First off, please remember to vote
in the June selection poll. Voting closes tomorrow at noon EST.
Anyway, I finished reading Guards! Guards!
over the weekend, and I suspect I have a developed a mild case of Pratchett fatigue.
This is the fourth Discworld novel that I've read in the past month or so, the others being Soul Music, Witches Abroad,
Aside from these, I've also previously read The Color of Magic
and Wyrd Sisters
. I think that Pratchett's style is just wearing thin at this point. Which means my somewhat "meh" reaction to this book is less a reflection upon its quality and more an indication that I just need to be reading something different right now.
There were certainly plenty of funny bits--I think that even the subpar Pratchetts have many moments of brilliance, and as I've already said, I'm not inclined to think that this is a subpar one. ( SpoilersCollapse )
I'm also beginning to wonder if I'm just going to like the Watch books somewhat less than the Death books or the Granny Weatherwax books. The humor in Guards! Guards!
struck me as particularly male at times. Did anyone else get this impression? I don't think this quality was off-putting so much as distancing. I'm even reluctant to say "distancing," because I've always liked to think I've had no problem relating to traditionally male narratives, but perhaps this is less true than I thought it was. Anyway, I do think this quality may have been one reason I wasn't particularly emotionally engaged by the characters or plot.
At any rate, I think I'll probably give the Discworld novels a nice long break before moving on to another one. That said, I don't think there's any doubt I'll come back to them eventually!