This week is the 16th book, Soul Music. Continue reading Discworld Read-Along #16: Soul Music
Continuing my occasional read-through of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, one novel at a time.
Today’s entry is the fifteenth book, Men at Arms.
Continuing my occasional series as I work my way through Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels one book at a time.
Today’s entry: the 14th book, Lords and Ladies.
The latest podcast episode covers new July movies, Star Wars news, Ghostbusters, and an amazing all-geek all-female soccer draft that will blow your mind! Give it a listen now or jump after the break to read more!
Continuing my occasional series as I work my way through Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, one book at a time.
Today’s entry is on the 13th book, Small Gods.
Continuing my occasional series as I work my way through Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series one novel at a time.
This week, I’m covering the 11th book, Reaper Man.
If you haven’t explored the world of Neil Gaiman and his Sandman series which follows the story of Dream and his brothers & sisters (aka The Endless) through a twist of tales and adventures, then you need to stop reading this, and pick that up immediately. Not only is it a stunningly well written comic, but the characters are fascinating. The depth and beauty that each character beholds is hard to explain, but the art featured here by Yien Yip certainly conveys the differences that are described by Gaiman. From left to right we have: Delirium, Death, Destruction, Dream, Destiny, Desire, and Despair. After the break are more of Yien Yip’s “Endless” creations.
Continuing my occasional series as I work my way through Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, one novel at a time.
Today’s entry: the tenth book, Moving Pictures.
Yesterday, I posted an obituary for Sir Christopher Lee, who died this past Sunday. I mentioned a few of his accomplishments, but it was a bit of a rush job. I mean, I do Discworld reviews and forgot he voiced Death a couple times in various animated adaptations of said work.
Then I found this infographic giving a more complete list of his accomplishments, and for some reason, infographics are all the rage here at Gabbing Geek. See it after the cut.
Neil Gaiman recently wrote an essay about his good friend and one-time collaborator, Terry Pratchett. Gaiman’s thesis was that, no matter how much Pratchett looked like a jolly Santa Claus in photos, and he often did, he was actually not a jolly man. He was an angry man, and it was this anger that drove his writing.
On the surface, this does not make much sense. Pratchett’s work was often filled with silly comedy, where ineptitude was probably the true force of the universe, and confusion the rule. If we take his Discworld works, a series with 41 individual novels (the last one due this summer), plus numerous short stories and even an atlas, how could anyone construe anger from this man?
In retrospect, though, it makes perfect sense. Pratchett’s work was satirical. Satire requires holding a mirror up to humanity and society, pointing out what’s wrong with the image in the mirror, and then hoping against hope that society decides to do better as a result. I think a certain amount of anger is highly appropriate for anyone taking up such a task.