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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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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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    goddess_of_pipework Roswell, GA United States 11-27-09
    goddess_of_pipework Roswell, GA United States 11-27-09 Member Since 2006

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    "Punch-in-the-arm fun"

    While not as laugh out loud funny as Thud or Going Postal, this latest Discworld romp skewers the worlds of academic tenure, sports, and high fashion, and has its fair share of chuckles. The dry, witty voice of narrator Briggs is uniquely suited to the material. Two thumbs and two big toes, straight up.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Benny S Madison, WI United States 11-03-09
    Benny S Madison, WI United States 11-03-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Another good book from Pratchett"

    I've loved nearly all of Terry Pratchett's work, and this one is no exception. While his stories and characters have matured over the course of his career, it is nice to see him return to the wizards on Unseen University.
    I'm not much a sports fan, so the football theme is not really my cup of tea, but this book did manage to make it fun and interesting to me. Seeing the character growth of Ponder Stibbins was a particular joy.
    On the other hand, unlike several of the more recent Discworld books, this one does not really move the world plot forward at all. With Pratchett's career's end on the horizon, I hope to see at least some glimpse of the coming future of the Disc. In this sense, the book did not deliver.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Nashville, TN 11-22-10
    Chris Nashville, TN 11-22-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Typical Pratchett..."

    ...in that, he never takes a book off. Every once in a while, I see a title from him and it gives me pause "Football... or, in American culture, soccer...?" But, its Pratchett telling the story, and I read on. I was not disappointed in the least. UA is funny, entertaining and has the hallmark real-world undercurrent, this time its social justice, which always give his stories weight and substance. Since Terry has no peers, and thus it is impossible to compare his work against anything other than his previous work, I would give this book an 8 out of 10 on the Pratchett scale. Read it. In fact, read them all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 05-04-10
    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 05-04-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Best for Soccer Fans"

    I'm still looking for the Discworld novel as good as Going Postal. This wasn't it. Also, I think it helps to be a soccer fanatic to truly appreciate the humor here. Because of the soccer story line, it took a while for me to warm up to this, but in the end I enjoyed it.

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    Amy Uxbridge, MA, USA 02-04-10
    Amy Uxbridge, MA, USA 02-04-10
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    "My favorite Disc World !"

    This story has got to be my favorite of all the Disc World stories thus far! Such lovely plot contortions and wonderful, full, REAL characters, no matter what species they are!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan santa ana, CA, USA 10-12-09
    Bryan santa ana, CA, USA 10-12-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Pratchett is back"

    After a long wait we once again return to the disc. This is another fine Discword book staring a new main character Nutt (who I hope we see again) and the UU council, with appearances from other major discword persons such as Lady Margolotta, Sam Vimes, the low king Rhys Rhysson and even the luggage and DEATH.

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    pashopper 10-11-09
    pashopper 10-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't let the cover fool you"

    It's not really about football, it's more about people and politics - and Vetinari. The wizards are main characters but there is also an exciting addition to the list of species/creatures individuals in AnkMorpork. As always, discworld is interesting, introspective and witty. Terry Pratchett is a literary genius and while this may not be his best (that would be saying a lot) it is definitely worth adding to your library.

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    E.A.C. Klemann 07-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story and performance"

    Terry Pratchett is always a good read or in this case listen. I loved the different storylines and the narrator suits the story

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    John 05-04-15
    John 05-04-15 Member Since 2006

    I am a professional driver and therefore spend a lot of time on the road. Audible has been a great source of entertainment for me.

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    "Wizards and sports.
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    A lovely tale in which you meet Mr Nutt. A strange fellow who dribbles candles. Soccer and wizardly hijinks abound in this laughable tale as Vetinari tries to clean up street soccer.

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    Book Bear SF Bay Area 04-02-15
    Book Bear SF Bay Area 04-02-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Terry Pratchett at his best!"

    Delightful as ever. A master wordsmith and storyteller. Briggs' performance is spot on. Highly recommended for anyone with an appreciation of the English language.

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