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Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32 | [Terry Pratchett]

Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32

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 glowing 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 forever. Because the thing about footballï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.

Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!

©2009 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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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    Sturla 01-05-15
    Sturla 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love it :)"

    Not the funniest Discworld novel, in my opinion. Still pretty good, thought.

    Great performance by Stephen Briggs.

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    Julia L. Scott 08-11-14

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    "A visit to DiscWorld's Unseen University"

    I love Terry Pratchett's writing. At first this story was not a favorite of mine but after a 2nd listen I enjoyed it more. It is probably because I like the stories about the Night Watch in DiscWorld best but this one has a good part for the Patrician and the magicians draw you in so all in all--if you like Pratchett--purchase it. Stephen Briggs does an excellent job of narration which is essential in an audible book.

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    Carl A. Schulz IV 02-09-14

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    "Great as always, but not Pratchett's usual theme"

    First off let me say that I love almost everything Terry Pratchett has ever written, and this book is no exception. It has his trademark whit and humor.

    That said, I was very surprised by this books overall theme of "It's great to go along with the crowd and do stupid, dangerous things to impress people." which is pretty much the exact opposite message of every other "Discworld" book. In fact, there are a lot of elements in this book that are held up as positive that are exactly the same things Prachett lampoons in his other books: fanatical devotion to a group; trendy fashion; heated rivalry based on arbitrary differences. I guess going along with the crowd is only bad until it's a crowd who likes the same thing Pratchett does.

    It's not bad, it's just surprising. I would never have pegged Terry Prachett as a sports guy.

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    Brooke 04-02-13
    Brooke 04-02-13 Member Since 2012

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    "As always, fabulous!"
    What did you love best about Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32?

    Terry Pratchett never fails to entrance and delight me. Great characters, great story, pointed satire ... what's not to like?


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stephen Briggs is uniformly, consistently brilliant!


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    Amazon Customer Wilkes-Barre, PA USA 06-03-11
    Amazon Customer Wilkes-Barre, PA USA 06-03-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Diskworld "football""

    Though I'm sure I missed some of the "football" jokes being an American who's not into soccer or rugby, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fun, and, as an academic, I enjoyed the school humor quite a lot.

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    Jana Riverside, CA, USA 04-16-10
    Jana Riverside, CA, USA 04-16-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable, but not the best of Pratchett."

    I love Terry Pratchett and have for years. This book is fun and enjoyable, as are most of his books, but is by no means a representation of his best work. I do enjoy the character of Mr. Nutt - a self-conscious nonentity who has some amazing talents. Also, the idea of the wizards playing football (soccer for us from the U.S.) is certainly amusing, but if your'e new to Pratchett I would recommend Thud!, The Truth, or Going Postal.

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    Jack Derby, KS, USA 03-02-10
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    "Archtypical Pratchett"

    I love all of Pratchett's books and this may be almost as good as the witches books.

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    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 02-01-10
    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 02-01-10 Member Since 2002

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    "Pure Pratchett - a stealth classic."

    The first time I listened to this I dismissed it as not one of his best - nothing of consequence was happening; no wars, murders, dragons etc. But when I listened to it again with out the expectation of momentous events, I was enchanted. Pratchett's humor and love for his quirky characters comes through on every page. This is very much worth a quiet listen.

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    Kathleen 01-29-10
    Kathleen 01-29-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Unseen Academicals"

    Pratchett is always a great read, and even better on audio.

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    missionpup Pittsburgh, PA 01-13-10
    missionpup Pittsburgh, PA 01-13-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Not his best work"

    To be fair, this is only the second time I have heard a TP book without first reading the book (the first was Making Money which was excellent,) but I was disappointed by both the book and Stephen Briggs' delivery. I have always much preferred Briggs as a narrator, but for some reason this time it didn't gel. It may be the book, it may be the delivery, but what ever it was, it didn't work for me. Not as much dry humour as I expect from TP either. Saddened under the circumstances.

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