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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: And Other Stories | Terry Pratchett
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Poor Mr Swimble is having a bad day. Rabbits are bouncing out of his hat, pigeons are flying out of his jacket and every time he points his finger, something magically appears cheese sandwiches, socks . . . even a small yellow elephant on wheels! Its becoming a real nuisance and hes allergic to rabbits. His friends at the Magic Rectangle cant help, but the mysterious vacuum cleaner he saw that morning may have something to do with it . . . Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks! Arresting stuff! So funny its criminal! PC Gorsebush Jones
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julesG
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Hello friends! Open discussion is in the FOLLOWING POST marked as spoiler. Find the #TheWitchsVacuumCleaner post & tap "show me" on the spoiler tag to join in the discussion. Join in whenever you can! Today. Tomorrow. Next month! The post will always be up so just tag each other & we'll jump in to discuss with you. Feel free to chat about anything!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyread

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Welcome to the #OokBOokClub open discussion for #TheWitchsVacuumCleaner feel free to discuss anything! Don't forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyread

BookmarkTavern So I wasn‘t sure, but Rincemangle reminded me really strongly of a story in one of the previous collections. Is there another one about the gnomes? Also, I really love his time travel short stories. Which may be somewhat related to Night Watch being one of my favorite Discworld books. 😅 I also really loved the fire opal story. It felt perfect for the audiobook. 7mo
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kwmg40
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This was a low pick for me. I missed the more sophisticated satire of the Discworld books, but I think these stories would be very enjoyable for a younger audience. I loved the illustrations -- they were the best part!

#skeletoncrew #scarathlon @Emilymdxn
#OokBOokClub @JulesG

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
AnnR 🎃🍁👻👏 7mo
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Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 7mo
Read4life 🍁👻🎃 7mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 7mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🔮🧡 7mo
julesG 🎉I only now realised that the timing for this book was coincidentally perfect. 🧙‍♀️🧹 7mo
Emilymdxn I read a bunch of his younger audiences books when I was little and I agree they‘re much less clever than discworld but I still love them so much 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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BookmarkTavern
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A charming collection of some of Pratchett‘s early short stories.

Delightful to listen to! Varying from average Pratchett (which is still good!) to really great, we see the beginnings of Pratchett‘s wit and imagination! Gnomes in a department store, a Wild Welsh West heist, a time traveling TV, and a revolutionary ant! 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

BookwormAHN Nice 🐈‍⬛ 7mo
dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 7mo
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Bookwormjillk 👻🎃👻🎃 7mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 7mo
julesG 🥳🥳 7mo
TheSpineView Great job! 7mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 7mo
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julesG
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#OokBOokClub-ers, our Discworld adventure continues TODAY with #TheWitchsVacuumCleaner!

Looking forward to our discussion next month!

Happy reading!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyread

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julesG
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#OokBOokClub

Just a friendly reminder that next month we'll be reading #TheWitchsVacuumCleaner! Dig out your books, put in your library holds, or place your orders! The next Discworld adventure continues on October 8th! Woohoo!

If anyone wants to be tagged/untagged for future posts please let me know! Happy to oblige!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyread

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hannah-leeloo
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Time for more short stories from my favourite Terry Pratchett, the author who started my love of reading

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rsteve388
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This was my first Terry Pratchett book and it was an excellent first read on audio! The sound effects that were added in throughout all the short stories was a fun addition! Overall, excellent read! Loved it. Would totally reread it and recommend it to others.
#TeamMonsterMash #Scarathlon 5 pts per short story x 15 stories = 75 points + 1 Participation.

Total points for #TeamMonsterMash = 196 points

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TheSpineView 🤩📖📚 3y
aperfectmjk Good luck! 👍 3y
StayCurious Great board! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 3y
Soubhiville Yay! Love your graphics! 3y
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#LittensDressedInBlood
#StackAttack

@MidnightBookGirl
I‘ve been out of the game for a bit but finally got my reading groove back. Here‘s a preview of my fall TBR. It‘s only the books that I currently have in print. Am I being overly ambitious? Probably. Am I still gonna try for it? You bet. Am I gonna have fun doing it? We‘ll see how it goes lol - I mean HECK YES BRING IT ON!

wanderinglynn I love all your Nightmare goodies! 😍😍😍 3y
Read-y_Picker @wanderinglynn thanks! I‘m sure more will come out as the season progresses ☺️🧛‍♀️👻🧙🏻‍♀️😈 3y
bthegood glad to see you back - love the stack of books and goodies - make a great day for yourself 💛 3y
Read-y_Picker @bthegood thank you! I just have to say, I‘ve noticed you sign off with that on other posts and it just brightens my day. A beautiful perspective! 3y
bthegood @Read-y_Picker 🥰 3y
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This was fun and light hearted and a perfect audiobook for today! Narration and voices and accents were superb—ghouls, trolls, gnomes and witches! My first Pratchett
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

