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Monday, June 14, 2010

Nation

Nation by Terry Pratchett has many things to recommend it.  First, it's by Terry Pratchett.  Second, it's a Printz Honor book (the little-bit-older version of the Newbery). Third, Jacob liked it (so, you know, it's not just me).  Fourth, it (on Playaway, read by Stephen Briggs) kept me awake in the middle of the night while I was driving through Kansas.  Hmm, I suppose it may have saved my life.

It's about Mau, an islander boy from the Pelagic Ocean.   And it's about Daphne, a city-bred girl who gets shipwrecked on Mau's island. It's about a wave that destroys the Nation, about the refugees that follow, and about all of the silly and interesting things that can happen when cultures collide.

This one is probably more serious than the other Pratchett titles I've read.  Still, its steeped in humor.  Daphne was my favorite character, but all of them seem like they could be real.  The plot clips along nicely, too.  Go ahead and give it a shot. 

3 comments:

  1. I checked this out but then never got around to reading it. Interesting.

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  2. I did that too! But then I bought it for Jacob, so we had it around. I actually only listened to the beginning on audio, then I finished it regular style. Anyway, you can borrow it if you want!

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  3. I love Steven Briggs reading Terry Pratchet. We've had a great time listening to The Bromiliad Trilogy.

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