Excellent short read. I shall have to read my Greek Mythology to determine if this is the genuine story or not but it keeps the reader interested withExcellent short read. I shall have to read my Greek Mythology to determine if this is the genuine story or not but it keeps the reader interested with several well known stories such as the birth of Hercules, the judgement of Paris, Helen and similar. A great short read that keeps the excitement going and is in no way stuffy. Adventure on every page....more
It is a short read so don't expect too much. Even so. I have read some of Lyndsey Davis before and heard some dramatisations but this was so unlike anIt is a short read so don't expect too much. Even so. I have read some of Lyndsey Davis before and heard some dramatisations but this was so unlike anything before. Ok so it is English Civil War not Ancient Rome but that is not my criticism. The writing style is like. A slightly gifted 13 year old. Little characterisation. The only description is of the truly awful nature of prisoner incarceration, although it does make emergence to the practice and custom of war. Before Haig and Geneva conventions. The story is very basic plot, although it is a short read I have read Graeme Green , Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert short stories far better than this. It really is not worth the read...more
Hardly a Rincewind book, he's mentioned three times I think. The librarian gets more mentions. As I have said in previous reviews I am. Much greater fHardly a Rincewind book, he's mentioned three times I think. The librarian gets more mentions. As I have said in previous reviews I am. Much greater fan of the earlier, and shorter, stories. There are a few witty Pratchetisms such as comments by the Dean of Post Mortem Communications and the keeper of traditions but it lacks the page after page line after line humour. The books get longer but the number of jokes seem to remain the same, I.e. Less frequent.
OK general comments over the story. It is about football and a very rapid tradition from the 17th century whole village out for a fight with goals 2 miles apart and no one really able to see the ball, and the modern game of teams passing and kicking an inflatable ball. There is also the underlying trend for many of the later books: feminisation of the female dwarves, acceptance into society of non human races, the end of centuries old racial battles and many other allegories to mod run life. There is also a love interest between two characters. The coming out of female dwarves is a fairly large sub plot linked to both love interest and ultimately foot ball. Ultimately Wizards having to pay football with no magic against a local team of thugs leads to some humour and it is incredible that the story has come out of one mans mind along with the 36 previous tales BUT it just does not have the same rapid flow which I still love from the first 20 or so books. I can't help thinking, was Sir Terry's illness beginning to subtlety affect him?
It is a quick read so do not expect too much. Doctor who being clever and defeating evil while trying to unite the current and previous dominant intelIt is a quick read so do not expect too much. Doctor who being clever and defeating evil while trying to unite the current and previous dominant intelligent species with a nice eco warrior twist too.
A couple of plot twists not entirely unpredictable. There are other Dr Who quick reads but I don't think I'll go for them. May be good for a quick train or aircraft journey however....more
I might be missing the point here. Sure there is a lot of symbolism for modern life: goblins and Trolls accepted into mainstream society, they are intI might be missing the point here. Sure there is a lot of symbolism for modern life: goblins and Trolls accepted into mainstream society, they are intelligent and they are hard workers; female dwarves coming out. Yes it's there but this is not the fantastic disc world I read about nearly 30 years ago. Magic mystery and fantasy are swapped for an off beat version of the industrial revolution. I never really went for the moist von Lipwig series and this has once again never failed to disappoint me.
Yes there are some true Pratchetesque bits of logic, counter logic or just plain political social irony and sarcasm but it does not cut it for me....more
You may have read my reviews of other Pratchet books. I remember at the time it was published this being the first disc world book I did not read as iYou may have read my reviews of other Pratchet books. I remember at the time it was published this being the first disc world book I did not read as it came out. This is because I was becoming disenchanted by Pratchet (not Sir Terry at that stage) and felt his books were becoming the Pratchetesque version of MacBeth or Lloyd-Webber musicals or Grimm's fairy tales etc. This was quite clearly going to be Pratchet's version of Christmas. In recent years I have started picking up the books I missed at libraries , second hand sales etc and you may have seen my review of "raising Steam" I wonder if the later books Terry's illness was affecting his writing as this book has taken me back to the height of Pratchet's originality. It is about the dos world mid winter festival and belief and how belief makes us human but with continuous Pratchetesque outlook on the world and on individuals : he keeps swallowing pills. I hope they aren't addictive. I' m sure he wouldn't take the, if they were addictive. Other greats such as : music, art, engineering, there was no start to his talents. Death features as do many other spiritual characters such as tooth fairy and bogey men , and did you ever wonder where your socks went. All the time with Pratchet's distorted logical commentary where things always make perfect sense in the science of discworld as the whole of humanity explores their beliefs. Yes there are some comments on today's society but it is woven into the humour not I place of it and then thinly disguised as later works.
