After watching the programme about Terry Pratchett last weekend, I told myself I really must read more of his books, as there are some I’ve not yet read. I’ve been hanging on to the idea of them as a treat. It’s time to forget about [some] new books and dip into my reserve. The last time I thought along these lines I realised there is a problem. Son has custody of most of the Discworld books, and when we moved house that custody shifted from being his room in our house, to a room in his own home.
So I reached the conclusion I need to visit some charity shops, but before doing that, I ought to check which – if any – books we had managed to hang on to. I especially wanted to read Night Watch, after it was mentioned so many times last week.
It turns out we have exactly one unread Pratchett novel. Night Watch.
As I was visiting a real live bookshop, I had a quick look at their shelves of Discworld books. Seems there are some tasteful new covers of paperback sized hardbacks. I liked them, but £13? Besides, don’t they sort of have to be the cover designs we’ve got used to? Discworld’s not the same without them.
I had been invited to another event at the same time as Debi Gliori was talking at Blackwell’s on Thursday. It was the launch of the International Science Festival, and having had to miss it last year, I’d intended to make it work this time. And then I bumped into the publicist I thought had invited me, at my event, which seemed a bit odd. She’s working on something else. (So I clearly wouldn’t have found her at the launch.)
On my way to and from Edinburgh I read James Oswald’s new crime novel (more about that later). His corpse had a background in Saughton. It could be my old age, but while I knew this was a prison, I didn’t actually know where. Two minutes later my tram took me through Saughton.
I appreciate this kind of helpful behaviour in trams.
Whoops, at first I read International Scouse Festival…
I love the new ‘woodcut’ style of covers for Terry Pratchett’s books but have held off buying them as once I start I will want them all, and that’s a lot of money. And I’d have to keep some of the original ones because they are signed…
Have you read ‘Good Omens’?
I have read Good Omens. It’s wonderful!
It’s the book Neil told me it was a pity Terry would never be able to sign, what with having Alzheimers. I took that as a challenge, and Terry did sign it, a couple of years later.
The new style; yes, I suspect most of the buyers will be old fans… We have no sense, or not enough, anyway.