reviews: The Last Hero, The Fourth Bear, To the Hilt, Pride & Prejudice

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The Last Hero, by Terry Pratchett
A bunch of old (read: tough as nails) heroes run out of things to do, and so decide to return to the gods what was stolen a very long time ago - fire. And, in the process, destroy the world. So of course the Ankh-Morpork city watch has to step in. This book makes more sense if you’ve read some of the Discworld novels, but the pictures are pretty either way.

The Fourth Bear, by Jasper Fforde
Goldilocks the investigative reporter, bears, aliens, Punch & Judy as marriage counselors, psychopathic gingerbread men, murder, extreme cucumber growing. . . . I have no words to express how much I love this book and the rest of the Nursery Crime series.

To the Hilt, by Dick Francis
An artist becomes a reluctant detective (sort of), displays his adroitness at hiding very expensive items, and finds his way home. (And that last bit makes it sound horribly sappy, but it’s not.) I love most of Dick Francis’ books, and this is one of my favorites.

Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austin
The title pretty much says it all - you have pride on Mr. Darcy’s side and prejudice on Elizabeth’s and that’s enough to drive the story for almost five hundred pages. In many ways it’s like Middlemarch, only shorter and much less irritating, and Austin’s characters have a vibrancy beside which Elliot’s appear almost as shadows.
Wow, you love Dick Francis? I've never met anyone else that does! I have a huge hoarde of his books and love one-armed jockey turned detective Sid Halley.
Oh, Sid Halley. He is awesome.

I originally got into Dick Francis' books because of the race horses and that whole culture (I was a big horse nut when I was younger), but then I feel in love with his characters. He is brilliant at creating real people, complete with strengths and weaknesses and quirks.