Our Week(s) in Books #22 – #35

 

Updated my spreadsheet at last. Well, mostly updated. There are gaps in authors, illustrators, and prices but I can fill that in for me later. It’s been so long that I’m not sure where I am with anything and I think there are a few books not on Goodreads at all.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 239/365 = 65.5%
Read 52: 39/52 = 75.0%
Picture books: ??/52 = ??%
Short reads: 31/52 = 59.6%

Books reviewed: 12
Cumulative: 15

Books read (excl picture books):
Might fill in later. Lots!

Books added to shelves:
The Moster Snorey Book – Leigh Hodgkinson (bought from Mostly Books)
The Fairiest Fairy – Anne Booth (bought from Mostly Books)
The Princess and the Giant – Caryl Hart & Sarah Warburton (bought from Mostly Books)
Crunch – Carolina Rabei (review book from Child’s Play)
Grandad’s Island – Benji Davies (review book from Simon & Schuster)
More – Tracey Corderoy & Tim Warnes (review book from Little Tiger Press)
No More Cuddles – Jane Chapman (review book from Little Tiger Press)
Poo in the Zoo – Steve Smallman & Ada Grey (review book from Little Tiger PresS)
Blog Giveaways – Di Coke (free Kindle)
How Many Legs – Kes Gray & Jim Field (review book from Hachette)
Follow Me – Ellie Sandall (review book from Hachette)
Peter Pan & Wendy illustrated by Shirley Hughes (review book from Hachette)
The D’Evil Diaries – Tatum Flynn (review book from Hachette)
The Ship of Ghosts – Gillian Philips (review book from Hachette)
Eleanor the Snow White Fairy – Daisy Meadows (review book from Hachette)
Mortimer Keene: Robot Riot – Tim Healey & Chris Mould (review book from Hachette)
Knight in Training: A Horse Called Dora – Vivian French & David Melling (review book from Hachette)
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Cat Burglar – Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton (bought at Mostly Books)
Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy – Car Lester & Ali Pye (bought from Mostly Books)
Katie McGinty Wants a Pet – Jenna Harrington & Finn Simpson (review book from Little Tiger PresS)
Pocket Pirates: The Great Cheese Robbery – Chris Mould (review book from Hachette)
Clariel – Garth Nix (bought from the Book People)
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
See Inside The Universe (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
Tilly’s House – Faith Jacques (2nd hand from charity shop)
Tilly’s Rescue – Faith Jacques (2nd hand from charity shop)
Les Animaux – John Burningham (2nd hand from charity shop)
Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella – James Mayhew (2nd hand from charity shop)
Adelita – Tomie dePaulo (2nd hand from charity shop)
How To Live Forever (2nd hand from charity shop)
Alice By Accident – Lynne Reid Banks (2nd hand from charity shop)
Ladybird Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt (2nd hand from charity shop)
Polly and the Wolf Again – Catherine Storr (2nd hand from charity shop)
Sin City 1 (2nd hand from charity shop)
Sin City 2 (2nd hand from charity shop)
Russian Fairy Tales (2nd hand from charity shop)
Pushkin’s Fairy Tales (2nd hand from charity shop)
Will Grayson Will Grayson (2nd hand from charity shop)
Let it Snow (2nd hand from charity shop)
The Stone Pilot (2nd hand from charity shop)
Can’t see title in picture and can’t be bothered to find book right now ( (2nd hand from charity shop)
Hugless Douglas Goes To Little School – David Melling (bought from Mostly Books)
The Parenting Puzzle – (bought from Mostly Books)
Seed – (goody bag at YALC)
The IT Girl – (goody bag at YALC)
How Many Legs – (review book from Flying Eye)
Whatever Happened to My Sister? – (review book from Flying Eye)
Lottie Lipton 1 (review book from Bloomsbury)
Lottie Lipton 2 (review book from Bloomsbury)
Bound By Duty – Stormy Smith (free Kindle)
The Grumbug – Adam Stower (bought from Discover Story)
