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Book Review: Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes by Terry Pratchett

Truckers by Terry Pratchett
Truckers by Terry Pratchett

Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes by Terry Pratchett is the first book in The Bromeliad Trilogy – which as you may have guessed is about Nomes – 4 inch high people like creatures that because of the size the book explains live much faster than humans.

The story takes place in the 90’s (despite this first book being published in 1989) and we follow Masklin a fairly young Nome who lives near a motorway cafe with what’s left of his Tribe; of which there isn’t many of them due to food shortage and foxes. The youngest left to find a better place to live but never returned and so Masklin was left to fend for the rest of them in increasingly difficult circumstances and a barrel of complaints from the elderly. And so Masklin decides there is no future for them here and formulates a plan to stow away on a truck from the bear by service station. When they finally agree to ago, it’s a struggle to get them all – and The Thing – aboard a truck but they manage it.

The truck eventually stops at a department store called Arnold Bros, where they quickly find there are other Nomes in the world living right under human’s noses in the department store itself. However they are a strange lot with a religion based around Arnold Bros. (est 1905) and divided into fractions by the different departments of the store. And then there’s all the new human things that Masklin and his tribe have never seen before ceilings, books, carpet, etc. The Nomes of Arnold Bros. (est 1905) however have never been outside, they don’t even believe in it but they may have to if the rumours about the department store being demolished are true.

This has all the Pratchett charm but reels in on the somewhat “out there” aspects that you find in his Discworld series.
The characters are full, comical and you’ll probably find at least one Nome that is just like someone you know.
It’s all poking a bit of fun at human nature, society, religion and politics but all wrapped up in a charming adventure that you’re taken on along with the Nomes. You’re so with them that you’re routing for them at every bump in the road even when the huge impossible obstacles are in their way.

I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would because I was so quickly pulled into the story that before I knew it, I was through a good many chapters. It’s a little like The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents in a much less fairy tale world.
Would really recommend this is you want something entertaining but light with a good measure of the underdog becoming somewhat of reluctant leader/hero.

50 Book Challenge – Week 35

Books Are Home
Books Are Home

Update is a few days late, due to me being ill and sleeping for almost 2 days straight. So many bugs going around lately and I seem to be getting them all!

Anyway, this week I read  – The Dragon’s Eye (Dragonology Chronicles) by Dugald Steer and reviewed it. So book 33 done and dusted.

I’m almost done with book 34 now which is The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents: (Discworld Novel 28) by Terry Pratchett which I’m really liking but since Pratchett doesn’t normally do chapters and this one does have chapters – the chapters are rather long.

Which means give or take 17% of a book or so, I’m on track again!

If anyone is interested I also reviewed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins last week also.

I also purchased 9 books last week so look out for a haul soon!

Happy Reading!

June Book Haul

At the weekend, I ended up buying some books (again) – two a brought on the high street because I just happened to see them when shopping for a fathers day present (which also ended up being a book!) and the others – well one was recommended to me so I looked it up online and then well I got lost looking at books and ended up buying some more.

Without further ado here’s what I got:

 The Wizard's Promise (Doomspell Trilogy, Book 3) by Cliff McNish

The Wizard’s Promise (Doomspell Trilogy, Book 3) by Cliff McNish

The Wizard’s Promise (Doomspell Trilogy, Book 3) by Cliff McNish

    • Price Paid: £1
    • RRP: £8.99
    • Place of Purchase: Poundland
    • Condition: New
    • Description: Children the world over are flexing their powers, but it is only Rachel and Eric who finally have the skill to confront the Griddas, the terrible creatures unleashed by the High Witch. Cliff McNish writes with verve and sparkling imagination as he extends the chilling world of the Doomspell in this gripping second novel

Didn’t actually realise this was the third book in a series until I got home, but for £1 I can’t grumble and the first two books aren’t expensive online so I’m not too worried about that.

It’s children’s fantasy with 250 pages so should be a quick read. And it also gets good reviews on Amazon so I look forward to purchasing the first two and giving them a go.

For me this is really a sort of take-a-chance-on-it book – children’s fantasy can be a little hit and miss but the storyline intrigued me and sometimes taking a chance on a book you’re not  100% sure about pays off.

 The Tough Guide To Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
The Tough Guide To Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
The Tough Guide To Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Price Paid: £1
  • RRP: £6.99
  • Place of Purchase: Poundland
  • Condition: New
  • Description: This authoritative A-Z constitutes an essential source of information for all who dare to venture into the imaginative hinterlands. It provides acute insights into such mysteries as how HORSES reproduce, the varying types of VIRGIN and the importance of CLOAKS to those wondering about going on a quest with a fellowship (of the Ring or otherwise). Features include: * A map. * Lively background on those you will meet, including: BARBARIAN HORDES… [SEE FULL DESCRIPTION HERE]

Gotta have this cus I love my fantasy books – and also this from the same type of book that brings of Bored of the RingsThe Soddit and Barry Trotter parodies. This one isn’t actually a parody but shares the same sort of humour which makes for a fun but informative read. If you’re new to fantasy books and want a guide that won’t bore you. Get this one.

