Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Alex Keller Author Of Haywired - Guest Post - Top Five Terry Pratchett Books

Small Gods (Discworld)
Alex Keller is a new author, his debut book 'Haywired' is due out at the start of September. It is a great fairytale, Steampunk novel and already has some great reviews about it. The book is published by Mogzilla, so grab yourself a copy and let everyone know what you think.

Other book review links for Haywired:Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books,The Book Zone,Unbound,

Thanks for the guest post Alex. I loved finding out about your favourite Terry Pratchett books and was surprised to find that my top five was totally different to yours! 

Thanks to Enchanted Books, I get to harp on about on of my favourite authors: Terry Pratchett!

My Top Five Terry Pratchett Books:
This was quite difficult as I really enjoy almost all his books, but here goes. My top five Pratchett novels in descending order are:

5. Reaper Man Reaper Man was the first Terry Pratchett book I bought. I remember thinking how amazing the front cover looked; it really stood out from everything else on the shelf. When I started reading it, I wasn't disappointed. It was incredibly funny and Death is a great character. I knew straight away there was something different about Pratchett's writing. His attitude and perspective spoke to me a great deal, even when I was young.

4. Men at Arms –  Men at Arms was the first Pratchett book I read by Pratchett that felt like he was looking at (and poking fun at) our own world; and it was so much funnier for it. Also, while Guards! Guards!, the first book to include the guards characters, was excellent, I felt it was in Men at Arms where Vimes, Carrot, Nobby and Sgt. Colon really came to life. Vimes is one of my all-time favourite fictional characters: a grumpy, miserable man and captain of the night watch, who his a genuinely decent human being. He's a character I would have given an arm to have written myself.  

3. Good Omens – While Neil Gaiman co-wrote Good Omens, I think it should be put in this list anyway. Again, Pratchett (and Gaiman) come up with fantastic characters. Crowley (a demon) and Aziraphale (an angel) have spent so much time around humans they've taken on many of their characteristics. Both are capable of being good or bad, rather than doing one or the other because they think they have to. The best thing about these characters is the relationship that builds between them. Neither feel particular close to Heaven or Hell, so they find friendship in each other instead. It's brilliantly written and hilarious as well, and really looks deeply at the nature of good and evil.

2. Jingo – Jingo is an incredibly powerful book. I've always been interested in international relations, how one country interacts with another, and Pratchett really explores how people from a different country or community perceive one another so well; especially how very different cultures demonise each other at times of war. It's hilarious as always, but also incredibly powerful and meaningful. This should be a set text for any GSCE student.

1. Small Gods – Small Gods...what can I say... just read it. Seriously. Go. Now. Pick it up. Order it online. If you haven't read this, your life is not complete. Sheer brilliance and immensely intelligent. 

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