Unseen Academicals (Discworld #37)
The thing about Terry Pratchett is that while his stories take place in a fantasy world, they are about real world events and concepts. This o...more
Warm, fuzzy memories aside, I wanted to love this latest Discworld no...more
The wizards have never been my favorite, and we keep getting a dose of new characters, and football is hardly my favorite topic, but, for all of that, it was still an enjoyable story. It'll most likely never be one of my faves, but it was good.
I liked Nutt and Glenda, and wouldn't mind seeing them again, but I particularly liked the addition of Mr. Hix to the UU staff - the man with the skull ring who has license to be just a little bit evil, and to say the things everyone else is thinking. H...more
I had the pleasure of receiving an advance copy of the newest Pratchett, Unseen Academicals, from the publisher, Harper. And trust me, it was very much a pleasure because once again Mr....more
i have to admit that a big chunk of what made this book so much fun for me was Glen...more
I don't mind being taken via the scenic route on a tour of the Unseen University, Ankh Morpork and little glimpses of Uberwald and Sto Lat. Pterry always gets to the heart of the matter by going straight for the jugular while also attending to several minor veins and arteries. And inspite of my previous sentence this book is actually not really about vampires except in a very minor...more
My worries were put to rest of course by Pratchett's clever way of treating the book as -almost- a novel on its own. He adds useful anecdotes where needed and adds just the right amount of character building for you to get the feel of his characters without having to read any of the numerous prequels to this one.
I myself ins...more
The wizards at Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University are renowned for many things—wisdom, magic, their love of teatime—but athletics is most assuredly not on the list. So when Lord Vetinari, the city's benevolent tyrant, strongly suggests to Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully that the university put forth a football team composed of faculty, students, and staff—or lose the funding that pays for their nine daily meals—the more-than-usually-at-sea UU wizards find themselves in a quandary. To begin with,
And maybe important before going on: I am more interested in the life of a seagull than in football/soccer.
But to me, football wasn't the main topic here. It was about how people view and act towards each other just because of such stupid things as different sports clubs, it's also about racism and over coming prejudices and about love :)
The questions that the character Mister Nutt raise are very well though...more
To ale neznamená, že se Pratchettovi povedlo vždycky všechno - a ano, jsem si vědom, že pro nezanedbatelnou část českého geectva je Terry bůh a Jan Kantůrek jeho prorok.
Po těchto varováních přistupme k věci. Nevídaní Akademikové vyšli česky už předl...more
The book wasn't bad, mind you. But it was merely good. Pratchett's work is usually somewhere between brilliant and excellent.
Still, I wasn't particularly surprised. I've known about Pratchett's struggle with Alzheimer's for a while. I've known it was just a matter of time before it started to impact his work.
That said, even a somewhat lackluster Pratchett book is pretty good, and I...more
Maybe the mistake was mine: I thought this was going to be a Discworld book about football. And I guess part of it is, but there is so much other stuff going on (about dwarf fashion and goblin Mary Sues and Romeo and Juliet and I forget what-all else) that the football is more like the B plot than anything else.
And you kn...more
"Unseen Academicals" arrives new into a series that is already well over 30 books deep. The series is referred to as the "Discworld" series. For those of you unfamiliar with Discworld, it is a mythical flat world being carried through space on the backs of four cosmically huge elephants that are, themselves, standing on the back of an even larger tortoise. This tortoise is slowly making her way through the universe carrying millions of eclectic entities with her. If you loved "The Hitchh...more
The 37th novel (after Making Money) in Pratchett’s wildly popular "Discworld" series is set in the bustling metropolis of Ankh-Morpork and boasts the return of the wizards of Unseen University. Lord Vetinari, Ankh-Morpork’s patrician, is responsible, as usual, for setting into motion the novel’s two main story lines: the assimilation of a member of an ancient, and heretofore shunned race, into the city, and the regulation of "foot-the-ball," a game that leaves the s...more
First, the 'not so much' bits. The pace of this novel was a bit wonky, I felt like it moved in fits and starts, with many little sort of mini climaxes within the course of the story. This was likely a function of the second objection I have, and that there was simply too much going on: We have a love story, a story of a new sport being introduced to Ankh-Morpork, the origins of a new race on the di...more
Some people said that it's not really about football, which is true. Unfortunately, it's still not very good. There's a mishmash of different ideas, none of which are really developed properly. In some ways, this is the reverse of Lords and Ladies, b...more
Unseen Academicals erschien 2009, demnach bereits von seine...more
Unseen Academicals deals with the game of football or soccor (depending where you're from) Ponder Stibbons, now a Professor of Unseen University and Master of the Traditions has discovered an ancient clause in the University by laws. If...more
Unseen Academicals, the latest novel set in Terry Pratchett's successful Discworld, is based around football. Yes, I'm reviewing a book that features football. But here, it's used as a device to present the rest of Pratchett's cask of concepts: for one, his crab-pot theory, about self-imposed ghettoes (as you can read about in the NewScientist interview). There's no need to mention Pratchett's writing, featuring the usual hilarity-inspiring...more
That's probably also because it's a book about football...and while I love watching football I never felt the need to read about it. But it was more than that: I simply couldn't bring myself to care very much about the characters, especially Nutt. Yes I was curious what his secret...more
It's not unlike other one-trick gimmicks Soul Music and Moving Pictures, but for some reason annoyed me much less. And I don't even like sports. The new characters are likeable, and the old ones are always fun to spend time with. Lots of Ponder Stibbons and Ridcully, lots of Vetinari. I was quite pleased that Rincewind, though he does appear, plays hardly any role at all. (He's probably my least favorite character.) Death is not in this on...more
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Vetinari looked at his secretary in surprise. "Well, of course it is. It has to deal with the male one.”