Doughnut Jimmy wrote:LilMabe regardless of what another book says if something works and readers like it it isn't a flaw. Books don't have to be great stylistically to be enjoyable and valued.
While that statement generally is true, UA sadly is one of those books that tell the reader what to think about a character and his/her actions. And that takes the enjoyability out of it.
You might see that different, but what I valued about Mr Pratchett's writings, amongst other things, was that he never talked down onto the reader, but always allowed to form one's own opinion on a statement, even if it was rather clear a character mirrored his view.
We were always free to disagree with the characters and their doings.
Even when the text said that a character was like this and this, we saw him do something to live up to it.
I wish I'd be able to explain what I mean
EDIT: Something just got me thinking:
Maybe, just maybe everything that seems 'off' or 'wrong' is actually done on purpose and we are in for a (final) meeting with the History Monks.
Let me explain:
IIRC in ToT it was said time had been broken before and putting it back together again didn't work that well.
Then it broke again and Lobsang put it back together again, successfully, as I remember.
Now, what if in the 'broken' time (in which the events from CoM to Truth occured IIRC) 'Stories' (see Witches Abroad) didn't had that much power over people as they should have had. Instead you had a greater influence by Narrativium (not the same as 'A Story') and believe.
Now the time is 'fixed' and stories take a much greater influence again, thereby bringing forth events that make little sense, but are good for the story. Characters, that have no personality, but are good for the story.
And so on.
Maybe we are in for a Monks story, where they have to, well, break time again without destroying reality, because it turned out with stories not that much in charge things were better after all.
As sometimes it might be better to leave something broken than to fix it.
Terry Pratchett is one of the few authors out there I'd actually think would be able to come up with such a thing and pull it off.