The Toucan Brothers – Tor Freeman (bought from Discover Story)
Blown Away – Rob Biddulph (bought from Discover Story)
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow – Katherine Woodfine (bought from Tesco)
My Brother is a Superhero – David Soloman (bought from Tesco)
I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh (bought from Tesco)
Enid Blyton Holiday Tales (review book from Hachette)
First Class Murder – Robin Stevens (bought from Mostly Books)
Dragon Knights (bought from Mostly Books)
There’s a Toucan on my Telephone – Jo Lodge (bought from Mostly Books)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
Dead Cat Bounce – Seth Freedman (free Kindle)
Aspergers: Parenting a child with Aspergers (free Kindle)
Tree – Britta Teckentrup (review book from Little Tiger Press)
The Accidental Prime Minister – Tom McLaughlin (postage paid to The Mile Long Bookshelf)
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig: Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy (review book from Walker Books)
Penguin’s Way – Johanna Johnston & Leonard Weisgard (review book from Bodlein)
Whale’s Way – Johanna Johnston & Leonard Weisgard (review book from Bodlein)
Dorrie and the Blue Witch – Patricia Coombs (bought from Mostly Books)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larsson (Free Kindle)
I Have Asperger’s – Erin Clemens (Free Kindle)
Shogun – James Clavell (99p Kindle)
The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman (99p Kindle)
Trixie the Halloween Fairy (second hand from charity shop)
The Colour Thief – Gabriel Alborozo (review book from Bloomsbury)
The Snow Lady – Shirley Hughes (second hand from charity shop)
Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks (second hand from charity shop)
Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons (second hand from charity shop)
Doctor Who: Judgement of the Judoon (second hand from charity shop)
Happy Families: Mr Cosmo the Conjuror (second hand from charity shop)
Moshi Monsters Pick your path (second hand from charity shop)
The Crazy Collector – Diana Hendry (second hand from charity shop)
Frozen Book of Film (second hand from charity shop)
Basher’s Planet Earth (second hand from charity shop)
Basher’s Rocks and Minerals (second hand from charity shop)
Spiderwick Chronicles The Field Guide (second hand from charity shop)
Garfield The Great Lover (second hand from charity shop)
Apple Pigs – Ruth Gary Orbach (review book from National Trust Books)
The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst – Griselda Heppel (review book from Griselda Heppel)
Grey – E L James (£3.45 Kindle)
Imelda and the Goblin King – Briony May Smith (review book from Flying Eye)
Pablo and Jane and the Hot Air Contraption – Jose Domingo (review book from Fying Eye)
Faster Faster, Nice and Slow – Sue Heap & Nick Sharatt (bought from The Book People)
Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly – Sue Heap & Nick Sharatt (bought from The Book People)
Alphabet Ice Cream – Sue Heap & Nick Sharatt (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 1: QED (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 2: QED (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 3: QED (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 4: QED (bought from The Book People)
Arabel’s Raven – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
Arabel, Mortimer, and the Escaped Black Mamba – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
The Spiral Stair – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
Mortimer and the Sword Excaliber – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
Basher’s Space Exploration (bought from The Book People)
Guinea Pig Party – Holly Surplice (bought from The Book People)
Doctor Who: Time Traveller’s Journal (bought from The Book People)
Cumulative: 263

