Friday, August 28, 2015

Six Months in a Nimoy-less World

So, six months ago, Leonard Nimoy passed away.  Recently, William Shatner called for people to send selfies giving the "Live Long and Prosper" hand sign.

He put this together as a tribute:




I think it's a great way to say goodbye to a friend.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Discworld - Spirit of Wrath

If Unseen Academicals was the looking for the coat, I Shall Wear Midnight is the saying goodbye to people while looking for the host.  Characters are brought out that we may see for the last time, small themes are wrapped up and put away.  And questions are answered.

Again, my thought that Tiffany is what Esk might have been as a recurring character comes to mind.  Of course Esk showing up in this book shows how the path diverged, but again I get the sense of a path not taken and longed for.

But now, there comes Snuff which is the distraction on the way out the door that brings you back into the party...

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Recurring themes and characters appearing in this book

!!!!!
Angua von Uberwald, captain
Ankh-Morpork
Annagramma
Big Yan
Boffo
Brian, sergeant of the guard
Brutha
Carrot Ironfoundersson, captain
Chaffinch's Mythology
Daft Wullie
Death
Eskarina "Esk" Smith
Events in Equal Rites
Events in Hat Full of Sky
Events in Wee Free Men
Events in Wintersmith
Fred Colon, sargeant
Granny Aching
Granny Weatherwax
Haddock, constable
Horace, the cheese
Hygiene
Jeannie, kelda
Lancre
Leticia
Lord Alfred Rust (ancestor of Ronald Rust)
Magrat Garlick, queen of Lancre
Mightily Oats, reverend
Miss Level
Miss Perspicia Tick
Miss Sacharissa Crisplock
Miss Treason
Mr. and Mrs. Aching
Mr. Trooper
Mrs. Snapperly
Nac Mac Feegle
Nanny Ogg
Nobby Nobbs, corporal
Petulia Gristle
Preston
Rob Anybody
Roland
Sam Vimes, commander, duke, knight
Simon
Stoneface Vimes
The Ankh-Morpork Times
The Baron of the Chalk
The Lady Sybil Free Hospital
The Royal Ankh-Morpork Opera House
The Royal Art Museum of Ankh-Morpork
The Toad
The Unreal Estate
Tiffany Aching
Unseen University
Verence II, king of Lancre
Wee Mad Arthur, constable
Wentworth

You, the cat

Discworld - Be a Sport

Unseen Academicals was a book that came out after a seeming drought of Discworld books.  Pratchett had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at this point, and we all were wondering how he would continue.  I think he ended up slowing down with the writing, but at the same time was trying to get everything in his head out onto paper that he could.

This was not yet the saying goodbye, but it was like the beginning of the looking for you coat at the end of the party.

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Recurring themes and characters appearing in this book:

“A lie can run around the world while the truth is getting its boots on.”
“The world is an oyster.”
Adrian Turnipseed, professor
Alphonse Nobbs, bledlow (no relation)
Angua von Uberwald, sergeant
Ankh-Morpork
Bergholdt Stutley “Bloody Stupid” Johnson
Bill Rincewind
Bishop Horn
Bluejohn, constable
Boffo
Bows & Ammo
Brazeneck University
Bugarup University
Burleigh & Stronginthearm
C.M.O.T. Dibbler
Cabbage
Death
Diamond, king of trolls
Dimwell
Dolly Sisters
Dr. (Mossy) Lawn
Dr. Hix (Hicks), Head of the Department of Post-Mortem Communications
Emberella
Events in Sourcery
Haddock, constable
Havelock Vetinari, patrician
Hex
Hwel, dwarf playwright
Igor
Lady Margolotta von Uberwald
Lancre
Lord Rust
Micro Mail
Mightily Oats, Reverend/Brother/Pastor 
Molly, maid
Moving Pictures
Mrs. Whitlow
Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor UU
Nobby Nobbs, corporal
Nutt
Ponder Stibbons
Professor Earwig (retired and married...)
Queen Ynci
Rhys Rhysson, low king of the dwarves
Rincewind
Sto Lat
The Ankh-Morpork Royal Art Museum
The Ankh-Morpork Royal Bank and Mint
The Ankh-Morpork Royal Post Office
The Ankh-Morpork Times
The Assassins’ Guild
The Beggars' Guild
The Bursar
The Cabinet of Curiosity
The Chair of Indefinite Studies
The Clacks System
The Dean/Archchancellor Brazeneck University
The Evil Empire
The Fools’ Guild
The High Energy Magic Building
The Koom Valley Accord
The Lady Sybil Free Hospital
The Lecturer of Recent Runes
The Librarian
The Luggage
The Postmaster (Most von Lipwig)
The Quirm College for Young Ladies
The Royal Opera House
The Senior Wrangler
The Squid in the hall
The Thieves' Guild
The Uberwald League of Temperance
The Undertaking
Thud
Uberwald
Unseen University
Verity Pushpram
William de Worde

