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About the Author
TERRY PRATCHETT is one of the most popular authors writing today. He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he 'doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three already'. He was appointed OBE in 1998. He is the author of the phenomenally successful Discworld series and his trilogy for young readers, The Bromeliad, is scheduled to be adapted into a spectacular animated movie. His first Discworld novel for children, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000UVBT3G
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (March 17, 2009)
- Publication date : March 17, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1774 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 414 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,432 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Though this discworld novel falls outside of the various groupings of books Pratchett has created (such as the group of night watch books, or Rincewind books), there are still several familiar faces. Cut Me Own Throat Dibler makes a memorable appearance as one of the discs first movie producers, and I believe this is the first book to feature Gaspode the Wonder Dog. You'll also see some cameos from Ankh-Morpork, including old Windle Poons and the other wizards at Unseen University.
It's a great standalone story, though, and a good jumping-in point for anyone new to the discworld series. There were several passages that really did make me laugh out loud on one or two occasions, and grin widely on several others. Despite always being classified as a "humor writer", Terry Pratchett's stories also have a warmth to them that many other authors lack. The characters are well-written and are the types of characters that feel instantly familiar as soon as you meet them. This isn't just a funny book--it's smart, witty, touching, intriguing, and sometimes a little zany. And well worth reading.
Pratchett's captured the very spirit of the Thing emanating out of that hillside in Socal and created a hilarious sendup of it. From page one, you know the game is afoot, magic will be made, and, and, The Show Must Go On.
Moving Pictures premiers my most beloved Discworld character, Gaspode. Why Gaspode? one may ask. Because for me it's personal. I am a Gaspode in real life, the horrible bulletheaded fleabit plain as mud mutt whose intelligence, wit and competence everyone ignores, looks over (literally, in this case) while they remain entranced with the beautiful, grace and magnificence of Lassie, cleft-chinned, handsome wonder dog to whom the gods gave less brains than a head of lettuce.
As Gaspode, green with jealousy (and probably other things) grumbled of Laddie under his horrid breathe,
"A star is whelped."
Oddly, Picture's weakest characters are the bigger than life stars Victor and Ginger. Off screen, two dimensional, passionless, not the sharpest tacks in the board, these two. But the magic of cellulose has created from them Characters Bigger Than Life. So, though other reviewers here have criticized Pictures for this seeming fault, I believe Pratchett, displaying subtlety finer than a footnote, penned the two just that way with Great Purpose~ in order to frame, to display, to PROJECT the dissonance twixt the reality of stardom's real lives and the magic of fame born of the silver screen.
The closest I can get to an actual Critical Review* would be to mention that Pictures transparently** reveals The Formula which Pratchett employs in several of his works such as The Truth and Soul Music. And we, the audience, are NEVER to look at The Man Behind The Screen, right? Right?
*Everyone's a critic, right?
**It's part of the ... entertainment value that reality is suspended and being able to see the backside of the props, er, REsuspends it, so to speak.
Gaspode the Wonder Dog is the hero of the story, and the wisest character, though he's the only one who knows it. But Sir Terry and I appreciate him, and, despair not, he appears on several later stories.
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It's a largely new set of faces with some familiar cameos thrown in. Victor, the perpetual student wizard who fails upwards, aspiring starlet Ginger, the always fun cast of dozy old wizards headed by the no-nonsense Archchancellor Ridcully, CMOT Dibbler plus nephew and a talking wonder dog populate the tale. Juggling these new characters amongst a plot of Hollywood magic and otherworldly evil, it's impressive how swiftly it all unfolds on the page.
So in a nutshell it's highly recommended. Where it sits amongst the Discworld rankings in what is still the early going I couldn't say but I had a good time with this one.
Holy Wood Dreams.