  It was entertaining and thought-provoking.  It lacked the something that makes some Discworld novels amazing, but it was a book that always had me grinning or laughing.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, to any Nac Mac Feegle fans – this is their introduction into the series and the only person who can understand them is Nanny Ogg 🙂

30 Day Book Challenge – Day Five: Book You Wish You Could Live In

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This one is a bit of a confusing one.  On the one hand, I think it is pretty clear that I love the Black Jewels Trilogy, but I don’t want to come across obsessed.  On the other hand, I love Harry Potter, but doesn’t everybody?

 I’m making a quick decision and I am not going to pick either one.  Instead, I’m going to pick a book which describes the place where I would like to live most.  I am cheating a wee bit, I know, but I can justify it.  I have more posts on the Black Jewels Trilogy than is strictly healthy.

On a less obsessive note,  I think it would be cool to live on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.  I can’t name just one book, but I think the Witches books would be the best ones to live in.  Not only are Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg hilarious, but they also always save the day.  So I’d never have to worry despite all the Big Bads running around.

Yes, I am aware that by now I probably come across as extremely lazy.  I am.  Why would I want to live in a book that has lots of hardship? lol

30 Day Book Challenge- Day Three: Book that makes you laugh out loud

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This question is so easy to answer – any book in the Discworld novels series by Terry Pratchett. If I had to pick just one then it would be:

Witches Abroad

This is by far the funniest Discworld Novel in my opinion.  Basically it tells the story of the three original witches- Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat – as they travel through various fairytale-enchanted places while hunting down Granny Weatherwax’s estranged sister Lilith.  Along the way Pratchett parodies the Lord of the Rings in the funniest river scene ever, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

Review: I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

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A MAN WITH NO EYES.  NO EYES AT ALL.  TWO TUNNES IN HIS HEAD…
Somewhere – some time – there’s a tangled ball of evil and spite, of hatred and malice, that has woken up. 
And it’s waking up all the old stories too – stories about evil old withces….
‘I Shall Wear Midnight’ is the thirty eight novel in the Discworld series.  It is set on the Discworld, which is basically a disc supported by a bunch of elephants, on the back of a giant turtle.  It is clearly a fantasy series, and a very funny one at that.  In many ways in is a satire of the fantasy genre, especailly in the early books.  ‘I Shall Wear Midnight’ is one of the Discworld novels that are for a younger audience, but many fully grown fans think the books for younger readers are just as good as the normal ones.  This novel follows the character of Tiffany Aching, a sixteen year old witch who has featured in three prior novels. Even though this book, like the rest of the Discworld series can be read out of order or on its own, it helps to have read the earlier instalments pertaining to her. 
I am lost for words at what to say about ‘I Shall Wear Midnight’.  I love the Discworld novels, they are always funny but also make me think about how I see things around me.  Sir Terry Pratchett has this amazing ability to make people happy through his books, while also telling more truth in his works than most authors can get away with.  ‘I Shall Wear Midnight’ is one of those novels that does an especially good job at it.  It is sad and at times frightening, but not in a gory, cheap way.  This novel begins with the deaths of two people – an old man and a newborn baby.  The first from old age, the other because a young woman’s father beats her half to death causing her to lose her baby.  Tiffany has to deal with both, in her line of work as a witch.  She also has to deal with prejudice, and the impact it can have on people’s lives.  She reflects over the human cost of hate – an old woman was killed years ago for looking like a witch.   The enemy Tiffany faces this time is not one that she can destroy – instead she can only get rid of the Cunning Man for a short period of time.  He basically is hate. 
Despite all the above, ‘I Shall Wear Midnight’ is also a very sweet and fun book.  One of the themes of the novel is that of self-fulfillment ‘Ye know full well that the meaning of life is to find your gift.  To find your gift is happiness.  Never tae find it is a misery.’  Jeannie.  Happiness is a subject that is explored, and not to spoil too much for anyone, but Tiffany learns that she has to know herself and trust herself in order to succeed.  Additionally, the Nac Mac Feegles are back, and as always they are hilarious.  But, like the rest of the novel, the reader gets to see a little bit under their skin which in a sense makes them more real, and funnier.  The prose is very electric, and at times very touching.  To quote the  Daily Telegraph at the back of the book ‘A passion for language, wordplay, and puns bursts from the pages’
‘I Shall Wear Midnight’ was a novel that I had wanted to read for a while, and in a way dreaded reading.  I love all the ‘witches’ books that I have read in the Discworld series, and am not ashamed to say that I am attached to the characters.  I knew that this was potentially the last book that features these characters and I think the ending made it clear that Tiffany Aching will not feature in a Discworld novel again.  I found it an emotional book, but also a very wise and honest one.  I would recommend this to anyone, because it is just brilliant.  Dare I say a masterpiece?