Winkle's Old Peculiar

Monday, August 17, 2015

Discworld - All the Money That's Fit to Print

Making Money, a direct sequel to Going Postal, has a lot of things happening in the background.  And looking forward to the next, and last, Mosit von Lipwig book titles Raising Steam, I notice that all three books titles have the same grammatical structure: verb ending in "-ing" followed by a noun.

But this book is lots of fun with another plot to displace/replace Vetinari as the Patrician.  And some of the best lines go to him as well.  My favorite is one from near the end of the book: "Mr. Lipwig, do I need to wear a button that says TYRANT?

It's also another book that visits or mentions a lot of past characters.

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Recurring themes and characters appearing in this book:

"A Fresh egg" (The Rite of Ashk-Ente)
Alberto Malich
Angua von Uberwald, sergeant
Ankh-Morpork
Anoia, goddess of cutlery and things stuck in drawers
Berenice Houser, priestess of Anoia
Black Ribboner; Uberwald League of temperance
Boffo Novelty and Joke Shop
Carrot Ironfoundersson, captain
Cut-Me-Own-Throat “C.M.O.T”. (Claude Maximilian Overton Transpire) Dibbler
Dark clerks
Death
Detritus, sergeant
Dorfl, constable
Dr. Hicks, head of the Department of Post-Mortem Communications
Dr. Whiteface, Fool’s Guild
Drumknott, secretary
Elm Street
Events of Feet of Clay
Fred Colon, sergeant
Gladys, golem
Haddock, constable
Harry King
Havelock Vetinari, patrician
Hex
Igor
Jolly Sailor Tobacco
Koom Valley
Lancre
Lord Downey, Assassins’ Guild
Ludmilla Cake
Miss Adora Belle “Spike” Dearheart
Miss Macalariat
Miss Saccharissa Crisplock
Moist von Lipwig
Mr. Fusspot, dog, chairman
Mr. Slant, Lawyer’s Guild
Mr. Tiddles, cat
Mrs. Cake
Mustrum Ridcully, Archancellor Unseen University
Nobby Nobbs, corporal
Ordained donkey (Ossory's ass)
Otto Chriek
Ponder Stibbons
Professor Flead
Samuel Vimes, commander, knight, duke
Stanley Howler
Tacticus, general
Teemer & Spools
The Ankh-Morpork Royal Bank and Mint
The Ankh-Morpork Royal Post Office
The Ankh-Morpork Times
The Assassins’ Guild
The Beggars’ Guild
The Cabbage Stamp
The Cabinet of Curiosity
The Campaign for Equal Heights
The Chair of Indefinite Studies
The Dark Clerks
The Dark Empire
The Department of Post-Mortem Communications
The Fools Guild
The Golem Trust
The Librarian
The Low King, Ryhs Ryhsson
The Merchants’ Guild
The Orthodox Potato Church
The Pink Pussycat Club
The Squid in the hall
The Undertaking
Tolliver Groat, assistant postmaster
Uberwald
Unseen Unveristy
Vetinari's aunt
William de Worde

Wuffles, dog (deceased)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Discworld - Boffo

This time reading through Wintersmith, I began to wonder if this had been part of Terry Pratchett's plan all along: to have a female character growing up through his books.  In Equal Rites, we meet Eskarina Smith as an eight-year-old, and Tiffany is nine in Wee Free Men.  Now I don't know if he had these stories in his head, but Tiffany certainly follows a path much like Esk might have if Pratchett had followed her as much as he does Rincewind and Vimes.

