Tag Archive: humor

Blogger’s Note: I know I promised the second entry about things I learned about putting together an anthology, but the bug we’ve been fighting turned into bronchitis, possibly bordering on pneumonia.  So we’re both on heavy antibiotics which does not make for very sensible thinking or analyzing, much less writing.  So please bear with us and hope you enjoy this latest book review.  We hope to be back in the saddle very soon.  Thank you.


raising steam


This particular offering by the late-great Mr. Pratchett was a wonderful read, in my opinion. I’ve seen other reviews where people lamented that his declining health was clearly showing in this book saying things like “it wasn’t as funny…” or “…it felt like this was his farewell to the fans…” etc. A lot of this is understandable considering the rare form of alzheimer’s he is fighting. But for me, this book felt more like a wonderfully wild ride that took us to various parts of the Discworld, just as the invention of the first train in Ankh-Morpork intended.

Pratchett uses the invention of the first steam engine to take us all over and reintroduce us to a number of old and familiar faces and places. We go back to Uberwald to visit Lady Margolotta, The Low King of the Dwarves, Bonk, the goblins, Harry King “King of the Golden River” (a river you would not want to swim in by the way folks), Commander Vimes and the Watch, Death, Lord Vetinari, and of course the incorrigible scoundrel of the piece Moist Von Lipwig.

We get to see some of these wonderful characters interacting with each other in various ways, some for the first time like Lipwig (the “reformed” con-man) working with Stoneface Vimes. Mr. Pratchett has been modernizing his world little by little throughout the series introducing the “Clacks” for communicating quickly over great distances, the first newspapers (spreading information to not just the gentry, but the common man), a new monetary system that is not based on the gold, so the addition of the steam engine seemed quite appropriate. With each book he brings his scattered characters closer to one another, while still providing a fun-filled thrilling ride along the way.

In “Raising Steam” he delivers that same fun but in a big fast noisy way. Well worth the read.

Death Light Moon


Death by the Light of the Moon by Joan Hess was something I picked up from a Friends of the Library sale, a paperback mystery marking itself as A Claire Malloy Mystery. I’d never heard of the series, but the description was interesting. An eccentric, rich elderly lady dies the evening of a party that was meant to reveal her heirs. The protagonist is there by virtue of being a daughter-in-law, and barely knows the family.

The basic plot is grounded in the “cozy” style of mystery– the murder takes place in a somewhat remote area, limiting the suspects mostly to the family, with a few hints about something more being afoot. The protagonist is not a professional detective, just someone with a knack for coming across trouble and ask questions. As the story goes on, it becomes a bit less cozy in both the genre and descriptive sense, as more bodies turn up and the protagonist becomes a target, giving a bit more of a thriller vibe at times.

I found this to be not only satisfying as a mystery. The author has a sense of humor and a way with words. The prose makes for a light, easy read, and yet there are digs, gentle in some cases, hard in others, at real ways in which worse aspects of human nature tend to surface, reminiscent of Jane Austen, or perhaps P.G. Wodehouse. From the self-absorbed digressions of a teen, to the small-town police who almost prioritize getting along over getting answers (but who do change their approach appropriately as events unfurl), to the sexism and racism causing real, secret problems for a family of Southern aristocrats, the foibles are observed with wit and honesty. The protagonist even has her own failings

It would have definitely been worth buying at full price, and I look forward to finding more of the series.

making money

The Bank of Ankh-Morpork has gone to the dogs… or rather the dog of the now deceased chairman of the bank. When Topsy Lavish died, she willed her controlling shares in the bank to her dog Mr. Fusspot, who she in turn bequeathed to the least trustworthy man in all of Ankh-Morpork, Moist Von Lipwig former con artist and now “reformed” character.

Soon our dear Mr. Lipwig finds himself trying to deal with the entire Lavish family who all want Mr. Fusspot dead, while at the same time he has Lord Vetinari the city’s Patrician, breathing down his neck to give the city a loan to fund some much needed infrastructure improvements.

But the Bank and the Mint both run on the gold currency, and there’s only so much gold to go around.

Soon Moist is in mischief and high finance up to his ears. Wheeling and dealing, talking a mile a minute and selling the idea of paper currency to the inhabitants of Ankh-Morpork. Can his fast talk and silver tongue keep him ahead of his enemies as well as his old partner, who remembers him as Albert Spangler notorious crook and con-man?

The jokes and imagery Mr. Pratchett creates within this novel are as fast and furious as ever. Yet at the same time, he provides the readers with a good look into the way banks operate and how financial decisions are made.

His unique blend of comedy with fact is an amazing achievement that keeps the reader both entertained and informed a the same time. However, he never loses that wry sense of humor that keeps his audience in stitches. The image of Mr. Fusspot and the self-winding ‘toy’ he finds amidst piles of leather garments, whips, and chains, provides some classic imagery throughout the book.

Mr. Pratchett is indeed one of the finest comedic authors of our time and this installment of his Discworld series proves it. Truly worth 5 stars. A fantastically funny read.

5.0 out of 5 stars 

“Favorite read this summer”

BySimoneon August 16, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

Favorite read this summer! Filled with murder mysteries and British wittiness that kept me laughing all throughout the adventure. Haven’t found a book with good dialogue and a sense of humor for a while.

Overall, I’m pleased with the mix of romance + adventure + mystique put together in ‘The Bridge’.

Happy to see that there are writers who still put so much time and effort in to character development and story.

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The Wee Free MenThis is my latest review on Goodreads.com.  I thought I would share it here as I wish to keep expanding on the whole books theme of this blog.  Especially since I don’t have a lot new to share on my own writing efforts.  So to keep everyone entertained here’s my take on “The Wee Free Men” enjoy…

CRIVENS! What’s not to like about Terry Pratchett or young girl discovering her witch powers? Nothing. But throw in a bunch of hyperactive, Pictsies(who are six inch tall, blue-skinned, caricatures of Scotsmen) and you’ve got a priceless piece of fun and excitement.

Mr. Pratchett’s efforts to branch out his popular Discworld series into the arena of children and young adults really pay off in this first installment. We meet young Tiffany Aching young farm girl who makes great cheese, who is trying to come to grips with her annoying younger brother Wentworth. Tiffany has a head full of questions and a way of thinking that is more ‘Witch-like’ than a normal girl. And if that wasnt’ enough, she’s now seeing little blue men in kilts who keep referring to her as the Wee-Big Hag. They are the Wee Free Men whov’e been sent to find her by their Kelda. A danger is coming back to these sleepy hills, one which will test her new powers and her feelings for Wentworth in ways she never dreamed.

Laughter, excitement, chases, drinkin-fightin-stealin-and more fightin’, await the reader in this fast-paced story. Warning: you may find your sides hurting from all the laughing you’re likely to wind up doing as you read. But it’s totally worth it.

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