Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Re-read this, and it was interesting to see how strong the emotional stakes were from the start. As a story I thought it good and strong with the caveat that I never believed the kids seemed as young as they were – or why it had to be children in this war.

However, although I thought the story well-written, I didn’t totally enjoy it – at it’s heart it’s about the emotional abuse of children, and in the end that soured something of my reading.

A classic science fiction book that’s worth picking up, but one perhaps appreciated more than enjoyed.

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Book Review: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

When I originally read Terry Pratchett, I remembered Going Postal and Making Money as the author at the height of his creative powers. After some disappointment with recent Pratchett books I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, Going Postal still delivers.

What we have is a tightly-written story with a very interesting character who constantly pushes the plot forward. This isn’t the case of a character ambling through events like in Small Gods, but instead of cleverly and creatively moving things forward at every turn.

For most of the book I would have given it four stars, but the end climax really is clever and well-thought out.

Overall, this is one of Pratchett’s best, and it still holds up well after all this time.

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Orkney: A Historical Guide by Caroline Wickham-Jones

A good introduction to the archaeology and history of Orkney. Different chapters provide a general overview of each historical period of Orkney, followed by sites and excavations to illustrate them.

Recommended not just for those with an interest in the history of Orkney, but also for those with an interest in prehistory – especially considering the extensive and unique archaeological sites on the islands, which can provide a rich regional context to wider reading.

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