Writer his style is completely uniue There really is no ther author uite like him and there will probably never be another a true Contract Law Directions orginal His humour is so strange but remarkably witty Somef the metaphors he uses are just plain genius This is the first Terry Pratchett book I read and I really do need to go and read some This novel takes place Votre cerveau est dfinitivement extraordinaire ! - 50 nouvelles astuces de mentaliste qui vont vous changer la vie on a wacky island fullf strange creatures and even stranger people The island s bananas are pink the trees secrete poison it has tree climbing Remarkables octopus and stones that are worshipped as gods by the inhabitants Doesn t it just sound like a great place Unfortunately for Maune Citizen Outlaw of two protagonists in this novel his tribe is wipedut by a great wave that surges all nearby land He could see that the village had gone The wave had sliced it A Pimps Life off the island A few stumps marked the place the long house had stood since for ever The wave had torn up the reef A wave like that would not have even noticed the villageOn thether hand the island itself remains intact Mau however doesn t have a soul He was completing his initiation to manhood when the wave struck he didn t get chance to finish as the initiators all died leaving his transcendence incomplete What s the poor half man to do He concocts a death wish plain and simple There s no reason to live any Well until the second protagonist s boat Sweet Jude shipwrecks her Gigolos Get Lonely Too on the island Ermintrude later called Daphne is a trouserwoman a person from civilisation who is not a tribal and is defined by her culture s wearingf trousers uite funny really these people are silly trousermen and silly trouserwomen well at least they are to Mau Pratchett has created a brilliant narrative voice for Mau that is ever so evocative A Winter Wonderland (A Lucy Stone Mystery, of his innocence andf his humorous perceptions Temptation (The Hunted of westerners Ermintrude almost shoots him when they first meet and the poor lad thinks the gun is a spark maker to help with building fires Is this a frown at imperialism I think so Ermintrude is also a lady who loves to use the etiuette her Grandmother has taught her uite the contrast to Mau s tribal standards After the two getver their first hilariously embarrassing attempts f communication and manage to gain a small degree f understanding f ne another they must try to survive Unbound on the remainsf the wonderful island No easy task considering another bunch An Extreme Modification (Milked by Royalty, of people wash upn island including a wise Feminized Sissy Justice, A Forced Feminization Sissy Story old priest a pregnant mute woman and eventually another family group This is foreshadowed by the approaching cannibalistic raiders that want to kill everyonen the island Mau and Daphne must solidify their newly forming culture with the remains Everlost (Skinjacker, of theld The Lennon Prophecy one and learn to surviveThis book was great The writing was superb the plot exciting and the characters well rounded and funny More importantly however Terry pratchett is an uplifting change to those novelists who take themselves too seriously I should read books like this books that are random anddd Here s a picture Japonia w sześciu smakach of a bird Young Mau is a boy livingn an island he knows Aqidah Islam only as the Nation He has been sent to the Boy s Island where he must survive until he can usingnly the tools Tank! of the island build a canoe that will take himn the return voyage to the Nation By doing so he will prove that he is a man and the village will celebrate as he sheds his boy s soul and takes n his man s soul Except when "he returns are no fires there are "returns there are no fires There are feasts There no ne to welcome him home What is there is death destruction and the dawning realization that the Nation a powerful island tribe has now been reduced to a population Lucky Luciano ofne If Mau dies then the Nation its heritage its ancestors its religion will die tooThis book had two strikes against it when I picked it up 1 it s marketed as young adult and 2 my A Reader& one foray into Pratchett s writing The Colorf Magic was underwhelming So Nation was a very pleasant surprise This isn t young adult literature in the sense that it s written strictly for a younger audience but I think it has been labeled as such because the protagonist is young and now that no The Ladys Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness one is there to perform the rituals that will draw his man s soul to him wonders if he ll always be than a boy but less than a manWhat seems to be a deceptively simple adventure talen the surface has levels Churchill of complexity as it explores issues tied to colonialism existentialism feminism and racism andne must admit
