Unseen Academicals: (Discworld Novel 37)

Unseen Academicals: (Discworld Novel 37)

Book rating: 04 Hardback Discworld Novels

By (author) Terry Pratchett

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  • Publisher: DOUBLEDAY
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 240mm x 38mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 13 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0385609345
  • ISBN 13: 9780385609340
  • Sales rank: 6,242

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

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Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. His fortieth Discworld novel, Raising Steam, was published in 2013. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015. www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob

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By Felicia T. 06 Oct 2009 4

There's a love plot across fan loyalties (the lass in question being called Juliet, just in case you didn't get the reference). But the highlight of the book is the enigmatic coach, philosopher, blacksmith, candle-dribbler and pie aficionado Mr Nutt - "No-one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him too." Nutt shows Pratchett at his humanist best, and Nutt's story exemplifies Pratchett's key concerns: a belief in our capacity to change, not timidly accepting one's allotted role, and a genuinely touching commitment to sincerity. Nutt's quest to find "worth" has more humanity and morality than any nonsense about boy wizards and blood purity. Along the way the jokes come fluently and easily, some of the humour isn't really even jokes, but rather Pratchett's unique askance view of things, from d�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�©j�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�  vu squared. So I think, this book might be worth my installment loans. To read more: http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/09/29/loans-installment-loans/

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"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...Like all the Discworld novels, Unseen Academicals rewards a second reading. As ever it is peppered with allusions, from Keats to the Lewinsky affair, but, like Wodehouse, Pratchett wears his learning lightly and the pleasure of rereading is in teasing them out." -- Peter Inham Telegraph "Mention comic fantasy and Terry Pratchett is the first name that comes to mind...behind the fantasy Terry Pratchett looks at very real contemporary issues and scores many goals. This isn't just football, it's Discworld football. Or, to borrow another phrase, it's about life, the Universe, and everything." The Times "The subject matter is football, with a dash of Romeo and Juliet thown in...exactly what's needed to cheer us all up in the autumnal gloom. Terry has lost none of his ability to raise a laugh...I'll wager there are a few more books in him yet." Daily Express "We doubt whether Pratchett gives a fig about 22 men kicking a bag of wind,but he's ever fascinated by people,our vagaries, our vanities and our triumphs. And, when all's said and done, football is all about us, wherever we sit in society. In case you hadn't already guessed, the man of the match award goes, not for the first time, to Sir Terry Pratchett." SFX "Satirical, historical, fantastical and irresistible." Daily Mail