Saturday, 8 December 2018
Week 49. The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett.
Terry Pratchett. The Shepherds Crown. Corgi Books, London 978-0-552-57447-1.
The 41st, and last, Discworld novel, and the 5th featuring Tiffany Aching. The novel was mostly complete when Terry died in early 2015. According to his personal assistant and amanuensis Rob Wilkins, the book was not quite what Terry would have liked, and he would have written more. Neil Gaiman has revealed Terry wanted to write a different epilogue, for which there are a number of pointers throughout the book, but died before he had the chance to make the revision.
Despite being not quite completed, there is a complete story, and it's a good one. The novel also brings a degree of closure to some of the disparate threads making up the Discworld. There were places where I felt there was a bit of hand-waving or glossing over of detail, where scenes seemed in need of a bit of fleshing out, but I'm glad this was published and didn't end up going under the steam-roller (in 2017, per Terry's instructions, his computer hard drive, with all the drafts and story ideas he was working on when he died, was destroyed by being run over by a steam roller).
Stats to Date
Books Read: 49
Books by Male Authors: 41
Books by Female Authors: 8
Books by Australian Authors: 6
Fiction Books: 42
Genre Books: 34
Verity Books: 7
Literature Books: 3
Science Books: 2
History Books: 1
Fitness Books: 1
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Stephen W. Hawking. A Brief History of Time . Bantam Books, 1988. This is a re-read, but I read it while I was living in Sheffie...
Carl Sagan, The Dragons of Eden . Coronet, 1977. Another re-read from the last millenium. Subtitled Speculations on the Evo...