Library books borrowed: 18
Cumulative: 34

Books removed from shelves: 23 (I think, maybe more)
Cumulative: 125

A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

 

Katie McGinty Wants a Pet Week at Chaos Castle

This week we’re pleased to be part of Little Tiger’s Summer Stories. Chaos Castle has adopted Katie McGinty Wants a Pet by Jenna Harrington & Finn Simpson.

Click on the images to go to Chaos Castle posts.

On Monday, we looked Katie McGinty Wants a Pet and reviewed it (spoiler: we love it!)

Katie McGinty Wants a Pet: Jenna Harrington & Finn Simpson (Little Tiger Press, 2015)

 

On Tuesday we welcomed Katie McGinty’s illustrator, Finn Simpson, into the courtyard.

FinnSimpsonOn Wednesday we looked at six of the best picture books with slightly odd pets in Chaos Castle’s Demi-Dozen Delights series.

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On Thursday (publication day!) we welcomed debut author, Jenna Harrington, to talk about Katie McGinty.

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All week on instagram and twitter, our pet zebra popped up doing the things that pet zebras do. Like camping, going to the park, and generally being part of the family!

Pet zebras like back garden camping too #LTSummerStories #katiemcgintywantsapet

A photo posted by Anne-Marie (@chaoscastleuk) on

 

Autistic at YALC

Or any other busy conference really…

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On Sunday I went to the last day of the three day Young Adult Literature Convention. It’s only its second year, and is held with the London Film and Comic Con (LFCC).

It’s only four months since I was diagnosed as autistic. Or technically, as having an “autistic spectrum condition” and I’m still fitting this into my self image and learning to own my autism. Because 39 years and 8 months of being undiagnosed autistic and of being “high functioning” and “coping” (Ha. Ha.) doesn’t lead to instantaneous acceptance or “feeling autistic”.

So. Autistic. Geeky conference. Day out without the children. Get to spend it with friend. Sounds great.

Considering that a much higher percentage of geeks are probably autistic spectrum than average population, my minuscule experience of LDCC made me think it pretty much sucked at autism friendly.

And I consider myself to have comparatively mild traits. Most of the time.

Not that I was going to LDCC, it was YALC. But I live in an Oxfordshire village and on a Sunday the earliest trains meant I got there after 11am, so LDCC was in full swing and the early entry for YALC was irrelevant.

If Jax hadn’t tweeted me that YALC was on level 2, I wouldn’t have known where to start. There was a huge mass of people. Dark corridors of people up and down in lines. Tables full of film and comic merchandise, blurring into a mass of colours. Cos players everywhere. People randomly stopping in front of you to take pictures of cos players. People all around. Noise all around.

(I don’t get cos play. I get being different but after several Joker / Harley Quinn couples, Batpeople of all sizes, Harry Potters, zombies, and hair in every shade of pink, blue, and green, it’s not so different any more.

I still want to dye my hair blue. I like blue.

Or maybe purple.)

I think it took me over twenty minutes to get from the entrance, and up a mere two stories to find YALC. Which was practically empty in comparison, and a much nicer set up to deal with.

The signposting at the venue was terrible. There were “maps” near stairs and lifts, if you could call them maps. I could just about work out what floor I was on from them, but it wasn’t easy to see where on the floor you were, and finding the stairs was a matter of walking around walls until you got lucky. And then the stairs were one directional, which was only signposted at the staircases. On A4 paper taped above the door.

There were also lifts. I got one from level one to level two. It was going down but I figured it would go back up after so I got on. Almost everyone else in the lift was also going up, but the staff member controlling it was going down first. Two people got out on the ground floor. Back at the first floor, one person got annoyed that the lift was going up.

I’ve spent my life thinking that everyone else got given a rulebook that I didn’t, and Sunday made that feeling even stronger. Fortunately I now know that most people did get that rulebook, but there are lots of people who didn’t either, and we rock at different things.

I openly stimmed. It’s not something I usually do, but I’m letting go and letting what happens happen. I sway back and fourth a lot without noticing usually. And clench fists. And open and shut zips. And bite lips. Okay, I stim a lot. On Sunday I noticed my hand doing some jiggling. I’m not sure what it did, I was concentrating on other things. It was a new one for me.

You may think I didn’t enjoy YALC. I enjoyed YALC. I may not have done half what I planned; I may not have heard three quarters of what was said at the workshop I did attend; I may have got frustrated (internally) at the staff member who didn’t seem to have been briefed on what she should be doing; I may have talked to only a handful of people, bought no books, and gone to no signings; I may have left earlier than I originally planned.

But.

But I experienced what it was like. I know how to get to a new place I didn’t know how to get to before. I learnt a bit more about how London Underground works to get the right train. I stood about three feet away from Tom Savini accidentally (Tom Savini!) I saw lots of lovely books to drool at. I listened to people be passionate about books. I rekindled my knowledge that publisher publicity people are very lovely.

I also learnt that I’m probably not really going to be a YA blogger. I like YA and read it for me, but my passion is for fiction aimed at younger ages. I feel a lot more comfortable with picture book people.

