Friday, April 13, 2007

A mix of old and new characters, the twenty-sixth novel in the Discworld series tells a tale of Time. The Auditors are back and inadvertantly trying to bring about the end of the world without breaking the rules they are so fond of. It is up to apprentice History Monk Lobsang and Susan (Death's grandaughter) to stop them. The question is can they make it in time?

Pratchett paradies martial arts and Forest Gump (with his chocolates and granny sayings) in this tale as well as looking at the idea of personifying concepts like Death, Time, War etc. The addition of a fifth Horseman of the Apocolypse Ronnie was a nice twist too.

Pratchett returns on fine form. I really enjoyed this novel which stood out a bit from some of his previous ones which have seemed a bit similar and sticking to a formula. When you read one of his more original tales it reminds you that he really can write! It will be interesting to see if the next one in the series is as good.

***1/2 out of 5