Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Discworld - Music to Die For

So back in college, I read Christopher Stasheff's Warlock series.  There was one book called the Warlock Rock and it was full of music puns.  They weren't subtle, and some of it seemed quite forced.

Terry Pratchett's Soul Music, while it has some music puns, is much more entertaining and quite a bit more subtle.  Some of my favorite parts are the Discworld inversions of Earth bands.

Dwarves with Altitude
We're Certainly Dwarves
The Whom

But parallel to the story of the rise of Music with Rocks In, is the introduction of Susan Sto Helit, daughter of Mort and Ysabell, and granddaughter of Death.  It's about how a seveteen-year-old girl deals with learning she has the powers of Death, while at the same time handling her crush on a boy in a band.

There's also the introduction of what actually goes on inside the High Energy Magic building at Unseen University.  In picturing the scattering of experiments and take-away food boxes, I can just picture the beginnings of HEX, the Discworld's version of a computer.  But that's okay, because he/it will be there and in use for the next book Interesting Times.


Mentioned in this book:

"A Wizard's Staff Has a Knob On the End"
‘The World is Your Mollusk”
Albert / Alberto Malich
Arnold Sideways
Big Mad Drongo / Adrian Turnipseed
Blind Io
Bloody Stupid Johnson / UU Organ
Candle Dribbler
Catalog for Magic Shops
Chalky the Troll
Chrysoprase the Troll
Coffin Henry
Corporal C. W. St. J Nobbs
Cumbling Michael
Curry Gardens
Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler
Deadman's Curve
Dwarf Gold Song
Dwarf Hi Ho Song
Eldritch means oblong
Events from Moving Pictures
Events from Reaperman
Foul Ole Ron
Gaspode (Limping Mongrel
Gimlet's Delicatessen / Hole Food
Havelock Vetinari, Patrician
Miss Eulalie Butts
Modo the Dwarf Gardener at UU
Molly, maid
Moving Pictures
Mr. Hong and his All Night Take-Away Shop on Dagon Street
Mrs. Cosmopolite
Mrs. Whitlow
Music with Rocks In
Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor
Offler, The Crocodile-Headed God
Old Man Trouble
Ossory's Ass - Holy St. Bobby
Ponder Stibbons
Queen Keli of Sto Lat
Quoth the Raven
Riktor the Counter
Sergeant Fred Colon
Susan Sto Helit
Tez the terrible
The Alchemists' Guild
The Assassins' Guild
The Bunch of Grapes
The Bursar
The Chair of Indefinite Studies
The Counterweight Continent
The Dean
The Death of Rats
The Fools' Guild
The High Energy Magic Building
The Hogfather
The Lecturer in Recent Runes
The Librarian
The Listening Monks
The Mended Drum
The Opera House
The Power of Belief
The Quirm College for Young Ladies
The Rite of Ashk-Ente
The Seamstresses' Guild
The Senior Wrangler
The Thieves' Guild
The Tooth Fairy
Things from the Dungeon Dimensions
Unseen University

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