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TheSpineView
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This is a collection of short stories (14 total) that Pratchett wrote when he was young. It showcases his imagination. There is a whimsical quality to these stories however they are not on par with his later works. That said, it is a fun read that myself and my grandkids enjoyed. I listened to the audio book and felt the narrator added to the stories. I loved the sound affects! 3.5 ⭐
#Scarathon2020 @StayCurious #TeamHarkness
Points = 141

StayCurious Reminds me of Roald Dahl. 😃 4y
alisiakae @staycurious Did you know a new adaptations of Royals Dahl‘s Witches is coming to HBO Max late this month! (edited) 4y
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TheSpineView
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Day 4 results of the #Cyoreadathon hosted by @Sace are in. I read 5 hours which put me at a total of 29 hours over the course of the readathon. Finished 3 books and got a good start on 3 books. Reviews to come. Points = 51

#Scarathon2020 @StayCurious #TeamHarkness
@Screamathon2020 @4thhouseontheleft

alisiakae Wow, great job! 4y
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The Witch‘s Vacuum Cleaner is a collection of early short stories written when he was a junior reporter. He admitted he was not that great at short stories & these lacked some of the humor & wit he later developed. But I did enjoy seeing the origins for some of his later works. These stories also demonstrate that he had one of the best imaginations of any author.

A quick book, but overall, it was just okay.

Another #bookspin bingo book!

Scochrane26 I want to eventually read some of his books. I‘ve only read Good Omens but loved the humor. 4y
wanderinglynn @Scochrane26 There are tons of Discworld books. And Discworld doesn‘t require you to read in a particular order. I started with (edited) 4y
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes it's fun to read a favorite author's earlier works just to see how his/her style changed over time. I read a bunch of PG Wodehouse's earliest books last year & while they lack a lot, you can still see the origins of his trademark humor. 4y
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Michollio
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Pickpick

A great collection of short stories by Pratchett. The library has it in YA but I think it's more middle grade.

Severnmeadows Brilliant! 5y
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Michollio
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My library haul for this week. This is the first checkout spree I've had in a few weeks because I was trying to play catch-up on some other things.

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Lchnessmnstr
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Reading Terry Pratchett makes me feel like I‘m listening to my grandfather‘s ridiculous jokes.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻👍🏻 6y
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GypsyKat
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I picked this up today. It looks like a fun one to add to my October TBR list. 🎃👻 #BookSale #Kindle

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Witchy_Book_Dragon
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This was one of my daughters books and I read it at her insistence. I‘m so glad I did as it was hilarious! This was my first Terry Pratchett book and I just know that I‘ll be reading many more of them in the future. His writing style and humour are right up my alley. So much fun!

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Trying out a new audiobook for the kids! I‘m hoping this will lead to more Pratchett love.

LibrarianRyan Good choice. It's fun. 6y
DiruVamp I‘ve been wanting to start reading Pratchett - maybe this is a good place to start. 6y
RealLifeReading @LibrarianRyan hopefully they‘ll like it!! 6y
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RealLifeReading @DiruVamp I haven‘t read this one myself so I can‘t say for sure but Pratchett‘s books are so awesome that starting anywhere should be perfectly fine. May I suggest my absolute favourite - 6y
DiruVamp @RealLifeReading awesome - just added Mort to my TBR thank you! His bibliography is so overwhelming and I know they‘re all connected in their respective series I wasn‘t sure where to start! 6y
RealLifeReading It‘s tricky with such a huge collection. You could also start with the very first book, The Colour of Magic. I‘ve actually only read some of his books - I just looked at Wikipedia and I think I‘ve read maybe just a quarter! So far my faves have all involved Death like Mort and Hogfather. Anyway happy exploring! You can‘t really go wrong just dipping your feet in anywhere in Discworld! 6y
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SpockPandaSaurus
Pickpick

I'm more familiar with the Discworld series than anything else, but Sir Terry Pratchett's imagination and creativity never ceases to amaze and amuse.

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Linsy
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Finished this charming collection just before my clock struck twelve. This was my first Pratchett, but will definitively not be my last. Discworld here I come!
#24in48 #LitsyAtoZ #MountTBR #WitchyReads

Smarkies I have not heard of this one from him. Will need to pick it up. 😁 6y
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Linsy
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Adding in some humor to keep my eyes open. It‘s delightful! #24in48 #readathon #witchyreads

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ardismargrethe
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Charming and funny childrens book with short stories. I really enjoyed the longer ones ❤️
Reminded me a lott of Roald Dahls books
#childrensbook #terrypratchet #witch

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Pickpick

Fun short stories. Great narrator.
Look at all these lovely free audiobooks I've collected over the summer. I missed a few weeks but thank you, @LibrarianRyan , for letting me know about http://www.audiobooksync.com !! Shadowshaper and Metamorphosis are this weeks frees!

