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Unseen Academicals Review

Postby Ponder Stibbons » Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:42 am

Here is a link to a review by yahoo! of Unseen Academicals.
http://www.boingboing.net/2009/11/11/pratchetts-unseen-ac.html

Feel free to add your thoughts comments and reviews of it and UA.
But dont expect us to read them :lol:
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Very surprised that Cory Doctorow didn't have better insight

Postby raisindot » Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:02 pm

I mean, this is a the guy who has put out one decent, if derivative, post-Gibson-geeknovel (Down and Out in The Magic Kingdom), one quite good if very derivate Tom Robbins novels (Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town), and several other forgettable books.

Most of his review gives the DW backstory. The review itself is lightweight, and totally insightful. Of course, anyone whose favorite DW novel is "Monstroust Regiment" simply can't be trusted, anyway. :)

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Postby poohcarrot » Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:25 pm

raisindot wrote:Of course, anyone whose favorite DW novel is "Monstroust Regiment" simply can't be trusted, anyway. :)
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Thanks JeffinBoston.

I won't waste any of my valuable time reading it then. :D
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Postby Bully » Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:20 am

Hello, new guy here, so I'm probably repeating things already said.

I love the fact that the author of the review is positive about the book, but I have a couple of issues with it (the review).

As Jeff In Boston (raisindot) says, half of the review is wasted on DW backstory. As much as I'd like to get more people into the DW canon, I don't think the 37th book is the best place to start. (I do note the reviewer says it's inside-baseball, but I don't think that's a real expression!)

I noted that: "he's let the trolls, vampires, medusae, dwarves, werewolves, zombies, and assorted other nonhumans into the city". Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall any medusae ever taking up residence in Ankk-Morkpork?

There's also no regognition that Discworld football bares a strong resemblance to our medieval football, when teams fought to take the ball between villages.

Any how, I'm niggling now, and I should really be in bed. I look forward to finding out the inevitable mistakes I've made :p

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Postby poohcarrot » Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:49 am

Bully wrote:I noted that: "he's let the trolls, vampires, medusae, dwarves, werewolves, zombies, and assorted other nonhumans into the city". Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall any medusae ever taking up residence in Ankk-Morkpork?


A Medusa is mentioned in passing, as having joined the watch, there was a windy day, her sunglasses blew off and several people were turned to stone for 30 minutes before the wizards magic-ed them better again.

I missed it first time too. :P
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:08 am

A small point about the Medusa. If I remember correctly Medusa was the name of one of the Gorgons. :P
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:13 am

You're correct Tony :D there is only one Medusa :wink:
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Postby raisindot » Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:13 pm

Tonyblack wrote:A small point about the Medusa. If I remember correctly Medusa was the name of one of the Gorgons. :P


In our world, yes. But in DW, it's a species. After all, in our world, there's only one Igor. There, it's a family affair.

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Postby Dotsie » Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:17 pm

Of course. Medusa must have procreated at some point, and now there's loads :shock:

Makes perfect sense to me.
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Postby poohcarrot » Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:18 pm

Sjoerd3000 wrote: there is only one Medusa :wink:


One Medusa. There's only wo-on Medusa.
Wo-on Medusa. There's only wo-on Meduuu-sa. :lol:
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Postby chris.ph » Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:11 pm

[quote="Dotsie"]Of course. Medusa must have procreated at some point, and now there's loads :shock:

you do realize whoever did the deed couldnt look her in the face :lol:
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:37 pm

:twisted: He just needed to have the one eye on something else PMSL :lol:
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:07 pm

So are there also male medusae then? :wink:
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Postby chris.ph » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:15 pm

he had his beer googles on :lol: :lol:
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:21 pm

There were three Gorgons and Medusa was one of them. :P
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