Tiffany is shaping up to be very powerful.  She has fought the Queen of the Fairies (WFM), traveled beyond the door of death (HFoS), and now has learned to be a fulcrum in the transfer of heat and will learn to do something similar with pain.  The only thing she hasn't learned so far to put her closer to Granny Weatherwax's true heir is learning borrowing.

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Recurring themes and characters appearing in this book:

Ankh-Morpork
Annagramma Hawkin
Anoia, goddess cutlery and things stuck in drawer
Awfully Wee Billy Big Chin
Baron of the Chalk
Big Yan
Boffo
Callus Tacticus, general
Chaffinch's Mythology
Daft Willie
Death
Dimity Hubbub
Eldritch means Oblong
Events from A Hat Full of Sky
Events from Wee Free Men
Gertrude Tiring
Granny Aching
Granny Weatherwax
Greebo
Hamish
Horace, the cheese
Jeannie, kelda
Lancre
Lucy Warbeck
Lulu Darling
Miss Eumenides Treason
Miss Level
Miss Perspicacia Tick
Morris Dancers
Mr. Joe and Mrs. Aching
Mrs. Lettice Earwig
Mrs. Snapperly
Nanny Gytha Ogg
Old Mother Blackcap
Old Mother Dismass
Petulia Gristle
Rob Anybody
Roland de Chumsfanleigh
Sensibility Bustle, wizard
Sergeant Roberts (with Kevin, Nigel, and Trevor)
Shawn Ogg
The Hiver
The Nac mac Feegle
The Quirm College for Young Ladies
Tiffany Aching
Tolliver Groat, assistant postmaster
Unseen University
Wee Dangerous Spike
Wentworth Aching
Where’s My Cow?
You, the cat

Zakzak Stronginthearm

Monday, August 10, 2015

Discworld - Watching Koom Valley

There are two parts in Thud that really struck me emotionally.  They are moments that make me choke up like you read in 60s comic books.  The only other time I'm felt that way in a Pratchett book is at the end of Hogfather when Susan is protecting the forms of the Hogfather.  This time it is when Vimes is running to save Young Sam and when he is stumbling through the dark of the caves.

Pratchett really escalates his game in this book.  The action rolls forward again, but it's stronger and moves into being more Disc encompassing.

This is book 35 in the Discworld series, and I can see the end coming.  I still have The Last Hero, what could really be called the original Discworld graphic novel, to go.  But aside from that and The Shepherd's Crown, I have five books left in the series.

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Recurring characters and themes appearing in this book:

Angua von Uberwald, sergeant
Ankh-Morpork
Anoia, goddess of cutlery
Argent, grag
Bashfull Bashfullson, grag
Bergholldt Stutley “Bloody Stupid” Johnson
Bhrian Bloodaxe, First Low King of the Dwarves
Biers
Bluejohn, Constable
Boggis, Thieves’ Guild
Brick
Burleigh & Stronginthearm
Cabbage
Carrot Ironfoundersson, captain
Cheery Littlebottom, sergeant
Chrysoprase
Copperhead
Death
Detritus, Sergeant
Diamond, King of Trolls
Dis-organizer/Gooseberry
Doreen Winkins, countess
Dorfl, constable
Events of Guards! Guards!
Events of Jingo
Events of Night Watch
Events of The Fifth Elephant
Foul Ole Ron
Fred Colon, sergeant
Gimlet and his delicatessens
Grabpot Thundergust
Haddock, constable
Havelock Vetinari, Patrician
Igor
Koom Valley
Lancre
Llamedos
Mr. Pony
Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor UU
Nobby Nobbs, corporal
Otto Chriek
Rhys Rhysson, Low King of the Dwarves
Ruby
Sally von Humpeding, constable
Sam Vimes, Commander, Knight, Duke
Scumble
Stoneface Vimes
Sybil Ramkin-Vimes, Ducchess
The Ankh-Morpork Times
The Breccia
The Bucket
The Cabbage Stamp
The Clacks System
The Lady Sybil Free Hospital
The Librarian
The Pink Pussycat Club
The Pork Futures Warehouse
The Quirm College for Young Ladies
The Royal Art Museum
The Royal Post Office
The Silicon Anti-Defamation League
The Summoning Dark
The Uberwald League of Temperance
Uberwald
Unseen University
Verity Pushpram
Visit "washpot",constable
Where's my cow
Wilkins, butler
William de Worde

