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Old Dec 1st, 2008, 08:58 PM       
I used to know this guy that was always going on about these books. He was annoying to the point that you couldn't listen to him talk for longer than about 30 seconds. He did this especially annoying thing were he would kind of "blog" at you in real life. You'd have to listen to all his inane opinions on Terry Pratchett and the Nintendo Wii and then at the end he might let you make a comment which he would ignore.
If you tried to interject at any point throughout his IRL blog entry he would just ignore what you'd just said and continue with what he was saying previoussly even if it made no sense in the new context of the conversation.

Just to keep this comment on topic I have found this guy's blog and whadda-you-know one of the latest entries is on Terry Pratchet. Enjoy!

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The Fifth Elephant.
Hmm.
It's a book with the Nightwatch, Uberwald, and plenty of fat...fat in the sense of material which you can digest in your minds and feel energized.
If you hunger for Discworld, for it's constructive satire... hold on stop. I don't know any longer if I dwell on Pratchett's stuff out of its fantasy, philosophy, or comedy, but something new after this. Don't get me wrong there is nothing tiring about returning to see Carrot or Vimes in another situation with characters who seem anything but throwaways even if their chances of appearing in another book may be slight.
No there's the point: every Discworld character seems to have some instant development upon the reader which distinguishes them as characters rather than talking objects. More so is Discworld is now an education unto itself when discussing the history of human creative.
However the most durable thing about Discworld now is Vimes. He is, unquestionably, the defacto character to Pratchett's prose. Sure Death, Granny Weatherwax, and Rincewind, have their purpose to fronting many other books but Vimes is the most Discworld character in Discworld...he is the embodiment of what this world is about: unhinged, sturdy, and glued the wrong way but holds harder than most things done 'right'. It's these changes to our perception of fantasy which allows me to distinguish Pratchett as a writer of the highest definition and description.
Wow.
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Old Dec 1st, 2008, 09:24 PM       
I've just spent about 19 minutes reading further blog entries and I don't think I've ever read anything less ineresting. You'll be pleased to find out I've attached this below so you can share my dis-interest.

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Soul Music is the 16th Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett, and the third book to feature Death. It is also a sequel to Mort, arguably the best of the series. The Corgi edition (see left) was published in 1995.
I do not claim to be an expert of Discworld, being I've read the first 15 over a span of 4 years, maybe longer. Mort kept me hooked onto the series, whereas the first two was a matter of reading together (third was a tad disapointing, in my opinion). It is suggested you read Mort first.
As mentioned, it features Death, though he resides more as a sub-plot, taking another human role, as he did in Reaper Man. The book is more focused on Susan, Duchess of Sto Helit, and the daughter of Mort and Ysabell, whom was the adopted daughter of Death himself. Susan takes up the mantle of being Death, which parallels Mort's story.
We're also introduced to a new character, Imp, and his desire to be a renowned musician. Joining up with a Troll named Lias and a Dwarf named Glod, the band create an overnight sensation after Susan intervenes.
Pratchett returns with many plot devices. The Librarian at the Mended Drum means this takes place after Rincewind's first three adventures, and is a key point of humour in this book. The mention of Captain Carrot, promoted at the end of Men At Arms, the previous Discworld book, also means Guard Guards, and Moving Pictures also took place. The most interesting plot device that returns is the reality-travelling salesmen, the shops that displace themselves and place themselves for purposes of easier storytelling. Death himself is always adjustable to read because of his dialect, which is evident by Susan's adoption. Although there's mention of Imp looking like an Elf, it's not defined if this also takes place after Lords and Ladies. No matter, because the new characters serves to create a fresh impact to the now ageing Ankh-Morpok, which has never failed once to be mentioned (correct me if I'm wrong).
Hogfather is mentioned, alike to The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents in Guards Guards, and Going Postal/The Truth in Men At Arms, despite none being books back then. They are all ideas Pratchett has of expanding on these light references, just to see if they stick out from the book. It appears he was attached to the idea of Death dressing up as a Santa-like character even before describing what the Hogfather was. Before Soul Music, all we knew about Discworld's Christmas is that it's known as Hogswashnight. Dibbler, another Ankh-Morpok resident, is also here too.
There's also a strong use of metaphors and allusions, like Ridcully's description of mixing colors to get a greenish-brown, not white, or dropping a Casanunda reference. Pratchett is really trying to squeeze out his previous books to make this not only work but feel modern. And it works as much as Klatchians are French.
Prachett uses a plot twist to change names, which I had intended to put in as an original idea, not any more...same with bribing with gold coins, which I believe was in Men At Arms or Lords and Ladies, one of the recent ones I read. I get ticked when my ideas are not original...like the birth of Adonis. Between Greek Mythology and Discworld, I wonder if anything is original anymore...like Talladega Nights and the kissing baby...GAH!
There's not much else I can say without revealing the entire story. The book takes the traditional slow pacing early on, but is speeding up nicely. I'll sign off with a SQUEAK.
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Old Dec 1st, 2008, 09:29 PM       
for one, tl;dr. for two "More so is Discworld is now an education unto itself when discussing the history of human creative."

I love Terry Pratchett but geez louise
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Old Dec 1st, 2008, 09:47 PM       
I read this much before I stopped.

"Hmm.
It's a book with the Nightwatch, Uberwald, and plenty of fat...fat in the sense of material which you can digest in your minds and feel energized."

That was all I could handle. Please slap him for me if you ever see him again.
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Old Dec 1st, 2008, 09:50 PM       
this whole thread makes me feel like i had a stroke shortly before reading it
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Old Dec 1st, 2008, 10:38 PM       
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Old Dec 3rd, 2008, 11:11 PM       
I just reread Pyramids and like it a whole hell of a lot better this time around, which is funny. I can't read my favourites because I know them by heart
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Old Dec 6th, 2008, 05:34 AM       
My favourite book is Hogfather, and my favourite character is Death.

I just finished Making Money, and I just started Thud (which annoys me because it's the hardcover and it doesn't fit on the shelf with the rest of them).

Did anyone see the cartoon series for Soul Music that was on at one stage about a decade or so ago?
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Did anyone see the cartoon series for Soul Music that was on at one stage about a decade or so ago?
I don't understand this sentence. Are you telling me that there is a video out there or an illustrated cartoon? It sounds like a video cartoon and I really hope that's what you mean.
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Old Dec 6th, 2008, 05:54 AM       
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159914/ ?

also http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0695332/
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Old Dec 6th, 2008, 10:33 AM       
oh and if you don't mind installing a browser plugin you can watch both of them on Veoh, and hogfather too

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v14158928EREdHtks
http://www.veoh.com/videos/v14151096PDdr26JW
http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1077776r8A67e92

etc etc just look for more by the same uploader those are just the first parts
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Old Dec 6th, 2008, 03:37 PM       
Thank you guys, this is awesome.
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Old Jan 6th, 2009, 05:04 PM       
I'm probably in the minority but Soul Music is probably the least favorite of the 15 or so Pratchett books I've read so far.
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What's your top 3?
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Old Jan 6th, 2009, 05:20 PM       
Good Omens, Mort, and Interesting Times would probably make up my top 3 Pratchett books
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There is just too many. I would like to re-read Feet of Clay right now. Pyramids has always been a favorite.
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I haven't read any of the "Watch" books. I've only read half of the Witches series.
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