Discworld hits 30!

2013 sees the 30th Anniversary of Sir Terry Pratchett unleashing the wonderfully quirky, bizarre and crazy Discworld on the world of books. Since then, his followers have been taken on a world tour of weird and wonderful countries, customs and “inhabitants”.

discworld This circular world, sat upon the backs of four large elephants, stood on the shell of a giant space turtle as they glide through space is home to an array of beings you could never imagine finding together! A place filled with people, wizards, witches, trolls, dwarves, gnomes, golems and more, not to mention the many Gods that love to meddle in the lives of those on Discworld, and the dark presence of Death.

 

The series of 30 books and counting, follows various individuals and groups; from the wizards and witches of the world, the Night Watch – protectors of the “great” city of Ankh-Morpork, Death, and the trouble-finding wizard Rincewind (“Luck is my middle name! But my first name is Bad!”).death

 A wonderfully vivid world with some interesting characters, the Discworld series is full of jokes, humour-light and dark, sarcasm, wit, and on occasion some profound thoughts! Definitely a series that will be hard to break away from after the first, very funny book – The Colour of Magic. Here’s hoping there are still a few more books to come from the creative genius of Sir Terry Pratchett!

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The year ahead!

With a jam-packed year ahead, I hope to have plenty of interesting things to share with the world on here!

Following an amazing year of sport in 2012, with the hugely successful London 2012 Olympic Games, I have my own Year of Sport ahead! Starting with a day of Centre Court magic at Wimbledon in June, I also have two NFL matches at the legendary Wembley Stadium to look forward to!

Sports aside, a trip to Florida gives me the opportunity to indulge a few more of my hobbies: travel, photography and all things adrenaline!

Continuing the adrenaline theme, I will be abseiling my way down a 170 foot office building opposite Wembley Stadium for the wonderful Rays of Sunshine children’s charity! All in all, a great year ahead! 🙂

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories, Tim Burton

As the creator of my favourite film – The Nightmare Before Christmas – this delightfully dark book was a must purchase:

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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy is a trip through the wonderfully dark, and childishly sinister mind of Tim Burton. More a collection of poems with beautifully bizarre illustrations by Burton himself, this book brings to the reader a look at the darker side of childhood.

The wonderfully-imagined characters all work to highlight the feelings of children who don’t conform to “normal”, whether through choice or circumstance. Tim Burton brings through the feelings of children who suffer from the views of grown ups and kids alike.

Such wonderful characters such as Staring Girl, Stain Boy, Char Boy, The Girl With Many Eyes, and the titular Oyster Boy, this book is a must read for anyone who loves the films and creations that have lept forth from the devilishly delightful mind of Burton.

The Wind Through The Keyhole, Stephen King

As a huge fan of Stephen King, and his epic “Dark Tower” series, I thought it appropriate my first post be about his latest offering in this series:

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Thirty years after Stephen King set out on his epic series, widely referred to as his magnum opus, and eight years since the last book in The Dark Tower series, he returns with “The Wind Through The Keyhole”. A well-written book that works both as a stand-alone novel for new comers to the series, it can also be considered as a part of the bigger story, sitting between the fourth and fifth books in the series.

This instalment sees the protagonist, Roland Deschain of Gilead – a member of an almost-extinct order of honourable men known as gunslingers – and his group, as they continue their quest to find the Dark Tower. Having left The Emerald City behind, and the town of Calla Bryn Sturgis still ahead, the group of travellers face a fast-moving and destructive storm, forcing them to take shelter in the old town building of a now-empty town.

During the storm, to while away the dark hours, Roland recounts a story from his past, when he was only a fledging gunslinger of 14. The story tells of a hunt for a mysterious killer, and how he calms a young boy, witness to the killings, with a story from Roland’s childhood.

Well-crafted characters and the brilliant way in which King not only has Roland telling a story of his past, but also a story within in the story, make this a brilliant read. For King’s self-described “ever constant readers”, The Wind Through The Keyhole will bring a happy sense of familiarity in returning to Roland and his group, while bringing a wonderful introduction to those new to the series, and with it a desire to pick up the series and follow the quest to reach The Dark Tower…