Young Sam Vimes

Friday, August 07, 2015

Just a Bit Too Late

Why, oh why, couldn't this have been found a month or so ago?

This would have been a perfect birthday present.  Not that I can think of any of my geologist friends whose wives would let them decorate their bed with this.  But it sure would make a nice blanket for sitting on the couch.

I like the labels, and the fossils and crystals.  But the best thing is the stick-figure trees.  My professors would always draw a line for the surface, and then draw a couple trees and maybe a house or cabin.  The department chair would always joke that this was required in any proper cross section drawing.




I may have to get one anyway.  It's just too cool.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Picky Picky

I'm fine.

No, really I'm fine.

But really, this study is interesting.

I just have to say two things:

1.  Introduce a strange food up to 52 times?  One a week for a year?  Every day for almost two months?  That's not getting used to something, that giving up out of boredom.  Except for hot dogs.

2.  And really, fifty-two times?  Who did this study, DC Comics?

Discworld - Glom of Nit

Going Postal introduces another recurring protagonist to the Discworld: Moist von Lipwig.

One of Moist's philosophies is always keep running because you never know who might be catching you up.  It's very fitting for this book, because it keeps running for its entire length.  It is a fast paced book that bring to mind a roller coaster in reverse.  Even after having head is many times, I found myself looking forward to lunch and time on the train to get back to my reading.

Again, Pratchett is detailing bits of his main city and calling back to the first time the post office was mentioned.  We learn where the missing letters from the motto went.  And we learn more about the working of the clacks system.

Next, is a return to the Watch with Thud.

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Recurring concepts and characters appearing in this book:

Adrora Belle "Spike/Killer" Dearheart
Angua, sergeant
Ankh-Morpork
Anoia, goddess things that stick in drawers
Berhodlt Stutley "Bloody Stupid" Johnson
Blind Io
Cabbage
Carrot Ironfoundersson, Captain
Clerk Brian
Dark Lord
Death
Dimwell
Dolly Sisters
Dr. Mossy Lawn
Drumknott, secretary
Extremelia Mume, priestess of Anoia
Fred Colon, sergeant
Gladys , golem
Goitre, Posthumus Professor UU
Harry King
Havelock Vetinari, Patrician
Hex
Hobson's Livery Stable
Igor
King of Lancre (Verence II)
Ladislav Pelc, Proefessor UU
Lady Margolotta von Uberwald
Lancre
Lela, volcano goddess
Lord Downey, Assassins’ Guild
Miss Macalariat
Moist von Lipwig
Mr. Pony
Mr. Slant, Guild of Lawyers
Mr. Tiddles, cat
Mr. Trooper, hangman
Mrs. Cake
Mustrum Ridcully, archchancellor UU
Offler, the Crocodile-Headed God
Om
Otto Chriek
Ponder Stibbons
Quantum
Queen (Keli) of Sto Lat
Sacharissa Crisplock
Sam Vimes, knight, duke, commander
Stanley, assistant postman
Sto Lat
Teemer and Spools
The Ankh-Morpork Times
The Assassins’ Guild
The Cabbage Stamp
The Campaign for Equal Heights
The Chair of Indefinite Studies
The Clacks System
The Dark Clerks
The Golem Trust
The Guild of Merchants
The High-Energy Magic Building
The Lady Sybil Free Hospital
The Lecturer in Recent Runes
The Low King of the Dwarves (Rhys Rhysson)
The Mended Drum
The Opera House
The Royal Bank
The Royal Post Office
The Thieves' Guild
Thud, game
Tolliver Groat, junior/senior postman
Uberwald
Unseen University

