On Nov 18, 6:17 pm, Will in New Haven
Post by Will in New Haven Post by Cryptoengineer Post by Norm D. Plumber
Okay, so the description of the Tyrant and his democracy on page 1 was
hilarious, anybody can get lucky.
By page 12 or so the cute was beginning to pall.
By page 20 the clever barstid had captured me completely.
I think one the average I was unable to read more than about 10 pages
without getting "a look" from my wife for sitting there laughing like
I'd give it about a 6 on a scale of 10 for being a great book, maybe a
37 on a scale of 10 for being a fun read.
I'll note that this is considered one of his weaker works. You might want
to jump back to the start of the 'City Watch' subseries: "Guards! Guards!".
For the Funny, try 'Moving Pictures'.
Really, eh? I think I'm mostly going to keep Sir Pratchett in reserve
and continue primarily reading books that make me think instead of
just laugh, though there are times when it's good to have a source of
You may have accidentally hit on the right reading strategy for
Prachett. I read one of his books long ago and loved it, read two more
in rapid succession and thought I must have been deluded the first
time. Since then, I have found that i can read one of his books every
year or so and enjoy it immensely.
Interesting. He used to bring out roughly two books a year, and more
recently slowed down to one. Those of us who got in early read them at
roughly the pace you suggest.
Personally, one weekend back in 1983 I visited the SF Shop in
Greenwich Village, picked up a few books, and the pulps. I went to a
Burger King for lunch (I was much poorer than, and had a stronger
stomach) and flipped through the magazines while eating. I read a
review of 'The Color of Magic' in one of them, and after eating walked
back to the SF Shop, and got a copy. Haven't looked back since;
Pratchett is one of a *very* few authors who are buy-the-hardback-on-
sight for me.