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gossamerchild
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Some of my #audiobookstogo. I'm not good at remembering I have them, though. I wish I was good about listening while doing chores.

#backtoreading @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

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Daisey
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I'm listening to this collection of short stories this morning while working in the garden and around the house before leaving for a weekend road trip this afternoon. It's a fun collection of stories with great narration.

#audiobook #audiobooksync #shortstories

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Pickpick

A collection of early short stories by Terry Pratchett that he wrote when he was a junior reporter & were published weekly in his local newspaper. All are wonderfully narrated in this collection, and although not as layered as his later Discworld series, they are a lot of fun for readers of all ages. Highly recommend if you enjoy things like Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman & if you haven't read that check them both out and enjoy.

josie281 Good to know! I grabbed this audiobook! 7y
Laura317 How fun! Added. 7y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @josie281 Yes, I snagged it when it was available on http://www.audiobooksync.com/ for free the other week. Was fun to listen to a silly story or two as I ran errands the last few days. 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Laura317 Yes, It is apparently one of two they released with "children's stories"....so I'll have to go looking for the other one too now. 7y
Daisey I have a road trip next week and I think this might need to go in the audiobook rotation. 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey His are all pretty great. I'm working my way through his Tiffany Aching Series now on audio. It starts with Wee Free Men and is wonderful! Fun, light-hearted, some deeper second thoughts, and some pretty great side characters who are CHARACTERS. The wee free men prefers to pict-sies, small blue kilted tattooed warriors who like to drink and fight, and Tiffany is a young girl just figuring out she might be a witch. (edited) 7y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Listened to this one today on my drive.... such great odd stories written by a young Terry Pratchett. So glad I snatched it up when it was available on http://www.audiobooksync.com/ for free the other week. I have to remember to check them every week in the summer!

Lola Still kicking myself for missing this one. Along with 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Lola I did the same thing about some of the earlier weeks. I forgot all about it until someone reminded me of it this summer. 7y
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Loving this hilarious collection of stories. Always wanted to start the Discworld Series and now I think I definitely should. Pratchett's writing style reminds me so much of Neil Gaiman's which makes sense because I loved their collaboration on Good Omens.

Daisey I recently got a free audio download of this. Are you listening or reading print? Glad to hear it's good! 7y
AvidReader25 @Daisey Me too! That's why I'm listening to it. It's very fun. 7y
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This is a sample of the free audio books from Audiobook Sync. Every Thursday you can choose one or both of the two free audiobooks. http://www.audiobooksync.com/books/witchs-vacuum-cleaner/

readingallthetime #mimilovestoread have you taken advantage of the free audio books ? 7y
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LibrarianRyan
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If you like audiobooks and are not using AudiobookSYNC I have to ask, WHY NOT? During the summer they give away two free audiobooks each week. It is usually a YA title and a classic, but not always. This weeks selection is awesome. You do have to have the Overdrive app, but that is also free.

Check it out at www.audiobooksync.com

#audiobooksync

EchoLogical See? This is exactly why Littens are the best people ever! I will definitely check this out. Thank you! 😊 7y
josie281 Thank you!! 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you for reminding me of this, I forgot all about it this summer! 7y
Bookzombie Thank you for posting!! 7y
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elkeOriginal
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Maybe this fun collection of stories written by Sir Terry when he was 17 for his local newspaper will get me out of a funk. This is the 2nd such collection (vol 1 was Dragons at Crumbling Castle) and it's nice to see an intro from him - so he knew this would be published and even tweaked a few things.
The title alone is worth the price of admission 😁

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MariaCristina
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I told the spouse that when I'm elderly I want a long white beard I can stroke wisely. "That doesn't surprise me, but I need time to adjust." "Okay, I'll only wear it on Sundays." If I can negotiate an additional day of the week every ten years, I'll be set. #thankfullyreading

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MariaCristina
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Been putting this DRC off, but he's moved on whether I read this book or not. And eventually, I always want to read him.

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AndiP74
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Pickpick

a wonderful book of short children's stories from Terry. fantastic

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CherylDeFranceschi
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My witchy Ebook reading list for Rocktober. This is besides the stack o' scary I'm amassing. Considering I've only read 6 books this month, I'm guessing some will have to wait for next year...#TBRTuesday

BookishFeminist Yes! ❤️ #witchlit is my fave. 8y
CherylDeFranceschi @BookishFeminist I know! I love October reads! 8y
Nuwanda #witchlit is my new favorite hashtag! And I also have many witchy books saved for October! 8y
CherylDeFranceschi @Nuwanda Sweet! I'm so psyched! 8y
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