Witch flying into clacks tower (Granny Weatherwax)



Monday, August 03, 2015

Discworld - The Witches' School

A Hat Full of Sky is a return to the world of Tiffany Aching.  I probably should have mentioned in my post about Wee Free Men, that there were a few pokes at J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.  There are a few in this book as well but not as much.

While I know Rowling had to be a Pratchett fan because of a few references that I caught in her series, she did once say that she did not realize that she was writing fantasy with the Harry Potter series.  In response, Pratchett said, "I would have thought that the wizards, witches, trolls, unicorns, hidden worlds... would have given her a clue?"

Looking back at this book, it could seem like a bridge story because of the new characters introduced that will be used again, including the Hiver entities.  But taken by itself, A Hat Full of Sky shows Tiffany's continued growth as a witch and begins her socialization in a world of her contemporaries.  It also shows again that she has amazing potential as a witch.

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Recurring characters and themes in this book:

"A Witch should never stand between two mirrors."
“The world is your... Shrimp”
Annagramma Hawkin
Awfully-Wee-Billy-Bigchin Nac Mac Feegle
Bells of St. Ungulant
Big Yan
Cabbage
Daft Wullie
Death
Dimity Hubbub
Dragons on the Moon
Events of Carpe Jugulum
Events of Maskerade
Events of Wee Free Men
Gertrude Tiring
Granny Aching
Granny Weatherwax
Hamish
Harietta Bilk
Jeannie, kelda
Lucy Warbeck
Lulu Darling
Miss Level
Miss Perspicacia Tick
Mrs. Earwig
Mrs. Snapperly
Nac Mac Feegle
Petulia Gristle
Ratbag, the cat
Rob Anybody
Roland, son of the Baron
The Baron
The Hiver
The Lancre Witch Trials
The Queen of the Fairies
The Yellow Toad
Tiffany Aching
Unseen University
Wentworth Aching

Zakzak Stronginthearm

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Discworld - As Good as Any Man

Monstrous Regiment is another book that has our favorite characters in it only peripherally.  Even Death appears as only an apparition or hallucination.  But it is another fun read.  It even only has fantasy elements as things that have been established.  Sure there's a vampire and a troll in the regiment, but they're just treated as people.

The end is left a little open ended as to just what is going to happen, and leaves you wondering.

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Recurring themes and characters that appear in this book:

Angua, Sergeant
Black Ribbon – the Uberwald League of Temperance
Borogravia
Buggy Swires, Corporal
Burleigh and Stronginthearm
Cabbage
Death
Havelock Vetinari, Patrician
Jolly Sailor Tobacco
Leonard of Quirm
Lord Ronald Rust
Low King of the Dwarves, Rhys Ryhsson
Offler, the Crocodile-Headed God
Om
Otto Chriek
Reg Shoe, Corporal
Sam Vimes, Knight, Duke, Commander
Tacticus, General
The Ankh-Morpork Times
The Clacks System
The Unorthodox Potato Church

William de Worde

Monday, July 27, 2015

Discworld: Crivens!

With Wee Free Men, Pratchett introduces Tiffany Aching, a nine-year-old girl who will become a witch and will be the main character in his final book which will be coming out soon.  This is another books written for Juveniles, and was originally described as not being part of the Discworld.  However, slowly we hear familiar country names and places. 

There is also the return of the Nac Mac Feegle, the little pictsies from Carpe Jugulum.  These are a different tribe, but they will be the ones we learn so much about.

And other than short stories, I think this is the first Discworld book that doesn't have Death in it.

