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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:31 pm

Bloody impossible to read in bed too! :evil:

Also I forgot the bloody thing was in the conservatory bookcase and so the spine and last inch of the dustjacket covers are 'slighty' foxed - they've turned blue in fact! :shock:
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:47 pm

It's impossible to read on a bus as well. I took it to London last week thinking I'd read it on the bus. There just wasn't the room yo open it properly.
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Postby pip » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:48 pm

Thats why i have the hardback and much smaller and manageable paperback which is bed and bus friendly. :D
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Postby mystmoon » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:54 pm

? I can read mine in bed, I just prop it on the pillow and lie on my front :P
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Postby DaveC » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:22 pm

I only have the small paperback. I only read it at home as even that was too big to take to work.
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Postby pip » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:24 pm

No audio version of this book then :lol:
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Postby DaveC » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:26 pm

pip wrote:No audio version of this book then :lol:
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Postby The Mad Collector » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:38 pm

pip wrote:No audio version of this book then :lol:


There is actually. The full version read by Stephen Briggs is either 4 or 5 CDs long rather than the usual 10 to 12, I've got it somewhere :D
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Postby pip » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:45 pm

post comment i went and checked as well. Crazy stuff mad. :lol:
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:44 pm

Ok - what are your favourite illustrations?
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:08 pm

Sorry Tony, although the illustrations are ok I don't remember any clearly enough to have a favourite.

The fact that it's very short isn't really a problem as it's a fable not a novel but the "motto" at the end - "No one remembers the singer. The song remains" isn't really the one I'd expected, it seems only tangentially connected to the main theme of humanity defying fate/the gods.

I also felt the whole plotline with the plan to save the world by stopping the silver horde was rather weak.
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:18 pm

Actually, I see this one as a sort of transition book in the series. We have seen Discworld and, in particular, Ankh-Morpork, develop through the series. We gone from Medieval to Regency to Industrial Revolution and Victorian. Cohen and co. are part of an outdated era on Discworld.

They don't fit into the books any more so this is Terry's way of letting them, literally, go out with a bang. I think the books have moved even further into a more modern era since this book.

Which takes me back to favourite illustrations. :D Mine is actually two - it's sort of the Before and After pictures of the minstrel. That picture of him in rags sitting on the rock playing his homemade lyre is excellent in my opinion.
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Postby mystmoon » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:33 pm

I love the one of Cohen and the Horde flying off on the Valkyries horses!
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Postby The Mad Collector » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:18 pm

Tonyblack wrote: That picture of him in rags sitting on the rock playing his homemade lyre is excellent in my opinion.


Yes I really like that one as well, but it is the parodies of da Vinci's sketchbooks done as Leonard of Quirms notebook that make the book for me and why I don't think it could work without the pictures.
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:50 pm

Where it really wouldn't work without the pictures is at the end when Leonard is painting the temple of Small Gods. If you took the picture away it would simply be: "He's finished it already!"

I noticed for the first time on this read that his helicopter is dragon powered - and apparently they are Moon dragons.

And I love the fryingpan stuck to Rincewind's back in that picture. :lol:

Did anyone spot the reference to The Truth in one of the pictures? I laughed out loud when I spotted it.
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