Moving Pictures (Discworld #10)
People might say that reality is a quality that things possess in the same way that they possess weight. Sadly alchemists never really held with such a quaint notion. They think that...more
He seems to harp on the most obvious jokes, extending one-note gags into paragraphs, chapters, or even whole books. I found that out of every ten jokes, one would make me laugh and nine would make me groan and roll my eyes. Really not a good rate of return.
His world-building is passable,...more
Typically for a Discworld novel, things are not straightforward and in addition to a number of digs at the movie industry, with jokes about how everyone wants to be the first to make a talking picture, the story gets increasingly bizarre as real...more
Moving Pictures is just one story that features in the Discworld series. If you don't know what the Discworld is, then you must lead a poor shallow inconsolable life and no amount of funny witty puns collected in to an adventure filled story is going to make your day: or will it?
It only cemented what I thought was great about Pratchett's writing. Which is to say colourful, flamboyant, easy to read a...more
I think this is probably my least favourite of all the Discworld novels. Reading it again, I found that I did pick up more of the film references than I did the first time around (the benefits of several more years of film-watching).
Briefly, the plot is that the idea of movies invades the Discworld, sending people mad in ways that mimic various Hollywood characters - Sam Goldwyn, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and so on. There's even a (dumb...more
Ех, Света гора (Holy wood)! Място на мечти наяве и впримчващи съновидения! Там, където 15-метрова жена се изкачва по огромна кула, а в ръцете й безсилно се е отпуснал Библиотекарят, а около тях пикират двама магьосници на метла. Където кучето Пляси с отрицателен интелект непрестанно тича насам-натам да спасява кой ли не от какво ли не, а дълбокомисленият пес Гаспод умело дирижира неговите страстни пориви. И на...more
Despite that, however, we all still love the movies. If you gave me a novelization of Casablan...more
Discworld's pesky alchemists are up to their old tricks again. This time, they've discovered how to get gold from silver -- the silver screen that is. Hearing the siren call of Holy Wood is one Victor Tugelbend, a would-be wizard turned extra. He can't sing, he can't dance, but he can handle a sword (sort of), and now he wants to be a star. So does Theda Withel, an ambitious ingénue from a little town (where else?) you've probably never heard of.
But the click click of...more
Pratchett does an extraordinary job satirizing the superficial culture of Hollywood, and the film industry. From Gone with the Wind, to product placements, to the disgusting taste and texture of movie-grade popcorn, to how everything is alw...more
In this one, a place known as "Holy Wood" has started drawing people towards it, all becoming obsessed with making "moving pictures." The main plot involves the forces driving that obsession (and their connections to the Things in the outer dimensions, which you will be familiar with if you've read other Discworld books), and the two main characters who become stars. And their talking dog.
But this, at...more
This book follows a lazy wizarding student turned movie star, Gaspode th...more
Discworld's pesky alchemists are up to their old tricks again. This time, they've discovered how to get gold from silver — the silver screen that is. Hearing the siren call of Holy Wood is one Victor Tugelbend, a would-be wizard turned extra. He can't sing, he can't dance, but he can handle a sword (sort of), and now he wants to be a star. So does Theda Withel, an ambitious ingénue from a little town (where else?) you've probably never heard of.
But the click click of moving pictures isn't just
I really enjoyed this installment of the Discworld series. If you've been reading the books in order of publication, you'll know that Pratchett Terri often lets our reality slip off into the Discworld for a bit of satire,...more
A shady sausage vendor and a student of wizardry head to Holy Wood for fame and fortune in the early days of the Discworld film industry. Hey, kids! Let's put on a show! Sounds like wholesome family entertainment, does it not?
Well...since this sprang from the mind of Terry Pratchett, expect chaos and devastation, licentious landladies, mass hysteria, dogs and cats sharing conversations...
There’s a lot of things going on in this one, lots of characters with their viewpoints and plots. But the main one focuses on Victor, and later Ginger, and the strange magic of Holy Wood (not real magic, mind, silver screen magic). At fir...more
Main characters in this story are Victor Tugelbend, who devised a very intelligent system to fail exams at Unseen University "good enough" not to be thrown out, and Theda 'Ginger' Withel, who just wants to be herself, as big as possible. They are both drawn away from their day-to-day lives by...more
Wow, what a slog. When I started this reread I was wondering how a couple of those I had ignored would read a second time around, with “Moving Pictures” being my biggest fear. On this occasion my memory was correct, this may be the weakest Pratchett book until the football one released a few years back.
Now don’t get me wrong, even a bad Pratchett book is worth reading, and this wasn’t a complete waste of time. As per the usual, some of the humor hits hard...more
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