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Unseen Academicals: Discworld, Book 37 | [Terry Pratchett]

Unseen Academicals: Discworld, Book 37

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.
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Publisher's Summary

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever.

Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.

©2009 Terry and Lyn Pratechett; (P)2009 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"At its heart, this is an intelligent, cheeky love letter to football, its fans and the unifying power of sports." (Publishers Weekly)
"In short, this is as busy and as daft as any other Discworld yarn, which means it is the quintessence of daft. Nobody writes fantasy funnier than Pratchett." (Booklist)

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  • Pepito
    BarkingUnited Kingdom
    3/15/11
    Overall
    "Classic Pratchett"

    If you like Pratchett's style and sense of humour, then you are in for a treat!!! Sharp and ingenious as always, Unseen Academicals can make you laugh your head off. Suitable for all ages it fuses the magical Discworld with the football we all know and love. The wizards of Unseen University from Ank Morpork (city of cities lol) are 'persuaded' to play a game of 'foot the ball', which it turns out to be pretty much ManU vs L'pool, you pick which one is which ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    TOTNES, United Kingdom
    1/12/11
    Overall
    "Unseen Academicals"

    It was fun but not Terry's best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl
    chichester, west sussex, United Kingdom
    10/1/10
    Overall
    "Uncontrollable laughter! Every time!"

    Yet another hilarious, imaginative book by Pratchett he is an absolute genius. I would recommend this book to anyone! I love the way he can take things going on in the real world and twist them in his own special way to create a masterpiece in the Discworld! Definitely a must have book, Awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Langport, Somerset, United Kingdom
    9/22/10
    Overall
    "Excellent"

    Thoroughly enjoyable, well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danuta
    Shell CoveAustralia
    7/28/10
    Overall
    "Another hilarious discworld story"

    This is my first audio book of a Terry Pratchett book and I have to admit I think they work very well in audio format. An entertaining storyline which has been well narrated, voices for all the characters have been read by Stephen Briggs to perfection.

    I was reluctant to buy this book as normally the wizards are my least favourite of the discworld characters but I was pleasantly surprised. I honestly think the narration has added an extra 'something' in places and I dont think it would have been as funny if I'd just read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laurence
    cheadle hulme, cheshire, United Kingdom
    3/16/10
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    "football?"

    I am a huge fan of terrys and am as upset by his condition as the next fan it seems a little churlish to complain at one of his books. Especially as this is as well as written as any of his recent tomes it has also been read and dramatised with practised aplomb by steven briggs. All in all its a great book.
    But! football! isnt not liking football one of the main reasons we read terrys work? for me I found the subject a rather alienating and have been unable to finish listening. Sorry

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Matlock, United Kingdom
    2/22/10
    Overall
    "Terry Pratchet"

    Well up to standard. Having seen the scrummage of the Ashbourne Football it rings very true!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Cambridge, Cambs, United Kingdom
    2/3/10
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    "Sparkling best form"

    I've read Pratchett's Discworld novels from the get go - and this felt like reading The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic. A giddy rollercoaster ride through life that weaves the personal, political, scientific and mystical as only the best of writers can - with down-to-earth heros, a rollicking adventure and a lick of romance. This has more fun and fizz then his last few Discworld books. I don't know how it would be for new readers as there are a lot of characters in his world - not sure if it would make some things confusing. What a writer - and the most well read book I've heard to date.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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