Soul Music (Discworld #16)
Another solid entry into the Discworld series and the Death sub series (although Death has a relatively small amount of screen time) which this time tackles Rock 'n Roll coming to the Discworld. I love Rock 'n Roll and I enjoy humour so what's not to like?
The book started really well and got two differing strands of story line going, one with Rock 'n Roll and the other with Death going AWOL so his Granddaughter, Susan, has to take up the mantle and start to run the show. As the story progr ...more
Soul Music is a slightly unbalanced pair of narratives, one about the infringing of rock and roll into the Discworld and the other a rather s ...more
Can music save your mortal soul?
A fab foursome causes wizards to shake, rattle and roll, and manages to bring some hot times (not to mention broken furniture) to the Mended Drum. Suddenly, there's an earworm loose in Discworld, and now everyone's got their toes-a-tappin' and a song in their hearts.
Though I can't say exactly what was wrong, this one fell flat for me. It squeaks by with 3 stars ONLY because I liked the Death of Rats, Susan, the swing ...more
It wasn't my favorite Discworld book, but the phrase "Music With Rocks In" is so charmingly Pratchett that I kind of wanted to hug it.
Probably you'll enjoy more this book if you like music, or should I say if you have something to do with music or music business.
Is the story of a band of friends that joins the rocky way that leads for a new form of music, a sort of infection of strange proportions that affects to almost all in Discworld.
And it is the story of a grandfather and his granddaughter trying to understan ...more
However, if I app ...more
The book opens with Death deciding to retire... again. This time, there's no apprentice to fill the shoes, but the apprentice had a daughter... Death's daughter. So the task of being Death falls on a young girl in a boarding school for rich, noble children who knows nothing about the skeletons in the family closet. Death of Rats, along with Albert, attempt to educate her, ...more
Similar in concept at the very l ...more
26 July 2014
Well, I can't believe that I have just finished my 16th Terry Pratchett Discworld novel, and that is over two years (no, not sixteen books in two years, 16 Discworld novels in two years) since I decided that I would give Pratchett the benefit of the doubt and actually read them again prior to writing up a commentary, and this isn't even the last of the Discworld novels on my 'to read' list (I think there are another six, which would bring it up to Th ...more
I will say this, wow, Pratchett. Your music as a deity is kinda grim. At the end WANTING people to burn out rather then fade away. Driving them to it. Harsh.
Imp y Celyn, a bard from Llamedos, comes to Ankh-Morpork to find his fortune. He joins up with a dwarf and a troll, buys a mysterious guitar from an unusual music shop & discovers (or is discovered by) a new type of music - "music with rocks in". At the same time, Death begins to question his purpose and goes wandering ...more
Death takes a sort of holiday, so the Death of Rats goes looking for Death's granddaughter to fill the gap. Susan is off in boarding school, being an unusually practical teenager with no memory of her grandfather, when she gets the message. Meanwhile a bard, a troll, and a dwarf meet up and form a band and a magical guitar introduces the idea of Music with Rocks in to the Discworld.
The magic that is unleashed has more to do with lampooning record company contracts than the typic ...more
At least I understood more jokes than usual, since I had the privilege to read some samples of a thesis written about this book in particular ...more
So much so that when I had to pick the topic of my 4,000-word IB extended essay, there was no room for doubt. It had to be Susan. And Death. And the Music With Rocks In. And the life-saving, human-defining importance of rebellion. (Teen angst, ha! teen me would fume. What d'you grown-ups know?)
Meet 4,000-word essay here:
WARNING: Even though this is the ...more
This is one of the Death stories. It's not as good as Hogfather, but it has many of the same characters and it provides some of the background of their lives. Susan, the granddaughter of death, trust me it's bizarre, is fo ...more
At the same time though, it became associated with one of my best memories of 1995 -- a road trip from Aberystwyth to Cardiff to get the book signed by PTerry himself. Imagine two library geeks, Pratchett fen, best of mates driving through the Welsh countryside. Sunny and silly *g*.
So, the book perha ...more
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The concept sounded stupid. A flat world? On the backs of What? Alchemy, bad puns, magic, ridiculous analogies... It sounded like the sorts of stupid you stopped reading in grade school.
I could never be so wrong. It was sheer alchemy - on the part of the author. He continues to take the stupidest things of our world, shake them up with the most important, and pour out stories of such deep complexity, social, and emotional meaning that you are still lea ...more
But this is a regression, an awkward coupling of two completely separate stories held together with a glue of really, really bad jokes. It almost feels like someone got the order wrong, and this is the third or fourth Discworld novel, written before he quite got control of the reins of the stories that flow out of his fingers like music. Which meta ...more
It was suggested to me that I might enjoy several other Pratchett Discworld books more than the one I read so I chose one of those, voici, Soul Music.
It was OK. It was a better OK than The Colo(u)r of Magic but still not something I'm ready to rave about. I mean, I liked it and r ...more
A satirical comedy on the subject of death. It begins when Death decides to take a holiday and turns over the shop to his granddaughter, Susan, with the assistance of Death of Rats, a rat skeleton. Unfortunately, Susan does not have the stomach for such a heartless trade and this threatens the success of the establishment. By the author of The Light Fantastic. This 13th novel set in Discworld tells the story of Death's granddaughter, who inherited the job and grew to enjoy it. Amd of Imp
Many of Pratchett's books take one cultural phenomenon and build a story around it. It may be the printing press, the post office, money, etc. This is one of those books, and the to ...more
The Discworld version of Rock and Roll is alive and seeping into the minds of those who hear it. Susan, the wizards, and eve ...more
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