High Expectations?

Hi everyone

I’ve almost finished The Godfather and with only 80 pages to go I feel the story line is dwindling.  I am hoping that the various tangents the book has travelled on will actually have a purpose and make sense but I’m beginning to doubt if that will be case.  Overall I have enjoyed the book and Mario Puzo’s mafia world but some of the sub plots have been a bit random.  I suppose the only way I’ll know the point of this book is to finish it.  After this its back to the library books.  I have three books from the library to read at the moment: Cold Comfort Farm, On The Road and Brave New World.  I’m still waiting though for Katherine by Anya Seton which is book 95 on my list.  I’ve had it reserved for two months, maybe by the end of the month it will available.  I hope so anyway.  So lots of books to be getting on with in the next few weeks, hopefully I’ll enjoy some of them!

Jennie

It’s business, not personal

Hi everyone

I’ve just finished Book 1 of The Godfather and it is definitely a very good book.  I’m about a third of the way through so I’ve still got a way to go, but hopefully finish by the weekend.  As I said before, I haven’t seen any of the films so the storyline is new to me, although I get the impression that a lot of the characters were based on real people.  One thing I can’t seem to get out of my head is imagining how they filmed each significant scene so I think I will have to watch the films after I’ve finished the book.  I think they will be my kind of films anyway and hopefully having just read the book will only enrich my viewing rather than ruin it.

Hope you are all having a good Wednesday and good luck on the races if you’re betting on the Cheltenham festival.

Jennie

Book Review: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Book 93

The colour of magicSomewhere on the frontier between thought and reality lies the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different.  It plays by different rules.  Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers.  But just because the Disc is different doesn’t mean that some things don’t stay the same.  It’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land.  But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea…

This is the first novel in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series which has sold over 20 million copies as a series since this book was published in 1983.  I had never felt inclined to read a Terry Pratchett novel before; I always thought that you needed to have a lot of imagination to get along with them.  After reading The Colour of Magic, I think I judged too harshly but it still wasn’t my cup of tea.  The book is split into 4 stories which follow Rincewald the failed wizard and Twoflower the tourist as they try to escape various dangers they encounter whilst they travel through the Discworld.  The situations they find themselves in are usually due to a combination of Twoflower’s naivety and Rincewald’s cowardice.

What I liked about this book:  I enjoyed the first story very much, it starts at the end of the story and then goes back to how it unfolded.  The second story was quite dramatic, but by the third I was quite bored.  I can’t really put my finger on it, only that the world that I was being introduced to didn’t really interest me.  However I quite liked the character of Rincewald, he was slightly more three-dimensional than some of the other characters, maybe a little more real perhaps.

What I didn’t like about this book:  It became too predictable.  When there was a situation that was impossible to get out of by themselves, some god or some weird magic would help them out.  So I knew whatever happened, they would somehow escape easily and no harm would come to them.  I know this could be said about a lot of stories, but this one was lacking the suspense required to excite me whilst I waited for the heroes to escape unharmed.

I am quite surprised that I didn’t find this book interesting.  Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series are much celebrated and Terry Pratchett is one of the most prolific authors on my Top 100 list with 5 books to his name.  There are another three Discworld books for me to read on the list, so I suppose will get plenty of chances to give this series another try.

2 Out of 5 stars

No offence to all you discworld wizards

Hi everyone

I’ve almost finished The Colour of Magic and to be honest I’m not sure what all the fuss is about.  I know the Discworld series, and Terry Pratchett books in general, have a massive cult following but I just can’t see the attraction.  I do have some more Terry Pratchett to read  further up the list (Mort, Good Omens, Guards! Guards!, Night Watch) so I am seriously hoping I enjoy those books more than this.  On a different note I’m quite excited about my next book.  Not only is it a real copy (brand new, not from the library), but it’s reputation precedes it.  I am of course talking about The Godfather.  I haven’t even seem the films so it should be a real treat.  It’s quite a big book but I like a challenge.

Again, not meaning to offend any Terry Pratchett fans, please don’t send any dragons from the Wyrmberg after me!

Jennie

It’s March, time for some madness

Hi all

I am seriously slacking.  Based on 100 books in a year I should have now read at least 16 books, not 7.  I know I have read some of the books in the list before and when I get to them I will be able to read those books a little faster than some of the others, but I still calculate that I am behind in a major way.  So for March I need to pick up the pace.  To be on track by the end of March I would need to read 18 books in a month.  I’m not sure this is possible so I will set my goal at 12 books and see how I go.  My next books are The Colour of Magic followed by The Godfather, a bit of an eclectic mix but I have big expectations of them both.  Hopefully you should all see lots more reviews from me in the next few weeks.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine today!

Jennie