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Strata af Terry Pratchett
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Strata (original 1981; udgave 2005)

af Terry Pratchett (Forfatter)

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THE COMPANY BUILDS PLANETS. Kin Arad is a high-ranking official of the Company. After twenty-one decades of living, and with the help of memory surgery, she is at the top of her profession. Discovering two of her employees have placed a fossilized plesiosaur in the wrong stratum, not to mention the fact it is holding a placard which reads, 'End Nuclear Testing Now', doesn't dismay the woman who built a mountain range in the shape of her initials during her own high-spirited youth. But then came discovery of something which did intrigue Kin Arad. A flat earth was something new...… (mere)
Medlem:Alicia_Olson
Titel:Strata
Forfattere:Terry Pratchett (Forfatter)
Info:Corgi (2005), Edition: New Ed, 288 pages
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Met de humor van [a:Terry Pratchett|1654|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1235562205p2/1654.jpg] ben ik ondertussen bekend, ook al heb ik tot nu toe slechts enkele boeken van hem gelezen: [b:The Light Fantastic|601239|The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2)|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1416857230s/601239.jpg|592532], [b:Hogfather|797189|Hogfather (Discworld, #20)|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1306814220s/797189.jpg|583655] en [b:Good Omens|20493713|Good Omens|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1389215151s/20493713.jpg|4110990]. Ik ben echter van plan meer van zijn 'Discworld'-novels te lezen... te gepasten tijde.

Op een recente zoektocht naar nieuw leesmateriaal, niet enkel inzake Discworld-verhalen, zag ik toevallig 'Strata' op het schap staan. Dit blijkt een voorloper, een soort testcase geweest te zijn voor de hele 'Discworld'-reeks. Het betreft een alleenstaand verhaal, Fantasy met een vleugje Sci-Fi. De (hoofd)personages zijn menselijk (Kin) of Shand (Silver) of Kung (Marco).

Ook in 'Strata' is er sprake van een schijfwereld, hier gebaseerd op de Aarde, maar dan wel beheerd en bediend door computers, machines, met alle gevolgen van dien. Het is wel leuk om te lezen hoe Pratchett verschillende culturen erin verwerkt heeft, hier vooral dan de Vikingen en Arabieren.

Gezien dit een van zijn eerste verhalen is, is de kwaliteit en het humorgehalte nog niet op het peil van de latere 'Discworld'-novels. Dat spreekt voor zich. Af en toe mis je wat samenhang of springt de focus op iets anders zoals bij een soapserie. Dat kan hinderlijk overkomen, maar als je weet dat dit een oud werk van Pratchett is en je reeds recenter spul van hem hebt gelezen, dan zie je dit euvel door de vingers.

Hoewel de humor, zoals gezegd, niet op het niveau van de latere werken is, is er toch humor aanwezig, hoe weinig of subtiel ook. Vooral in de tweede helft dan, vond ik. Een voorbeeldje dat er voor mij uitsprong - behalve bepaalde verwoordingen - is dit, wanneer Kin (hoofdfiguur) op een robotpaard zit en het paard tot leven komt:

The neck in front of her came up. The head swivelled 180 degrees and the horse looked at Kin with bright insectile eyes.
'YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND,' it said inside Kin's head.
'Hell!'
'THOSE ARE NOT MEANINGFUL CO-ORDINATES.'

Ook zit er wat levenswijsheid in, zoals dit:

'We all think we understand each other,' Kin heard Silver say. 'We eat together, we trade, many of us pride ourselves on having alien friends - but all this is only possible, only possible, Kin, because we do not fully comprehend the other. You've studied Earth history. Do you think you could understand the workings of of the mind of a Japanese warrior a thousand years ago? But he is as a twin to you compared with Marco, or with myself. When we use the word "cosmopolitan" we use it too lightly - it's flippant, it means we're galactic tourists who communicate in superficialities. We don't comprehend. Different worlds, Kin. Different anvils of gravity and radiation and evolution.'

Om het kort te houden: 'Strata' is een vermakelijk verhaaltje, een leuke intro/prequel/wat dan ook tot de 'Discworld'-reeks. Of als tussendoortje tout court. Vlot te lezen Fantasy, een snuifje Sci-Fi, dit alles licht gekruid met Pratchetts humor. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
Shows you precisely where Pratchett's heading. ( )
  expatscot | Sep 1, 2020 |
Another early Pratchett, brimming with promise, full of creativity and ideas, haphazardly and incompletely realized. For the Pratchett aficionado, however, witnessing the birth of Discworld is priceless. As the story moves from sci-fi to fantasy, Pratchett obviously had more fun with the fantasy parts. And the rest is history... ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
It was interesting to read a Terry Pratchett book that isn't set in Discworld. ( )
  Samantha_D | Jul 16, 2017 |
That's more like it! Reading Pratchett chronologically, I was disappointed by the first two books. They were funny, but chaotic and disjointed. Strata wraps all the chaos and absurdity into a story which successfully holds it together, and stays strong throughout.

Through a set of circumstances, a human planet-builder meets up with two aliens. Without being given that much of a choice they find themselves at a place which really shouldn't exist. Strange stuff ensues.

Strata does the wonderful British thing of being funny without seeming like it tries to be funny, and consists of a sci-fi, fantasy story with nuggets of wonderful absurdity and understated jokes throughout. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't say much more. But unlike The Dark Side of The Sun, which had a pseudo-philosophical point which was really just silly, Strata concludes on a note which is actually quite profound. At least to me. There are also interesting points scattered throughout which made me stop for a second to think about them.

By Strata it seems like Pratchett had found his groove, and this is only on his third book. I look forward to continuing reading through the groove. ( )
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THE COMPANY BUILDS PLANETS. Kin Arad is a high-ranking official of the Company. After twenty-one decades of living, and with the help of memory surgery, she is at the top of her profession. Discovering two of her employees have placed a fossilized plesiosaur in the wrong stratum, not to mention the fact it is holding a placard which reads, 'End Nuclear Testing Now', doesn't dismay the woman who built a mountain range in the shape of her initials during her own high-spirited youth. But then came discovery of something which did intrigue Kin Arad. A flat earth was something new...

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