Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A long overdue book recommendation

It's almost the end of the year, and I'm desperately looking forward to the next year! So I haven't been doing much lately; other than waiting around for time to fly by, of course! And reading Discworld - every second that I am at home.

It's a comic fantasy series by Terry Pratchett and I have been reading it for the past couple of months. There are 39 books in the series, 6 short stories and a couple of more books about the Discworld; so you really can't blame me for taking a lot of time. Actually, I'm still in the teen-ages of the series!

It's about a flat disc-shaped world, that rests on the heads of four huge elephants, that are standing on top of an enormous turtle named the Great A'Tuin, that is slowly swimming through space! Don't imagine a "Horton Hears a Who" kind of world, it's an enormous planet, the Disc! Possibly the Creator of the universe got bored with all the usual business of axial inclination and rotational velocities, and decided to have a bit of fun for once. It's quite different from the worlds made by creators having less imagination and more mechanical aptitude!
The Discworld series is a mind blowing read for an fantasy fiction fan! It's also one of the few books that can actually make you laugh out loud! I'm not writing a review of the books, because there are too many new ideas to understand and explain; and because I have read too little of the series as of now! But I want to recommend the books, to anyone looking for an interesting and fun read! So I decided, instead, to write(type) down one of my favourite introductory paragraphs from one of the books:
I would like it to be understood that this book is not wacky. Only dumb redheads in fifties' sitcoms are wacky.
No, it's not zany, either.
This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn't pretend to answer all or any of these questions.
It may, however, help to explain why Gandalf never got married and why Merlin was a man. Because this is also a story about sex, although probably not in the athletic, tumbling, count-the-legs-and-divide-by-two sense unless the characters get totally beyond the author's control. They might.
However, it's primarily the story about a world. Here it comes now. Watch closely, the special effects are quite expensive...
I hope someone does take my advice and reads these books; because it will be only the best thing that's ever happened to them! Also, I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, in advance! I created my little blog in 2010 and honestly, I'm totally looking forward to having a "2011" section on it as well!

5 comments:

Raksha Bhat said...

There is magic all around...we can not notice if we with patience see:)....will try this book sometime after my exams...a Happy New Year to you Priya:)

Priya said...

That's true! Thanks, wish you the same!

~G said...

Thanks! First time here (thro Obsessive Mom's) This reco comes at the right time. I am looking to buy a birthday gift for the Boy, a die-hard comic fantasy fan.
:)

sanz360 said...

I have heard about Discworld and even considered plunging into it at some point but never got around to it and then it got buried in my ever-increasing TBR pile... Now that I see your review I think I'll take a shot at it...

Thanks for the lil' nudge :)

~Sanz
http://sanz360.wordpress.com/

Priya said...

@sanz360 That's kind of what happened to me too; or I would have read it much sooner!! But it's seriously amazing, do give it a try! :)

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