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Moving Pictures Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2002
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"Philosophical humor of the highest order." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." -- San Francisco Chronicle
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Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.
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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.
And Mustrum Ridcully, the Arch-Chancellor of the Unseen University makes a bold first appearance as a rustic, semi-homicidal crossbow-wielding maniac and Ponder Stibbons the Discworld's luckiest and weirdest post-graduate magical student.
The portrayal of the University faculty and the adaptation of scientific advancements into the Discworld's magical "technology" are often hilarious.
But the story just isn't at the same level of intricacy and insight as Going Postal, the Truth, or the various adventures of Captain Vimes and the Watch.
His characters & plots come alive with his wizardry sarcastic & humerous story telling. Excuse my Klatchian, but this was damn funny!
Disc World's clicks are familiar yet oh so startlingly different. The pop culture references, irony & word play make his books so fun to read; you have to keep your corner of your brain sharp to catch all the humor.
As always, the plot moves along quickly & there's never a dull moment on the Disc. In this book we reconnect with old friends & places & meet new exciting & zany characters. I've never caught Mr. Pratchett out making a mistake from earlier novels; his characters & geography flow from book to book.
I want to visit Disc World & have a sausage in a bun!!
Were his daily chants and rituals actually holding something at bay, or were they the meaningless drivel of a dead religion?
Soon after his death, an alchemist in Ankh-Morpork invents the moving picture--the difficult part was to keep the film from exploding. Victor Tugelbend, perpetual student-wizard and "the laziest person in the history of the world" sees the first moving picture projected on a sheet in an Ankh-Morpork square. The next thing he knows, Victor is on the road to Holy Wood, along with C.M.O.T. Dibbler, low-life purveyor of 'sausage inna bun' and Gaspode, the Wonder Dog (the only one of the three who was smart enough to hitch a ride in a lumber wagon).
Holy Wood is now a ramshackle town, thrown together practically overnight and overflowing with humans, dwarfs, and trolls who want to make moving pictures. Companies like 'Century of the Fruitbat Moving Pictures,' and 'Floating Bladder Pictures' are cranking out two-reelers like 'Sword of Passione,' 'The Third Gnome,' and 'Turkey Legs.'
Victor falls into the role of leading man. Dibbler extorts his way into the role of leading producer. Victor's leading lady, Ginger keeps dreaming that she's standing on a grate with hot air blowing up her skirt---that is when she's not walking in her sleep and trying to wake Something slumbering in the cave beneath the brand new city.
Reality is stretching thin between worlds. When Dibbler decides to make a moving picture about Ankh-Morpork's Civil War, called 'Blown Away,' Holy Hell breaks loose.
"Moving Pictures" is Pratchett's satirical look at everything Hollywood, with puns and allusions rocketing overhead like shooting stars. Many of his references are way over my head, e.g. 'Floating Bladder Pictures' and a moving picture called 'Turkey Legs,' but movie aficionados should nail down every one. At least I figured out the golden statue named Oswald (or Osric), and the gigantic woman climbing the Tower of Art with a tiny ape clutched in its hand.
Basically, a good time is had by all in "Moving Pictures." Although it is not as deeply philosophical as some of Pratchett's Disworld novels, Gaspode, the Wonder Dog does have some great lines, especially when he's shooting the breeze with the Rabbit, the Mouse and the Cat, and the Duck (waack waack waack waack! Sorry Walt).
Greater detail would force me to write spoilers into this review, but I will gladly correspond about your favorite parts, or just those that make you laugh out loud on Facebook.