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Recurring characters and themes that appear in this book:


Big Yan
Daft Wullie
Granny
Granny Aching
Hamish
Jolly Sailor Tobacco
Lancre
Miss Perspicacia Tick
Mrs. Snapperly
Nanny
Not-as-big-as-Medium-Sized-Jock-but-bigger-than-Wee-Jock Jock
Pictsies / Wee Free Men
Quirm College for Young Ladies
Rob Anybody
Roland, son of the Baron
Special Sheep Liniment
The Baron of the chalk
The Kelda
The Nac Mac Feegle
The Queen of the Fairies
Tiffany Aching
Wentworth Aching
Yellow sick toad

Discworld - Watching the Past

Night Watch is an immediate parallel sequel to Thief of Time.  The sudden storm that stops the glass clock appears at the beginning of the book, and the fracturing of time is what drops Sam Vimes into the past.  The other part I really like about the book is the cover created by Paul Kidby.

This is one of the first covers that Kidby did for the Discworld.  And he shows that he is as amazing as Alex Ross in his abilities to make a collage of made up people into something that almost looks real.  Kidby took the original Rembrandt painting that has come to be called "The Night Watch" and repopulated the painting with the characters from the book.

Here is the Rembrandt's original painting:


Most people know that it only came to be called "The Night Watch" because of the protective varnishes that were regularly added to it aged and darkened hiding the image.

Now here is Kidby's cover artwork:


And, this being the internet there is a comparison graphic:


All because Pratchett inspired a great modern artist.

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Recurring themes and characters appearing in this book:

“Leggy” Gaskin, corporal
“Mayonnaise” Quirke, Corporal
Angua, Sergeant
Borogravia
Burleigh and Stronginthearm
Cable Street Particulars
Carrot Ironfoundersson, Captain
Cheri Littlebottom, corporal
Clacks
Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler
Dark Empire
Death
Detrtitus, Sergeant
Dolly Sisters
Downey, Assassin’s Guild
Dr. “Mossy” Lawn
Drumknott, secretary
Elm Street
Events of Guards Guards
Events of The Fifth Elephant
Events of Thief of Time
Fred Colon, Sergeant (Corporal)
Harry King
Havelock Vetinari, Patrician, Assassins’ Guild
High Energy Magic Building
Igor, Constable
Lord Ronald Rust
Lord Selachii
Lord Snapcase, Patrician
Lord Venturi
Lord Winder, Patrician
Lu Tze, History Monk
Madam Meserole (Aunt to Vetinari)
Marco Soto, History Monk
Mr. Slant, Lawyers’ Guild
Mrs. Content, midwife
Mrs. Rosey Palm
Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor UU
Nobby Nobbs. Corporal
Old Tom, UU bell
Ping, Corporal
Ponder Stibbons
Qu, History Monk
quantum
Reg Shoe
Sam Vimes, Duke, Knight, Commander
Stronginthearm, Sergeant
Swires, Constable
Sybil Ramkins-Vime, duchess
The Agony Aunts
The Ankh-Morpork Times
The Assassins’ Guild
The Broken Drum
The Bursar
The Librarian
The Monks of History
Uberwald
Uberwald League of Temperance
Unseen University
Visit, Constable
Wallace Sonky
Wilikins, butler

Monday, July 20, 2015

Discworld - Oh Rats!

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents was billed as Pratchett's first juvenille book.  Juvenille as in for juniors or marked with a "J" in a library.

IT's a fast read, btu it isn't necessarily just for kids.  Much like Garth Nix and his Abhorsen books, aq good author can put some deep themes into a juvenille book.  Pratchett has sometimes had naive adults use phrases like "Wouldn't it be nice if everyone was nice."  Adn while that's a nice dream, all but the most naive know that'll never happen.

One of Pratchett's recurring themes is racism, but wrapped and disguised as speciesism usually Humans against Dwarves or Trolls.  This time it Humans against Rats.  And while it's a twist on "The Pied Piper of Hamlin", this one is also about getting outside your head and realizing that while life may be a story, it's not always going to follow the narrative.

