Topic “Terry Pratchett”

Rated: 4/5

Unseen Academicals

Who's up for a game of football (of the soccer variety)? Most definitely not the wizards at Unseen University, it would interfere with their nine meals a day. Unfortunately, if they don't play they'll have to cut back to three (!) meals a day. Oh, they could keep the cheeseboard, but only with a choice of three cheeses. "Three cheese isn't a choice, it's a penance!" Nothing gets a wizard to the pitch like his stomach and thus the foot-the-ball team Unseen Academicals is born, and with it the latest novel by Terry Pratchett. Unseen Academicals has all of the humour and cleverness I expect in a Pratchett story and I devoured it whole.

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Thud!

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Not a stand out in the Diskworld series but it's a solid story and great read.
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Thud! is a Discworld story involving the venerable Sam Vimes and the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork. Amidst an old racial conflict between Dwarves and Trolls threatening to boil over into the streets of Ankh-Morpork, Vimes must deal with racial tensions in the Watch, an outside audit, the death of a leading dwarf citizen at the possible hands of a troll, and trying to be a good Dad at home.

Thud! is classic Pratchett comedic fantasy. Though it seemed light his the hallmark footnotes, we get lines like only Pratchett can write:

"The smells of old cabbage, acne ointment and non-malignant skin disease became transmuted, in Corporal Nobbs, into a strange odor that lay across the nose like a saw blade on a harp."
We also get the riffs on classic horror with vampires who belong to a Vampire temperance league with their motto of "Not one drop" (That would be of human blood); and the b-movie Igor who is actually one of a guild of Igors, thus explaining how the Igor character shows up in so many places and times. Modern times aren't exempt either, with the "Gooseberry", an imp powered, technomancy state-of-the-Craft Dis-Organizer Mark Five.

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