LilMaibe wrote:It's pretty early, when we see how the Librarian is dealing with the heat
Do you mean The Last Continent?
In LC it was winter and the Librarian had gone ill. In Eric there's a heatwave over the city and the Librarian is relaxing in the basement where they store the naughty book in barrels of icewater.
BaldJean wrote:I don't read books thinking "what point does the author want to make?" all the time; that is something which is only done for literature lessons. The author does not need to make a point; that's a mere invention of literature critics. But if I ever read a book like that I would easily spot the point in the example you give: It is the contrast between the very formal official life of a banker and the rather deviant private life. The message is along the line "Don't judge a book by its cover".
I agree widely, but as mentioned before, I learned, in great part from Mr Pratchett's works, to actually think about the things I read, see, or even write.
A bad book leaves one, not only me, I'm certain, with a queasy feeling, whether one actually thought about the flow of events or not.
And it is especially off in a series like Discworld, as the things that baffled me are mistakes a beginner makes, not someone with a certain reputation AND editors and people who read the story even before the editor gets his hands on it.
It's the big picture these little things paint when put together that make me feel rather unwell.