Sunday, 20 December 2009

The Sunday Salon: Terry Pratchett

The Sunday
What Caught My Fancy This Week
Today I bring you a goodie. A interview/town hall kinda thing with Terry Pratchett from the Guardian. He talks about Unseen Academicals which I haven’t read yet but I will be getting after Christmas, if I don’t get it from Santa. I particularly liked his comments about the fans of the books and fans of fantasy in particular. We are not all fourteen year old boys named Kevin.
MargReads_2010_Pratchett_v1smIf you have not read Pratchett I urge you to try some it is fantastic. His website is here and has loads of goodies and then come join us at Marg’s Reading Adventures for the 2010 Terry Pratchett Challenge which is in full swing!
I’ve recently reviewed Hogfather and Reaper Man and will be reviewing The Last Hero and Unseen Academicals during 2010.

The Epic of Gilgamesh I am having some mixed feelings about this particular translation. I am beginning to think that I need to read another translation and see how that looks.
The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer. Hoping to make some real headway with this now that school is almost over (I have some editing to do on my essay. I will do it today. Yes I will). I also have a galley copy of The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade that I am reading to review.

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

I posted the last of my challenge sign-ups this week. I have one post left for organisational purposes and that will go up the last week in December.

Fun Stuff
Nothing super fun this week, but my mum has started reading The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs. Apparently me reading sections out loud and laughing hysterically at others has meant that she wanted to read it to. SCORE!


Nymeth said...

Thank you for that link! I know what I'll be doing for the next half an hour. And nope, we're definitely not all Kevins :P

Aarti said...

I have often wondered if I would want to read Gilgamesh, but haven't made any attempt to do so. I hope if you find another translation, it is better for you as your comment above makes me wonder if it would be at all my cup of tea ;-)

Zee said...

Nymeth You're welcome!

Aarti Well, I've posted my review. I'm willing to give another translation a go but this one was a bust (I ended up skimming the last 50 or so pages)

Anonymous said...

Oh! If only I had the time to join another book challenge! But, Alas! I'm already over-extended this year. I read my first Pratchett book, Nation, a few weeks ago, but I'd watched The Color of Magic miniseries a couple times. I absolutely love Pratchett, and am dying to read Good Omens, because I bet he and Gaiman pair up quite well.