I'm through the first 10 chapters and there are a few titles I'm definitely going to hunt down, including (but not limited to), Case for Three Detectives by Leo Bruce, and Murder in Black and White by Evelyn Elder. The former because I love humour and the latter because the format intrigues me, with the chance to solve the mystery myself.
Edwards writing stopped tripping me up; either it has smoothed out, or, and this is more likely, I just got used to it. But his chapter openings cram so many titles and authors together, I often lose track of who's who and what's what. Thank god for indices.
I know this is a British vs. American English thing, and I'm not suggesting at all that one is more or less correct than the other, but Edwards habit of referring to authors as founder members is driving me a little bonkers. It's so clunky when I try to read it in my head; I want it to say founding member. My brain tries to make it so, but my eyes trip over the discrepancy and I keep getting distracted.
Of course not so distracted that I'm not finding books and more books to add to my TBR lists...
I'm probably not doing this book justice with my rating, but as much as I think the writing is brilliant, it dragged for me badly.
I started it thinking it would work for my werewolf square in bingo, and by the time I realised it definitely wasn't (Agula the werewolf is only mentioned and never appears), it was too far in to stop.
This is a much deeper, more serious storyline that any of the other Discworld books I've read so far and there's a lot of political philosophy (and a fair amount of quantum physics). It's brilliant political philosophy, but I was expecting werewolves, so Poli-Phi and string theory was more work than I was prepared for. (Also, I'm not a fan of time travel plots.)
Still, this is Pratchett and as MT said, for a book I was complaining was hard work to get through, I was laughing out loud an awful lot. Pratchett is a genius at using his words, and the scene involving the ox and the raw ginger had tears coming to my eyes (and likely theirs). So many laugh out loud moments in this one that even though I'm glad it's over, I'm definitely also glad I've read it.
(Luckily, there are enough other elements in this book that I can use it for the Free Space.)