"“I? KILL? said Death, obviously offended. CERTAINLY NOT. PEOPLE GET KILLED, BUT THAT'S THEIR BUSINESS. I JUST TAKE OVER FROM THEN ON. AFTER ALL, IT'D BE A BLOODY STUPID WORLD IF PEOPLE GOT KILLED WITHOUT DYING, WOULDN'T IT?”
As you might (or might not) know, I signed up for the Goodreads reading challenge at the beginning of the year, pledging to read thirty-six books. You can read more about that in THIS post. We’re now in June, at the six-month mark, and I’ve so far read twenty-two books. Considering I’ve also been a full-time student and thus have read thousands of pages of exciting titles like Empires in world history: power and the politics of difference, or Agriculture in world history, I feel quite happy. Those twenty-two books are ones I’ve read after finishing all that required reading. Thank god for audio books.
I concluded my review of the previous book, The Great Hunt feeling optimistic. I felt energized, believing that after a fifteen hundred page introduction and “setting the scene” the story was now finally kicking off. I was wrong.
So, really, I don't think I should be blamed for needing a little pick-me-up. That pick-me-up came in the form of an additional five titles in the Discworld Library Edition
The Forsaken are loose, the Horn of Valere has been found, and the Dead are rising from their dreamless sleep. The Prophecies are being fulfilled - but Rand al'Thor, the shepherd the Aes Sedai have proclaimed as the Dragon Reborn, desperately seeks to escape his destiny.
There are some situations where the correct response is to display the sort of ignorance which happily and wilfully flies in the face of the facts. In this case, the birth of a baby girl, born a wizard – by mistake. Everybody knows that there’s no such thing as a female wizard. But now it’s gone and happened, there’s nothing much anyone can do about it. Let the battle of the sexes begin…
This was, without a doubt, one of the most frustrating reads of my entire life! I can say, with absolute certainty, that had it not been for the audiobook I would never have finished it; I would have thrown it into the nearest wall and never picked it back up again.
I wasn’t going to do an introductory post to this series because honestly, I’m still not sure I will read the whole thing. But, then I began an outline for the reviews of the two books I've read so far, and it just got out of hand. So here I am, writing this introduction. It’s for the best; no one wants to read a 10K book review.
The story begins in the city of Ankh-Morpork just as it's inhabitants are about to experience something new and unfamiliar, a tourist.
I thought it would be fun to share my journey through this universe by reviewing the books as I go.