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 ambitio...more
Moving Pictures, as a title of course makes me think of Rush’s brilliant 1981 album of the same name (Pratchett even makes droll word play just as in Rush’s cover art).
Like so many of Sir Terry’s Discworld adventures, he liberally sprinkles popular and cultural references throughout and besides the ubiquitous Lovecraft allusions, he also tu ...more
Memorable moments, and there are a lot of them going well beyond thi ...more
Can you hear that? It's the sound of a movie reel.
Discworld has it's first foray into the industrial revolution. Here, in form of the last guardian of an old portal dying without anybody being there to take up his tasks. Not long after, some alchemists in Ankh-Morpork develop clicks, moving pictures painted by enslaved little demons. Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, the sausage dealer, isn't gonna miss out on a chance to get rich so he becomes the first agent/film studio executive. Soon, first people ...more
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Moving Pictures, Pratchett's Discworld parody of Hollywood, appeals to me a great deal purely as a cinephile and wannabe film maker but as it's Pratchett it's also brilliant and brilliantly funny filled with wicked caricatures and wonderful characters, and of course evil puns aplenty.
In this must-read episode you get to know more about the ...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...
S-o-o-o-o...in a ...more
At the beginning of the book, an old man living alone in a remote area called Holy Wood dies. After his death, strange things start happening and some alchemists develop the concept of “moving pictures” which become hugely popular. People travel en masse to Holy Wood (I trust you ...more
In an area near the city of Ankh-Morpork the last follower of an ancient religion dies without passing on his knowledge.
In Ankh-Morpork itself a group of alchemists discover the secret of a nearly-not-explosive new tec ...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
I also can't judge the characters and plot with regards to the other books. Is Cut-me-own-Throat Dibbler a major character in the series? Will I read about Victor and Ginger again? Are the wizards of the Unseen University always the same? (I suppose they are, but I cannot tell ...more
I just loved all the movie references, the typical Pratchett humor had me laughing throughout, and Gaspode the Wonder Dog is now one of my favorite characters. Most of the main characters were new, but there were plenty of other characters we met previously that made numerous appearances - The Librarian, trolls, wizards, our friends from The Watch. The ending played tug-of-war with my heart strings, but that just made it all that more excit ...more
"İşte bu," dedi Victor. "Beni endişelendiren de bu. Sanki biz araya sıkıştırılmışız gibi. Sen Holy Wood’u kullandığını sanıyorsun ama aslında Holy Wood seni kullanıyor. Bizi. Hepimizi."
Diskdünya'nın tekinsiz birçok büyüsüne bir yenisi ekleniyor ve çorak toprakların kalbinden, tahtalardan ibaret bir kasaba ...more
21 May 2013
I must admit that this was not one of my favourite of Pratchett's books but I suspect that if I end up reading it again, the score might go up and the review may change, however we are getting to a point where maybe the best of Pratchett's Discword content is behind him and he is exploring other avenues to try and get a laugh. Okay, Pratchett does more than try to get a laugh, and in a way it is sort of like the Simpsons where Pratchett uses a fantasy world ...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
Holy Wood. The alchemists on the Discworld discover the magic of motion pictures! This novel parodies the creation of film, and the developments it went through in the first thirty or so years of its existence. Gone With the Wind fans might find a lot of Easter eggs in he ...more
It's been awhile since my last Discworld read. A lot longer than I had realized. I had been planning to read a book every other month or so. I'm stubbornly determined to read the books in publication order, and I'm finding some of these early books uneven.
That's not the case with this book. I really enjoyed it a lot. It might be that I'm huge movie f ...more
Alchemists have discovered the technology of moving pictures. If you have seen Twoflower’s camera, you have an idea of how it works. The book pokes fun about all the tropes of Hollywood, such as typecasting, advertising, and Lassie. There’s something sinister lurking behind it all, though, and the plot gets really we ...more
Despite that, however, we all still love the movies. If you gave me a novelization of Casablan ...more
**Her Diskdünya romanın da olduğu gibi popüler kültüre atıflarla bezenmiş bir Holywood parodisiydi. Şarkı söylemeyen, dans edemeyen, ...more
At a superficial level, Moving Pictures is a satire of Hollywood with its obsession for fame and fortune, where no cliche is left unscripted and every stereotype is a star in the making. Those ga ...more
I think my problem with it is that it's too literal. What I love about Pratchett's writing most of the time is how he manages to mock things scathingly while at the same time making wonderful (and more general) loving comments about humanity. By following such a narrow path as he did in this book (with the straight on Hollywood/Holy Wo ...more
I’ve talked before about why I find Pratchett at his least readable when he’s trying to do a straight satire. Much funnier (to me, at least) are the little send ups of universally human foibles, like the fu ...more
LOL, It starts off with a Star Trek reference. Bonus points just for that. Through the course of the book there are illusions to Gone with the Wind, King Kong, Snow White and other movies. Terry’s books often have a strong theme to them, and obviously this one is Hollywood.
The alchemists guild have discovered the “m ...more
But an old man dies and realizes too late that he had not trained a successor to continue lighting the ritual fire. And things start to happen as not quite real things seep ...more
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Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, ...more