This wasn't your best, was it Chuck? The problem with haunted is that it had so much press because of the vivid and horrifying grossness of the firstThis wasn't your best, was it Chuck? The problem with haunted is that it had so much press because of the vivid and horrifying grossness of the first short story, which made people of weak dispositions in America faint and vomit and make a big to-do about it all. And yes, the story - Guts - is gross. I'd read it already before I started this book and so I knew what to expect, but if you can get past that one (and I didn't have a problem with it) none of the others in the book as as gruesome, I promise.
The framework surrounding this story of a bunch of people locked in an old theatre is ok, but to be honest I think that these are clever and inventive enough to have stood by themselves without all the un-needed Canterbury Tales framework.
I think my favourite story was the one told by Lady Baglady, which I won't spoil for you here, but there are many gems in this collection - as long as you can pick your way through the framework without becoming too annoyed....more
So I was in Waterstones finishing my Christmas shopping and, just to make me spend more money, this book was one of their 4 deals of the day at the coSo I was in Waterstones finishing my Christmas shopping and, just to make me spend more money, this book was one of their £4 deals of the day at the counter. So I bought it, of course, because apparently I'm the world's worst sucker for the moral dilemma/family saga/court cases that J.P. effortlessly - and seemingly endlessly - churns out.
This one centers on the did-he-didn't-he of a boy with Asperger's who may-have-may-not-have killed his social skills tutor, a cute university post-graduate student. I don't really need to review this, even. There's her usual suspects: a mother who would do anything for her child, a sibling who feels left out because the boy with Aspergers gets all the attention, a lawyer that falls in love with the mother (hmmm. Maybe this is a change: isn't it usually the cop?) Anyway: blah blah blah.
It's just as a good as the other, no worse, no better. (Actually: it's maybe better than that terrible one about the ghost.) And as these are junk food novels in the first place you can make up your own mind about whether you're interested in them or not. This wasn't my favourite but then again, which of them was? They're all ultimately the same and I can't seem to stop reading. I am quite possibly an idiot....more
I have written on here many times how much I love Terry Pratchett and how I literally feel like I cannot - can. not. - get enough of his Discworld serI have written on here many times how much I love Terry Pratchett and how I literally feel like I cannot - can. not. - get enough of his Discworld series. [2015 update: still can't get enough.] I don't write reviews for all the books of his I read because that would be insanely repetitive for both me to write and for you to read. Those imaginary reviews would include the words 'comfort food for the soul' in every bloody review, I can tell you now.
But I did want to write quickly about this little gem, as I think it might be my favourite that I've read so far. [2015 update: Yep. My favourite by far.] The stories that are focused on the Watch are always brilliant (it's my personal favourite Discworld arc) but this one that sees Commander Samuel Vimes going back in time to a battle that a younger version of himself also fought in is just especially good. It's heart-warming and heart-breaking, all at once.
I had a lot of feelings reading this one, let me tell you that. [2015 update: now that we've lost Terry, my feelings are stronger, if anything.] I love you, Sam Vimes....more
This is not my favourite Terry Pratchett book but that's not to say it's a bad one. (I just read and read and read these forever, endlessly.)
I alwaysThis is not my favourite Terry Pratchett book but that's not to say it's a bad one. (I just read and read and read these forever, endlessly.)
I always enjoy the witches in general, especially Granny Weatherwax, but I just couldn't get into the vampires - sorry, VAMPYRES - in this book, although it was livened up a bit by the presence of an Igor and Mightily Oats, the religious man trying to talk himself out of religion.
Despite being a bit longer than most of his Discworld novels, it kept its pace but I just didn't like it as much as some of his others. I've just read two of the Tiffany Aching books and I enjoyed them SO much that this one has fallen a bit flat for me.
But I still devoured it, of course. Even a novel by Pratchett that I don't adore is still an amazing read....more