I also learnt that I’m a lot more of an experienced blogger than I give myself credit for. I know what I need to know, even if I’m not the best at implementing things. I need to believe in myself more.

And I learnt that spending the day with a good friend lets issues and anxieties fade away. But I think I knew that anyway 😉

Nonsense and Stuff

I’m somewhere in the middle of changing my social media accounts from @ChildLedChaos to @ChaosCastleUK so things will probably go wobbly while I do that.

I’m also currently not posting anything, but that isn’t on purpose. Actually getting the metaphorical pen to the virtual paper isn’t quite happening.

Instagram is probably where I’m most active at the moment.

I have lots of posts in draft: Cotswold Wildlife Park, The Story Museum, Little Tiger Press, lots of books. If only they’d write themselves.

Hopefully if the depression and anxiety tone down I’ll be at YALC tomorrow. In the meantime I’ll be bowing out of a friend’s birthday do because I can’t do socialising today.

I wish I could cancel my own birthday do. I only agreed to it because people told me I had to.

Clash of Clans appears to be my current mini obsession. And parenting books.

Wedding Shoes

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One of the (many) female stereotypes I don’t fit into is a love of shoes. I just don’t get it. Shoes should be flat, comfortable, and worn until they’re full of holes.

I compromised on our wedding day, and bought one inch heeled ivory silk shoes. “You need proper heels,” I was told. “I don’t want to fall over,” I replied.

By the time of the wedding breakfast, after wearing them for a few hours, my feet were thoroughly uncomfortable and I ditched the shoes under the table during the meal and went barefoot (tight-footed?) for the rest of the day.

The picture above sums up our wedding for me. Mr Chaos getting to be James Bond for the night, and neither of us completely conforming to other people’s expectations (although I still think we were too conventional really…)

Our Week in Books #21 & #22

Other than on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram, I’ve not been doing reviews. I want to populate Chaos Castle but my procrastination skills are honed to exceptional levels. Sulk.

I am trying to be good with books, and will do some library reservations soon instead of buying all the picture books I want. I can do this. Review. Review. Review…

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 139/365 = 38.1%
Read 52: 25/52 = 42.3%
Picture books: ??/52 = ??%
Short reads: 26/52 = 46.2%

Books reviewed: none published
Cumulative: 3

Books read (excl picture books):
George’s Marvellous Medicine (read aloud)
The Giraffe, The Pelly, and Me (read aloud)
Armageddon Outta Here
The Maleficent Seven

Books added to shelves:
A Slip of the Keyboard – Terry Pratchett (bought from Amazon)
The Curse of the Gloamglozer – Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
The Giant of Jum – Elli Woolard & Benji Davies (bought from Amazon)
Armageddon Outta Here – Derek Landy (bought from Mostly Books)
The Secret Rescuers: The Storm Dragon – Paula Harrison & Sophy Williams (bought from Mostly Books)
The Maleficent Seven – Derek Landy (bought from Mostly Books)
The Nowhere Boys – Elise Macredie (bought from Mostly Books)
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet
Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett (bought from Sainsburys)
Batman Hush Part One – DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection #1 (bought from WHSmith)
Cheer Up Your Teddy Bear, Emily Brown – Cressida Cowell & Neal Layton (review book from Hachette)
Coming Up Roses – Rachael Lucas (£1.89 Kindle)
Cumulative: 139

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 16

Books removed from shelves: none (I think)
Cumulative: 102

A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

 

Our Week in Books #16, #17, #18, #19 & #20

I should probably just call this Our Month in Books really… Probably missed things somewhere along the way.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 139/365 = 38.1%
Read 52: 22/52 = 42.3%
Picture books: ??/52 = ??%
Short reads: 24/52 = 46.2%

Books reviewed: 3
Please Mr Panda
A Tale of Two Beasts
The First Slodge
Cumulative: 3

Books read (excl picture books):
The Jolley Rogers and the Cave of Doom
Reaper Man
Soul Music
The Imaginary
Death Bringer
Kingdom of the Wicked
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

