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Postby DaveC » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:02 am

This is copied and pasted from What Are You Reading thread as maybe it veeers into this section too!

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"Just thought I'd say that I am reading The Last Hero and The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents right now.

The Last Hero I am reading at home (in the front room, because the Kelley Armstrong books that I promise my partner to read stay by my bedside, currently on Broken). I read Last Hero at home because even the small paperback that I have is too big for my makeshift book stand at work and also it is one of the few Pratchett's that I bought new from Waterstones, the others being Night Watch and Going Postal( + The Art of Discworld), so I don't want to get it too dirty in the projection booth.

Maurice I am reading at work and am 20 pages from the end.

I love the run after Fifth Elephant. The Truth may be my favourite book so far and Thief of Time was great. Maurice is awesome so far! The Last Hero...I will just have to wait till the end, am a bit mixed on it.

I should finish both books at the same time which will lead me to NIGHT WATCH, I'm so excited! I order Science of Discworld II yesterday, which if it comes soon enough, I may read first just to prolong my excitement fo Night Watch!"

Additional - got Science of Discworld II in the post today and will read that next before Night Watch.
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:07 am

You are going to love Night Watch! :D

The Last Hero is an odd one - the story is a vehicle for the illustrations and I'm not sure how well the story would stand on its own.

In much the same way, Eric was a vehicle (originally) for Josh Kirby's illustrations and many people would argue that as a novel without the illustrations, it's somewhat weak.

I'll be interested to know what you think though. :)
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Postby DaveC » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:16 am

Tonyblack wrote:You are going to love Night Watch! :D

The Last Hero is an odd one - the story is a vehicle for the illustrations and I'm not sure how well the story would stand on its own.

In much the same way, Eric was a vehicle (originally) for Josh Kirby's illustrations and many people would argue that as a novel without the illustrations, it's somewhat weak.

I'll be interested to know what you think though. :)


I read Eric sans illustrations and while I thought it was very funny in places, it did just seem like a series of sketches strung together - not that that's a bad thing - some of my favourite comedies are like that, its just suddenly very different from the other stories before and after.

I'd be interested to see the illustrations, though, is the book easy to come by?

Am 30 pages from the end of The Last Hero and am enjoying it in equal measure for pictures and story , Kidby is a genius,

I am supprised Rinsewind hasn't mention Ponse Du Quirm? to Leonard at all - is it just one of those random things where characters can have similar names or are they related. I know Susan Sto Helit is so named becasue her parents were royalty so does that mean both Leonard and Ponse are?
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:26 am

You can usually pick up an illustrated copy of Eric fairly cheaply (second hand) from Abe Books, but there are plans to rerelease it as a hardback - SEE HERE.

Ponce de Quirm is obviously a reference to the real explorer Ponce de Leon, who also went in search of the Fountain of Youth. The 'de Quirm' thing simply means 'of Quirm' - in much the same way, my surname 'Blackwell' means that at some stage I had an ancestor who lived in Blackwell. :lol:

So Leonard and Ponce may not be related at all. :wink:
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Postby DaveC » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:42 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Ponce de Quirm is obviously a reference to the real explorer Ponce de Leon, who also went in search of the Fountain of Youth. The 'de Quirm' thing simply means 'of Quirm' - in much the same way, my surname 'Blackwell' means that at some stage I had an ancestor who lived in Blackwell. :lol:

So Leonard and Ponce may not be related at all. :wink:


Thought as much, I just can't think of any other characters that he does this with. Obviously I was familiar with the quest for the Fountain of Youth, bu t not with the explorer's name!

Will probably hunt for the illustrated Eric some time in paperback, unless the new hard back offers any other new material, I don't tend to buy hardbacks often due to space.
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Postby deldaisy » Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:30 am

Dave I am SO jealous of you having lots of Discworld books left to read :cry: On the other hand... you don't at the moment have that tingly excited anticipation of knowing a new Discworld book is due out TOMORROW and you ring your friends and talk about it, your skin itching cause you have been DiscworldLESS for what seems like an eternity... Oh dear.... is there a 12 step program for us?
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Postby DaveC » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:53 am

deldaisy wrote:Dave I am SO jealous of you having lots of Discworld books left to read :cry: On the other hand... you don't at the moment have that tingly excited anticipation of knowing a new Discworld book is due out TOMORROW and you ring your friends and talk about it, your skin itching cause you have been DiscworldLESS for what seems like an eternity... Oh dear.... is there a 12 step program for us?


I don't know if it is lots or many, I many two thirds of the way through Monstrous Regiment now, loving it, but is the longest book so far and feels it...can't wait to read Hat Full of Sky next.

I do have them all on a bookshelf ready to read, apart from Midnight, (it looks pretty :) ) I am sure that by the time Snuff comes out I will have the tingly feeling.
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Postby Thordoc » Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:16 am

I really enjoyed a Hat full of Sky, in fact all the tiffany books. so I think you should zoom through HFOS mainly cause it's fairly full of action
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Postby DaveC » Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:58 am

Thordoc wrote:I really enjoyed a Hat full of Sky, in fact all the tiffany books. so I think you should zoom through HFOS mainly cause it's fairly full of action


Probably will, then its GOing Postal...
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Postby pip » Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:55 am

DaveC wrote:
Thordoc wrote:I really enjoyed a Hat full of Sky, in fact all the tiffany books. so I think you should zoom through HFOS mainly cause it's fairly full of action


Probably will, then its GOing Postal...


Did you watch the tv adaption or resist it
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Postby DaveC » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:20 am

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Thordoc wrote:I really enjoyed a Hat full of Sky, in fact all the tiffany books. so I think you should zoom through HFOS mainly cause it's fairly full of action


Probably will, then its GOing Postal...


Did you watch the tv adaption or resist it


Resisted - a) I don't have Sky b) Wanted to wait until I've read it - though, I do love the look of it - cast looks great - evil Poirot!
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Postby pip » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:26 am

DaveC wrote:
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DaveC wrote:
Thordoc wrote:I really enjoyed a Hat full of Sky, in fact all the tiffany books. so I think you should zoom through HFOS mainly cause it's fairly full of action


Probably will, then its GOing Postal...


Did you watch the tv adaption or resist it


Resisted - a) I don't have Sky b) Wanted to wait until I've read it - though, I do love the look of it - cast looks great - evil Poirot!


Probably an idea to wait. It is in my opinion the best of the three by a distance. its one of only a handful of Discworld the other half has read (Shes going by the random route) because she wanted to watch this and she loved it as well.
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Postby DaveC » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:33 am

My Mrs keeps saying that she won't read them butwhen I read her bits she laughs, and since she is Wiccan has read some of the more thought provoking bit of the witches books and thinks she might read them some day.
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Postby pip » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:41 am

DaveC wrote:My Mrs keeps saying that she won't read them butwhen I read her bits she laughs, and since she is Wiccan has read some of the more thought provoking bit of the witches books and thinks she might read them some day.


It took a little persuasion. But she reads as much as i do so when books ran short i managed to get her to read Soul Music.
It helped that she had already gotten into Neil Gaiman having gone to a reading with me and had read all his books finishing with Good Omens. If your mrs is Wiccan surely Good Omens is a good book to get her going. :D
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Postby DaveC » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:44 am

That's what I was thinking - she reads lots of fantasy or Urban Fantasy (not Twilight), but also more of the mystical stuff with less humour - shs's currently reading Trudi Canavan - The Magician's Apprentice.
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