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BOOKSHELF BLUES

Hands up who’s run out of paper-and-pages books. Everyone, right? I mean, actual bookshops are expensive and, well, lockdown. Ordering online to be delivered is a hopeless idea where I live – I’m not sure about other countries. It’s either expensive, slow or lost-in-post. Possibly the delivery guy was hijacked. Maybe he hijacked someone else and left the stuff just lying there. Who knows. This is now. Digital is perfectly OK, or preferable.

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Stuff to Do When You've Got Too Much Time

Stuff to Do: Draw Every Pratchett and Kate Milford Character You Can Remember and a Bunch of Others

Long enough title?

Okay, please don’t kick me out of the Pratchett club, I do actually remember more than 4 characters. It’s the same with Kate Milford. They are just the only characters important/detailed/interesting/unique enough to draw, or that I have already drawn. I am considering doing the men black-on-black from The Left Handed Fate (Milford), and maybe Clem and Georgie.

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Book of the Week Book reviews

UPDATED REVIEW: Wintersmith

WINTERSMITH

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 10+ (adults and not-creeped-out 9-year-olds included)

The previous review on this book isn’t very informative, and it was written when I was 11. Writing another one will be difficult, since I have read this book so many times and first when I was 9. I’m not sure what I would say if I had read it for the first time this year. This is just an addition, to get the full story see the previous review.

Tiffany has been lodged with the oldest witch in the country. She is technically blind, but that doesn’t matter – there are always Tiffany’s eyes… Everything is black. She has to make black cheese, clean the black floor and the windows are so dirty that you can’t see the so-red-they’re-black roses. Which will, soon, be made of ice so thin they melt from the pressure of being looked at.

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Book of the Week Book reviews

UPDATED REVIEW: A Hat Full of Sky

A HAT FULL OF SKY

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 10+ (adults included, 10s might find creepy/confusing, but manage. No inappropriate stuff)

As with my second review of the previous book in this sequence, The Wee Free Men, I don’t think I can make this a very detailed review. I grew up on this sequence; I’m not sure what I would say if I had just read it for the first time yesterday. It will help you get a better view if you also see my first review of this (although it’s very short), written when I was eleven.

Tiffany Aching, 11, has left her land for the first time ever. To learn to be a witch – not the sparkly or cackling kind. She will be working with Miss Level… who might have two noses (Tiffany can only see one at the moment) and rides behind herself on broomsticks. But witchcraft isn’t all whizzing around on brooms and glittery spells. It seems to be mostly gross chores. And being teased for, effectively, being an amazingly talented witch. (So, the usual eleventh year of life – plus a few pointed hats). And now she is being hunted by an invisible, bodyless

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Book of the Week Book reviews

REVIEW: The Last Continent

THE LAST CONTINENT

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 11+ (adults included)

The Librarian of Unseen University (home of wizards) is having problems with his morphic field – one moment his usual shape (orangutan), the next a large furry sea shell. The only way to save him needs a person who is now either on the probably non-existent continent of XXXX or over the edge of the world. Rincewind is in fact busy fighting for every scrap of food and water in a barren red desert, avoiding talking giant rabbits and trying not to save the continent this time. Except that he finds gooseberry sandwiches under every rock, and he always ends up falling into the only waterhole for miles. Every attempt to talk with the locals (but not the giant talking rabbit), about simple things like the weather, results in him running away very fast

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Book of the Week

UPDATED REVIEW: The Wee Free Men

THE WEE FREE MEN

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 9/10+ (plus as in till you’re so blind you can’t read, my entire family enjoyed it)

The previous review on this book isn’t very informative, and it was written when I was 11. Writing another one will be difficult, since I have read this book so many times and first when I was 9. I’m not sure what I would say if I had read it for the first time this year. This is just an addition, to get the full story see the previous review.

Last week, Tiffany Aching (aged nine) had decided to be a witch. Because nobody likes witches where she lived and had done something horrible to the last old woman they had thought was one. She wants to prove how stupid they were – Roland could never have fit in the oven.

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Book of the Week

REVIEW: Soul Music

SOUL MUSIC

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 11+ (Adults included)

It’s hard to give a intro for this book without breaking my ‘zero spoilers’ rule (which I admit I’ve kinda bent recently), but here goes:

Death is missing. Again.
Susan Sto Helit is seeing things… like the tooth fairy. She can fade into the background when she doesn’t want to work in class and she doesn’t know why. And now a sarcastic raven and a hooded rat skeleton are trying to talk to her about her grandfather’s hearing difficulties.
Imp Y Celyn swore to be the world’s best musician, and you must be careful what you swear because you never know what’s listening…

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Book of the Week

REVIEW: Interesting Times

INTERESTING TIMES

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 11+ (adults included)

Rincewind the failed wizard was living in perfect bliss on a forgotten island, and about to be gifted with that rare delicacy that is the potato (possibly), when he finds himself back in Ankh-Morpork with his mouth full of the world’s absolute worst sausages. The Agateans are looking for the famed ‘Great Wizzard’ and suddenly

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Book of the Week

REVIEW: Monstrous Regiment

MONSTROUS REGIMENT

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 13+ (adults included)

War-crazed Borogravia, lead by a probably-dead old woman and a god who banned the colour blue and babies, is onto its last batch of recruits – which consists of a vampire, an Igor, a troll and at least one girl

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Book of the Week

REVIEW: Witches Abroad

WITCHES ABROAD

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 12ish+ (adults included)

Witches Abroad focusses on the power of stories; in this case how they change the world rather than people’s thoughts. In this book, three witches of Lancre travel to Genua to stop a powerful fairy godmother from becoming even more powerful by stopping the stories, armed with only an old wand that can do anything – so long as it involves a lot of pumpkins – and Greebo, Nanny Ogg’s evil ‘just an old softie’ cat