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“That’s the trouble about the good guys and the bad guys! They’re all guys!” – Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment

Sometimes I get that feeling. How did we come to the state where in most cases regarding or deciding women’s issues, the deciders are all…men?

And as an aside, Monstrous Regiment is one of the best books ever written on this subject (and a lot of others, Monstrous regiment multi-tasks 🙂 ). Though it is screamingly funny most of the time, it hits the nail on the head all the time.

What do you think? What’s your favorite feminist book?

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The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.” – Terry Pratchett, Men at arms.

What more is there to add?

Have a nice week 🙂

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And here is the reason why I don’t like Paulo Coelho that much. Terry Pratchett somes it up perfectly:

“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”

Paulo Coelho books are all about how easy everything is if you just do what the you are supposed to be doing. While I do believe that everyone has a purpose and a calling, you still need to be able to work hard for it. Also, Terry Pratchett is funny 🙂 What do you think?

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I got some Terry Pratchett books from a friend, and enjoyed relaxing with them last week.

I consider Carpe Jugulum one of his best books. While making us laugh and building on every vampire cliche in the history of vampires, he also makes very astute and insightful commentary on kings, power, fear, overweight people, old people, and the human condition in general.

Terry Pratchett is not called a satirist for nothing. Even though we don’t have vampires, witches on broomsticks, Igors, etc. the Discworld is astoundingly similar to ours, because the people are the same. He has you nodding and going, “You are so right!” with his descriptions of everyday situations.

“But you read a lot of books, I’m thinking. Hard to have faith, ain’t it, when you’ve read too many books?”-Mistress Weatherwax to the Quite Reverend Mightily Oats

“The smug mask of virtue triumphant could be almost as horrible as the face of wickedness revealed” Mistress Weatherwax

And the story is great, the climax satisfying, the end sweet. Perfect. 5 stars

Hogfather:

I actually found this a bit tedious the first time I read it. I just couldn’t drum up the energy to care if the Hogfather was dead or alive, and what that would mean for the Discworld. Maybe because I don’t celebrate Christmas?

However, at some point the book picks up and reveals the absolutely brilliant plan and the next time I read it I enjoyed it more. Some parts were still tedious, but the entire book was more satisfying.

Even in the first read I had some laugh-out-loud moments, as in:

“She’d become a governess. It was one of the few jobs a known lady could do. And she’d taken to it well. She’d sworn that if she did indeed ever find herself dancing on rooftops with chimney sweeps she’d beat herself to death with her own umbrella.”

or

“Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.”

So to summarize: While not my favorite, still solid Pratchett. 4 stars

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Originally, I didn’t like Terry Pratchett. My first try was Pyramids, which was mediocre. I thought I didn’t like Terry Pratchett and that was that. Then I read Good Omens, with Neil Gaiman. That is one excellent book! Funny, witty, interesting, and satisfying. I doubted that everything was due to Neil Gaiman (though he is an exceptional author). Then the Light Fantastic and The Colour of Magic fell into my hands and they were good (They are the 1st and 2nd books of the discworld series). At that point I started reading everything I could lay my hands on. At the time I was a member of the British Council Library, so I had a lot of choice 🙂 And I discovered that while Pyramids is indeed mediocre, many of his other books are incredible.

Terry Pratchett invented the discworld – a large disc carried on the back of four giant elephants crawling through space on the back of a turtle. It is a world where gods interfere in the affairs of men, where magic is more reliable than science, where there are trolls and dwarfs, gnomes and werewolves, zombies and vampires – each of them with a twist on the stereotype. And he puts a curved mirror on our own world, by taking things we take for granted and making us see them in a different light.

While I loved this book, this shouldn’t be your first book in the series – it would be better to read at least one more of the Night Watch books (Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Night Watch) first. Jingo captures perfectly the absurdities of war, while at the same time mourning war’s inevitability. Jingo makes you think about politics and war in a different way than you did before. Jingo also looks at racism and preconceived ideas about different cultures. And Pratchett achieves this while making you laugh. In my opinion, this is one of his best books. Highly recommended. 5 stars.

Note: After reading Terry Pratchett books, I love to go on the net, read the annotations, and see if there were any jokes I missed. Always a pleasure.

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