Review: Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook by Terry Pratchett

Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook isn’t a typical novel. In fact, it isn’t a novel at all. Instead, it is a companion book to Terry Pratchett’s extremely rich Discworld universe. Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook was originally mentioned in Terry Pratchett’s novel, Raising Steam. For the uninitiated, Raising Steam is the book about the invention of the railroad on the Discworld. Mrs Bradshaw is a widowed lady of means who is smitten by rail travel who endeavours to write a traveler’s book for all who wish to follow in her footsteps. That little bit of background out of the way, let me say, if you are not familiar with the Discworld, do NOT pick up this book. In fact, even if you are a […]

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Thank you and So Long for Now, Terry Pratchett

This was a day I have known was coming for a long time. That doesn’t make it any easier to accept or even process. Terry Pratchett, author extraordinaire died today at the age of 66. I won’t say I was his biggest fan, only because there are so many people who adored his work. I was one of those and still hold out hope that I will one day be even the tiniest smidgeon of an author that he was. What I can say is his work influences my own every single day. He influences my life in ways I can’t even begin to comprehend. And now, I won’t be able to tell him how important he has been to […]

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The Changing Landscape of Books

The fact that the book industry is changing has never been driven home quite as clearly as it was in the last few days. The first epiphany was when I read a post by my publisher, Lorina Stephens of Five Rivers Publishing. She wrote about how Indigo (the 500-pound gorilla in Canada for book sales) is now pushing the small and indie presses around (post found here). Essentially, the book chain has made the decision to supplement their waning book sales by selling giftware. Fair enough. If it helps them survive, all the power to them. But, and here is where the bullying comes in, they are also basically pushing the small presses out. Lorina says it better than me by far, so I […]

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