Title: Snuff
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 416 pages
Book Number/Goal: 3/10 for 2012
My Rating: 3/5

Summary: When Vimes takes a holiday to his wife's family manor in the country, he's expecting to be bored out of his skull, but when a goblin girl is killed, he finds himself with an investigation on his hands.

Review: This was enjoyable, but I just didn't love it. The theme of a species previously looked down upon and treated badly by humans and everyone else becoming more accepted has been used in many Discworld novels and it's really geting old. If the surrounding story is good enough, then I'm happy to go with it, but I just really found the story lacking in this. I kept putting it down and not reading for days or weeks because it just wasn't keeping me interested. I really like Vimes (I used to say he was my favorite character, but that's now Moist), but Vimes on his own is much less fun than Vimes with Vetinari and/or the rest of the Watch. I like Sybill all right, but I really dislike how anything with Vimes and Sybill together turns into all this stuff about gender stereotypes and "oh those women, how can we ever understand their ways!?" I guess that's part of Vimes' characterisation, since Pratchett doesn't do that with other female characters, but it's not something I enjoy and it makes me dislike any time Vimes is with Sybill (which was a lot of this novel). I do like Young Sam, but he wasn't in this very much. And I love Willikins. He was probably the best part.
Another 17 books added to the total count :) I decided to up the challenge to 200 books in 2011 rather than 111, and so far I am still ahead (by 10 books).

Read more... )

76 completed books, 26586 words as of 01/05/2011

Currently reading:
- Reginald Hill - Midnight Fugue (Dalziel & Pascoe) - 38/384
- Pat Willimott - The Chalet School Librarian - 39/200

I might abandon that last. It's sending me up the wall with misery spotting errors everywhere and I'm not even to page 40 yet, and the plot is not much better. The girls' school story fandom has weird ideas about fanfiction, and I'm really not all that comfortable paying for published fanfic if it's not for charity, having had more experience in the usual fandom model...
I'm doing pretty well at keeping track, now that I bought myself a little notebook and joined GoodReads.

I decided on 111 books in 2011. I may change that, as I'm already more than halfway there. List of read books/page count etc. so far under the cut - 59 finished so far. Not necessarily in order of reading - I only listed the month in my notebook until March 29th, not the exact date, so they sort randomly by month. A lot are re-reads, but I count those just the same. Page counts may be inaccurate, most were taken from GR and I know sometimes those editions are listed weirdly... I've sorted the list so far by author, since I don't know the exact dates I finished most of them.

59/111 )

Currently reading:
- Jean K. Baird - Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall - 95/180
- David Eddings - The Elder Gods (Dreamers) - 227/480
- Reginald Hill - Midnight Fugue (Dalziel & Pascoe) - 38/384
Title: I Shall Wear Midnight
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 368 pages
Book Number/Goal: 8/50 for 2011
My Rating: 5/5

Amazon Summary: This is the final adventure of the young witch, Tiffany Aching, and her obnoxious, fawning, and yet lovable small blue companions, the Nac Mac Feegles. In many ways it's a coming-of-age novel, as Tiffany is now on her own. Known as "The Hag O'the Hills," she spends her time tending to the messy, menial, everyday things that no one else will take care of, such as fixing bones or easing the pain of a dying man. But as she tries to serve the people of the Chalk hills, she senses a growing distrust of her, and a loss of respect for witches in general. Along with the Nac Mac Feegles, she has to seek out the source of this growing fear. Tiffany discovers she may have been responsible for waking an evil force when she kissed the winter in Wintersmith. The Cunning Man is in need of a host body and is searching for Tiffany.

Review: I missed the other junior witches and wished there was more of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, but I loved Mrs Proust and Letitia and especially Preston. The actual story with the Cunning Man didn't grab me that much, though. I think of the four, Wintersmith and A Hat Full of Sky are my favorites (especially A Hat Full of Sky). One thing I really didn't like about this one is that I hate when the plot of something requires everyone to hate/misunderstand the main character. I actually find it really hard to read. So all the parts where people were being affected by the Cunning Man and turning against Tiffany were really unpleasant. (Also the stuff with Roland.)
Title: Wintersmith
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 295 pages
Book Number/Goal: 7/50 for 2011
My Rating: 5/5

Jacket Summary: When witch-in-training Tiffany Aching accidentally interrupts the Dance of the Seasons and awakens the interest of the elemental spirit of Winter, she requires the help of the six-inch-high, sword-wielding, sheep-stealing Wee Free Men to put the seasons aright.

Review: These Tiffany Aching books just keep getting better and better. I loved Miss Treason and her Boffo, and Annagramma. And omg Horace! Horace was the best! And I'm liking Roland, too. (And of course Tiffany and Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, as well.)
Title: A Hat Full of Sky
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 350 pages
Book Number/Goal: 6/50 for 2011
My Rating: 5/5

Jacket Summary: A real witch can ride a broomstick, cast spells and make a proper shamble out of anything. Eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching can't. A real witch never casually steps out of her body, leaving it empty. Tiffany does. And there's something just waiting for a handy body to take over. Something ancient and horrible, which can't die. Now she's got to fight back and learn to be a real witch really quickly, with the help of arch-witch Mistress Weatherwax and the truly amazing Miss Level... 'Crivens! And us!' Oh, yes. And the Nac Mac Feegle - the rowdiest, toughest, smelliest bunch of fairies ever to be thrown out of Fairyland for being drunk at two in the afternoon. They'll fight anything. And even they might not be enough...

