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Erotic Literature of Ancient India by Sandhya Mulchandani
Erotic Literature of Ancient India by Sandhya Mulchandani
This is not just another wrapper on Sir Richard Burton's tired Victorian translations. This anthology covers at least 1000 years of India's history, and hints at 7000 more.

The bulk of the text is Mulchandani's own commentary and historical outline. It's thoroughly well researched, but still lively and informative. And, although it stays close to intensely and varied sexual themes, it is never crude. Quite the opposite, the tone ranges from friendly and factual to reverential. For most of those thousands of years, India's population was largely agrarian. They depended on the fertility of the land and its creatures for their lives, and on their own fertility for their loves. If… Read more
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic silliness, Oct. 18 2005
If you haven't travelled Pratchett's Discworld yet, you're not alone. Mr. Twoflowers hasn't travelled it yet, and he lives there. Feel free to join him and his reluctant guide, Rincewind, as they sample Discworld's dives, tavern brawls, dragons, assassins, pirates, and a charming assortment of near-death experiences.
Twoflowers has the tourist's implacable confidence that every demonic temple, every hero with a magic sword, every brigand, and every catastrophe of nature was placed and scheduled for his amusement - and will hold still for a picture. He's also quite convinced that, as a tourist, he's immune to any possible harm.
That premise gives Pratchett's comic genius plenty to… Read more
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Lord Vetinari is not a crude man, and would never offer anything as crude as "the offer you can't refuse." You can always refuse. All you need to do is adjust expectations about your lifespan downwards by a good bit if you do.
It was an adjustment that Mr. Moist von Lipwig was unwilling to make, given that his recent execution was very fresh in his mind. What was this fate marginally preferable to another death? Civil service. And that doesn't just mean being polite. Moist became the new Postmaster, reviving the moribund band of letter carriers, and finding some way to enhance his undocumented retirement fund in the process. The extra challenge here was competition from the… Read more