[ 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

[ 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