The opinionated opinions expressed in this thread are either solely those of me, Quatermass, or else based on quotable sources I've pinched from elsewhere. They are not the opinions of the Terry Pratchett Forum, its members, Terry Pratchett, Transworld Publishers, God (who may or may not exist, and so is some sort of Schrodinger's deity), and thus are only true, for a given value of true as coloured by a warped and twisted mind. If you don't like it, then there is a place in Slice up in the Ramtops that I believe you can visit.
So, with all that semi-seriousness out of the way, let's get the ball rolling.
On another BBS, I used to do these review threads, partly as an exercise to get me to read new things. I even did similar threads for other things to review. However, said BBS is not interesting me any more, and I have decided to take my review threads elsewhere. The book review thread, or blog, or whatever, I have decided to do here.
The rules are simple:
*I must read, and/or finish, at least one new book that I haven't read each week. A week is defined as being the same named day after the last day I read and reviewed a book, regardless of the time (as long as it is the same day at my time, AEST). That is, if my last book reviewed and read was on a Saturday, my next book must be finished and reviewed by the end of the next Saturday.
*If I have started, but not finished, a book prior to starting this thread, then I may include it, as long as I have not read it all the way through at any stage.
*I must write a review.
*The book has to be relatively substantial. That is, I will not read an individual issue of a comic or manga (though an individual collected volume is fine), or a screenplay, unless said screenplay is accompanied by a making-of book, or a children's picture book. In addition, I will not be reviewing webcomics (unless available in printed form) or fanfiction. Online literature of any kind not published in physical form would normally be excluded, except I have a bit of Twitterature (a novella, to be precise) to review as part of this book-reading blog.
Now, some caveats...
*I will NOT
take reading suggestions. Anyone who does so will find themselves being given a very rude answer. However, comments and dissenting opinions (NOT reviews: this is MY review thread) are welcome, as long as they are decent and well-thought out.
*One of the unofficial rules, albeit one I might break (as it is an unofficial rule) is that I don't review two things of the same sort back to back. That is, I don't read two graphic novels back to back, two Doctor Who
books back to back...you get the idea. I may break it on rare occasion, depending on circumstances...
*I used to have a very
skewed scoring system. A few of you may remember said system when I started a similar thread going back over the Discworld novels, as well as the dispute that followed. After some consideration, I have adopted a new, still skewed but far less so, scoring system based on five stars. The scores are still my business. Dispute with the scoring system at your peril. In this thread, I am Stephen Fry on QI
, and you really don't
want to be klaxoned.
The first book to be reviewed will probably be Furies of Calderon
by Jim Butcher. Amongst the other delights coming your way will include the full-length Mervyn Stone novel DVD Extras Include: Murder
and the Twitter Mervyn Stone novella The Pen is Mightier than the Nerd
, both by Nev Fountain, Paprika
by Yasutaka Tsutsui, Doctor Who: The Sands of Time
by Justin Richards, and Lamb
by Christopher Moore. Watch this space...