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Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
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After Terry Pratchett's startling revelation that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, fans have been wondering what would become of his epic creation, the epic series of Discworld fantasy novels. Well, we needn't have worried, the latest installment is one of the funniest yet. The city of Ankh-Morpork has gone mad for the sport of Foot-the-Ball, a mix of soccer and street theater that often leaves players and spectators alike bloody or in some cases dead. Lord Vetanari, the benevolent tyrant of the city, decrees that this much change, and charges the wizards of Unseen University with taming the game and making it respectable. Culminating with a wildly funny winner take all march between the wizards and a gang of street toughs and hooligans, the story also tells a fine tale of understanding and redemption. Mr. Nutt, an orc no less, is smuggled into the city in an attempt to save this race and integrate them into the great melting pot of Ankh-Morpork. So slapstick comedy and puns with a touch of class is the order of the day, and this makes for one of the best Discworld tales in quite a while.
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