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review 2018-09-24 11:39
The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1)
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett

I never know how to review the discworld books.  They're sort of impossible to describe to anyone who hasn't already read them, and likewise, they're hard (for me) to review.  

 

Generally, having read a few of the later discworld books in a couple of the sub-series, I found this one to be the weakest in terms of personal enjoyment.  I'm happy to have The Luggage finally explained, or at least properly introduced, and there were a few great jokes, but the story... meh.   And is it just me, or is Death distinctly less personable in his earliest incarnation?  I also missed the footnotes that add so much to later discworld books.

 

I read this in both audio and print as part of the Discworld group and for Halloween Bingo - I'm using it for the Free Square.

 

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text 2018-09-24 09:41
Reading progress update: I've read 202 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

"VIA CLOACA"

[...]

"In Ankh-Morpork even the shit have a street to itself," said Detritus, awe and wonder in his voice. "Truly, this a land of oppertunity."

 

 

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text 2018-09-24 07:49
Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

Sergeant Colon is my spirit animal:

 

Sergeant Colon liked a quiet life. And the city could spare a clown or two. In his opinion, the loss of the whole boiling could only make the world a slightly happier place.

[...]

No clowns were funny. That was the whole purpose of a clown. People laughed at clowns, but only out of nervousness. The point of clowns was that, after watching them, anything else that happened seemed enjoyable. It was nice to know there was someone worse off than you. Someone had to be the butt of the world.

 

The whole scene at the fool´s guild is hilarious.

 

 

 

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text 2018-09-23 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

"I don´t know if anyone´s noticed," said Lord Eorle, "but you certainly don´t see as many dogs about as you used to."

Vimes stared. It was true about the dogs. There didn´t seem to be quite so many mooching around these days, that was a fact. But he´d visited a few dwarf bars with Carrot, and knew that dwarfs would indeed eat dog, but only if they couldn´t get rat. And ten thousands dwarfs eating continously with knife, fork and shovel wouldn´t make a dent in Ankh-Morpork´s rat population. It was a major feature in letters back home: come on, everyone, and bring the ketchup.

 

Ankh-Morpork seems to have a serious rat problem!

 

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text 2018-09-23 11:52
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

"All right, then," he said. "You´ve all, er, got to take the oath ... eh ... and Corporal Carrot will show you how. Did you take the, er, oath when you joined us, Carrot?"

"Oh, yes, sarge.Only no one asked me, so I gave it to myself, quiet like."

"Oh? Right. Carry on, then."

Carrot stood up and removed his helmet. He smoothed down his hair. Then he raised his right hand.

"Raise your right hands, too," he said. "Er... that´s the one nearest Lance-Constable Angua, Lance-Constable Detritus. And repeat after me..." He closed his eyes and his lips moved for a moment, as though he was reading something off the inside of his skull.

´"I comma square bracket recruit´s name square bracket comma" ...´,

He nodded at them. "You say it."

[...]

´"...do solemnly swear by square bracket recruit´s diety of choice square bracket ..."´

[...]

´"...to uphold the Laws and Ordinances of the city of Ankh-Morpork, serve the public trust comma and defend the Subjects of His stroke Her bracket delete whichever is inappropiate bracket Majesty bracket name of reigning monarch bracket ..."´

[...]

´"...without fear comma favour comma or thought of personal safety semi-colon to pursue evil-doers and protect the innocent comma laying down my life if necessary in the cause of said duty comma so help me bracket aforesaid deity bracket full stop God Save the King stroke Queen bracket delete whichever is inappropiate bracket full stop."´

 

Hahahahaha. This is brilliant!

 

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