Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Reader's Diary #38- Terry Pratchett: Carpe Jugulum (up to p. 50)

I haven't read a lot of sci-fi or fantasy books. I could probably count them on one hand. But every now a little voice tells me that I should be more well-rounded and I'll go searching for such a book. I'm not opposed to the genre by any means, but personally I haven't come across many fantasy books that I've really enjoyed. At the risk of having some angry hobbits show up at my door tomorrow morning, I even found the Lord of the Rings books a little dull.

So when I've gone in search of a new fantasy book to read, I've taken to asking fans of the genre for advice. Though after reading Belgarath the Sorcerer by David and Leigh Eddings, I've questioned that approach as well. But this time around, I've taken to the streets again and asked to be pointed in the direction of a good fantasy book. Time and again, Terry Pratchett's name came up. Narrowing down the field a little more, I took a suggestion from a fellow blogger and chose Carpe Jugulum.

Judging the book by its cover, I was thinking I'd get something a little less stuffy than the stuff I was used to from fantasy books (sword-wielding, magic-fearing dwarves from Arthurian England- who's fantasy is that? - ahh, please don't answer that). And so far Carpe Jugulum is not stuffy. It goes out of its way not to be stuffy. Pleasant at first, but it's getting old. It teeters back and forth between whimsy and wit with more than a dash of silliness thrown in for good measure. It's not that I don't have a sense of humour, it's just that it's reminding me of gatherings I've been to at which someone is always "on." You know the guy, one-liner after one-liner after one-liner. I'm just hoping that once the story gets more underway, I'll be able to get past the barrage of jokes.


Anonymous said...

I'm speechless.

Christina said...

I used to read the Xanth books by Piers Anthony. They're full of plays on words, which I found amusing. Mind you, I was about 12 at the time.

I did like the Hobbit better than the Lord of the Rings as a book. Maybe because it's shorter! All of them are just so full of imagery and description. Such wonderful use of English! I'm a little obsessed.


John Mutford said...

I haven't read the Hobbit yet, but I'll make it to that one someday...