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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:32 pm

I guess I mean Myria, or how they try to act human but don't actually know how to do it. Like the smiling really big and making silly mistakes.

Not gonna defend it any more, the auditors are evil and I hate them but like Myria...
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:10 pm

*Nods* Myria's great and I love the last bit when Death comes for her and proves she really did make it as a human.

I'm past hating the auditors with this book 'cos Terry just shows them for they are - dead-end dead-heads who want everyone and everything in neat bland little boxes. I've worked for them and they're too real and too ridiculous for words so no pity whatsoever wasted on them - Myria wasn't one at all in the end. :twisted:
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Postby Lady Vetinari » Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:00 pm

I'd be an auditor just to die by chocolate... can't think of any better way to go! :twisted:

I hate auditors too but I think that is entirely the point.

I love the twist regarding Ronnie Soak.

Yes I found Susan a bit annoying in this but I have to say she was better than in Hogfather. And at the end she seemed to soften - especially as she has a new 'friend' - would love another book with them.


I see what you mean with the Auditors being a bit like the Aliens in GQ but their meaner cousins! ( 1000 HUGS to the person who mentioned this, one of my favourite films!)

I haven't finished it but I have read it only a few months ago and I know what happens.

I would also
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One word for you all...

BIKKIT!
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Postby swreader » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:18 am

bikkit wrote:Sorry about double posting.

Anyways. About the auditors. They are experianceing human-ness for the first time and fit right in. But they never learnt right or wrong or irrationality so the humans (weeel kinda humans) win. But they picked up on stupid rather quick. Stupid verging on idiotic. This was the intro. My grand theory will be revieled soon.


Well, Bikkit, you said people were ignoring you, so though I agree that this is one of Pratchett's best, I'm going to have to "nit-pick" at your post.

The Auditors who incarnate could hardly be said to "fit right in" to humanity. When the first six appear to supervise Myria, they don't understand that the body has to breathe, and make a myriad of mistakes because they haven't the vaguest understanding of even the physical nature of humanity, let alone the psychological complexities of humanity.

And it's not that they are "irrational" but rather that they are disembodied intelligences who are completely rational unattached to the complexities of life and humanity. It's not that they are stupid, so much, as that they have never encountered as part of their nature the complexities which being human requires--emotions, conventions, politeness (to name only a few) are completely new to them.
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:26 am

Lady Vetinari wrote:I see what you mean with the Auditors being a bit like the Aliens in GQ but their meaner cousins! ( 1000 HUGS to the person who mentioned this, one of my favourite films!)


np, lol Back Atcha Sweetie!!
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:42 pm

Regarding the Auditors taking on human form. They suddenly find that the very fact of inhabiting a human body and feelings makes them into individuals. Terry is using them to exaggerate the way humans act. Very few humans actually take an axe and start attacking other humans, but if they did they'd probably find that other humans would be more likely to obey them.

The Auditors seem to have inherited a sense of self-preservation along with their humanity and a want to preserve their uniqueness - again this is another very human trait. It's really clever of Terry to use them in this way to show us human foibles that we take for granted. :)

Humans have a lifetime of being human to learn how to be human. To the Auditors it comes as a shock.
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:25 pm

LOL Auditors still crack me up. I am reading Reaper Man... "I" "Did you just Say I?????" "NONONO I Did'n... ohshit" Blue/red flare of flame poof. LOL LOL LOL

How can you not love that? It is too much, they are like, like, like, oh Pooh, like Accountants who develop personalities and must be extremely careful in every word they say and every move they make, cuz I'll be watching you... oops slipped into Sting for a moment.

I felt so sorry for Jeremy/Lobsang until they got together.

Yes I think an Abbot story would rock... WannaWannaBikkitNOW!!!! Beats monk with rubber Yak...WhoopsNeedNewNappy..ShoooeyStinkyNappy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and by the way you are messing with the universe and I must insist BIKKIT that you stop.
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Postby mspanners » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:52 pm

Just a thought .... now that Unseen Academicals has hit the shops where will it be in the discussion group list of books?

Will it be added to the end of the list or will there be a redraw of the remaining titles?
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Postby poohcarrot » Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:40 pm

swreader wrote:
bikkit wrote:Sorry about double posting.

Anyways. About the auditors. They are experianceing human-ness for the first time and fit right in. But they never learnt right or wrong or irrationality so the humans (weeel kinda humans) win. But they picked up on stupid rather quick. Stupid verging on idiotic. This was the intro. My grand theory will be revieled soon.


Well, Bikkit, you said people were ignoring you, so though I agree that this is one of Pratchett's best, I'm going to have to "nit-pick" at your post.

The Auditors who incarnate could hardly be said to "fit right in" to humanity. When the first six appear to supervise Myria, they don't understand that the body has to breathe, and make a myriad of mistakes because they haven't the vaguest understanding of even the physical nature of humanity, let alone the psychological complexities of humanity.