That S An Impressive Collection s an impressive collection isms As Mau works tirelessly to bury the bodies at sea according to custom he begins to as so many do after a traumatic and life altering crisis uestion the gods and everything he s ever been taught to believe in This confrontation with the void is complicated by the fact that Mau suddenly hears what may be the voices Euripides Fabulae: Vol. II: (Sup., El., Her., Tro., Iph.Tau., Ion): 2 of the gods speaking directly to him When he comes into contact with whites he uestions whetherr not his people who seemed to have everything were really inferior savages Now if all that sounds terribly tedious and didactic to you WAIT THERE S MORE There s also action adventure romance and humor There are tsunamis shipwrecks mutineers kings secret passages sharks beer cannons and a foul mouthed parrot And there s a damsel who can take care Jean-Paul Sartre of herself thank you very muchAnd that s the wonderful thing about this book It causes the reader to think while being entertained And Pratchett accomplishes allf this without being preachy r trying to substitute his answer for your wn In fact his message seems to be that you must have faith in something whether it s a god a science In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, or a nation As long as what you believe in is good and furthers mankind your faith is not wasted Perhaps his stance is best summed up byne How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper of the characters Everything I know makes me believe Imo the godf the islanders is in the Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, order that is inherent amazingly in all things and in the way the universepens to Bambi and Me our uestioning When I see the shining pathver the lagoon Pocahontas on an evening like this at the endf a good day I believe I just believe You know in things generally That works too Religion is not an exact science Sometimes Bala Santa of course neither is science 366In Nation as in life there are no easy answers but as in life it sne helluva rideCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder and at Shelf Inflicted 2016 Re read for Sci FiFantasy book clubSeriously does anyone else want to kick the Nobel Prize committee for not giving Pratchett the award I wish this novel had been around when I was a kidolder reviewPhilip Pullman is known perhaps infamously Y have no common language no common culture but together they discover some remarkable things like how to milk a pig and why spitting in beer is a good idea and must try and forge a new kind Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies of Nation Thenther sur. ,
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Deciding what Bald Eagle (Zeuss Pack one reads for the uite particular milestonef the 1000th book read is uite something Whilst stats are never important in any area The Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth I, of life reading playing Cricket sex they are incredibly fun And let s face it 1000 is a ruddy good number The importancef reading a good book Wolfsong on the 1000th turn was pivotal because the past few books have been in a word direCharles Dickens was a good bet Charles Dickens is always a good bet Even when he dies and leaves a book unfinished he s still a good bet But Charles Dickensnly really has a few ways Ultimate Memory Book of writing a few things to write about It was a slow world in 1854 Terry Pratchettn the Pelnrušķis un trollis other hand the ever funny ever real ever unashamedf voicing his views is also a good bet sort Far Strike (The Transcended Book 3) of Discworld is brilliant but this is not Discworld This is Other And past experience with PTerry sther was mixed at best Nation is an alternative history edition O Mistério do Infante Santo of a marooned Westerner and a native indigenous Great Southern Pelagic Ocean South Pacific Ocean island dweller On the surface it is a relative easy to readlder children s book much in the same vain as his Tiffany Aching Discworld novels But as with all Disgrace (Department Q, of PTerry s works scratch the surface just a little and you enter a world that is fullf adult themes that we for some reason have initialised as being Too Grown Up For Kids And Therefore Should Never Be Mentioned In Front Of ThemDeath is a big part Monsoon of PTerry s works We don t have the capitalised DEATHf Discworld but we still have the humour Slice by Slice of death surrounding Mau There s nothing twee here which connects with the period this novel is set in 1860s and people died a lot Mostlyf diseases Death was never a mythical beast who visited and left a shadow but instead it was dealt with Mau deals with it as does Daphne the Western cast away It is still dealt with calmly and there are no Lord f the Flies moments but the important thing is that it is dealt with It is fast paced with the ccasional lull with no time for thoughts because Ice Maiden of the situation except the really big thoughts that are impossible to ignore no matter how many dead relativesne must buryColonisation and Western approaches to dealing with Indigenous Peoples is also dealt with marvellously It s ridiculous to expect every Westerner to apologise for what their ancestors did but PTerry gives it a good go by ffering up an alternative view f what should have happened It s also a good way Seducing the Heiress of seeing howther cultures expect children to grow in to adults cutting And Cowboy Makes Three out the society pressuref such a thing and instead giving Mau and Daphne to some extent the means Teasing Her SEAL of physically and mentally growing in to adults by forcing them to become adultsIt isne Rancher Bears Baby (Rancher Bears, of those kid s books that does not talk down to them but instead talks them up It is fullf character who embody something different yet are able to somehow work together for the same end It has goodies and baddies but also in betweenies which is rare in a kid s book It is likeable and clever but above all easy to read and understand It is very funny and very very Terry PratchettBlog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy An excellent non Discworld book by Sir TerryAbout his 2008 publication Pratchett himself stated I believe that Nation is the best book I have ever written A Valentines Wish or will writeNation was an Honor Book in the 2009 Michael L Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Nation also won the Brit Writer s Award Published Writerf the year 2010So what is all the fuss aboutTaking a break from his fabulously well to do Discworld series Pratchett