The Last Continent – Review

The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

Published in 1998

Pages: 292

Genre: Fantasy, satire

“Against the stars a turtle passes, carrying four elephants on its shell.”

Terry Pratchett tends to zoom in on his stories by starting with a description of the Discworld; the beginning of The Last Continent is no exception. Finding Rincewind where we left him at the end of Interesting Times, the Librarian of Unseen University is sick and Rincewind is needed in order to treat the illness; the only problem: he is on the rain-less continent of XXXX which is surrounded by a magic hurricane and no one knows how to get there. Continue reading “The Last Continent – Review”

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An impromptu blog: Over 200 followers on WordPress.com!

You all continue to astound me and I can now say that The Past Due Book Review has surpassed 200 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I truly enjoy not only sharing my writing but the amount of engagement that has happened on the blog over the last few months so here’s a picture of Hunter being drowsy and photogenic simultaneously as a reward.

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Thank you again to my 200 followers on WordPress.com, the 53 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 40 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 200!

Previously: An impromptu blog: Over 100 followers on WordPress.com!

Gods and Heroes: Myths and Epics of Ancient Greece – Review

Gods and Heroes: Myths and Epics of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab

Published in 1946

Olga Marx and Ernst Morwitz translation

Pages: 743

Genre: Fiction, mythology

“Often I have told my youngest daughter the legends of ancient Greece, and have found myself wishing that I could give her a book that would show her more of that magic world which was the delight of my own youth, and to which I love to return, now that I am older.”

Though I typically start my reviews with the first line of the book, I chose to begin my review of Gods and Heroes: Myths and Epics of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab with the first sentence of the introduction. Though it isn’t technically part of the stories told in the book, this section gives the reader necessary context (as an introduction is wont to do) regarding how the myths are presented. This information is integral to understanding the mighty deeds and tragic ends of the heroes of ancient Greece. Continue reading “Gods and Heroes: Myths and Epics of Ancient Greece – Review”

On the Subject of Variety in Reading

For a lot of people, explaining what they enjoy reading is easily done with one or two words: science fiction, fantasy, romance, nonfiction. Through no fault but my own (yes, you read that correctly) my own explanation is a little more complex. Upon graduating from college I realized that I could finally read whatever I wanted since my time wasn’t occupied with literary analysis, and I started keeping track of the books I was reading for fun; looking back at what I read in 2016, the variety present among the patterns is rather striking.

To deny oneself the ability to explore all of the possibilities in literature is simply wasting a grand opportunity to grow. I understand people have their favorite genres or authors (Lord knows I do), but remaining static in our reading only keeps us in one place as human beings. A case for reading the same author or genre is easily made, but why should we diversify when it is so much more comfortable to remain in what we know?

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Though this image illustrates my point, the lack of organization is figuratively killing me inside.

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The Man in the High Castle – Review

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Published in 1962

Pages: 274

Genre: Alternate history, speculative fiction

“For a week Mr. R. Childan had been anxiously watching the mail.”

While this sentence might be used to begin any type of novel, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick relies on its innocuousness to segue into a world very different from ours. The year is 1962 and the Allies lost World War II, leaving Japan and Nazi Germany to divide the conquered land and lay claim to the world. Being almost two decades since the end of the war, many people have found new roles within the new society of the North American continent, but some patriotism still stirs in the hearts of those who remain. Continue reading “The Man in the High Castle – Review”

One Year Anniversary!

It’s a bit difficult to believe, but today marks the one-year anniversary of my first review on The Past Due Book Review.

Here we are; 43 book reviews, 15 editorials, and 263 total followers later.

I will keep this brief, but thank you again to everyone who has read my writing on here. I wasn’t sure if this blog would get much traction, but I have enjoyed every moment so far (even the daily revisions in preparation of posting) and I believe this blog makes for a unique record of how my writing has improved in the last year.

So here’s a rare picture of my cats getting along and one final thank you to all of my readers! I look forward to another year of reviews and writing!

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Mr. Grumpy Gills and Ms. Photogenic

 

The image featured in this post can be found through the hyperlink below.

Happy 1-Year

Gardens of the Moon – Review

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Published in 1999

Pages: 657

Genre: Fantasy

“The stains of rust seemed to map blood seas on the black, pocked surface of Mock’s Vane.”

In keeping with the typical expectations of its genre, Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson begins with a prologue in order to set up the scene for the epic journey to come. Showcasing a cast of characters that is as diverse as it is vast, the book follows the conquests of the Malazan Empire through pitched battles, political assassinations, and divine intervention. It is easy to get lost in such a dense and in-depth fantasy world, almost to the point of distraction, but Erikson keeps the narrative interesting despite the intense amount of background information to cover. Continue reading “Gardens of the Moon – Review”