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Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
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Or futbol, or football, or whatever.

Terry Pratchett has created a sports novel, or not, or whatever.

Yes, Lord Vetenari has agreed to allow a disorganized sport for ruffians and street thugs to have rules and even develop a league of sorts. Like crime, if there is going to be sports, it should at least be organized.

The 37th Discworld novel, first published in 2007 is about sports, but like all of Pratchett’s books, Sir Terry stuffs a Librarian (OOK!) sized amount of charisma, philosophy, and human nature into a ball-sized package.

Pratchett explores themes of sport in culture (and sport as a less destructive outlet for innate human bellicosity) sport rivalry and stereotypes. Pratchett examines how gang mentality closely parallels fan mentality and how the expectations of a group do not always apply to the individual.

Although Pratchett included many of our favorite Discworld characters in this novel, to me, the most interesting player here was Mr. Nutt. Without giving away any spoilers, Nutt is an ironic example of how group stereotypes are inapplicable to individuals. Never one for overly simplistic morals or sappy life lessons, Pratchett instead explores these themes amidst the backdrop of tribe structure exemplified in Discworld sports as much as in ours.


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March 16, 2017 – Started Reading
March 16, 2017 – Shelved
March 25, 2017 – Finished Reading

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siera Loving this Terry Pratchett kick, and love how you talk about book themes in your reviews... here's another Pratchett to add to my TBR!

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