Book Review – Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes by Rob Wilkins

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

How much do we ever really know about the authors we love? It’s not as if we must learn about their lives to appreciate their work. Of course, some writers become more than their books. Terry Pratchett is one of those people. Over the course of his career, Pratchett was responsible for creating Discworld and all of the colourful characters we’ve come to love. He became seen as a jolly, bearded man in a fedora. However, there is so much more to him than that. As Neil Gaiman once wrote, “Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He’s angry”. As great as this snippet might be as a headline, it’s definitely not the full picture of the author but there is certainly more to the author than meets the eye. So, when I got the chance to read his official biography, I jumped at the chance to learn more about Terry Pratchett’s life outside of Discworld. Of course, that was months ago and I’ve only just finished it. Do I feel guilty about it? Yes but better late than never, right?

Book Review – Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Ursula K. Le Guin, David Streitfeld (Editor)

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I don’t often read much non-fiction because I’m not very good at it. It just takes me too long to get through and I get stressed about it. It also tends to have chapters that are too long for me to finish before I fall asleep and finishing mid-chapter really bugs me. However, I do have plenty of non-fiction books on my shelf that need reading. So, I’m trying to ease myself gently with shorter and more digestible reads. The fact that this is also a U title for my August Spell the Month Challenge is just an added bonus. It took me longer than I expected to read this but it was a quick one. I didn’t finish it in time for Friday’s post but we got there for Monday.