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“Pyramids” and “The Tempest.”

April 24, 2017

Don’t know why, but still partially in a dream slowly waking.. I had the idea.. I should read “The Tempest” by Shakespeare.

I read it once already, back in..hmm.. 1997? Time to read it again. I will read it during the day, and continue with a Terry Pratchett Discworld novel which I am reading for the first time.. will read that at night.

Most of my favorite Discworld novels I’ve read at least 5 times.

The one I started a few days ago is called “Pyramids,” and is about a teenage boy who is stuck having to be pharaoh (Discworld version) on account of his father’s unexpected death.

His father thinks he’s a bird, and jumps off a wall of the castle. He is then met by Death, the only character I’m aware of who shows up in all the Discworld novels. Death always has a brief but interesting conversation with every soul he helps move on its way.

There’s even a whole series about Death and his family. Not sure how it is, since I’ve only read one book in that series so far.

If you want to read a really great book about the Grim Reaper, in a modern fantasy setting instead of a more primitive setting, I suggest “On A Pale Horse” by Piers Anthony. Brilliant book.. though I’m not a Piers Anthony fan in general.

“Pyramids” is not part of any of Pratchett’s series, but still set on Discworld. It has started out really well. Maybe I will add it to my list of Pratchett favorites once I’m done.

What is Discworld? A fantasy realm a bit similar to Middle Earth, except a whole lot more funny. It’s a flat planet, that spins like a record album, and is located on the back of four elephants, who are standing on the back of an unimaginably massive sea turtle, who is swimming through space.

Douglas Adams (the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” guy) used sci-fi for writing British-style satire. Pratchett used the fantasy genre.. brilliantly. Pratchett is my favorite author. He passed away in March of 2015.

In general, I work on somewhat challenging reading material during the day (both fiction and non-fiction), and fun fiction at night before I go to sleep.

 

Oh, I should mention.. Pratchett did, in some of his novels, include story elements which are parodies of Shakespeare (and many other parodies as well). of But, “Pyramids” is not one such book.

Tom Meninga, books!

 

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