I had another
rant post planned for today, but then I read the above last night and needed to wax lyrical about it – well, ok, pimp it – to you all.
Those of you who’ve been hanging around for a while know how much I adore the satirical genius that is Sir Terry Pratchett.
I have talked about him before, taken two of his characters with me to DIK, and gone on and on about the fact that he ‘will go down in history as the only author Kris religiously buys in hard cover.’
His latest book from the Discworld series, Unseen Academicals, is a shining testament to his awesome skills at word smithing and story telling. His sly, wicked and, above all else, extraordinarily clever humour and gift for parody and satire will have many laughing out loud throughout the book. Indeed, Unseen Academicals has lept to being my #1 favourite Terry Pratchett of all time.
There are so many scenes which I’d love to share with you (including a classic about the meaning of oral sex being when you listen to it *wipes tear from eye*), but I thought the romance readers out there would appreciate this gem:
She reached down surreptitiously, even though there was only a three-eyed teddy bear watching her, and picked up the latest Iradne Comb-Buttworthy from the cache unsuccessfully hidden below. After ten minutes of reading, which took her some way into the book (Ms Comb-Buttworthy producing volumes that were even slimmer than her heroines), she experienced deja vu. Moreover, the deja vu was squared, because she had the feeling of having had the deja vu before.
“They’re really all the same, aren’t they?” she said to the three-eyed teddy bear. “You know it’s going to be Mary the Maid, or someone like her, and there’s got to be two men and she will end up with the nice one, and there has to be misunderstandings, and they never do anything more than kiss and it’s absolutely guaranteed that, for example, an exciting civil war or an invasion by trolls or even a scene with any cooking in it is not going to happen. The best you can expect is a thunderstorm.” It really had nothing to do with real life at all, which, although short on civil wars and invasions by trolls, at least had the decency to have lots of cooking.
The book dropped out of her fingers and thirty seconds later she was sound asleep.
This will be an auto buy for fans of this author, but for those of you who haven’t read him before I would heartily-to-the-power-of-infinity recommend you try this one out. Not only can it be easily read as a stand alone, but IMHO is one of his very best.
Oh, and look, it comes in ebook format. How
tempting very expensive fantabulous is that?! 🙂