Mort – Review

Mort by Terry Pratchett

Illustrations by Omar Rayyan

Published in 1987; 2016 Edition by The Folio Society

Pages: 222

Genre: Fantasy, satire

 

Disclaimer: This review will be different from the norm in that it is split into two parts: a standard, albeit shorter, book review and a specific review of this Folio Society edition. I am endorsing this product through my own volition and belief in its high quality.

 

Part I: The Story

“This is the bright candlelit room where the lifetimers are stored – shelf upon shelf of them, squat hourglasses, one for every living person, pouring their fine sand from the future into the past.”

The eponymous character of Mort, by Terry Pratchett, is an awkward, lanky, redheaded teen sent by his father to learn a trade because, well, that’s what parents do with children who can’t really contribute at home. When no one else picks him, Discworld’s anthropomorphic manifestation of Death appears and chooses Mort as his apprentice. Continue reading “Mort – Review”

Wyrd Sisters – Review

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Published in 1988

Pages: 360

Genre: Fantasy, satire, parody

“The wind howled.”

As befits a tale of witchcraft and regicide, Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett begins on a dark and stormy night. A mysterious baby (well, the circumstances of its origin are mysterious…the baby itself is fairly normal…as far as babies go) is delivered to three witches: Magrat Garlic, Nanny Ogg, and Granny Weatherwax. Taking on Shakespeare and common misconceptions about witches, the novel is ripe with wit and satire to rival the other books in the Discworld series. Continue reading “Wyrd Sisters – Review”

On the Subject of the Discworld Series and Terry Pratchett

Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time have probably noticed a pattern of Discworld novels popping up every few reviews, and there is a reason for this. Terry Pratchett has become one of my favorite authors even though I hadn’t even heard of him until four years ago. Perhaps this puts my minimal knowledge of the greater realm of fantasy novels in perspective, but for the others who are ignorant of his existence, Terry Pratchett wrote the Discworld series which totals 41 books and takes place on the Discworld. Though I didn’t realize (or realise) the magic of his prose until relatively recently, his work has come to influence me heavily and I felt compelled to write a piece about how his impact.

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The man himself.

Continue reading “On the Subject of the Discworld Series and Terry Pratchett”

Equal Rites – Review

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Published in 1987

Pages: 264

Genre: Fantasy, satire

“This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn’t pretend to answer all or any of these questions.”

Focusing on a different protagonist than the previous two books in the series, Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett continues his exploration into the magical world that is shaped like a disc. The first in what are known as the “witches” novels within the series (care to guess why?), Equal Rites introduces fan favorite character Granny Weatherwax and does so with grand fanfare. Prepare for another splendid, if succinct, entry in Pratchett’s most famous body of work. Continue reading “Equal Rites – Review”

The Last Continent – Review

The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

Published in 1998

Pages: 292

Genre: Fantasy, satire

“Against the stars a turtle passes, carrying four elephants on its shell.”

Terry Pratchett tends to zoom in on his stories by starting with a description of the Discworld; the beginning of The Last Continent is no exception. Finding Rincewind where we left him at the end of Interesting Times, the Librarian of Unseen University is sick and Rincewind is needed in order to treat the illness; the only problem: he is on the rain-less continent of XXXX which is surrounded by a magic hurricane and no one knows how to get there. Continue reading “The Last Continent – Review”

Interesting Times – Review

Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

Published in 1994

Pages: 399

Genre: Fantasy, satire

“This is where the gods play games with the lives of men, on a board which is at one and the same time a simple playing area and the whole world.”

Such an enigmatic opening can only be the beginning to yet another Discworld novel. Interesting Times, by Terry Pratchett, picks up the thread of Rincewind’s life and sends him sprawling into adventure once again. Fraught with peril, politeness, and parody, Interesting Times continues the story of Rincewind; a man who seeks boredom in lieu of his naturally exciting life. Continue reading “Interesting Times – Review”

Eric – Review

Eric by Terry Pratchett

Published in 1990

Pages: 197

Genre: Fantasy, parody

“The bees of Death are big and black, they buzz low and somber, they keep their honey in combs of wax as white as altar candles.”

As brutal as those bees sound, they only serve to introduce the strange occurrences happening not only in Death’s realm but on the Discworld itself. Eric, by Terry Pratchett, takes the classic stories of Goethe’s Faust, Homer’s The Iliad, and Dante’s Divine Comedy and tells them through the lens of parody. Continue reading “Eric – Review”