Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: Dragons at Crumbling Castle (RIP Sir Terry Pratchett)

Dragons at Crumbling CastleDragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a fun little collection of early Pratchett stories for kids all ages. They were told as if they were children's tales, but there is always an undercurrent of humor that's a treat to adults. Kinda like his later work in that respect.

This book was chosen as a March 2015 book selection in a Good Reads group that I'm in, Flights of Fantasy. Little did we know when we nominated it and voted it in, that it would appear on our group shelf in the very month that Sir Pratchett passed away.

That's a sad coincidence, but at the same time I'm glad we had the book on hand to read. Those of us that have read Sir Terry and those that haven't but have felt his influence can take this moment to celebrate his life, and his body of work. I've also been working on some of the early Discworld novels, and this was a nice sidetrack in that pursuit.

So delve in here and meet the Carpet People, and the citizens of Blackbury. We also meet some dragons, and we learn how Father Christmas sucks at other jobs. It's lots of fun, without being too heavy (even rhinos can fly, it seems).

Shortly after Sir Terry passed, I saw this tweet that I loved, and I feel that it fits this book:

"Pratchett wrote incredibly smart, insightful, and true things about what it means to be human. And then he added jokes and dragons." Chris Farnsworth @chrisfarnsworth

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