Books added to shelves:
Knight in Training: Dragons Can’t Swim – Vivian French & David Melling (bought from The Book People)
How Are You Feeling Today? – Mollly Potter & Sarah Jennings (bought from The Book People)
The Science Book – DK (bought from The Book People)
The Shakespeare Book – DK (bought from The Book People)
TinTin 3 in 1 – Herge (second hand from charity shop)
You Have Been Warned! – Roger McGough & Chris Mould (second hand from charity shop)
The Jolley Rogers and The Cave of Doom – Jonny Duddle (bought from Mostly Books)
Where Oh Where Is Rosie’s Chick? – Pat Hutchins (review book from Hachette)
Wild – Emily Hughes (bought from Mostly Books)
Mermaid – Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson (bought from Mostly Books)
Cinderella’s Sister and the Big Bad Wolf – Lorraine Carey & Blanco Migy (bought from Mostly Books)
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig – Eugene Trivizas & Helen Oxenbury (bought from Mostly Books)
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion – Alex T Smith (bought from Mostly Books)
The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid – Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard (bought from Mostly Books)
Dinosaur Police – Sarah McIntyre (bought from Mostly Books)
The Father Who Had Ten Children – Benedicte Guittier (review book from Salariya)
The Chicken Who Had Toothache – Benedicte Guittier (review book from Salariya)
A Step in the Wrong Direction – Colin West (second hand from charity shop)
The Granny Project – Anne Fine (second hand from charity shop)
The Finger Eater – Dick King Smith & Arthur Robins (second hand from charity shop)
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax – Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
Sugarlump and the Unicorn – Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks (bought from Book Depository)
Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill (£1 Kindle)
Cumulative: 127

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 16

Books removed from shelves: none (I think)
Cumulative: 102

A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

I Should Be Doing Something Else

No matter what I’m actually doing, I always feel I should be doing something else. If I’m decluttering, I should be cleaning. If I’m reading, I should be reviewing. If I’m walking, I should be doing the laundry. If I’m putting the clothes away, I should be tidying the lounge floor. If I’m sweeping the kitchen, I should be cooking dinner…

The problem with all these conflicting thoughts is that my brain just freezes and can’t decide what to do. I can’t do everything, so which things should I prioritise? I want it all done already, and if I schedule I get stressed by the length of the list.

I spend far too many hours starting at walls, or playing inane games on my phone. If I’d walked in all that wasted time, the house would still be a mess but I’d be fitter.

And I’d still feel guilty about the mess.

I’m still processing my autism diagnosis (autism spectrum condition, not Aspergers, although I assume I’m Aspergers) and trying to work out methods that will work for me. I have spoon limitations (look up spoon theory if that makes no sense) and now I know I also have executive function limitations, I can’t follow a scheme that might work for thousands of other people. I need a way of decluttering and organising that actually works for me. I need to get rid of the backlog of mess and have time to have a life again.

And I really need to write all those book reviews I have in my head. Sigh.

Unveiling Chaos Castle

Chaos Castle

I’ve wanted to start a book-only book for a while. I had an idea, that grew into a concept, that I searched for an illustrator for… And all that was in place with a theory of opening by Christmas 2014. Hahaha.

I have a problem with getting stuck in details (it’s an autistic thing) and so spent too much time on working out a perfect format, and the categories, and all the technical things that don’t matter anywhere near as much as the content.

Having spent several months avoiding writing anything at all, in case I get it wrong, I’m forcing myself into the open with the first two reviews on Chaos Castle. It’s a bit empty there at the moment, but I don’t think I’d ever write a word if it isn’t ‘live’, so please be patient while I kick my butt into gear and I hope you enjoy.

Please Mr Panda - Steve Antony: Link to Chaos Castle review

TaleOfTwoBeastsTNIllustrations by Duncan Wilson

 

Music With Rocks In #TerryPratchettBlogTour

Soul Music is the 16th Discworld novel, and was first published in May 1994. It was two years since I read my first Terry Pratchett novel and at that point I’d read everything published and Soul Music became my first hardback novel purchase (to be followed by almost all Terry Pratchett novels since…) I was nearing the end of my first year at university: a plump, weird, and mostly friendless eighteen year old whose only wall decoration in a drab room on the third floor of the smallest halls of residence was a copy of The Streets of Ankh-Morpork…

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Perhaps knowing I was on the autistic spectrum might have helped me through the teenage years, but instead I had books. Reading (the town) in the mid 1990s was a great place for a fantasy fan, with a host of book signings. But the first signing I remember going to was for Soul Music. I was lucky enough to meet Sir Terry a few times at book signings (too many years ago) and although it was for mere minutes and I was too shy to say much, he was the sort of person who actually remembered people at later signings.

