Since finishing the Discworld series* I’ve really struggled to find something else to latch on to. I’ve tried a few things, but nothing has really grabbed my attention. Being the nonliterary type I am, one of the most important factors in any book is how easy it is to read. Some of the stuff I’ve tried has been what I can only describe as jagged or spiky. Authors with writing styles like that last about 4 pages with me…

On my recent trip to Australia I bought Nation, my first non-Discworld Terry Pratchett book. I never got chance to read it on the trip, even during the 21 hour flights, but I finished it this morning.

It’s very different to the Discworld books. It’s not a funny book by any means, but it’s a really interesting story and of course it flows nicely making it effortless to read. 🙂



* I’m still waiting for the paperback of Unseen Academicals to be released. Reading hardbacks in the bath is a pain.

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8 thoughts on “Nation…”

  1. I got the Nation for Christmas. I thinks its aimed at a teen audience so it is easy to read. Generally I’ve found his later stuff (Jingo, Thud, Monstrous Regiment come to mind) more preachy (anti-war, lets all be friends) and less funny.

    See if you can grab a copy of Good Omens, the Pratchett/Neil Gaiman collaboration.

  2. Hey Tim,

    I read a few pages of the science of discworld over new years, sound good – but I’m not sure I can get into the actual books based on a conversation with a friend.

    If I can recommend anything it would be either the Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson, or “The light of Other Days” by Arthur C Clarke and his buddy.
    I don’t think they’re hard reads, but mighty interesting.

    Happy new decade


  3. Boniest: I’ve tried a few. Can’t remember all their names. I bought a few by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files) but I found them a real struggle.

    As I said before, the flow is very important for me as I’m not a natural reader. People like Terry Pratchett and Anne Rice read so easily that I don’t get distracted and move away. If the sentence structure is jagged I lose interest really quickly and move on. 🙂



  4. > Reading hardbacks in the bath is a pain.

    You didn’t change the light bulb in the bathroom yet then…?!

  5. Wow, I really like the dresden files; find them very easy to read and real page turners!

    Hmm… maybe try Charlaine Harris’ Dead Until Dark (1st of the Sookie Stackhouse books, aka True Blood tv series) – exceprt; I found them easy to read, but with the proviso that I skim read, don’t necessarily notice bad sentence structure (that’ll explain why I was able to get through the first 4 Dan Brown books relatively unscathed…!).

    Some of Dean Koontz’s earlier books are good, although of late he seems to do really good plots that all fizzle out at the end with “and they all lived happily ever after!”.

    I’m also liking Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series (excerpt), although might not be your sort of thing?

    Stephen King (of course). ‘Nuff said there!

    Terry Brooks is good; I like his Landover series as well as his Shannara and Word + the Void series. He’s a bit more verbose and I find them harder going than the above authors, but still good.

    Oh, and I really liked Patricia Brigg’s Mercedes Thompson series (excerpt) too.

    Hopefully that’ll give you something to explore?

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