Wyrd Sisters – Review

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Published in 1988

Pages: 360

Genre: Fantasy, satire, parody

“The wind howled.”

As befits a tale of witchcraft and regicide, Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett begins on a dark and stormy night. A mysterious baby (well, the circumstances of its origin are mysterious…the baby itself is fairly normal…as far as babies go) is delivered to three witches: Magrat Garlic, Nanny Ogg, and Granny Weatherwax. Taking on Shakespeare and common misconceptions about witches, the novel is ripe with wit and satire to rival the other books in the Discworld series. Continue reading “Wyrd Sisters – Review”

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Consider Phlebas – Review

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Published in 1987

Pages: 514

Genre: Science fiction, space opera

“The ship didn’t even have a name.”

Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks, begins with this nameless vessel on the run in the middle of a galactic war because of what it carries on-board. The cargo, however, is part of the ship itself; this ship with no name is controlled by a sentient, artificial consciousness known as a Mind, and in order for it to survive it must take refuge on the barren wasteland of Schar’s World. The Culture, an inter-galactic conglomerate of many species and races, created this Mind and wants to recover it before their enemies, the tri-pedal Idirans. Loyalties are tested, heavy casualties are sustained, and the question of who can really be good in such an insidious war is asked, but perhaps goes unanswered. Continue reading “Consider Phlebas – Review”

On the Subject of the Discworld Series and Terry Pratchett

Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time have probably noticed a pattern of Discworld novels popping up every few reviews, and there is a reason for this. Terry Pratchett has become one of my favorite authors even though I hadn’t even heard of him until four years ago. Perhaps this puts my minimal knowledge of the greater realm of fantasy novels in perspective, but for the others who are ignorant of his existence, Terry Pratchett wrote the Discworld series which totals 41 books and takes place on the Discworld. Though I didn’t realize (or realise) the magic of his prose until relatively recently, his work has come to influence me heavily and I felt compelled to write a piece about how his impact.

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The man himself.

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An impromptu blog: Over 400 followers on WordPress.com!

Despite my wildest expectations, The Past Due Book Review has over 400 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I will do my best not to repeat myself from previous updates and keep it short, so here is a picture of my sister’s kitten, Willow, snoozing after spending a good ten minutes attacking my hands.

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Look at those furry, little murder mittens.

Thank you again to my 401 followers on WordPress.com, the 88 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 76 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 400!

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Why Translation Matters – Review

**Before beginning my review, I want to take a moment and thank my fellow blogger Silvia Cachia for the recommendation. You can read her blog by clicking this hyperlink**

Why Translation Matters by Edith Grossman

Published in 2010

Pages: 160

Genre: Nonfiction, academic, language

“The vast, constantly expanding sea of contemporary literature can easily swamp any reader interested in keeping abreast of new works and new writers.”

Why Translation Matters, by Edith Grossman, is less of a book and more of an extended argument in defense of the practice and necessity of translating literature. Comprised of three essays and an introduction that gives context as to who Grossman is, Why Translation Matters is part of a series, created by Yale University, that asks experts to explain the intricacies and necessities of their fields. Debunking misconceptions and demonstrating the difficulty of her profession, Grossman creates a compelling thesis that will convince her reader to view translated pieces from a far more enlightened perspective. Continue reading “Why Translation Matters – Review”

The Lowland – Review

 The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Published in 2013

Pages: 415

Genre: Contemporary fiction

“East of the Tolly Club, after Deshapran Sashmal Road splits in two, there is a small mosque.”

The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri, weaves through years and across oceans to create a narrative that is universal despite the specificity of the culture from which the characters originate. There is a kaleidoscopic element to the human experience that is captured and translated into the words within this novel. Pay attention; you might miss something. Continue reading “The Lowland – Review”

Equal Rites – Review

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Published in 1987

Pages: 264

Genre: Fantasy, satire

“This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn’t pretend to answer all or any of these questions.”

Focusing on a different protagonist than the previous two books in the series, Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett continues his exploration into the magical world that is shaped like a disc. The first in what are known as the “witches” novels within the series (care to guess why?), Equal Rites introduces fan favorite character Granny Weatherwax and does so with grand fanfare. Prepare for another splendid, if succinct, entry in Pratchett’s most famous body of work. Continue reading “Equal Rites – Review”