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Postby rockershovel » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:58 pm

I'd rather assumed that the references to Vetinari's great project, "The Undertaking" coupled to various references to the dwarfs buillding water-tight tunnels, pointed in that sort of direction.. although in overall terms I'd suspect that a canal network was probably nearer the mark
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Postby LilMaibe » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:31 am

Tonyblack wrote:
LilMaibe wrote:Weren't some things just thrown at the reader? Like the transportation system? Or did I miss a short story.
There has been a rumour after Thud! that there was going to be an underground railway system in A-M. But as far as I know, that's never actually happened yet. :)


been talking bout the trollcabs etc.

an underground in AM might not happen, you can't transport the madness of the london underground to AM.
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Postby rockershovel » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:46 am

I'd always had the impression of Ankh-Morpork being built on an eminence of some sort, like Ely or Norwich above the flat plains all around. An underground canal network would make all sorts of sense.
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Postby madam » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:14 am

yeah but would you really want to float around in near proximity to the ankh?
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Postby LilMaibe » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:03 am

madam wrote:yeah but would you really want to float around in near proximity to the ankh?


Ever been to the London Underground?
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Postby DaveC » Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:26 pm

Finished! Liked it a lot more than Making Money, not in my top ten by any means but I like the below the new characters and the change of dynamic between the wizards. I think that one minus point is that a lot of the jokes seen to be food to death, eg Nobbs, old mum... Have to say Hix is way better in this than the last book, is if even the same character? Can't wait to read ISWM and Snuff!
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Postby madam » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:56 pm

LilMaibe wrote:
madam wrote:yeah but would you really want to float around in near proximity to the ankh?


Ever been to the London Underground?


touche'
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Postby LilMaibe » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:29 am

Something else that springs to mind if you think about it...
The last will and testament that causes all the football ruckus in the UU states -every 20 years- now didn't it? (IIRC)

Wouldn't that mean the wizards already failed to fulfill that requirement? If we go by the fanmade/assumed timeline, CoM is more than 20 years back at the time of UA...therefore, as no member of the faculty remembers to have ever played an official football match....

(Sorry if someone else pointed at this already, I haven't found it in th thread)
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Postby Cool Middle Name » Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:37 pm

rockershovel wrote:I'd always had the impression of Ankh-Morpork being built on an eminence of some sort, like Ely or Norwich above the flat plains all around. An underground canal network would make all sorts of sense.


Where I live, Ely is the scum of my city, the place with the highest rate of crime. My dad said:
' Tie a ring to a brick and chuck it through a window - that's how you get married in Ely.'
And he grew up there.


He also loves discworld.
Okay random topic over.
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Postby LilMaibe » Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:49 pm

On a final sidenote from here:

The thing I personally find most disappointing with UA is that it feels like a bad fanfiction that would have needed just some tweaking to make it awesome :( (Sorry if this sounds impudent)
Really not much, kick out some characters, move another from here to there, shuffle around some motives and -tadah-
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Postby madam » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:17 pm

my thoughts exactly, i mean as a novel it was good but for a pratchett book it was lacking, which was dissapointing as it had the poental to be epic.
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Postby LilMaibe » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:30 pm

Even neater:
The whole book could be undone with a single paragraph... something like *ponders* something maybe like this:

"Say, what was that business with the 'orc' all about?", asked the younger man, a curious eyebrow risen at Stibbons.
"We wondered about the same, actually", that one shrugged, "turned out Mr de Worde had a new trainee at the Times who manged to mess up several articles and the serialised novel from page 12 and write it all as if it were one story."

(don't mind me, I'm sugarhigh I think)
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Postby meerkat » Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:24 pm

I think they should have had a john Motson approach to telling the footie match. It came over a bit boring and I must admit I skipped the repeating of Macarona's titles. Other than that, still say it seemed a bit of a goodbye book! I've read it four times now and still feel the same!
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:36 pm

I bet Stephen Briggs cursed Terry when he had to read all that for the audiobook. :lol:
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Postby LilMaibe » Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:57 am

You know WHAT I am happy about for UA? In terms of the whole 'love it or hate it, there's nothign in between' affair surrounding it?
That the Discworldfandom has none of the zealous, rabid sort of fans that would flood pages like ff net with so called 'Fix Fics' or do worse. The Harry Potter Fandom already suffers enough from that sort of people >_<

(I know, further up I noted down how the story could easily be moved out of the canon, but heck, I don't write a 300 chapter fic out of it and claim my idea is better than the original. And I am not so stupid as to utter deathtraps towards the author for writing it... Heavens, I feel sorry for Ms Rowling at times...)
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