Review of Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas. ★★★★ Funny in Farsi is a memoir by a woman who grew up in both Iran and the United States. Her family moved to the United States in 1972, when Firoozeh Dumas was seven years old. Neither she or her mother spoke any English, although her father had some experience with the…

Review of Redshirts by John Scalzi

Redshirts by John Scalzi. ★★★1/2 Redshirts is a comedic science fiction novel that riffs off the premise of the disposable “redshirt” characters from TV shows such as Star Trek. Ensign Andrew Dahl has just joined the crew of the starship Intrepid, and he’s noticed that something strange is going on. Every Away Mission involves fatalities… but a certain subset of officers…

Review of The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde

The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde. ★★★★ The Eye of Zoltar is the third book in Jasper Fforde’s YA series the Chronicles of Kazam. I had only the vaguest memories of what happened in the first two books, but luckily the plot of The Eye of Zoltar was mostly self contained and it wasn’t too much of a problem….

Review of Laughing Without an Accent by Firoozeh Dumas

Laughing Without an Accent by Firoozeh Dumas. ★★★★ Laughing Without an Accent is a collection of memoirs by Firoozeh Dumas, a woman who moved from Iran to America before the revolution.  The book is by turns funny, serious, and inspirational. “. . . to deny someone an education is not just a crime but a sin, because you…

Review of Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie. ★★1/2 I did find Unaccompanied Minor amusing, but I think it had a lot of problems in terms of pace and plotting. Unaccompanied Minor is a short, YA adventure novel about a fourteen year old girl who comes from a long legacy of airline employees. When her mom’s in a psychiatric hospital and someone tries…

Review of Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★1/2 Unseen Academicals is the thirty-seventh book in the Discworld series, and not one I’d recommend starting with. While Unseen Academicals does stand alone, it contains a plethora of references to other books in the series, possibly the most self referential of any Discworld novels. Thus, I would suggest starting with Guards! Guards!, The Wee Free…

Review of Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Making Money by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★ Making Money is the thirty-sixth book in the Discworld series and the second following Moist von Lipwig. While you could plausibly read Making Money with no prior Discworld experience, I’d suggest having read the first book about Moist, Going Postal, first. The Ankh-Morpork banking system is hidebound and not up to snuff for Vetinari’s…

Review of Thud! by Terry Pratchett

Thud! by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ I love Thud!. It’s one of my favorite Discworld novels, right up there with Night Watch. However, it is the seventh Discworld novel following Vimes, so you’d be better off starting with Guards! Guards! if you haven’t read the rest of his arc. Or if you’re more generally wanting an introduction to the Discworld, you could…

Review of Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Going Postal is the thirty-third Discworld novel and a fairly good one to start with as it follows a new character. There’s some references to other characters, but new readers should have no trouble keeping up. Moist von Lipwig is a conman and a thief, and he’s about to die. But when…

Review of A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ A Hat Full of Sky is the second book in the Tiffany Aching series, a subseries of the Discworld books. While I don’t think you have to read The Wee Free Men prior to reading A Hat Full of Sky, I would encourage it. Tiffany Aching now is eleven years old and…

Review of Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Monstrous Regiment was the first book in the Discworld series I ever read. This stand alone Discworld novel got me hooked on the series and has been a beloved favorite of mine for many years. Monstrous Regiment takes the classic trope of a girl disguising herself as a man to join the army…

Review of The Truth by Terry Pratchett

The Truth by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★ The Truth is book twenty-fifth in the Discworld series and a stand alone. Although characters from other novels appear, it largely focuses on new characters. William de Worde sends out a monthly newsletter to foreign royalty, but when a group of dwarfs brings a printing press to Ankh-Morpork, William becomes editor in…