Book Review - The Shepherd’s Crown

by Terry Pratchett (DoubleDay) ISBN 9780857534811

The last of the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett resolves the remaining stories in the decades old saga of the Discworld’s witches. The comedy of Discworld has always been about how the common and stupid of the world frustrates the powerful and magical. This book closes with the transfer of power from the old to the new in the very traditional way death forces upon everyone – the most common nuisance even gods suffer. 

While still funny and still light-hearted, this book will have fans feeling strongly about the loss of not just their favourite world and its characters but how perfectly Pratchett managed to end his story. It is probably not a book to read in public or at least without a good supply of tissues. 

As with Raising Steam this book revisits the remaining characters in Pratchett’s Young Reader Discworld novels and ties up loose ends. We follow the witches of Lancre and Tiffany on our last adventure together with the terrifying elves and the brave pictsies of the Nac Mac Feegle clan down dark paths once again. 

Deeply satisfying and horribly final this book has to be read by anyone who has been affected by the miracle that was Pratchett and his Discworld.  
Christopher Dean


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The Long Earth

by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (Doubleday) ISBN 978-0-857-52009-8


This is the most well written book I have ever read.


That aside, the plot is not novel and its ideas are old. But who cares? At the pace you will be turning pages in this book you won’t have time to have long thoughts like those. This book grips you from page one and drags you through its story like a hyperactive child desperate to show off a new toy.


The Long Earth is your classic multi-dimensional science fiction story. Many versions of earth have suddenly appeared none of them seem to have any human life on them. Why is this? Humanity sets out to find out the answer to these questions. The story as I say is rehashed and feels a bit like a Frank Herbert story mixed with Douglas Adams’ humour. In this way I guess it is a novel idea in bringing the two styles together.


The important thing is, unlike so much fantasy, I felt for the characters. I liked and hated them. The dialogue was exceptional. It was not just a romp through a well imagined world. The authors made it feel as if I were the main character. And that counts for more than pretty scenery that you have to imagine anyway.


Christopher Dean


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