Book Review: Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

March 2, 2018 Guilty Pleasures, Terry Pratchett 7


Everyone wants to go to Holly Wood!

The lovely thing about this book is that while it is book ten in the series, there are a lot of characters that are new. Ankh Morpork has been in quite a few of the stories but this particular story brings many of the characters together. A variety of a cast from Ankh Morpork, including, wizards from Unseen University, including my favorite Librarian, the alchemists, Detritus, Cut My Own Throat Dibbler, and more!

They are all compelled to go to Holly Wood to make these Moving Pictures.

Victor is one of the wizards from Unseen University and is trying to make his way in the world. Instead of becoming a wizard, he also finds himself heading out to Holly Wood to make a name of himself! Gaspode the not so friendly, very scruffy, talking dog tries to help Victor even when everyone pushes him away for the overly loving and overly cute Laddie who steals the show every time. Nobody gives Gaspode the time of day. Have to say though, Laddie does sound adorable. When Gaspode and Laddie meet, it is hilarious. Gaspode rolls his eyes and never quite understands why everyone loves Laddie.

Cut my own throat Dibbler is in charge and he is seeing stars, in the form of money! Lots and lots of money. He comes up with hilarious and crazy ideas for each new flick to outdo the last. As they get longer and longer people get more drawn to them.

How to make Banged Grains by Alchemist Peavie:

What you do is, you take some corn, and you put it in, say, a Number 3 crucible, with some cooking oil, you see, and then you put a plate or something on top of it, and when you heat it up it goes bang, I mean, not seriously bang, and when it’s stopped banging you take the plate off and it’s metamorphosed into there, er, things… You can eat it, if you put butter and salt on it, it tastes like salty butter.

Once again, this is a hilarious book. We see Death quite often, sometimes in the most unlikely places. We meet a few new characters for the Discworld, Detritus and CMOT Dibbler are in almost all of The Watch books. I particular enjoyed Detritus’s storyline. It’s difficult to be a troll in the Discworld.

This is hilarious, easy to read. The book thrives on classic movie cliches but they don’t hold the story back at all. For instance, have you followed a yellow, sick toad lately?

The plot flows and takes us through yet another Discworld that is bound to please any Terry Pratchett fan and probably convert those that are not. I was one of the converted after my hubby MADE me read one of Terry Pratchett’s books a few years back. I haven’t read one book I don’t like of his. And fantasy isn’t even really my genre.

Terry Pratchett just has a way of bringing laughter to his writing. I always find myself laughing out loud and Moving Pictures, although somewhat serious in parts, was just as funny as his others.

Want a good laugh? This one is for you.



7 Responses to “Book Review: Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett”

  1. judysp

    Yeah I loved this book. I am still working my way through 38 of his books. I have them all sitting above my bed and it seems that however many I read there are still so many left. I love his sly sense of humor and the way he slings off at all the things we take for granted. He is such a clever man. 🙂

  2. novareylin

    Very clever!! I still have a few to get the entire collection but I’m close! I’m glad you like him too though. I’m constantly trying to make people become Terry Pratchett fans… If you didn’t notice!

    • Christina

      I just finished one that I’ve only read once and it was not my favorite then, or now. It has his signature wit and sarcasm but not my fav. Oh well, the rest of them are! I cannot wait until you dip your toe into the series!

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