Another delve into my shelves as I talk about what I have read so far this year, with books 26-30. My Goodreads reading goal for this year was 30 books so I’m really happy I’ve passed this fairly easily (as I write this I have actually read 37!)
Equal Rights by Terry Pratchett
“They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.”
The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check that the baby in question was a son. Everybody knows that there’s no such thing as a female wizard. But now it’s gone and happened, there’s nothing much anyone can do about it. Let the battle of the sexes begin..
This was my third delve into the Discworld series, and the first without the familiar characters of Rincewind. Pratchett is once more completely on point with his characters, I don’t know many other authors who can create such unique characters and make them so likeable within so many short pages, and this is why this story is so strong for me. It approaches modern issues such as sexism in a different and funny way, without being in anyway offensive. Also I find this setting much more understandable, in some fantasy I can get lost, (my first ever post was about just this) but with this I didn’t struggle. I don’t know if this is because it suits me better or because his writing had improved as the series went on. Either way, this is one of my favourites so far and I am very much looking forward to the next in the series, however none of them has completely blown me a way just yet.
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor-husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an onimous reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbours Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome them and, despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises she keeps hearing, her husband starts spending time with them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare.
As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavet’s circle is not what it seems.