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Friday, May 6th, 2011 | Books

The second book on my list was Terry Pratchett’s Nation. As I’m sure most of you are ware, Pratchett is an amazing writer, though I haven’t actually read one of his books since my childhood.

The novel follows the story of Mau, a child currently going through the initiation ceremony of his culture into becoming a man, only to find out that a great wave has wiped out his civilization. It is therefore placed on his shoulders to re-build The Nation.

Recently, Pratchett has made more of his status as a humanist, in no small part due to the number of religious scumbags who fight against the use of stem cell research in medical research to cure debilitating illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, of which Pratchett is suffering from. This is very evident in the novel – it’s not anti-religious, but it makes the point, very elegantly, that religion is a human creation.

I found it a bit low level, though I think it’s technically a children’s novel, but very enjoyable none the less.