And it's not that they are "irrational" but rather that they are disembodied intelligences who are completely rational unattached to the complexities of life and humanity. It's not that they are stupid, so much, as that they have never encountered as part of their nature the complexities which being human requires--emotions, conventions, politeness (to name only a few) are completely new to them.


I agree with you bikkit. I also think the auditors fit right in to humanity. I'd also like you to reveal your theory. :D

Sorry to nit-pick with you sw reader, but Bikkit isn't talking about the physical nature of humanity. I don't know how an ipod works, but this doesn't make me an auditor.

When a baby is born it (usually) knows and understands nothing. It learns. The auditors are like newly born babies but with intelligence. (I like the way this baby-with-brains theme is also repeated with the Abbot)

As for "emotions, conventions and politeness, etc" the incarnate auditors learn of all these very quickly and experience them all in the book.

So just what exactly on the long list of the psychological complexities of humanity do the auditors not show?. 8)
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:28 pm

poohcarrot wrote: So just what exactly on the long list of the psychological complexities of humanity do the auditors not show?. 8)

:lol: the natural ones I guess. You're absolutely right about them being like babies and like the abbot in that they have fantastic recall but....

All babies of whatever species are born with a genetic imprint that predisposes them for the life ahead including socio-behavioural ones. In human babies (Discworld or not) they have large brains that have instinctive physical impulses which they quickly learn to process: sight (more often than not this is not an immediately usable sense in the non-simian mammalian newborns), hearing, taste, smell, touch and other useful neural and basic motor skills: but a virtually blank personal memory bank which is filled gradually as they grow in strength and mobility. They also have a gift for vocalising which they use effectively and manipulatively from the moment they 'detach' from their host mother. What else would explain how quickly such an ugly, wrinkly, smelly and squally little scrap can forge a bond with it's parents and blood kin and have people running to attend to all it's many grotty little physical needs? :lol:

With the auditors all they have is the knowledge and intelligence and not the sensory input that all humans have from their birth - why else can they not handle chocolate? They're creatures of the mind not the flesh and yes, they do pick up all the pschopathic skills very quickly because they're not used to being individuals and separate from the whole of their sterile intellectual community. When they're separated they just can't cope with the others wanting to do different things and undermining their own decisions and inclinations so they get hugely selfish and antagonistic not to mention arrogant and murderous, just because their now singleton will is frustrated and completely compromised because they can no longer work collectively.

But then we're pretty good at that kind of stuff too... in fact we're much better at it aren't we, because we can be organised and work together with the really bad stuff as well as factoring in the petty little individual idiosyncracies like xenophobia and making the world a better place - for me, me ME??!!! :twisted:
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:31 pm

POOH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY WONDERFUL MANSY-WANSY!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have MISSED you. Thank you for being YOU.

The auditors are very silly and just as prone as we are to human foibles and try very, very hard not to give in, but, like Myria said, a piece of burnt toast almost killed her with the sensation. She is the only one who had even 1/2 of an inkling of the idea of human-ness. I mean really, she tried to paint. How cool is that? It had to be very hard to "appear" human and not "appear to accept" human-ness. Her character will have a part in my soul-ish thingy that is inside of all of us. Whether we like it or not...
Susan is good, she has none of the powers when time stops and must use her brain, thankfully it is a good brain.

Johnny Depp would make a wonderful Jeremy/Lobsang, but I think I said that already.
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Postby poohcarrot » Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:56 pm

Jan Van Quirm wrote:...so they get hugely selfish and antagonistic not to mention arrogant and murderous,


...as that appears to be a perfect character description of John Bolton, they obviously fit perfectly into humanity as bikkit originally stated. :P
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Postby Lady Vetinari » Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:58 pm

Jan's statement - so they get hugely selfish and antagonistic not to mention arrogant and murderous,

Much like the worlds Politicians then?
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Postby poohcarrot » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:04 pm

Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit wrote:I have MISSED you.

Thank you for being YOU.


You obviously need more practice on the shooting range. :lol:

I don't understand that second bit. :?
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:30 pm

poohcarrot wrote:
Jan Van Quirm wrote:...so they get hugely selfish and antagonistic not to mention arrogant and murderous,


...as that appears to be a perfect character description of John Bolton, they obviously fit perfectly into humanity as bikkit originally stated. :P

Did I say I'd missed you? :roll: :wink:

Who's John Bolton? - I had to look him up on Wiki and I'm still no wiser as there's about a half dozen of them (such a common name! :P ) Auditor-wise I'm guessing it's the US Ambassador under Bush, but I could be mistaken since I can't be bothered to learn these clots names, just know what stupid sh*t they've got us into?

I agree with Bikkit as well, just that you asked what psychological complexities they didn't show - the ones I mentioned support what Bikkit's saying as the lack of the mitigating aspect of human sensation isn't there to prevent them doing excellent impressions of most war-mongers and/or serial killers :twisted:
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