J-I-B wrote:Far more satisfying and thought provoking than the fairy tale endings of UA and I Shall Wear Midnight.
I'd say you've got a pretty good fairytale for this book going yourself there Jeff - it's all a question of perspective and whether you're using fish-eye lens and/or rose-tinted specs
FACT - Moist is using some of the NRGs and the horses to help make the clacks/PO operate better
FACT - they (other people as well as Moist) don't know what to do with the rest of them except pro temps to use them as the Golem Standard in order to keep the socio-economic markets buzzing away happily.
FACT - the Golems were blocking the streets for a relatively short time and if Moist hadn't sorted it then see below for the next obvious point. AM historically will mostly not
go war ('cos it's bad for business) so they would have dealt with it fairly quickly - the oooo we're going to be attacked now is complete pants 'cos AM must operate come what may - red stars (LF); Dungeon Dimensions (MP); dragons (GG) Music with Rocks In; foot the ball. A bunch of ceramic-ware figures standing about doing nothing was never going to stop business as usual for too long.
PRETTY SAFE BET FACT - Armed with the same information and especially once the free Golems made some input (like Sgt. Dorfl for instance), there are in fact several other 'people-savvy' people that we know of who could have made similar connections as Moist and, naturally, Vetinari. How about.... William de Worde; Vimes; Carrot; Ponder Stibbons; Prof Hix; Ridcully - RINCEWIND?
Mr. Stronginthearm (or a another cunning artisan) might even have had some theories on what to do.
I won't go on and on about it
Just because they weren't on the scene in good time doesn't mean they couldn't have been involved pretty soon and been just as likely to make the same conclusions coming from different directions naturally.
Spike & Moist - like Pooh says, it's all in the challenge with Adorabelle (what a bloody awful name too - Terry's usually much better than that!). He knows she thinks he's slippery and twisted and so he almost has
to make her fall for him. The minute she does he'll be off (well maybe not a minute, but he'll be bored within a day or so).
(proper spelling and Terry back on form with a fake sickly sweet name) is forbidden fruit and someone who can pull strings for him to show off to. In fact Saccharissa wants
him to take 'larger than life' to ever greater heights - of preening/showing off - so she can sell newspapers. That's one thing he really excels at in a sort of car crash gobby outrageously celebrity way (if Moist was female he'd be Katy Price
I will give Moist one thing. He does at least use his undoubted intelligence and personal charm for a good humanitarian cause when it suits him unlike our Katie (never think the woman is stupid - Germaine Greer calls her a genius and she ain't kidding
) who is great at selling tat including and especially herself.