Series: Discworld #37
Published by Doubleday on January 1st 1970
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Satire
The 37th Discworld novel is set against a backdrop of the culture of soccer football in magical Ankh-Morpork city. 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. The wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic. 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 ever, and the mysterious Mr Nutt, who knows less about himself than others do. Four lives are entangled and changed forever.
Unseen Academicals is another book set in the middle of Ankh Morpork. This book, however, starts out with characters that are unknown in the series. They are in Unseen University so the wizards, Ridcully, Rincewind, Ponder, the Librarian, and more, are all there.
The wizards always seem to set the stage. They are interesting, intelligent (most of them), and enjoy a good laugh and lots of food. Having the stage in UU allows the reader to sit back and enjoy a scene in a place we’ve all come accustomed to. Or if this is your first time reading about Ankh Morpork, you will know right from the start that you are in for a treat!
In this we are introduced to Nutt. He is a small little guy, not quite human but nobody knows exactly how to address him. He shows that he is intelligent from the start by knowing when to and when not to speak up! Straight away I was endeared to him. He is such a fun and very loving character and wants nothing but the best for his fellow Ankh Morporkians.
Trever is a friend of Nutt’s and is trying to show him the ropes, at least until he gets besotted by Juliet. Sadly Juliet is cheering for the wrong team leaving these two to set out a love affair that is ridden with danger and intrigue! Much like Romeo and Juliet they have to find a way to spend time together without letting their mates know.
Glenda is my favorite in this. She is a friend of Juliet’s but unlike the gorgeous and striking Juliet, Glenda is just fair. She is a hard worker and does not mind working late hours as the cook at Unseen University. But she also tends to mother Juliet. She catches herself quite a few times and realizes but it’s just her way.
The entire book is done in Pratchett’s fabulous satirical way with a mix of Shakespeare in for fun. The ending is fascinating and will leave lovers of Ankh Morpork even more in love with the city and people there. It’s not one of my favorites but there is just not much to put down in this.
In short: Fantastic writing (as per usual for Terry Pratchett) and can be picked up out of order.
- Moving Pictures
- The Truth
- Monstrous Regiment
- Going Postal
- Making Money
- Unseen Academicals
- Raising Steam