Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Review:- Terry PRATCHETT – “Unseen Academicals”

Publ: 2009
My own copy
ISBN: 9780385609340
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 400p
Pre-ordered from Amazon
Rating: ***** *****

What led you to pick up this book?
Anything with the name Terry Pratchett on it is an automatic pre-order from Amazon for me!

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
This is the 32nd Discworld novel and one of the best yet. Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving with the occasional dead body on the pitch but the new sort with real rules. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman with a FUTURE and the mysterious Mr Nutt. No one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too. As the match approaches these four lives are entangled and changed for ever. This is a football book like none you have ever read before - and it includes pies!

What did you think of the characters and style?
My life has few simple truths but this is one of them - There is no fantasy author as good as Terry Pratchett. His style, his ability to find humour and pathos in every situation and his ability to crack a joke are second to nine.

What did you like most about the book?
Was there anything you didn't like about the book?
That it ended. I always have a temporary feeling of depression when I finish a Pratchett novel. I don’t want it ever to end. I could stay in Discworld (or should that be on Discworld) for ever.

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.
Passable but not as good as some of the earlier ones.

Would I recommend it?


Glenda and Juliet sat side by side, rocking gently to the sway, lost in their thoughts. At least Glenda was, Juliet could get lost in half a thought, if that.

He surfaced a few inches away from the milky-blue eyes of Juliet. She did not look surprised; surprise is an instant thing, and by the time Juliet could register surprise, she generally wasn’t.

It has been said that crowds are stupid, but mostly they are simply confused, since as an eyewitness the average person is as reliable as a meringue lifejacket.

But, it was a funny thing: every day something happened that was important enough to be on the front page of the newspaper.

“the female mind is certainly a devious one, my lord.”
Vetinari looked at his secretary in surprise. “Well, of course it is. It has to deal with the male one.”

“Don’t drink that, that’s cider vinegar!”
“I’m only drinking the cider bit...”

If you wanted a job done properly, you had to do it yourself. Juliet’s version of cleanliness was next to godliness, which was to say it was erratic, past all understanding and seldom seen.

– see Nation

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