I think this is my favorite book of all time. I read this again every few years. ----------------------- 4/28/17 Yep, this is still one of my top two faI think this is my favorite book of all time. I read this again every few years. ----------------------- 4/28/17 Yep, this is still one of my top two favorite books. The find the ending to be powerful & it always hits me, no matter how many times I read it. It's one of the things they kind of missed their mark on, with the movie.
Humanity has gone toe to toe with a powerful enemy and must now take the fight to the alien home world to end the danger once & for all. Overpopulated, all families are limited to only two children. But Andrew, or Ender as he calls himself, is a Third. Although the government sanctioned his birth, he is an embarrassment to his parents and a reminder to his older siblings that they failed to meet the expectations of the military that they would be the next great tactician needed to be humanity's savior. The war ships were launched years ago & time is running out to train, from childhood, the next leader who will defeat the aliens who threaten humanity's survival....more
This book came up in conversation over spring break, and I thought it was time to read it again. It was just as fun and wonderful as the first time IThis book came up in conversation over spring break, and I thought it was time to read it again. It was just as fun and wonderful as the first time I read it. Pratchett & Gaiman were perfectly matched in writing this story and I found myself laughing out loud throughout the entire book. I only wish they'd been able to corroborate on an additional work before Pratchett passed away.
The clock has started to tick on the end of the world; the Antichrist has been born. Crowley, the devil who was the serpent in the garden of Eden, delivers the child to what ends up being an inept Satanic nun who accidentally switches the wrong baby. Instead of being raised with supernatural influences, the Antichrist finds himself raised simply by humans. When he turns 11 yrs old, he is to come fully into his powers and bring about the end of the world. Only, sons have a bad habit of not living up to their father's expectations.
I can't tell you how happy I was reading this book again. I'd highly recommend it to anyone....more
This is probably the 3rd or 4th time I've read this book. While not the first Discworld book, it is the first that was written about the Ankh-MorporkThis is probably the 3rd or 4th time I've read this book. While not the first Discworld book, it is the first that was written about the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. Pratchett has written so many Discworld books that he has series *within* the series. So, if you aren't already a fan of Terry Pratchett, I would recommend starting with this one. A link to all the City Watch books is here: https://www.goodreads.com/series/1062...
Captain Vimes of the City Watch is a drunkard. His entire force is made up of himself and two other men. They have no respect nor real power. The Patrician has efficiently set up guilds to police themselves: the Assassins Guild, the Merchant Guild, The Thieves Guild, and the "Seamstress Guild", to name a few. But not everyone is happy with how things are fun. Perhaps things would be better under a king? One who is conveniently malleable & will do as he say? And how does one typically find a king? When a kingdom is in threat of danger...say, perhaps, by a dragon? And when a dragon shows up & turns some citizens into so much glaze, Vimes takes it hard when the Patrician tells him to cover it up. It's up to Vimes & band of men to save the city from itself.
Pratchett is a witty, clever, fantastic author. Anyone who enjoys reading, or even those who don't, should definitely read some of his books....more
Yes, I have yet to choose a new library book, so it's back to my favorite Prachett novels. While nearly all of Prachett books can be read as stand-aloYes, I have yet to choose a new library book, so it's back to my favorite Prachett novels. While nearly all of Prachett books can be read as stand-alones, there are those that benefit from having been read in chronological order. You have time to get to know the characters as Pratchett gets to know them. Of the main groups, there are the witches, the wizards, & the city watch. In order, the major novels featuring the City Watch are:
Guards! Guards! Men at Arms Feet of Clay Jingo The Fifth Elephant Night Watch Thud! Snuff
Vimes, Captain of the City Watch, is attempting to arrest Carcer, a psychopathic killer, when they're struck by lightning. This might seem bad enough, but it happens just as they're falling through the dome over the magically-charged bookshelves of Unseen University's Library. Of course, they find themselves transported into the past...right when Ankh-Morpork is about to experience a revolution. One that Vimes has already lived through, as a much younger Vimes. What would YOU do? Would you try to change the past? How malleable is history? And will Vimes be able to get home alive? Because Carcer knows a bit about history, too.
I've read this particular book about 5 times and love it every time. If you haven't started reading Pratchett yet...what's *wrong* with you?
A couple of my favorite quotes: He wondered if it was at all possible to give this idiot some lessons in basic politics. That was always the dream, wasn't it? "I wish I knew then what I know now?" But when you got older, you found that you *now* wasn't *you* then. You then was a twerp. You then was what you had to be to start out on the rocky road of becoming you now, and one of the rocky patches on that road was being a twerp.
The Assassin moved quietly from roof to roof until he was well away from the excitement around the Watch House. His movements could be called catlike, except that he did not stop to spray urine up against things.