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The new Discworld novel is a murder mystery set in Ankh-Morpork.
Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld series, started in 1983 with The Colour of Magic, and which has now reached 37 novels with Unseen Academicals. Worldwide sales of his books are 60 million, and they have been translated into 37 languages. Terry Pratchett was knighted for services to literature in 2009.
The 37th novel (after Making Money) in Pratchett's wildly popular "Discworld" series is set in the bustling metropolis of Ankh-Morpork and boasts the return of the wizards of Unseen University. Lord Vetinari, Ankh-Morpork's patrician, is responsible, as usual, for setting into motion the novel's two main story lines: the assimilation of a member of an ancient, and heretofore shunned race, into the city, and the regulation of "foot-the-ball," a game that leaves the streets littered with bodies of players and spectators alike. Verdict While having more than its fair share of laugh-out-loud lines, this title is far from Pratchett's best. He fails to integrate his great wisdom and fondness for the human condition, and his humorous observations about its absurdity are left hanging. However, it is still a well-written crowd pleaser. For serious fans, but newcomers might prefer to start with one of the earlier titles.-Amy Watts, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Terry Pratchett is a comic genius." * Daily Express *
Football, food, fashion and wizards collide in Pratchett's 37th Discworld novel (after 2007's Making Money), an affectionate satire on the foibles of sports and sports fans. The always out-of-touch wizards at Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University stand to lose a very big bequest unless they enter a team in a violent but popular street sport competition. As the wizards struggle to learn the game, aided by the university's hired help, Ankh-Morpork's ruler schemes to use the competition for his own purposes. Though the book suffers from a few awkward moments (Pratchett's attempts to discuss racism through the strained relationships of dwarves, humans and goblins fall particularly flat), the prose crackles with wit and charm, and the sendups of league football, academic posturing, Romeo and Juliet and cheesy sports dramas are razor sharp and hilarious but never cruel. At its heart, this is an intelligent, cheeky love letter to football, its fans and the unifying power of sports. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.