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A sad book,
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This review is from: Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)
This is a sad, sad book to read. I cannot criticise Terry Pratchett for having written it. Frankly, it has no right to be this good given what he's going through. But it's not even a shadow of his great works, and in many ways it feels indecent to watch him publicly falter like this. There are fits and starts of the old magic, but mostly it reads like an early draft of Discworld fan fiction - the sheer hyperactive brilliance of his wit and plotting is badly dulled. And the dialogue ... well, no, perhaps it is best not to go on.
I didn't really want to write this review. I certainly do not criticise Terry Pratchett for any of the problems with the book. We all know the villain here, and I only hope that Terry's generosity in the fight against Alzheimer's will mean future generations don't have to suffer it like he has. And I am glad to keep giving him my money; he has given me years of joy and he will always deserve it.
But I think it fair to question whether the publisher is really right in publishing Discworld books of this quality. I'm not sure a Pratchett in his prime would be happy to have this under his name. I feel we're pretty close to a line being crossed here. If the next book is much worse than this, they will be making a fool of him. I don't want to see that.
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Initial post: 19 Nov 2013 12:39:12 GMT
Brilliant comment, and I couldn't agree more.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2013 17:12:00 GMT
Totally agree - a perceptive and accurate review.
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