I have just finished Nation...

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Postby Quatermass » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:20 pm

pip wrote:
Quatermass wrote:I just finished reading Strata...and was disappointed. Not actually bad, but mediocre compared to Pratchett's later works.


it definitely shows how far he progressed as a writer.
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Not to mention blatant self-plagiarism. Like that 'sue my face for slander' joke that later made its way into The Colour of Magic. The imagination was there, to a degree, but the plot and characters? Ugh...

I gave Strata 6.5/10, which basically means 'mediocre'. Good Omens I gave 8/10 to, which means 'above the norm'. Unseen Academicals I gave 8.5/10, which means 'get it now'. Nation was 9/10, or 'a keeper'. And I Shall Wear Midnight got 10/10. Nuff said.

BTW, I gave these books ratings because I read them for a book-reading blog that I did on another BBS.
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Postby high eight » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:39 am

Temple_maiden wrote:I wasn't bothered about Nation, for the same reason as Quatermass - it wasn't DW and I was disappointed as I had been looking forward to reading a new DW book.


If PTerry wrote the same thing over and over he wouldn't be PTerry, he'd be Piers Anthony.

Well, a Piers Anthony who could actually write.

And was funny.

And wasn't obsesssed with teenage sexuality.

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Postby ChristianBecker » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:56 am

Who's Piers Anthony? (rhetorical question - if I find enough motivation I'll google for him/ her)

I liked Nation, even though it's been some time since I read it and can't much comment at the plot atm..
FIrst I was disappointed, though, because it was not a DW book. I just knew there was a new Pratchett out and put it on my wishlist for christmas.
Never ventured out of DW (as far as Pratchett is concerned, of course) before, but after that book I think I might as well get the other non-DW books.

Anyway, I liked the anti-religious and anti-war stance of the book and it was embedded into a nice story.
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:03 am

Check out the Truckers Trilogy and the Johnny Maxwell books - they are well worth a look. :wink:
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Postby pip » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:19 am

Tonyblack wrote:Check out the Truckers Trilogy and the Johnny Maxwell books - they are well worth a look. :wink:


Isn't the trilogy called the Bromeliad with Truckers just as the first part :?:
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:34 am

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Tonyblack wrote:Check out the Truckers Trilogy and the Johnny Maxwell books - they are well worth a look. :wink:


Isn't the trilogy called the Bromeliad with Truckers just as the first part :?:
Yes it is - I was trying to make it clear which books I meant though. :P
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Postby pip » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:40 pm

Just being cheeky :lol:
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Postby devildev » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:19 pm

wow, i had an existential moment reading Nation. Not just because there's so much stuff in there about what we believe but also because the first pratchett book i ever read was carpet people, his first book as far as I know, and it was like reading the same book by the same person but with 30 odd more years of life experience. Then to top it all off there was the announcement that he had early onset alzheimer's, which is a national disaster all on its own in my opinion. And then, if you look at his pic on the dust jacket you'll see its the only one with him facing away from the camera. I cried for days!
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Postby author3 » Mon May 09, 2011 6:17 pm

I think Nation was a brilliant book but I didn't like Strata or The Dark Side of the Sun I thought they were not the worst books but definitly not the best but they were good enough
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Postby Heartsfan2 » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:35 pm

I actually quite enjoyed nation. I found it quite a good read.
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Postby deldaisy » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:40 pm

So you have read Terry Pratchett? Just not the Discworld series......
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Postby Heartsfan2 » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:47 pm

I just finished it yesterday but forgot it was by TP :oops:
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Postby DaveC » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:50 pm

Heartsfan2 wrote:I actually quite enjoyed nation. I found it quite a good read.
You're one up on me there then, that's still to come on my odyssey...:)
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:38 pm

Heartsfan2 wrote:I just finished it yesterday but forgot it was by TP :oops:
I recently reread it and loved it just as much as the first time I read it. :D
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Postby raisindot » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:20 pm

I tried it awhile ago but just couldn't get into it.

But I had one unused Audible credit, and since Stephen Briggs is reading it I decided to download the audiobook version. Might like it better that way.
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