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What if. What if the plain old good news paper was a cutting-edge start-up? Well, in Terry Pratchett's Discworld you can have that. The book starts in this world, where it is already well known that news can be money, but nobody came around the idea of making this a retail business. Neither did William de Worde, so far. But then the Dwarfs started up a new technical...

Sublte irony on the topic of religion and esotericism is not an easy thing. Especially when vampires are the topic. 'You mean vampirism is like… pyramid selling?' said Agnes. (p. 221) That's one of the many gemstones to be found in this book as like in any other of the Discworld novel series I have read. For the non-native speaker these books are like a game with hidden doors —...

This book is kind of a jackpot for me: I like Terry Pratchett's Discworld, and I like Australia, oh sorry, I mean EcksEcksEcksEcks.¹ Reading this book, you feel the spirit of Down Under – even the Wizards are relaxed; and the guards, to Rincewind's astonishment and delight. This book is of course about loads of other topics as well, from time travel to environmental issues. This book is to...

After having read some serious (nevertheless excellent) books, I return to the serious unseriousness of the Discworld. Happily so. “Hogfather” has it all what should make it one of my favourites in the series: Death (General and of Rats), Susan Sto-Helit, Wizards, Hex. Additionally a brilliant (literally) villain Assassin and a marvellous creation of Pratchett, the oh God of Hangovers. ...

The Discworld has returned. Much is said about it, but it does not become boring. And I think it will never get. Again Pratchett centers a story around great philosophical topics of mankind: Religious stories (Golems), Politics (the inner anarchist of the commander of the watch) or minorities (or how would you call Werewolfs, especially female ones?). The plot may be fantasy —...

The series must go on, this is Discworld N° 18. For the loyal DW reader this book holds no surprise. Main characters are witches Nanny and Granny, always good for surprises, as we know them. They dive into the world of opera, foreign to them as it is to me, I have to admit. For me this was none of the outstanding stories from this author, this time the plot is even not too hard to...

  It has been Discworld Novel #18 for me - I strictly stick to the proper sequence. I still suck the pages into the humour district of my brain, and quite often the areas of social criticism, history and science are also heavily used. Indeed, after quite a lot of stories I read about the Discworld, one or another thing I am able to...

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