And now to ones which I purchased online:

Cosmopolis by Don DeLilloCosmopolis by Don DeLillo
Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

  • Price Paid: £1.97
  • RRP: £7.99
  • Place of Purchase: Amazon Market Place
  • Condition: Used
  • Description: A brilliant excursion into the decadence of contemporary culture’ Sunday Times Eric Packer is a twenty-eight-year-old multi-billionaire asset manager. We join him on what will become a particularly eventful April day in turn-of-the-twenty-first-century Manhattan. He’s on a personal odyssey, to get a haircut. Sitting in his stretch limousine as it moves across town, he finds the city at a virtual standstill because the President is visiting, a rapper’s funeral… [READ FULL DESCRIPTION]

This is the one I first went looking for online after Maaike recommended it to me, I originally found a copy on ebay but the time ran out on it, whilst it was sitting my my basket and I was looking at more books (I won’t make that mistake again!). According to Maaike, it’s a quick read and a good character evolution story with lots going on. I look forward to reading it when it arrives.

 Myth-nomers and Im-pervections by Robert Asprin
Myth-nomers and Im-pervections by Robert Asprin

Myth-nomers and Im-pervections by Robert Asprin

  • Price Paid: £0.99
  • RRP: N/A
  • Place of Purchase: eBay
  • Condition: Used
  • Description: Follows the story of Skeeve, the great magician, who pursues the cold-blooded demon Aahz to the planet Perv, where low-life villains cruise hi-rise streets and a mad axeman wanders free. The author is also editor of the bestselling shared-world series “Thieves’ World”.

The description of this book is just plain weird and I kinda like that. I have no idea what to expect from this book – it’s one of those late 80’s/early 90’s fantasy books.

I have however heard of Robert Asprin and I’m hoping this is a good thing. Reviews range from 3-5 stars so it seems of those who have read it, very really hate it so here’s hoping for a good read. 200 pages so  will great for a “fallen behind book” for my challenge.

Worth a shot. Anyone read any Robert Asprin? Anyone got any opinions on him? Please do comment, I’m interested to know!

 Interesting Times: A Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett
Interesting Times: A Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett
  • Price Paid: £0.99
  • RRP: £7.99
  • Place of Purchase: eBay
  • Condition: Used
  • Description: MIGHTY BATTLES! REVOLUTION! DEATH! WAR! (AND HIS SONS TERROR AND PANIC, AND DAUGHTER CLANCY)
    The oldest and most inscrutable empire on the Discworld is in turmoil, brought about by the revolutionary treatise What I did on My Holidays. Workers are uniting, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes. Warlords are struggling for power. War (and Clancy) are spreading… [READ FULL DESCRIPTION]

I’m not a 100% Terry Pratchett fan I must confess – The Last Hero just didn’t do it for me but then I haven’t read a whole lot of his books either – so I thought I’d invest in another Practchett book (tho I confess I have 3-4 I haven’t yet read) whilst I was on the lookout for cheap books on eBay.

This is a very early Discworld Novel so I’m looking forward to reading it and maybe getting into the whole Discworld thing.

Never-ending Story By Michael Ende
Never-ending Story By Michael Ende
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • Price Paid: £0.99
  • RRP: £7.99
  • Place of Purchase: eBay
  • Condition: Used
  • Description: A lonely boy named Bastian is drawn into a beautiful but doomed world. Only Bastian can save this enchanted place of dragons, giants, monsters, and mysteries . . . but will he have to stay there forever?

Who doesn’t love The Neverending Story? Quite. Yet I’ve never actually read the book. Which is a real tragedy which I intend to fix.

So many people really love this book and I’m extremely curious wondering about how it compares to the film that I’ve seen so many times in my childhood.

I brought an older copy of this book because I really do like some older stories to be in older books – it just seems more “right” to me, more authentic that way.

God, No! by Penn Jillette
God, No! by Penn Jillette
God, No! by Penn Jillette
  • Price Paid: £10.38
  • RRP: £15.99
  • Place of Purchase: eBay
  • Condition: New
  • Description: God No! has a range of stories–funny, tender, sad, and nearly all autobiographical–from a writer, who has been inside the showbiz whale for more than thirty years, travelled the globe performing magic, and lived for a decade in the dark heart of American greed, commercialism and filth: Las Vegas. Some of the essays illuminating Penn’s First Commandment (The highest ideal is human intelligence, creativity, and… [READ FULL DESCRIPTION]

Penn Jillette is one of my absolute favourite people and I’ve been wanting this book since it was released but I’ve been waiting around for it to come down in price a little but this weekend finding it for a tenner – new – I thought: I’m buying that! I cannot wait to start reading this book!

So that’s it. That’s the 7 books I’ve brought this past weekend. As you can tell, I love finding a bargain on books!

What’s the last book you purchased?