[ Advance Review ] Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Release date: October 11, 2011

Snuff is Terry Pratchett’s 39th Discworld novel. In it, we go back to one of my favorite characters. After decades of loyal service, Watch Commander Samuel Vimes is putting down his badge and riding out of the great and dingy city of Ankh-Morpork. His wife, Sybil, has put her foot down. The time had come…for Vimes to take a vacation.

“There was no point in arguing with Sybil, because even if you thought that you’d won, it would turn out, by some magic unavailable to husbands, that you had, in fact, been totally misinformed.”

But on his country estate, Vimes finds a field soaked in blood, loses a blacksmith, and encounters a storyteller with a secret past. Now he must face creeping goblins, dark conspiracies, and sunny weather.

Before I go on, I’m going to call a time out. If you haven’t read the Discworld books, stop right there, grab a pen, and write this down:

“Reminder to self: read The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #1) or Guards! Guards! (first Watch book) as soon as humanly possible.”

Time in. Continue reading

This Week’s Mine Shaft–Upcoming Reviews

Coming this week…

Advance Review of Snuff by Terry Pratchett (Street Date Oct 11, 2011). I’ve been sitting on this book for over a month, and it’s almost time to let this advance review fly. Fly review, fly!

H.E. Ellis, author of The Gods of Asphalt, will be talking about her all-time favorite read–and that one book that deserves to be taken out back and beaten up–in our guest series, Best and Worst.

JediCanary will be taking us on a tour of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn and all the reasons it’s a must have.

Robin has told you all about it, but now, we’ll be giving you our side of the story. This Friday’s Pitch Slapped article will be a peek behind the scenes at our revision process.

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What are we reading?

JediCanary: The Hunger Games Trilogy (YA, Dystopia)

CanaryTheFirst:  Beka Cooper: Terrier by Tamora Pierce (YA, Fantasy) and Infidel by Kameron Hurley (Fantasy)

TheOtherCanary:  Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan (Lit Fic)

What’s on your reading list?

[ Book Review ] Looking for a Scapegoat

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

I am going to be shunned for heresy, but I’m going to come right out and say it. Here goes: I did not enjoy Good Omens as much as I thought I would.

I am no longer a proper Pratchett loyalist, and the knowledge burns. But instead of huddling somewhere, trying to process this suddenly upturned world, I’m going to pin the reasons I had trouble with the book on three major issues:

  1. Gaiman
  2. Gaiman
  3. Gaiman

Thus, the fangirl in me is mollified.

Good Omens is a fun book, make no mistake. It combines the light writing style of the Discworld series with Gaiman’s penchant for making the fantastic out of our everyday world. The story begins with the end of the world–the apocalypse is nigh, the four horsemen are ready, and the divine troops are preparing for battle.

Everything is going as planned when the angels and demons realize something. Both sides have misplaced the Antichrist.

The story and characters are hilarious, the social commentary wonderfully biting, and the marriage of the real and the magical delightful. This is a book I would recommend to anyone.

So what kept this from a five-star? There really are three reasons. Continue reading

[Book Review] All gods should spend some time as tortoises

Meg’s Review: Small Gods

Terry Pratchett — Small Gods

By the Power of Om!Terry Pratchett is one of those untouchable authors. He’s like Grisham or King — so prolific that to pick up a random novel and attempt to review it is like a beating a really dead horse with a particularly ineffective necromancy stick. But here at The Canary Review, we are nothing if not obliviously obstinate. So here goes.

Discworld novels are notoriously difficult to summarize, but I shall endeavor to corral the basic premise of Small Gods:  in the process of attempting to transmute into a giant bull to do some smiting, The Great God Om finds himself in the form of a tortoise. And what’s worse, he can’t un-tortoise himself. And what’s even worse is that none of his believers in the entire land of Omnia can hear his commands/smites/pleas. And what’s even worse-worse is that when he does find an open ear, it’s in the form of Brutha, a bumbling priest-in-training. Together, Brutha and Om must find a way to save the small god from disappearing entirely, one reluctant way or another. Continue reading