Review: I liked this a lot more than the first one. I hadn't been planning to read it all in one day, but I read the first hundred pages on the bus yesterday, then kept reading a chapter here and there when I got home, and finally just ignored everything else to finish it. :p I loved Miss Level, and of course Granny Weatherwax.
Title: The Wee Free Men
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 318 pages
Book Number/Goal: 1/50 for 2011
My Rating: 5/5

Jacket Summary: There's trouble on the Aching farm - nightmares spreading down from the hills. And Tiffany Aching's little brother has been stolen away. To get him back, Tiffany has a weapon (a frying pan), her granny's magic book (well, Diseases of the Sheep) - and the Nac Mac Feegle, the Weee Free Men, the fightin', thievin', tiny blue-skinned pictsies who were thrown out of Fairyland for being Drunk and Disorderly...

Review: I liked this a lot, but then I would have been surprised if I hadn't. It's Pratchett, after all. Although it is a Discworld book, it didn't really feel Discworldish to me, and I can't really explain why. I had the same feeling with The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. It's not just that it's mostly cut-off from other Discworld locations and characters... Anyway, it's a fun book and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series.
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([personal profile] trialia Oct. 10th, 2010 07:38 pm)
So I lost count, mostly because I never did get around to page counting and pinning genres on some of the books that I read. So this time, I'm going to go from September 17th and just make a list with title and author, and I think I'll be able to keep up with that better.

I don't think my goal will be specific this time. I just want to keep track of how many books I read, and to read as much as I can. I'm counting anything over 200 pages (or in the case of fanfiction, 10000 words) as a book for the purposes of this, short stories as half-books. I hope to get through 100 books by March 17th, at least. I'm also going to total them up, every 20 books or so, by page so I can work out how high on me they'd come for the challenge of reading my height in books (not quite exactly with the rules [community profile] readheightetc used for it, but close).

the first 20, from September 17th to October 10th )
It's a new year and I have a new goal! While I met my goal of 75 books for last year, it was really stressful and I only managed it by reading a bunch of short books. So this year I'm just going for 50. Hopefully I'll read more than that, but if not, I won't stress it.

Title: Nation
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 367 pages
Book Number/Goal: 1/50 for 2010
My Rating: 4/5

Mau is the only one left after his entire village is washed away by a giant wave. The wave also washes up Daphne, who is the only survivor of a shipwreck, and the two of them have to learn to survive on their own and to help rebuild the island once other survivors start arriving.

I was hesitant about this because Pratchett is one of those white writers who tries to write about race but doesn't realise how faily he sometimes is about it. And man, I almost set this down for good quite a few times because it seemed like it was heading to a bad place. But in the end, while there were some things that didn't sit right with me (everything European/white is pretty much real/historical, but Mau and his people and that whole part of the world are made up; I could really do without any more cannibal natives in stories, even if they are the badguys and there are plenty of non-cannibal people of color; though the book is anti-colonialist, there is still some "what these people need is a honky" that slips through; etc), I'm glad I stuck with it because he totally turned around what seemed like a major fail.

I didn't enjoy this as much as his Discworld stuff, but I did like it a lot and thought Mau and Daphne were great (and I loved that they both got equal pagetime, too, so it wasn't all about the white girl, but it also wasn't all about the boy).
Title: Unseen Academicals
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 400
Book Number: 2/53
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review: notes here.
Title: Unseen Academicals
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 400 pages
Book Number/Goal: 71/75 for 2009
My Rating: 5/5

Ponder Stibbons discovers that the university will lose a large bequest if they don't have a football team. The wizards are unsurprisingly reluctant, but when he tells them it will affect the food budget, they decide football can't be that bad.

In addition to the wizards we all know and love, this introduces several new characters who work at the university, with three of them (Glenda, Trev, and Nutt) being the main POV characters. There are also several other new minor characters and I especially liked Pepe, the dwarf who might not be a dwarf.

This was a bit of a slow starter, but once it got going, I found it really hard to put down. I could have wished for a bit more Vetinari, but I loved him when he did show up. I loved the new characters, especially Glenda, who was awesome and a nice surprise, as I was expecting a book about the university to be a mostly male cast. Which it was, but she was the character we spent the most time with.

The whole thing with Nutt was kind of awkward. I liked him a lot and the history was neat, but I wish he'd stop the racism metaphors.
Title: Truckers
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 288 pages
Book Number/Goal: 38/75 for 2009
My Rating: 4/5

The story is about a group of nomes (like gnomes, but without a g!) who hitch a ride on a truck and find themselves in a department store, where they meet other nomes who have lived all their lives in the store and believe it to be the whole world. Then the store goes out of business and they all have to find a new home.

I've never read any non-Discworld stuff by Pratchett (other than Good Omens), and was kind of meh on the concept of "nomes", but I ended up really enjoying it.

Title: Diggers
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 224 pages
Book Number/Goal: 39/75 for 2009
My Rating: 3.5/5

After the nomes make their escape from the store, they crash the truck in an abandoned quarry and make their home there. But the quarry isn't abandoned for long, and when the humans start making plans to reopen it, the nomes once more have to find somewhere else to live.

This one felt slower than the first, but I still enjoyed it.

Title: Wings
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 215 pages
Book Number/Goal: 40/75 for 2009
My Rating: 4.5/5

While Grimma and the rest of the nomes are trying to make the best of it in the quarry, Masklin, Angalo, and Gruder head to Florida with the Thing to try and get their spaceship back.

This was definitely the best of the three. Diggers suffers from middle book syndrome for sure. It was kind of slow and laggy. This was much more exciting. None of these were anywhere near as good as the Discworld stuff, but I did enjoy them a lot.
Title: Nation.
Author: Terry Pratchett.
Number of Pages: 410.
Genre: Speculative fiction.
Book Number/Goal: 30/50 from my list.

Review: Here.


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