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Lucy Cruickshanks – The Road to Rangoon | Review

Title: The Road to Rangoon

Author: Lucy Cruickshanks

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 440

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Lucy Cruickshanks - The Road to Rangoon

Lucy Cruickshanks – The Road to Rangoon

 

This is the second of two books that Lucy has written and which are set in Burma, and I was kind of expecting this one to be a sequel. It wasn’t, at least as far as I could tell, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. Perhaps it’s not the kind of book that I’d usually read, but I’m still glad that I picked it up.

Cruickshanks has a knack for establishing a sense of place, and when you’re reading this book it really feels as though you’re there. The plot was great as well, although I wasn’t too attached to the characters. I think the characters were better in the first book but that the plot was better in this one, so perhaps it just depends on what kind of reader you are.

Another good thing about this book was how quick and easy it was to read. I whizzed through it in two or three days and when I finished, it felt like I’d just got back from a holiday. It wasn’t much of a holiday though, because the book is set during the 1980s before armed conflict in the country led to it changing its name from Burma to Myanmar. Rangoon was also changed to Yangon, which means that even the title of this book helps to establish a sense of time and place.

 

Lucy Cruikshanks

Lucy Cruikshanks

 

Because of that, this novel is a sort of weird mixture between literary fiction, historical fiction and a sort of military thriller. I can’t think of anything that I’ve read that’s quite like it, and I read a lot of different stuff. I’d be interested to know what some of Cruickshanks’ inspirations were when she wrote this, although I also watch her talk about books on BookTube and so I already know what she’s into.

So would I recommend this one? Yes and no, because I don’t think it’s quite right for everyone. That said, I think if the synopsis sounds good and you have some sort of interest in Burma then it’s pretty much a no-brainer, because it’s well-written, well-edited and an all-round professional release. The only reason I can think of that someone might not like it would be if they’re just not that interested in the subject matter.

All in all, then, Lucy did a great job with this one and I think it was a worthy follow-up to her first book. She didn’t just try to imitate herself and that’s to be commended. Good stuff.

 

Lucy Cruikshanks - The Trader of Saigon

Lucy Cruikshanks – The Trader of Saigon

 

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Terry Pratchett – Night Watch | Review

Title: Night Watch

Author: Terry Pratchett

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 480

Rating: 9/10

 

Terry Pratchett - Night Watch

Terry Pratchett – Night Watch

 

Now, it’s pretty obvious that I’m a Discworld fan, considering the number of Terry Pratchett reviews that I’ve already written, and I’ve also mentioned multiple times that the City Watch books are my favourite miniseries within the series. Vimes is one of my favourite characters, as is Vetinari – both of them appear here, so it’s automatically going to get a high score from me.

That said, there are plenty of other things to mark this book out as one that’s particularly worthy of attention. The plot itself is one of Pratchett’s more ambitious, but it works – I usually try not to give too much away with my reviews, and I’ll try to do the same here, but it’s notable enough that I want to give you a brief synopsis.

Basically, just when Sam Vimes is starting to get used to a life in which he has (comparatively) everything, he finds himself transported backwards through time to when he was first getting started out on the mean streets of Ankh-Morpork, and, of course, there are people out to get him.

 

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

 

Because of that, this book is a milestone in the Discworld’s evolution, and it’s interesting to get a glimpse into the youth of Sir Samuel Vimes, and the surroundings in which the beloved character came from. Personally, I think that it was clever of Pratchett to do this, because he’s not really experimented with time travel too much and so it’s a pretty unique read from that perspective.

One of the strengths of the Discworld is the breadth of topics which were covered, enabling Sir Pratchett to build a world of such complexity that even J. R. R. Tolkien would’ve felt threatened, were he still alive. Unfortunately, with the Discworld novels, that can also ocassionally make them feel stilted, because it feels as though every conceivable topic that could have been covered has been covered.

That’s not so here – this book is like a breath of fresh air, to use a cliche, and it’s truly a unique Discworld novel. I’m not saying that any of the books are ‘filler‘, but there are certainly certain books which stand out more than others, at least for me. The interesting thing is that different people have different favourites, and whilst I can’t stop raving about Night Watch, other readers will tell you that it was so so. Hell, I even know someone who says that Moist Von Lipwig is their favourite character, which is madness.

It helps if you’ve read other books from the City Watch and Discworld series, but it’s not a necessity – in fact, if this is your first ever Discworld novel then I’m pretty sure you’ll find yourself coming back for more. So what are you waiting for? Go and read it!

 

Terry Pratchett on the difference between erotic and kinky...

Terry Pratchett on the difference between erotic and kinky…

 

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