Discworld

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Read: Feet of Clay

Feet of Clay must be one the pun-niest Discworld novel in the series so far (that is until book 19). It’s a decent mystery novel and a great installment of the City Watch sub-series.

Discrimination, stereotyping, gender (identity), exploitation of the worker class, politics, governance, and the social contract: All this in a fantasy novel.

Most important (for my personal enjoyment of the novel), however, is that I absolutely loved the stabs at religion.

Read: Maskerade

I do not like opera or musicals that much so I am sure I missed many puns reading Pratchett’s Maskerade. Or maybe not.

The witches make Maskerade a quite enjoyable and entertaining little book. I may have chuckled silently into myself a couple of times.

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Read: Interesting Times

Rincewind, a Horde of octogenarian Barbarians and their newest member, a teacher beginning a new career. I laughed out loud several times. ‘Nuff said.

Re-reading all the discworld novels was a brilliant idea.

Read: Soul Music

Travelling means Pratchett. Having something amusing to read on a plane or train is just great. Time flies by (or, needs to fly by).

Unfortunately, despite the many clever references to music and movies and the appearance of Death, my favorite character, Soul Music is utterly unexceptional.

I did enjoy it but the only thing that stuck was a reference to one of my favorite bands. I did not expect that Pratchett would know them. In Europe, They are pretty obscure, not many people would have heard about them. Yet it seems he was actually a fan. ‘We’re Certainly Dwarfs’ made me laugh. It, of course, refers to ‘They might be Giants’. (Which I, finally, will see live in November when They will give a concert in Berlin.)

Read: Men at Arms

Being simple does not mean stupid.

That is the lesson taught by Men at Arms. And I believe Pratchett teaches it most excellently. Of course, the novel is instructive for so many more reasons. Yet I think this is the most important one.

It’s good that I read all Discworld novels again (preferably on my train and plane trips). It may have taken me several years to see this important message: I just noticed that I have read the book before, in the German translation, more than a decade ago. And I did not get it back then. Let’s blame it on the translation.

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