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Joy V. Smith "Pagadan" (Lakeland, FL United States)

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The Wit And Wisdom Of Discworld
The Wit And Wisdom Of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes me want more!, 11 April 2009
The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld (Doubleday, 2007), compiled by Stephen Briggs, includes Briggs' favorite quotations from Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. Of course, it can't include them all. To accomplish that, as Briggs said, "I might as well have tied a set of the novels up with string and added a tag: 'The Complete Wit of Pratchett'."

He re-read every book in the Discworld series; since some gags and funny exchanges need too long a build-up, that eliminated a lot. In some cases he had to edit to convey the context. The quotes are included book by book--in order of publication. (Each book gets its own chapter; some are shorter than others.) And there is an index. I really enjoyed this book since it reminded me of my favorite lines and books. 'Course now I'm re-reading the books because it's true that he couldn't include all the clever and fun word play and scenes. He didn't include the bull run scene in Witches Abroad (my favorite Discworld book), for instance, which is one of my favorite scenes--nor the Greebo scenes.

Turtle Moves, The: Discworld's Story So Far
Turtle Moves, The: Discworld's Story So Far
by Lawrence Watt-Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun visit to Discworld!, 8 April 2009
The Turtle Moves!: Discworld's Story is a companion book by Lawrence Watt-Evans (BenBella Books, 2008) to Terry Pratchett's DiscWorld series. I learned about puns and word play I missed, plus background that will enhance my enjoyment of the stories when I reread them. And I see that there's an upcoming Tiffany Aching book, I Shall Wear Midnight, and possibly Raising Taxes, and a number of books I wasn't aware of, including the three Science of Discworld books. and short stories, two of which I got to read online. (See the URL for Lspace below.) The short stories include Troll Bridge (Cohen story). [I didn't get to read this one. Drat.]

It starts off a bit slow, but when he gets to the stories, it was fun remembering and learning more about my favorites and the connections between stories and characters--lots of details. He points out the changes from the first two books (parodies) and the evolution of the characters and plots. l learned the connection between XXXX and Australia; the meaning of words and names, including Tempscire, Carrot, Hex (the computer), ...

Btw, the kangaroo in The Last Continent is called Scrappy, which Watt-Evans mentions in passing. (This is not his favorite book.) I have a vague recollection that there was a TV program in Australia about a kangaroo, named Scrappy--yet another connection to Australia, along with the cave paintings, bush rangers, Mad Max references, and beer.

There's also a bibliography and online resoources list, including the
Lspace website: []
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Man-Kzin Wars XII
Man-Kzin Wars XII
by Larry Niven
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite story: Aquila Advenio, 28 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Man-Kzin Wars XII (Hardcover)
I've been reading the Man-Kzin Wars series for a long time. The series was created by Larry Niven, but different authors have joined in. In Man-Kzin Wars XII (Baen, 2009), the stories are by Matthew Joseph Harrington, Hal Colebatch, and Paul Chafe. There are six stories... My favorite by far is Aquila Advenio by Colebatch & Harrington; a Kzin and a human have teamed up and are lots of fun! (In case you didn't know, the Kzin started attacking, enslaving, and eating humans a long time ago. Now things are somewhat different--sometimes and in some places...) String, also by Colebatch & Harrington, is the runner-up. (I love those images!)

Note: Aquila Advenio was apparently titled Foreign Legion in an earlier edition.

Quirky Claus: The Masterfully Madcap Mishaps of an Impossibly Incompetent Santa!
Quirky Claus: The Masterfully Madcap Mishaps of an Impossibly Incompetent Santa!
by Sebastian White
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Christmas book1, 5 Oct. 2007
I really enjoyed Quirky Claus! It's fun, and the art is colorful and imaginative. I especially loved the gnomes, the annoyed reindeer, the agitated armadillo, and that cute wombat! I also liked Claus, the penguins, sharks, fish, and other critters; the color is beautiful; and the last page with the toboggan with its buttons & lever & ejector seat was a wonderful idea!! Also the questions. I think kids will enjoy this different Christmas book.

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