introduces us to an alternate history where young Ermintrude who calls herself Daphne is shipwrecked Paixão Sem Disfarce on a small South Pacific island home to MauWhat follows is I agree somef Pratchett s best writing fun fast moving thoughtful entertaining and inspiring138th in line to the English throne in what is in this time period to be about 1860 strange things happen not the least Rain of which is a massive tidal wave that deposits Daphne in the middlef the island That same deadly wave has destroyed Mau s village and left him with the lonely business In the Matter of the Complaint Against Egbert C. Smyth and Others, Professors of the Theological Institution in Phillips Academy, Andover of cleaning things up and gettingn with a life he is uncertain about Lonely that is until Daphne shows up as well as a steady flow I Met Someone ofther islanders displaced by the storm looking for refuge in the tiny "island that is known as The NationPratchett fills his jaunty narrative hints f fantasy myth legend and enough "that is known as The NationPratchett fills his narrative with hints f fantasy myth legend and enough good to fill up an The Other Islam ocean going sailing ship Exploring themesf family community loyalty and responsibility Pratchett has given us another great book to loveHighly recommended I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan but have to admit I like his adult books best His YA writings like this Last Man Standing one are simpler not as cynical and therefore not as funny Nevertheless they are still very goodNation begins with a tsunami which wipesut the residents Light, Gesture, and Color of many islands including thene where Mau ends up being the Classic Krakauer: Mark Foo's Last Ride, After the Fall, and Other Essays from the Vault only survivor A varietyf refugees arrive ver the following days and numerous entertaining events ccur Pratchett does delve uite deeply into beliefs and the existence Canada ortherwise f gods Mau considers at length what kind f gods would let so many people die The humour in the book comes mostly from the relationships and eventual understandings which develop between the islanders and the trouser people that s us people who wear trousersThis is a good book which just Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, occasionally lets itself wander a bit too far tooften into philosophising Still very good reading Dear Terry Pratchett It is entirely unfair that every book DogFace of yours I read increases my estimation for you At some point you will no longer be able to live up to my expectations andn that day I am probably going to crySincerely Cait who is EDIT thinking about getting got a hermit crab tattooI kind What You Owe Me of don t want to talk about the plot because Native boy and English girl survive tsunami build empiref survivors and create a nation f science does not convey how awesome it all is Guys this book is fantastic It s about coming f age religion science culture exploration tsunamis the South Pacific mysterious powers behind the throne and also and if you needed an also I am going to point ut that you and I might not be able to be friends any there are tree climbing ctopodes Listened to the audiobook May 19 and this book is still fantastic The footnotes are awkward in audio but therwise no complaintsSeriously what can you ask Terry Pratchett is a weird and wonderful. When a giant wave destroys his entire Nation his family and everyone he has ever known Mau finds himself totally alone Until he meets Daphne daughter f a colonial Governor and the sole survivor from a shipwreck The. .
Or His Dark Materials trilogy which has been attacked because Shining City of Pullman s atheist beliefs as well as the endorsementf atheism that book represents Pullman isn t the Blind Spots only writer to have been attacked due to his viewn religion and I doubt that he will be the last A Boy and A Bear in a Boat one Of course he will undoubtedly be attacked this year becausef his new book about Jesus and his buddy ChristI find it strange that there was barely a peep about the books until the movie came SOS outThe problem as I see it with such fame as Pullman receives is that people get hot and bothered either condemning the workr justly defending the work So hot and bothered that books like Nation get St. Johns Wort overlooked In many ways this is good for none is trying to ban the book In The Roman Family other ways it is bad for the book doesn t get the fame it deservesTerry Pratchett is a humanist writerf fantasy fiction He wouldn t call his work literature but many Hirvenmetsästäjä of his later novels either is literaturer rests Hollywood Walk of Fame: 2000 Sensational Stars, Star Makers and Legends on literature s mutable border I ve been a huge fanf Pratchett since Wyrd Sisters made me laugh during a very tough time in my life Thanks Mom for giving the book to me Nation is the best thing that Pratchett has ever written Nation is LiteratureI m not sure if Nation was inspired by the Tsunami in Asia andor Pratchett receiving his medical news In truth I don t really care I do know for Pratchett himself has said it that Nation demanded to be told and he stopped A Christmas Miscellany other projects to write itSupposedly a children s book Nation tells the storyf Mau who loses his whole Nation his whole tribe when a tsunami hits his island home Eventually Mau discovers Daphne a ghost girl who was washed up by the same wave What then follows is part Robinson Crusoe told from Friday s point Too Bad to Die of view part Swiss Family Robinson part Islandf the Blue Dolphins and part religious and philosophical debatePratchett s novels work because each OXENBOXEN of his characters is like the readerr like someone the reader knows His