I've only just got into Terry's latest book (five chapters) and I'm a little unsure what to make of it. I was totally prepared for the lack of 'Discworld-ness' although I get the impression that it has been written with the US market in mind. Having said that, it has been a long time since Terry has written a totally, non-Discworld novel (I'm talking Johhny Maxwell series here) which means there is not a lot of his other work that can be used as a comparison. The early reviews hinted at a Lord of the Flies theme or any other 'Desert Island Adventure' type novel, but I can't make that work for me; and I don't think that was Terry's intention either. The time period is around mid 19th century (not a favourite subject of mine) and unlike the rest of Terry's books, Nation has so far not 'grabbed me by the throat'. The Pratchett humour is still there without doubt as is the familiar fantasy but, for me, the storyline is a lot slower. Maybe a short break with Dostoevsky's 'The Possessed' will give me a chance to come back to Nation and appreciate it better. If not there's always 'Unseen Academicals' to look forward to.