Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the ...more
Seriously, does anyone else want to kick the Nobel Prize committee for not giving Pratchett the award? I wish this novel had been around when I was a kid.
Philip Pullman is known, perhaps infamously, for His Dark Materials trilogy, which has been attacked because of Pullman's atheist beliefs as well as the endorsement of atheism that book represents. Pullman isn't the only writer to have been attacked due to his view on religion, and I doubt ...more
It is entirely unfair that every book of yours I read increases my estimation for you. At some point, you will no longer be able to live up to my expectations, and on that day I am probably going to cry.
Sincerely, Cait, who is *EDIT*
I kind of don't want to talk about the plot, because: "Native boy and English girl survive tsunami, build empire of survivors and create a nation of science!" does not convey how awesome it all ...more
Charles Dickens was a good bet. Charles Dickens is always a good bet. Even when he dies and leaves a book ...more
I am, and have been for years, of the opinion that Pratchett is the best writer there is. He continually serves up pitch perfect depictions of spectacular characters who are both wonderfully inventive, and at the same time purposefully normal. And in every book, hidden in the hilarity, and the side splitting satire, is a perfect pearl of truth about human nature. I remember when I first found one. It was the slender and ...more
This novel takes place on a wacky island full of strange creatures and even stranger people. The island's bananas are ...more
Except, when he returns, there are no fires. There are no feasts. There is no one to welcome him home. What is there is ...more
Nation begins with a tsunami which wipes out the residents of many islands including the one where Mau ends up being the only survivor. A variety of refugees arrive over the following days and numerous entertaining events occur. Pratchett does delve quite deeply into beliefs and the existence ...more
"Nation" is a story set in a parallel universe to ours, but it's not the world of DiscWorld. (Though it could someday be, I suppose, though I hope Pratchett resists the temptation to "tie together" all his universes).
Mau is a young boy, sent on a quest to become a man by his tribe. Daphne ...more
So this was a pretty great book. It feels like it could have done with a *tiny* bit more... I don't know what. 'Polish' is the wrong word. I don't know what the right word is. But I read somewhere that the idea for ...more
I was forewarned by friends and readers. I have read and loved a couple of other books by the author. So its not like I didnt know the odds this would be good but this book? It blew my mind away. In its epilogue, Terry Pratchett says:
Thinking. This book contains some.
And thats true: this is one of the most think-y books I have ever read. I loved it with every fibre of my being.
Nation is a book of ideas. Its main theme, that of construction and creation: the construction ...more
This alternate history takes place in a time when the redcoats were plopping down flags on islands without asking the permission of the natives. Most authors fail to give such natives equal or superior intellectual status with their European contemporaries. Instead, such ...more
The day I began and finished this book, I received the news that Sir Terry Pratchett had died. I was in school, this was my face:
I have read many of his books, not all of the Discworld, but I will get there. All of his books I have loved or admire ...more
With a tale of catastrophe in an alternate-Earth Pacific ocean and a boy meets girl on a desert island, I thought at the beginning this will go either the Blue Lagoon way or the Lord of the Flies way. But sir Terry Pratchett goes his own way. ...more
At first glance, it looks like Pratchett has combined the descriptions from Simon Winchester's Krakatoa and the Indonesian tsunami with the central question of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel (i.e. why do the Europeans have all the stuff and pacific islanders don't).
But that's the surface, in this case much of the plot. The deep part is a look at the process of grieving. It isn't the simple seven steps. Our main character Mau (I kept reading it as Man at ...more
I don't recall there being a lot of fanfare and declarations of love for this book when it was published.
I declare love. True love
Mau, a native. Ermintrude-Daphne-ghostgirl, a city girl. A tidal wave. Homemade beer from poison (reminiscent of kava). Lots of gods and ancestors. A cursing parrot. Humanity. Hope. Desolation. Telescopes. Pantaloons.
A new word for spiders.
At any rate, things got very interesting once the two main ...more
I would have liked being stranded ...more
This is most likely the nicest book I've read this year and I'm really glad I received it as a birthday gift (if you're reading this, thank you).
Nation reminded me everything that's great with Pratchett and added a little bit extra to what I liked about him. The book was both very intelligently written and extremely clever, and sweet and heart-felt at the same time.
Nation follows the story of Mau, a boy on the verge of becoming a man, who is the last ...more
It's totally stand-alone. Do not read it because you love the Discworld series. Do read it if you love how Pratchett writes, and how he uses satire to provoke the reader to think, re-think, and ponder more deeply.
"A good shouting at somebody always make you feel better and in control, especially if you aren't."
"A man who will kill a priest, or kill a ...more
Nation is no exception.
Orphaned by a giant wave on the way home from his coming of age ritual on a deserted island, Mau finds himself alone among the dead of his people, the wreckage of his village, and the flotsam left behind by the wave's receding foam...including a "trouser man" canoe, stranded ...more
Now, I love Pratchett, I really do - he is a comic philosopher beyond all others and his books are as entertaining as they are insightful and stirring. Almost every ...more
Terry Pratchett has been my favorite author since I happened to pick up one of his Discworld books in Scotland in 1999. Since then I have read everything by Terry that I can get my hands on and suffer withdrawal when waiting for his newest work. He has a one-of-kind, amazing mind. His imagination is brilliant and unending. His wit and insight to human nature are the stuff legends are made of. Frankly, I could praise Terry's work endlessly and encourage everyone who hasnt picked up a Discworld...more
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Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, ...more