Tag: Miniseries

R. L. Stine – Monster Blood IV | Review

Title: Monster Blood IVR. L. Stine, Monster Blood IV, Review, Fiction,

Author: R. L. Stine

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 124

Rating: 7/10

 

R. L. Stine - Monster Blood IV

R. L. Stine – Monster Blood IV

 

And so it ends! This is the fourth and final book in the Monster Blood miniseries within Goosebumps, R. L. Stine’s epic children’s horror series. And actually, for what it was, it was surprisingly good – Stine was stretching it a little bit by the time that he got to the fourth book, but the story line makes sense and even ends on a cliffhanger.

I first read this at the age of 27, and I’m kind of gutted that I never read the Monster Blood books when I was younger. Still, better late than never, and these books still hold up well today.

 

R. L. Stine

R. L. Stine

 

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Terry Pratchett – Wyrd Sisters | Review

Title: Wyrd Sisters

Author: Terry Pratchett

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 336

Rating: 8/10

 

Terry Pratchett - Weird Sisters

Terry Pratchett – Weird Sisters

 

At book number six, Wyrd Sisters is a relatively early entry in the Discworld series, but even then, Pratchett’s way with words and story line is very much apparent. Here, we follow the story of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick as all sorts of shenanigans happen. Unlike most of my Discworld reviews, I’m not going to go into detail about the story line – it’s actually pretty complicated, although it does make sense when you read it. You need time for each aspect of the story to sink in, but that works well because it gives you some natural stopping points.

One of the cool things in Wyrd Sisters in particular is that Pratchett makes a number of Shakespearean references, although I suppose that you have to when you’re writing about three witches. I’m not going to point any of them out, but you should be aware that they’re there before you start reading so that you can keep your eyes peeled.

Wyrd Sisters is the second Discworld novel to feature the witches, following close on the heels of Equal Rites, and it’s one of the better books in my opinion. That said, I’d recommend reading them in order if you can – the miniseries has some of the best dialogue in Pratchett’s early work, and it’s almost a shame that he didn’t continue to feature them so prominently in his later work. That said, he has lots of other fantastic characters for you to choose from, and so you’ll never run short.

Overall, Wyrd Sisters has a special place in my heart because of the fact that it was one of the earliest releases – it’s actually older than I am, which is always pretty cool. I’d definitely recommend checking out some of Pratchett’s earlier work if you’ve only read later books, and Wyrd Sisters is as good a place as any to start. Have fun, folks!

 

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

 

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