characters are human and contain Resist (Wicked Ways Book 1) oner aspects f everyone Even Pratchett s most heroic r inhuman characters such as Carrot Rincewind r Death have human traits that effect how they act remember Death really likes cats Here in this book Pratchett presents multiple answers to the uestions Why do bad things happen to good people if there is a just god and How do you feel afterwardsBoth Mau and Daphne have tragically lost family Both f their reactions are human yet different from each Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, other Both uestion the ideaf god The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, or in the casef Mau gods and faith Both arrive at different answers More importantly Pratchett doesn t preach he doesn t persuade He just wants the reader to think the conclusion is left up to the reader This makes the book totally honest for there is no clear cut answer to the first uestionBesides engaging the idea Reasoning and the Logic of Things of the god debate Pratchett touchesn another part The Holcroft Covenant / The Rhinemann Exchange of creation where do stories come from Are stories than just religion Is religion than story This comes as no surprise to the reader who has read the last two Sciencef Discworld booksDespite the tragic and bittersweet events The Night Before Christmas: or, A Visit from St. Nicholas: The Heirloom Edition of the story Pratchett s trademark humor including footnotes is present in full force Like his characters Pratchett s humor works because it contains an elementf human truth As the following exchange showsDon t look backWhy notBecause I just did Run fasterThe tale The Queens Assassin (Queens Secret, of Mau and Daphne is an adventure talef two teens surviving the aftermath Space Calculated in Seconds of a natural disaster They most rebuild They mustutwit cold blooded killers and hungry cannibal as well as the Lightning odd Grandfather Bird and tree climbingctopus It is a thrillingly story that closely honestly and fairly examines faith science and all in betweenOlder ReviewWhen Nation came Digital Web out I was a bit disappointed that it wasn t a Discworld novelThen I read itIt s the best thing that Pratchett has ever writtenThene thing
about Terry Pratchett as Lawrence Watt Evans pointed ut is thatTerry Pratchett as Lawrence Watt Evans pointed ut is that War of Hearts only real difference between his adult books and his children books are the agef his protagonists There is no reason why an adult shouldn t treat this as a bookIt s a book everyone should readI suppose if Pratchett had the reputation r high profile f Philip Pullman Portable Operating for Amateur Radio or J K Rowling then there would be a huge cryf how this book should be snatched from the hands Fer-de-Lance of impressable children before they learn how to think for themselves Maybe there is already such anutcry but I haven t heard anything Nation reminds me a bit Procrastination Cure - How To Stop Procrastinating And Be Disciplined of Islandf the Blue Dolphins with much thrown in Pratchett addresses the big uestions A Long Petal of the Sea of whetherr not there is a god and if there is a god why do bad things happen Bad things happen in this book right from the start Pratchett deserves credit for not sugarcoating what happens but for also dealing with the deathes in a way that does not alienate r upset readers kay upset them too muchWhat Pratchett presents for the reader is a book about what extactly faith and life are "When Gestin de documentos en la e-administracin (EL PROFESIONAL DE LA INFORMACIN) one reads Pullman it is uite easy to figureut where Pullman stands in regards to religion It "one reads Pullman it is uite easy to figure Falscher Glanz out where Pullman stands in regards to religion It not easy to figureut where Pratchett stands One character has lost his faith but may Best Karate, Vol.5: Heian, Tekki or may not be talking to the gods Other characters have faith Neither character is seen as stupidr evil because While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters, of a beliefr lack Deal Breaker: The First Myron Bolitar Novel of belief In many ways Nation is a mature novel about faith than Pratchett s earlier tolerance novel Small GodsThis a powerful book and I hope it continues to fly under the radarf those people who think children shouldn t read books that make you thinkEveryone should read this book Disclaimer I m about to wax poetic in a totally corny way Just warning youI am and have been for years The Ho Ho Ho Mystery (The Third Pig Detective Agency, of thepinion that Pratchett is the best writer there is He continually serves up pitch perfect depictions Little Christmas Miracles of spectacular characters who are both wonderfully inventive and at the same time purposefully normal And in every book hidden in the hilarity and the side splitting satire is a perfect pearlf truth about human nature I remember when I first found Every Child Needs a Mentor one It was the slender and yet unbreakable thread connecting the commercial idiocyf Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times, our Christmas season with a sweaty desperate beast running for it s life through a winter night knowin Brilliant Absolutely brilliant This is YA so I won t give it anfficial review but man is it top notch stuff Faith and desert islands Foul mouthed parrots and science It s a little like Swiss Family Robinson a little like Casablanca and a little like nothing I ve read before Grand great stuf. Vivors arrive to take refuge Smillas Sense of Snow on the island and not allf them are friendlyIn Nation Pratchett bring us a novel that is both witty and wise encompassing themes f death and nationhood while also being extremely funn.