All The Single (Volume) Ladies

Whilst studying English at university, I came to that realisation that a lot of people have come to before me; the history of the written English language is very male. Overwhelmingly male. Painfully male. I promised myself that once I left…

Harper Lee and the Peace I’ve Made

In July of last year, Atticus Finch broke my heart. This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who wasn’t living in a cave at the time, or since then either. ‘Go Set A Watchman’, Harper Lee’s much anticipated second novel, a sequel to ‘To Kill…

DISCWORLD DISCUSSIONS: Small Gods (1992)

‘Small Gods’ is, like ‘Mort’, one of those books that is constantly recommended to new readers as one of the best places to start with Discworld. It contains the most in-depth treatise on religion that Pratchett had written in the series so…

I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

As I sit at my desk and look at my ‘to be read’ pile, I have suddenly noticed that seven out of the ten waiting for me are books with over 600 pages. Big books are a serious affliction for me; there is nothing I like better than getting to…

DISCWORLD DISCUSSIONS: Witches Abroad (1991)

‘Witches Abroad’ is the second of the books featuring Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, and the characters here are much more familiar than the ones we saw under development in ‘Wyrd Sisters’. The Granny of ‘Wyrd Sisters’…

DISCWORLD DISCUSSIONS: Reaper Man (1991)

As I get further into Discworld with these re-reads, the thing I worry about most is repeating myself too much. I believe that some of Pratchett’s ideas and philosophies should be revisited when they come up, partly because they are more…

DISCWORLD DISCUSSIONS: Eric (1990)

‘Eric’ started life very differently to the other Discworld novels; it was a larger format, illustrated affair, although it is still counted as the ninth Discworld story, and it has since been issued as a normal paperback, which is what I…

DISCWORLD DISCUSSIONS: Pyramids (1989)

I was almost halfway into ‘Pyramids’ before I noticed that I had taken no notes, except to write down my favourite quote. I tried to think about why that could possibly be and, to be honest, I just didn’t get as much out of this book as the…

IMDB Top 250: #224 – Monsters Inc. (2001)

One of my earliest complete memories as a cinemaphile is seeing ‘Monsters Inc.’, released in 2001 when I was nine years old and high on life and sugar as only a nine year old can be. I saw it with some adults, who loved it and my younger…

DISCWORLD DISCUSSIONS: Wyrd Sisters (1988)

We first met Granny Weatherwax in ‘Equal Rites’, when she was a supporting character, less a major player than a bit part. In ‘Wyrd Sisters’, the first real outing for the witches of Discworld, she takes centre stage, the only place really…

DISCWORLD DISCUSSIONS: Sourcery (1988)

I’m going to do something a bit different for this visit to ‘Sourcery’, book five of the Discworld, and use this re-read to focus on one character. That character is Rincewind, the cowardly wizard who we already know and love from ‘The…