This is one of my two standard recommendations when people ask me what Terry Pratchett books they should try first. Yes, it is co-authored by Neil Gai...moreThis is one of my two standard recommendations when people ask me what Terry Pratchett books they should try first. Yes, it is co-authored by Neil Gaiman, another of my favorite writers, and therefore not exclusively Pratchett, I know I know. However, both authors have basically stated that Terry wrote more than half of the book, and I think I am familiar enough with both writers' styles to know who wrote which bits. And great bits they are!
I love stories about the apocalypse, and this one is no different. In this book, the Antichrist was born in a small hospital in England run by Satanists, who were expecting the Antichrist and intended to groom him to take his place in the world. However, through a series of mishaps, the baby Antichrist, who was supposed to be raised by an American diplomat and his wife, was accidentally swapped with the totally normal baby of a standard English suburban couple and was raised by them instead. Adam is now eleven, and is starting to come into his powers and bending reality around him without any knowledge of what he is doing. Equally clueless are the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, who both are no longer particularly interested in the apocalypse and were rather hoping to avert it, but have been following the wrong baby. Will Adam carry through on his destiny and trigger the end of the world?
This book is absolutely hilarious, despite the subject matter. We also get to meet the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who have modernized and branched out into more lucrative areas in the 20th century. There are so many great things I could say about this book, but won't because you really have to read it to appreciate it. Mr. Pratchett and Mr. Gaiman are my heroes.(less)
If I could give this book ten stars, I would. In fact, it makes me rethink all of the other books that I've given five stars, perhaps they don't deser...moreIf I could give this book ten stars, I would. In fact, it makes me rethink all of the other books that I've given five stars, perhaps they don't deserve it...
Here's the problem: This book isn't going to have the right impact unless you've read, at the very least, three of the previous Ankh-Morpork Night Watch books. Please, if you have heard about Pratchett and are looking for some place to start, go with "Guards Guards!" or "Mort", and read a few more before you embark on this one. You'll thank me later.
Thanks to time travel, we get to go back in time and see many of our favorite Ankh-Morpork characters in the tail end of the bad old days that many would like to forget. And it's no wonder - Ankh-Morpork is ruled by a fascist Patrician who had imposed a city-wide curfew, and, due to his paranoia, is having his "Unmentionables" round up anyone who might be a dissident and torturing them into giving information. Vimes chased a totally Bursar criminal with no morals onto the roof of the Unseen University Library, and through a freak electrical storm, winds up back in the days when he himself was a rookie in the AM Night Watch. The criminal, Carcer, killed the man who Vimes remembered from the time as being his role model, John Keel, leaving Vimes to step into his place and try to guide the events of the Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May to their necessary conclusion. But could Vimes change the path of history this time and spare the lives of a few good men? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?
This is my favorite Discworld novel, and that is an incredibly hard title to come by. I find it to be incredibly moving and emotional, and it makes me cry every time. "All the little angels rise up, rise up..."(less)
Easily the funniest Discworld novel, I think, and doesn't absolutely require having read previous Discworld books, although of course it helps to get...moreEasily the funniest Discworld novel, I think, and doesn't absolutely require having read previous Discworld books, although of course it helps to get all the jokes. I love this one.(less)
This is PTerry, so of course I like it, but I have to say that this is one of the weaker books of the Discworld series. This was only the third book i...moreThis is PTerry, so of course I like it, but I have to say that this is one of the weaker books of the Discworld series. This was only the third book in, and it reads like Terry is still finding his way in terms of his characters and universe. Granny Weatherwax is not yet her fully snarky self, and there's no Nanny Ogg at all. I strongly believe that Terry's recent Tiffany Aching books were his way of re-writing the basics of Equal Rites, about a smart young girl who is underestimated by everyone around her, who is skeptical about "headology" and Granny's form of witchcraft, who develops strong natural powers, etc...(less)