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Great Scot

Advantages: Hilarious
Disadvantages: You could hurt yourself laughing

(Plenty of different editions of McGonagall on amazon, all at very modest prices). I sometimes wonder how many billions of unpublished writings are floating about in Manuscript Heaven. It’s so easy to write poorly, to have your work rejected, and eve ...

Schmutzie 03.04.2003 · Read full review
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Review of William McGonagall

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Grossly maligned and misunderstood

Advantages: A true insight of Victorian Values
Disadvantages: Hard to take seriously

William McGonagall is one of the 19th century's true life tragic romantic heroes - especially so because he was blissfully unaware of the fact! His reputation has without doubt been tarnished by the literary prejudices of the age, where snobbery was ri ...

dobieg 23.04.2003 · Read full review
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Probably the worst poetry in the world.

Advantages: Unintentionally hilarious poetry
Disadvantages: Eye-wateringly bad scansion and appalling themes - great in small doses, but not for prolonged reading

McGonagall's poetry is hilariously funny. It completely ignores all the basic rules of writing poetry, and combines this with Victorian melodrama. Widely hailed as the worst poet ever, his works are still in print and easy to find. Here is an excerpt f ...

drewish 29.11.2004 · Read full review
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A One Man Storytelling Empire

Advantages: Comic genius of the first order, mixed in with vibrant, intelligent storytelling.
Disadvantages: Some of the earlier novels don't quite get there - read some of the later ones first, then go back and savour the early days.

Terry Pratchett really is an extraordinarily versatile chap. If you're not yet a reader of his work you might find this difficult to believe, given that the vast majority of his output are comic fantasy novels based on a flat planet called Discworld. Af ...

RichardW 16.04.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Terry Pratchett

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writing at its best

Advantages: superb plot every time
Disadvantages: if there are any i dont wanna know!

...*The novels* I have been reading Terry Pratchett books since I was quite small! I spotted Diggers in the public library, and being small, from looking at the cover I assumed it was about little people going on adventures! The book went straight over my ...

demongit 27.03.2001 · Read full review
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