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Recurring themes and characters appearing in this book:

Death
Death of Rats
Maurice
Rat Kings
Purple Wobbly Bit
Uberwald
Sto Lat
Sgt. Doppelpunkt (Colon)
Cpl. Knopf (Nobby)
Unseen University

Discworld - A Time for Dying

So this is it, Thief of Time is my favorite Discworld book.

It's a book in the Death sereis, and it's has Susan in it.  But it also has the History Monks, and the introduction of "slicing time".  And then just everything about the Auditors learnign about living.  They had a bit of that at the end of Hogfather, but the poroblem is that those that die don't have a chance to warn the remainign Auditors what it's like to be alive.

But the greatest thing about this book is how it showcases Pratchett's skill of the slow, but constant, build as well as the interweaving of story threads.  There are the threads of Susan, Death, Lobsang and Lu Tze, Jeremy, the Auditors, Ronnie, and the story of Wen.  All of these come together neatly, and, literally, the storm hits just over halfway through the book.

And then, the events directly lead to Night Watch, which may be my number two favorite.

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Recurring themes and characters in this book:

“The Hedgehog Song”
Almanack de Gothic
Ankh-Morpork
Binky
Bonsai Mountains
Borogravia
Brutha
Cabbage
Death
Death of Rats
Dhlang (The Things from the Dungeon Dimensions)
Events in Small Gods
Greebo
Igor
Igorina
Koom Valley
Lancre
Leonard of Quirm
Lu Tze
Marco Soto
Mrs. Marietta Cosmopolite
Muntab
Nanny Ogg
Old Man Trouble
Qu
Quoth the Raven
Rule One
Susan Sto Helit
The Apocryphal Apocalypse
The Auditors
The Brothers of Cool
The Bunch of Grapes
The Clacks System
The Dysk
The Four (Five) Horsemen
The History Monks
The Listening Monks
The Opera House
The Quirm School for Young Ladies
The Ramtops
The Royal Art Museum
The Thieves’ Guild
Tooth Fairy
Twurp’s Peerage
Uberwald
Weaver family of Lancre

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Discworld - The Ankh-Morpork Times

In The Truth, much of the underlying theme is seeing characters whose minds we've been inside of in previous books from the perspective of outsiders.  We know Vimes, Angua, and the Patrician, but now it's about how the common person interacts with them.

The Truth also adds additional acceleration to the technology of Ankh-Morpork and the Discworld.  We've had engraving and the printing press, but movable type is a big step.

Of course, we'll be learning why technology is so skewed after the end of Thief of Time.

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Recurring characters and themes in this book:

"Millennium hand and shrimp."
“Sixpence is sixpence.”
“A lie can run around the world while the truth is getting it’s boots on.”
Altogether Andrews
Angua, Sergeant
Ankh-Morpork
Arnold Sideways
Blind Io
Cabbage
Carrot Ironfoundersson, Captain
Carter of Lancre
Cheery LIttlebottom, Corporal
Chrysoprase
Coffin Henry
Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler
Death
Death of Rats
Detritus, Sergeant
Dis-organizer
Djelibeybi
Duck man
Events in Jingo
Events in Moving Pictures
Events in Soul Music
Fiddyment, Constable
Foul Ole Ron
Fred Colon, Sergeant
Gaspode
Harga / Harga's House of Ribs
Harry King
Havelock Vetinari, Patrician
Hobson's Livery Stable
Hughnon Ridcully, High Priest of Blind Io
Lady Margolotta of Uberwald
Lady Selachii
Lancre
Mr. Crisplock, Engraver’s Guild (Maskerade)
Mr. Hong and his fish shop
Mr. Slant
Mrs. Palm, Seamstressess’ Guild
Muntab / The Muntab Question
Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor UU
Nobby Nobbs, Corporal
Offler the Crocodile-Headed God
Omnia
Otto Chriek
Queen Molly, Beggars’ Guild
Rufus Drumknott
Sacharisa Crisplock
Sam Vimes, Duke, Commander, Knight
Sto Helit
The Ramtops
Thatcher of Lancre
The Agatean Empire (IT)
The Alchemists’ Guild
The Ankh-Morpork Times
The Assassins’ Guild
The Beggars’ Guild
The Breccia
The Bucket
The Bursar, Dimwiddy
The Clacks
The Dowager Duchess of Quirm (GG)
The Dungeon Dimensions
The Engravers’ Guild
The Mended Drum
The Seamstresses’ Guild
The Thieves’ Guild
The Uberwald Temperance Movement
The Unorthodox Potato Church (named in Monstrous Regiment)
The Unreal Estate
Twurp’s Peerage
Uberwald
Unseen University
Verence II, King of Lancre
Weaver of Lancre
William deWorde
Wuffles