Not as good as the first two disc world books but you can't be original more than once and tell the same story. A great book....more
This is an other Elizabethan murder story with Westerfield's Players in centre stage. I use the term murder story not mystery as it is not so much a wThis is an other Elizabethan murder story with Westerfield's Players in centre stage. I use the term murder story not mystery as it is not so much a who dunnit as an adventure as an adventure and why done it. There are a couple of sub plots running through and more background dub up on some of the characters from the players. Once again the players are not welcome at their usual stage and they are fighting their own battle as a group as individual meme hrs fight their personal battles. After the first murder, Only one member of the team knows the identity of the silent woman and he must put himself in personal danger to protect the others and resolve the matter.
Not the greatest adventure story ever and not a whodunnit but a good historical adventure....more
The fairy tale that inspired the "Nutcraker Suite". This is the story of the dreams (or is it a truly magical story) the Story is about 200 years oldThe fairy tale that inspired the "Nutcraker Suite". This is the story of the dreams (or is it a truly magical story) the Story is about 200 years old so the language is a little odd, not much more so than Sherlock Holmes or Frankenstein but odd for what is effectively a children's story. The plot is basic as you would expect but there is depth to some of the charachters.
Really should be seen as more of a classic like the Brothers Grim and HCA stories....more
Another good read withnhistorical accuracy where it is possible and speculation and comedy when not. The book again although moving does little earlyAnother good read withnhistorical accuracy where it is possible and speculation and comedy when not. The book again although moving does little early in to investigate the murders / disappearances but it all in its own way begins to fall into place and make sense later. Now could the detective have got a conviction on the evidence he had. Not at all but the explanation of the events is there and our hero "saves and gets the girl, home in time for tea and medals" to mix two metaphors.
Characterisation is fairly basic with shifty guys basically being shifty but two or three of the main characters have a bit ,ore depth to them which (having read these books in the wrong order) I can say is developed in later novels by this author.
it is not an amazing feat of deduction like Sherlock Holmes. It is not a feat of elimination and detection as per Agatha Christie however it is an amusing historical read with a good plot underlying it which also addresses some of the issues of slave ownership and moral attitudes. Whether or not the Romans had moral attitudes is carefully glossed over in the authors notes. As I said historically accurate when possible but entertaining throughout....more
OK It is not my kind of novel. I should have guessed this from the prolog. It is just a simple techno thriller, OK it has interesting twists of the TeOK It is not my kind of novel. I should have guessed this from the prolog. It is just a simple techno thriller, OK it has interesting twists of the Teracotta Army (and this is well researched) but this is not what the focus is about it is about the chinese secret service and lantern jawed heros who punch gun totting villians in the face and run off with the damsel.
Lines like: The throb throb throb announced the arrival of a longbow apache but this was not the US Cavalry to the rescur as Pakistan also operated these craft. The buzz announced the arrival of the 20mm cannon shell which disintegrated the flimsy rope bridge on which they stood. should really tell me to put the book back on the library shelf.
OK positive points. The history of the First Emperor's Tomb comlex; the history of china, its technological development in agricuture, printing, engineering which was centuries ahead of the West; the details of the wisdom of Confucious is interesting and impressive. The action is descritive as if you were to watch the scenes in slow motion.
I can read this book whilst imagining Arnold Schwartzaniger playing the lead who in a one dimentional wooden but incredibly violent style defeats the Chinese and Russion secret services including a few rouge agetnts and organised criminals. If that appeals to so will this book but it is not for me....more