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Terry's ideas.

Postby mspanners » Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:06 am

Having been a big fan and reread/listened to almost all of the Discworld books I have noticed one or two things, some of Terry's ideas resurface in His book.

One example struck me was the trick where the walking tower was positioned so to look small and fool the clacks into thinking it was the next one in Going Postal and the trick where the Girls used a signal box and blocked the the end to make the signal look like it was far away in Monstrous Regiment..... not that I am criticising as I still enjoy these books... any one else spotted rehashed ideas? :shock:
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Postby Lady Vetinari » Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:09 am

I must admit I don't read that closely and I want to read Going Postal again as I didn't quite understand the ending first time around... Preferred the ending of Making Money I got that one straight away ...

But I suppose it is inevitable - with the amount he's written that some ideas resurface - particularly if he loved them in the first place.
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:54 am

Like the island of Leshp from Jingo - that was mentioned in one of his earliest books (pre Mort anyway) but as usual I've forgotten which one as I reread them a few months back
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Postby Catch-up » Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:20 pm

I've noticed it, but I have to admit just the stuff that's more general, nothing as specific as the comparison you've made. I'll have to pay closer attention!
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Re: Terry's ideas.

Postby Trish » Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:26 pm

mspanners wrote:...some of Terry's ideas resurface in His book.

..The trick where the walking tower was positioned so to look small and fool the clacks into thinking it was the next one in Going Postal and the trick where the Girls used a signal box and blocked the the end to make the signal look like it was far away in Monstrous Regiment..... any one else spotted rehashed ideas?


Not rehashed. People the world over have been known to come up with similar ideas simealtaneously.
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Postby Terry f » Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:12 pm

Have been reading his books for twenty years at least and if it fits into the narrative why worry just enjoy :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:56 pm

There is another submerged continent on a map in a book, and I loved the walking tower bit in Going Postal, Especially the bit where Mad Adrian or was it Undecided? who was hanging from the sail bit with an owl on his shoulder and mildly griping, then said ""Ere now it is trying to stuff a dead mouse in my ear" in an aggrieved manner :lol: :lol: Too Much!! Re-hash as much as you want Mr. Pratchett/Terry comedians have been doing for thousands of years.
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Postby mspanners » Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:11 am

Yep His books are the tops!

Terry also has a habit of dropping the names of other people from other Discworld tales in His books.

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents are hinted at in one of the other books.

Can't recall which book hit happened in,but I bet someone will!! :shock:

I think it was when Nobby was chatting with Fred about a con trick and how they had been found out.... I think!

Can't recall exactly to be Honest, but it is one example that stuck in my mind!! :lol:
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Postby kakaze » Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:52 pm

mspanners wrote:Yep His books are the tops!

Terry also has a habit of dropping the names of other people from other Discworld tales in His books.

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents are hinted at in one of the other books.

Can't recall which book hit happened in,but I bet someone will!! :shock:

I think it was when Nobby was chatting with Fred about a con trick and how they had been found out.... I think!

Can't recall exactly to be Honest, but it is one example that stuck in my mind!! :lol:


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Postby mspanners » Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:48 am

Well done kakaze ! :)

Dont know why I thought it nobby and Fred ! :shock:
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Golem Army

Postby CJDobs » Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:37 am

I think the buried Golem Army in Going Postal was very similar to Interesting Times , both being based on the Terracota Army o'course. Just felt at the time of reading, 'he's done this before . . . . '

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Postby Batty » Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:33 pm

As long as the story flows I don't mind if some of it is duplicated.

Terry is a wordsmith, and it is perfectly understandable (considering the amount of books and words written) that an idea or three will be similar.

He is still the best author that I have read.
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Postby mspanners » Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:28 pm

No doubt He has something that a lot of others lack....... a really vivid imagination! Even when He is recycling ideas...... 8)
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