All posts tagged: Terry Pratchett

Top 5 Tuesday

Because Inge over at The Belgian Reviewer suggested it, I’ve been thinking about book covers and their impact. And more specifically, the one’s that I, personally, love. Certainly, there have been many over the years but, for this Top 5 post, I’m sticking to covers from the last few years rather than the last few decades. #1. THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty #2. DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He as illustrated by Feifei Ruan #3. THE COLOUR OF MAGIC by Terry Pratchett as illustrated by Josh Kirby #4. EARTHSEA by Ursula La Guin as illustrated by Charles Vess #5. The FLAVIA DE LUCE series by Alan Bradley as illustrated by Joe Montgogomery — And yes, I’m nominating the entire 10-book series for their bright colours, fun depictions, and consistent continuity of dark humour. What’s important to note about all these covers—bar the Flavia de Luce series—is they are all fantasy titles. Which begs the question, what’s wrong with all the other genres that they don’t put the same kind of effort …

Top 5 Tuesday: Magical Creatures and the Like!

The weather is dreary, and I’m in need of some inspiration, what better way to be inspired than by choosing my Top 5 Magical Creatures—although what qualifies as a magical creature is still, I believe, open for debate. Well, of course, everyone is going to go for Harry Potter, and who wouldn’t, the whole series was full of magical creatures, including the latest installments with Newt! But I’m thinking of digging deeper into my reading past to see if I can come up with some creatures and magical lands people don’t know about … like: XANTH — I’m cheating here, because Xanth isn’t a creature, but a land full of magical creatures. Xanth features in a series of books written by Piers Anthony, in which wizards go on quests with magical creatures: talking centaurs, sirens, ogres, dragons, griffins and yes, animated zombies. The series starts with A Spell For Chameleon. THE LUGGAGE — The magical luggage that walks on its own set of legs, is from Terry Pratchatt’s The Colour Of Magic and the Discworld …

Top 3 Thursday: Bookish Places I’d Love To Visit

Today I’m joining in with Christina over at Recipe and a Read doing Top 3 Thursday, a weekly meme hosted by A Cozy Reader, because this week is all about fictional places you’d want to visit. And who doesn’t want to visit HOGWARTS, right? So I’m avoiding listing the Shire or Rivendell, as everyone will list those. DISCWORLD: First up, I’d love to visit Terry Pratchett’s DISCWORLD and the city of Ankh-Morpork and BAD ASS, the home of Granny Weatherwax. I mean, come on, this is a huge continent sat atop four immense elephants, which in turn are sat atop the back of a space-faring turtle! NARNIA/WONDERLAND: Next up, as a huge fan of the Narnia books as a kid, I always wanted to be able to sneak inside my parents cupboard and find a secret door into Narnia. Alas, that never happened, even though I continue to keep looking. I also wanted to fall down the Rabbit hole to join Alice in Wonderland, as a child. But could never find the exact place even …

Top 5 Tuesday: Books of Magic

Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the Bionic Bookworm herself, Shanah! I’m way behind on writing and posting this one today (because of my bright, shiny, distracting, new iMac—yes, I’m writing this one the old iMac). Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes, it’s Tuesday, so this week we’re talking books with Magic. It’s only natural (or is that, obvious) to want to start this one with none other than Rowling’s Harry Potter series, or Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings but I’m sure everyone is going to mention them. I’m going to go with a few less obvious choices of book I’ve read over the years, that for me at least, have been a magical read. #1. GLORY ROAD — Robert A. Heinlein This one is older than me (I think) but was one of the first Heinlein books I read, and yes, while it is classified as SF, it also features a great deal of magic. Science-based magic … Star is Empress of the known universes, and, eh, wields a very unusual magic …

Five Authors I Have Met

Either through work, or via conventions I’ve attended over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of authors. It’s one thing to love an author’s work, and to rave on about this or that book. But getting to meet them, in person, and even have that extended moment with them long enough to say more than: ‘I love your work,’ is a huge privilege and yes, priceless. MICHAEL MOORCOCK — Fantasy Way back when I lived and worked in London, I met one of the biggest fantasy authors of his generation, Michael Moorcock, whose work (at the time) I was a huge fan of. If you haven’t read any of his work, you should try: Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories The Jewel in the Skull (Hawkmoon series) The Cornelius Quartet (Jerry Cornelius Series) All books I grew up reading back in the 70s. Moorcock once wrote of himself, “I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I’d rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas.” …