The list of books I submit to review for the Farewell Terry Pratchett Blog Tour (organised by Viv from Serendipity Reviews) was Wyrd Sisters, Mort, Reaper Man, or Soul Music. In retrospect, given its importance in my life, I should have put Soul Music first but fortunately all the others were taken. Wyrd Sisters was the book that started my love of Discworld, from reading the first page in the library, and the Death books were always my favourite.

I didn’t feel I could write about Soul Music without reading Mort and Reaper Man first, so I’ve just re-read all three in preparation, reminding myself of Terry Pratchett’s genius with words and humour. Over the years, the Discworld developed and grew, and even in reading books four, eleven, and sixteen, I could notice the books maturing. Although I can see that Soul Music could be described as lacking compared to later Discworld novels but whether for nostalgia or the huge number of pop culture and rock’n’roll references (or DEATH) this is still one of my favourites.

Soul Music follows the story of Imp Y Celyn (“Buddy”) from Llamedos (read it backwards) as he leaves his rural life and seeks his fortune in Ankh-Morpork. It includes familiar characters like Death and Albert, the Wizards, the Watch, CMOT Dibbler, the Patrician, and introduces Susan Death, the Canting Crew, and an embryonic Hex.

Soul Music is the story of rock’n’roll seeping where it doesn’t quite belong, while Death takes a short holiday to try to forget everything (including joining the Klatchian Foreign Legion and drinking the contents of The Mended Drum.) Susan Sto Helit, technically Death’s granddaughter (see Mort), gets roped into the family business by the Death of Rats (interpreted by a raven named Quoth, who doesn’t do “the N word”) and Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler gets rich, very briefly.

It’s funny. It has an animated series with a soundtrack that gives a potted history of rock’n’roll in eight songs. The signing tour included t-shirts with the dates on the back. If you’ve not read any Discworld, it might not be the best place to start (I recommend Mort or Wyrd Sisters), but can still be enjoyed without any prior knowledge of recurring characters or Discworld politics.

As this post is ridiculously late, I will stop rambling for now. Luckily for us all, his written legacy will ensure Terry Pratchett will never fade away…

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The Farewell Terry Pratchett Blog Tour 2015
9th April – Introduction at Serendipity Reviews
10th April – How Thief Of Time Changed My Life at Hapfairy
11th April – I Shall Wear Midnight at Serendipity Reviews
12th April – Guards! Guards! at Dark Readers
13th April – Reaper Man at Pewter Wolf
14th April – The Colour of Magic at So Many Books, So Little Time
15th April – Top Ten Discworld Characters at YA Yeah Yeah
16th April – The Wee Free Men at Della Says
17th April – Good Omens at Sister Spooky
18th April – Pyramids at Empire of Books
19th April – Cover Love (vlog) at Dark Readers
20th April – Equal Rites at Readaraptor
21st April –  Nation at Tales of Yesterday
22nd April – Raising Steam at Thoughts from the Hearthfire
23rd April – Pratchett Adaptations at An Armchair by the Sea
24th April – Music With Rocks In at Child-Led Chaos (You Are Here)
25th April – Going Postal at Kirstyes
26th April – Truckers at Fluttering Butterflies
27th April – The Late Great Terry Pratchett (vlog) at Sable Caught
28th April – Memories of Mort at Making It Up
29th April – Wyrd Sisters at Tamsyn Murray
30th April – The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents at Green Mum
1st May – Terry Pratchett Farewell Tour at Teen Librarian
2nd May – Hogfather at Bookish Treasures
3rd May – Pratchett Inspired Pictures at Making It Up
4th May – Wintersmith at The Fleeting Dream
5th May – Truckers at Feeling Fictional