Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett

dragons at crumbling castle

3 out of 5 stars.

For loving Terry Pratchett so much (seriously, he is brilliant), I did not enjoy this very much at all. This is a collection of short stories, which, unless extremely good, tend not to be my thing. There is never enough time to get to know the characters and world. It is also illustrated by the same person that did the Roald Dahl books (or someone very similar) and I really hate that style of illustrations. I find it sloppy and unappealing.

This book really only appealed to me as an example of Terry Pratchett’s early writings, and a ruler with which to judge how much he has grown as an author. It does display the early grains of his trademark wit, but everything is fairly unpolished. The stories, even for short stories, are much too short. Everything seems to be over before it has properly begun.

I can see children who like large amounts of whimsy and silliness really enjoying this. Some of the stories are clever and ridiculous. There is a time travelling bus, polite dragons, carpet people (tiny people who live in your carpet) and Santa Claus. Some of it is funny and some of it is weird. I think I just came in expecting something a lot closer to contemporary Terry Pratchett.

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