Friday, July 10, 2015

Discworld - Watch the Old World

So we return to international intrigue with The Fifth Elephant.  The excitement level on this one ramps up quickly.  We've heard of Igor before (as the bartender at Biers and helping the Magpyrs), but here we learn of the Igor network and their creed of "What goes around comes around."

There is also the introduction of the Clacks system (semaphore towers) which will play such a big part in the future books.

I think that I'm becoming soft and sentimental in my years.  I know that there are several books to go in the series, but just thinking about the end coming brings tears to my eyes, and the touching bits in the stories seem that much more poignant.  The part in this one that almost brought out a sob was when Angua is asking Carrot to be the one to put her down.

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Recurring characters and themes appearing in this book:

"Hi Ho Song"
"Personal isn't the same as important."
Albrecht Albrechtson
Almanack de Gothic
Angua von Uberwald, Sergeant
Ankh-Morpork
Baron von Uberwald
Baroness Seraphine von Uberwald
B'hrian Bloodaxe
Bluejohn, Corporal
Borogravia
Cabbage
Carrot Ironfounderson, Captain
Cheery “Cheri” LIttlebottom, corporal
Clacks system
Death
Deep Dwarves
Detritus, Sergeant
Done-It Duncan
Dorfl, Constable
Downspout, Constable
Drumknott, secretary
Dwarf Bread Museum
Events of Men at Arms
Flint. Corporal (sergeant temporarily)
Fred Colon, Sergeant (captain temporarily)
Gaspode
Genua
Gimlet / Gimlet's Delicatessan
Havelock Vetinari, Patrician
Igor
Lady Margolotta
Lancre
Leonard of Quirm
Lord Rust
Lord Selachii
Mrs. Content, midwife
Muntab
Nobby Nobbs, corporal
Reg Shoe, constable
Rhys Rhyson, Low King
Sam Vimes, Commander Duke Sir
Stoneface Vimes
Swires, lance-constable
Sybil Ramkin-Vimes, Duchess
The Assassins' Guild
The Bunch of Grapes
The Campaign for Equal Heights
The Dark Clerks
The Fools' Guild
The Opera House
The Prophet Ossory
The Ramtops
The Seamstresses' Guild
Twurp's Peerage
Uberwald
Visit-the-Non-Believer-With-Explantory-Pamplets “Washpot”, constable
Wilikins, butler

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Sick and Twisted with Kevin Kline

So, when I started out with the intent of writing this blog it was going to be about the chain of events that led to Jennifer and me watching "Soapdish" this weekend.  But then I had some additional interesting thoughts.

As it started, we were looking for a movie to watch and came across one with Maggie Smith and Kevin Klein in it called "My Old Lady".  It's about a man who inherits an apartment from his father and learns there is under un viager.  Towards the end there is a possibility the woman he sleeps with is his half-sister, and so when the movie was done and we wanted to watch something else, I said, "Well, since we had the chance of incest in this one, we should watch his other one that almost had incest 'Soapdish'."

And then, I thought he was really great in "A Fish Called Wanda" but... wait.  Wasn't there an incest twist to that one?  Sure, Otto and Wanda weren't really brother and sister, but everyone else thought they were, and there was Wanda's great line about how her intentions wouldn't be different if he really was her brother.

Maybe, I should look through some of his other movies and see if there are any others that have an incest theme in them.

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