December 20th, 2009

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I had a Barnes & Noble's gift card burning a hole in my pocket, so I picked up the latest Pratchett, "Unseen Academicals". Now, the thing about Terry Pratchett, at least as far as I am concerned, is that he is so reliable. Except for some of the Guard novels, I'm basically guaranteed to be giggling every third page. True, you might say that he keeps writing the same book over and over, but I rather like that book.

And, of course, there is actually a bit of variety to be found, even within the Discworld books. There's something about his choice of plots in, like, "going postal" and "the truth" and "making money" and "moving pictures" that oddly reminds me of why I also like James Burke so much: they're stories about the origins of things, about that dawning sensation of Hey This Is Gonna Be A Big Deal Maybe that in the case of historical documentaries is stirring and inspirational, and in the case of wacky schlock comedy-fantasy makes for good fun.