This was cute and a little bit funny, but it was also very short and it didn’t really have any substance. It was basically a meeting of the Wizards of Unseen University in which they discuss an inspection report for their university. Alas, Rincewind was nowhere to be found, nor was he even mentioned.
This short story can be read for free here.
This book was semi-entertaining, but it definitely won’t be one of my favorites from Discworld. I also think I was a little misled by the Discworld chart I’ve been referencing. The chart lists this as part of the Rincewind series, but he hardly appears in the book at all and has very little to do with the story. He’s a fun character; I was looking forward to one last book about him.
Our main characters are four non-wizards who work on the staff at Unseen University. The other wizards who often feature in the Rincewind books also get a fair amount of page time, more than Rincewind himself does. The basic story is that the wizards of Unseen University, to avoid the travesty of a reduced cheese selection, must form up a team and participate in a football competition. (Soccer to us Americans.)
It wasn’t a bad book, and I liked the main characters, but it was an easy book to put down. Part of that wasn’t the book’s fault; it was my week to be on call for work, and month end is never the calmest time to be on call, so I was distracted and tired. It took me most of the week to get through the first half of the book, and then it started to pick up and I was able to finish the second half more quickly.