Tag Archives: Terry Pratchett

Book Review: The Long Earth

A sequence of strange, striking scenes opens The Long Earth. The most unique among these, and certainly the most poignant, is a solitary childbirth—a childbirth so solitary that, for a brief moment, the new-born child is the only conscious being … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Recurring Moments in Fairy Tales and Fantasy

A child’s pleasure in listening to stories lies partly in waiting for things he expects to be repeated: situations, phrases, formulas. … …in prose narrative there are events that rhyme. … It was rather because of my interest in style … Continue reading

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Notes on Reading: Varieties of Reading Experience!

Over the years I’ve come to realise that I read a book or, more generally, a class of books best when I’m truly ready for them. How do I know if I’m truly ready? Or rather how do I become … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Literary Miracles of Three Kinds

In the world of literature, there are at least three kinds of works (fiction and non-fiction) that, in my opinion, could be termed miracles: Those that inspire awe both because of their sheer storytelling and-or narrative complexity and because of … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature / Book Review: The Wee Free Men

I just finished reading The Wee Free Men and, for once, I wanted to put down my thoughts with as much spontaneity and minimum mulling as possible. So here they are. Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men is, among other … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: A Grab Bag of Thoughts!

I have been meaning to post my thoughts on some of my latest and not so latest reads, but have been putting it off for various reasons. So here’s what I intend to do in this post: Provide you with … Continue reading

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Book Review / Notes on Literature: Charmed Life (or keeping up with the Chants)

If you haven’t read it yet, if you have not encountered the many worlds of Diana Wynne Jones, I envy you. You have so much to look forward to. – From Neil Gaiman’s introduction to Charmed Life Diana Wynne Jones’s … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature and Movies: The Time Travel Motif in Movies and Popular Fiction

The other day I happened to be watching The Time Traveller’s Wife on TV. It got me thinking about the myriad creative forms in which the time travel motif has been made use of in movies and popular fiction. Off the top … Continue reading

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Notes on Science: Let There Be Light!: An Irreverent and Incomplete Narrative of Physics in 610 words

Everything is a process at some level. – Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen in The Science of Discworld With this post I intend to initiate—what I hope will become—a recurrent theme in this blog: the crystallisation of the … Continue reading

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