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Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
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really liked it
bookshelves: brain-fluff, read-in-2011
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: all of the previous discworlds
Recommended for: old skool discworld fans

Football has come to Ankh-Morpork. Strange that, in the scale of Ankh-Morporkian evolution, football arrives after the genesis of iconographs and moving pictures but there you have it. That is one of the joys of evolution is it not? The element of surprise?

Surprisingly the arrival of football also coincides with the arrival of high fashion, fashion models (maybe not that surprising given the association between fashion and football a la posh n becks), the rediscovery of the Orc (like the rediscovery of the Coelacanth only much more dangerous) and the arrival of the Avon Lady on the doorsteps of everyone in Ankh-Morpork who is conventional/ traditional/ rich enough to have a door.

So as all the dwarves, werewolves, goblins, imps, troll and humans of a female persuasion prepare to adjust to being sports widows for at least the duration of the foot-the-ball season, the men-folk don their scarves and head out onto the streets in search of a match and pie. Veterinari has promised a mostly gold coloured cup to the winners of the league and the wizards are playing (but not cheating) for a hat, or THE hat as it is better known.

Once again Pratchett skates (or perhaps gleefully glides) across the literary thin ice that is the barrier between the reality of good old planet earth and the unreality of the Discworld. His books are a literary guilty pleasure, the written equivalent of or secretly googling Jensen Ackles when you're supposed to be working.

Answers on a postcard if anyone has any suggesting about what will stop the ball from rolling off the edge of the disc?

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Reading Progress

June 26, 2010 – Shelved
July 4, 2011 – Started Reading
July 4, 2011 –
page 200
July 6, 2011 –
page 300
55.56% "Football on the discworld? Wouldn't the ball just roll right off the edge?"
July 7, 2011 – Shelved as: brain-fluff
July 7, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
July 7, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Answers on a postcard if anyone has any suggesting about what will stop the ball from rolling off the edge of the disc?

The Circumfence? Tethis as goalie?

[Name Redacted] Isn't his name Vetinari? Though goodness knows i always make that mistake myself.

Also, I think the mountains would get in the way for at least part of the Disc.

Shovelmonkey1 Yes you're right Ian I didn't spell vetinari correctly. Shame on me, despite being a long time Pratchett reader!

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