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Unseen Academicals (2009)

af Terry Pratchett

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Serier: Discworld: Rincewind (8), Diskverden (37)

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The wizards of Unseen University in the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed forever.
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D (Bad).

Every now and then, something in this book will almost make sense.

(Oct. 2023) ( )
  comfypants | Oct 31, 2023 |
Never read a Discworld novel that I didn't like. No exception here. ( )
  ropable | Aug 20, 2023 |
If you like early books from the Discworld series and would like more of the same but slightly different, this could be a great book for you! It uses all the themes, patters, and storybeats that Pratchett developed over the years and gives them new clothes.

It's about football but nothing is just about football, so it touches on typical for Pratchett themes of stereotypes, identity, individuality, and progress (among others). Although the main characters are new, they feel very familiar, being an echo of ones we got to know before in Maskerade, Monstrous Regiment, Thief of Time, Soul Music... The story is also a song we've heard before, from the first act we know what's about to happen and it does in the end.

Where this book really shines is in the background. Ankh-Morpork is a character on its own and you can see how it works and how it has changed since the first time we visited it in The Colour of Magic. Also characters of mages, the Patrician, and some other good old firends make fine appearances. I think that Partchett was saying goodbye to his beloved characters here, not being sure if he will be able to produce another book. So this is really touching and I got the feels while reading some parts completely unrelated the main plot.

Speaking of the plot, there is not much here. There's quite a long build-up and anticipation for a big finale that's rather disappointing. Many threads dwindle and go nowhere, or have little impact on the characters. The writing is what one expects from Pratchett, although he doesn't seem to trust his readers as much as he did in his earlier books. Everything is written, explained, and reiterated - either in a dialogue or internal monologue - which I find annoying. Some things are better unsaid and left for readers to figure them out. Pratchett was a master of writing in a way that reader sees his "wink-wink" and gets the message. Here, all the situations and jokes are explained which makes them half as funny as they could be.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, mostly for the nostalgia factor and seeing how the city of Ankh-Morpork evolved throughout the whole Discworld series. It was great to walk its streets again. ( )
  sperzdechly | Aug 6, 2023 |
3.5*
I would probably have liked this more if I was a football/soccer fan. As it was, it seemed a bit too long. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
Takes a while to get going, could have been a little shorter perhaps. A middling book in the series, but still pretty good with some hilarious highlights. ( )
  ErikLevin | Apr 10, 2023 |
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That professors are impractical, though, is rather old information. It's said that Einstein couldn't remember where he parked his car, but isn't it more important that he came up with the special theory of relativity? The stylistic razzle-dazzle notwithstanding, rehashing a cliche gets tiresome because whether it's a game or a novel, fans want to be surprised.
 
I wouldn't call this the best Discworld novel ever. But it's in the top five.
tilføjet af lampbane | RedigerBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Nov 11, 2009)
 
The secret of Terry Pratchett's comic fantasy isn't so much the wackiness of the fantasy as the reliability of the comedy. The very least you get in any of these 400 pages is amiable, agreeable chuntering, and there is an instructively regular provision of terrific lines.
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerThe Guardian, Harry Ritchie (Oct 24, 2009)
 
This is the 37th in a body of work so vast that it has spawned its own concordance, yet the quality remains as high as ever and the laughs as plentiful.
 
Though the book suffers from a few awkward moments (Pratchett’s attempts to discuss racism through the strained relationships of dwarves, humans and goblins fall particularly flat), the prose crackles with wit and charm, and the sendups of league football, academic posturing, Romeo and Juliet and cheesy sports dramas are razor sharp and hilarious but never cruel. At its heart, this is an intelligent, cheeky love letter to football, its fans and the unifying power of sports.
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerPublishers Weekly (Aug 31, 2009)
 

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