The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner – Terry Pratchett

The Witch's Vacuum

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Audiobook, narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt

3/5 Wizards, Time Travelers, and Gnomes

What is it about?

First of all, I had no idea until just a few minutes ago that Sir Terry Pratchett passed away in 2015. In 2009 he was knighted by the Queen. I guess she liked his stories, too.

This collection of short stories was published in 2016, but most of these stories were written (according to other reviewers) in the 60’s and 70’s and remain largely unaltered (according to the publisher/narrator).

The stories have a bit of variety of them. Some of them are about crime in a small 2 bicycle town. Some of them involve some form of time travel, or time unraveling in a way that takes you back a few generations. Others involve gnomes or people of even smaller stature. They are all interesting in subject matter.

Was it good?

I’ve read and listened to a lot of the Discworld books, and now I have certain expectations of Pratchett’s writing and style. Since these stories were written before Discworld, I don’t think they quite lived up to his literary reputation. The subject matter is interesting, but they just aren’t as funny as Pratchett usually is.

The narrator has pretty smooth and deep voice and I found myself thinking several times that I would love to be tucked into bed right now and just close my eyes and listen until I fall asleep. Thankfully the dog would yank on the leash and make sure I was staying awake during our walk.



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