Book Review: Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

June 14, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 2

Book Review: Soul Music by Terry PratchettSoul Music by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #16
Published by Corgi on October 1st 2005
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Satire
Pages: 432
Source: Purchase
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'Be careful what you wish for. You never know who might be listening.'

There's no getting away from it. From whichever angle, Death is a horrible, inescapable business. But someone's got to do it. So if Death decides to take a well-earned moment to uncover the meaning of life and discover himself in the process, then there is going to be a void of specific dimensions that needs to be occupied, particularly so when there is trouble brewing in Discworld. There aren't too many who are qualified to fill Death's footsteps and it certainly doesn't help the imminent cataclysm that the one person poised between the mortal and the immortal is only sixteen years old...

My Thoughts

What a fun one! Maybe not my favorite of the bunch but I love that we get to know more about Susan, Death’s Granddaughter. This is mostly about her as Death decides to take a break. She is in later books as well but it was nice to see where it pretty much began for her. She is logical, of course, so seeing the Death of Rats and Quoth the Raven makes her very upset, as would it anyone! And that’s where the hilarity of it all begins!

This also has quite a bit about Albert in it as well. Being Death’s assistant, Albert takes it upon himself to find Death when he goes missing. The entire plot is based around that and the fact that a boy that was supposed to die didn’t and the entire world is now in danger of being thrown off balance.

As hilarious as some of this is, especially with the Archchancellor and all the singing, it didn’t hit my funny bone as much as some of Terry Pratchett’s others have. However, that being said the plot in this is still amazing and fun to see  where all the threads he’s added in are going to go!

The characters obviously are my favorite part and something I love about The Discworld Series. I just can’t get enough of them!


The Author

Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children’s published Terry’s standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry’s latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.



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2 Responses to “Book Review: Soul Music by Terry Pratchett”

  1. Ichabod Temperance

    Thank you for reviewing a Terry Pratchett novel. I adore his discworld series.