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4 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Shephe... · 0 replies · +10 points

He gave it a shot, because he's Geoffrey, but Plan B was always ready.

And this is why it is so sad that Pratchett did not get to do a few more editing passes to flesh out Geoffrey more, to pare away the 'instant success' bits a bit more; this little scene shows that there is an interesting character being developed.

4 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Shephe... · 0 replies · +9 points

Granny says it in Lords and Ladies, twice:

"You couldn’t set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked for long. All you could try to be was a witch, as hard as you could."

"All she could do for all of them was be herself, here and now, as hard as she could."

Lettice Earwig is not a particular nice witch, but she's an experienced one. And she has the ego to not doubt this. So she is herself, a witch, as hard as she can. Which turns out to be rock hard when confronted with Elven glamour.

6 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Announcing the next Ma... · 0 replies · +4 points

I'm curious what Mark will make of the Broken Earth trilogy. I bounced off of it hard, and for no discernible reason. I like N.K. Jemisin's work in general, I recognise the Broken Earth as great worldbuilding, the prose is objectively unobjectionable, and yet for some reason I can't get into the books for more than a few pages.

9 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Shephe... · 1 reply · +2 points

Bu, vg qrsvavgryl vf fubeg na rqvgvat cnff be gjb. Ohg rira tvira gung; rira va yngre puncgref, vg srryf zhpu pybfre gb Cengpurgg ng uvf orfg guna Envfvat Fgrnz.

Raising Steam, for all its nice worldbuilding, just felt like first draft all the way through for me.

9 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Shephe... · 3 replies · +9 points

This book is already so damn good.

Raising Steam was a nice bit of world-building, but it suffered IMO in style, too much of it was sheer expository dialog that didn't seem to fit the characters.

Now, either this book was written long before Pratchett's decline was so far gone that all he could muster was Raising Steam, or, if it was written later, he summoned up his last mental reserves for this book.

If it was the first, the book loses nothing about its poignancy: it would be Pratchett writing deeply on the notion of death with his own staring him in his face. If it's the latter, that would speak for itself.

32 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 0 replies · +5 points

Oh my, that sounds like a boatload of PR and Marketing flak. The minute an organisation has to resort to that to sell me on a project, all kinds of red flags get raised.

35 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 0 replies · +4 points

It's thin line, to be sure. I tend to view her on the Gryffindor end: charge in to do the right thing, then later justify the why.

But it's that nice balance between action and thoughtfulness that makes Cheery so compelling to me. I agree with Vimes, all she lacked was a little more self-confidence.

But I am on record as already liking Cheery a lot :)

35 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 2 replies · +5 points

I'd actually put her Primary as Gryffindor. She goes out defiantly into the world as a woman and dares any dwarf to say anything about it. She charges headlong into battle with the King Golem. In 'Night Watch' she does not hesitate being the only officer on the scene, but immediately goes into action to capture Carcer.

That she does so methodically by setting up a perimeter, staying out of sight and waiting for reinforcements may be her Ravenclaw secondary playing up, but she *does* go into action without hesitation.

All this strongly suggests Gryffindor to me.

35 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 0 replies · +4 points

The Summoning Dark is an entity of pure vengeance for terrible wrongs. When you're at the bottom of the heap with the whole universe punching down at you, praying for vengeance seems quite natural to me...

50 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Unseen Aca... · 0 replies · +6 points

Ridcully appreciates someone who is willing to risk themselves to push some boundaries… well, so long as they aren't HIS boundaries.

Well, as we've seen a couple of splits ago, when Glenda pushed back at him he reacted with respect. So apparently Ridcully can handle some pushing of his boundaries. See also Susan reminding him of his manners in 'Hogfather'. He also reacted to that by pouring on the charm.