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The Bookish Owl – The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

Second on this year’s reading list was The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett.

I’m even more behind on these posts than I was the last time I posted, so this is another book I have already read. It’s the last, not only of the Tiffany Aching books, but of the Discworld series, so I’m all melancholic about finishing it, even though I’m still rereading all my favorites (so it’s not like I’m done with the series at all).

But really, I’m just here to deliver your grumpy owl picture, so let’s get on with it.

The Shepherd’s Crown
by Terry Pratchett

Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength.

This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.

As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

There will be a reckoning . . .

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

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The Bookish Owl – Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

In case you have somehow missed all the pop songs now featuring jingle bells and the excessive advertising for shit you don’t need – it’s Chriiiiistmas and that means it’s time to (re)read Hogfather by Terry Pratchett!

I’m by no means a Christmassy person – I can’t keep up cheer for an entire month and I have a burning hatred for elves that I can’t quite explain – but I’m all for Christmas stories (or, in this case, Hogswatch stories!) if they’re about Santa Claus (or the Hogfather) disappearing and Death having to do his job with absolutely no experience.

What are you doing for Hogswatch this year?

by Terry Pratchett

Susan had never hung up a stocking . She’d never put a tooth under her pillow in the serious expectation that a dentally inclined fairy would turn up. It wasn’t that her parents didn’t believe in such things. They didn’t need to believe in them. They know they existed. They just wished they didn’t.

There are those who believe and those who don’t. Through the ages, superstition has had its uses. Nowhere more so than in the Discworld where it’s helped to maintain the status quo. Anything that undermines superstition has to be viewed with some caution. There may be consequences, particularly on the last night of the year when the time is turning. When those consequences turn out to be the end of the world, you need to be prepared. You might even want more standing between you and oblivion than a mere slip of a girl – even if she has looked Death in the face on numerous occasions…

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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The Bookish Owl – Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Toot, toot! Time for Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett.

This is the last Discworld book about Moist von Lipwig, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he’ll con everyone this time around.

I’m also looking forward to seeing how Lord Vetinari will – very subtly – threaten to have him killed if he doesn’t use those conman skills for the good of Ankh-Morpork.

Also, the above is total hogwash, because I already finished the book. But I wrote the draft of this post before I started and I’m not going to change it just because the sun has been hiding for a week, so I haven’t had the lighting a photo of a Discworld book deserves.

On to the owl photo. Hoot, hoot!

Raising Steam
by Terry Pratchett

To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork – a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work – as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital… but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don’t always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse…

Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi’ t’flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he’s going to stop it all going off the rails…

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

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The Bookish Owl – Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Snuff by Terry Pratchett Discworld

I will finally be reading Snuff by Terry Pratchett!

I have waited soooo long to read the last few Discworld books, because I wanted them in the new Collector’s Edition, and now they’re finally here! And they’re pretty, and shiny – and now I need to come up with an excuse to cancel all my plans in the near future.

No, I’m not excited or anything.

And I’m not getting an existential crisis at the thought that this will be the last time I read a City Watch book for the first time. Don’t be ridiculous.

That “The Watch” BBC series better be as good as the Good Omens adaption, or all of you will have to deal with my Vimes withdrawals.

by Terry Pratchett

According to the writer of the best-selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh-Morpork, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.

And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder.

He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment.

They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

But not quite all…

Snuff by Terry Pratchett Discworld

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The Bookish Owl – Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

This is not going to make sense to non-Discworld fans, but I’m reading Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett now because I need to get ready for Christmas.

Obviously I need to do my reread of ‘Hogfather’ in December and the last couple of Discworld books I have yet to read will be released in the the collector’s edition next week, so if I want  to reread some Death books beforehand, it needs to be now.

Sorry Granny Weatherwax – I’ll continue rereading the Witches books soon!

Since I can already feel myself freaking out about it soon being December as I’m writing this, let’s talk about the book: In Reaper Man, Death is once again MIA because he doesn’t really want to do his job and be Death. For a walking skeleton, this guy has surprisingly frequent mid-life crises.

So basically, this book is about people not dying even though they are supposed to, and if there’s one thing that’s more insane than wizards, it’s zombie wizards. Cue Windle Poons.

I will stop blabbering now, since I know you’re all just here for the owl.

Reaper Man
by Terry Pratchett

‘Death has to happen. That’s what bein’ alive is all about. You’re alive, and then you’re dead. It can’t just stop happening.’

But it can. And it has. So what happens after death is now less of a philosophical question than a question of actual reality. On the Disc, as here, they need Death. If Death doesn’t come for you, then what are you supposed to do in the meantime? You can’t have the undead wandering about like lost souls. There’s no telling what might happen, particularly when they discover that life really is only for the living…

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett