Posted on July 16, 2012 by Tophat
The slightly baffling book made into a slightly baffling movie!
I’ve reviewed a few Terry Pratchett books here on Faceplant, what because of how I find his books to be entertaining, and about how I am always straight up desperate for stuff to review on this humble website. The Color of Magic was actually the very first Discworld novel Pratchett ever wrote. But never mind that now. Turns out there was a two-part made-for-TV movie that was released a while back, which I stumbled across on Netflicks. I’ve never read The Color of Magic. I understand that I am doing it backwards by watching the film adaptation first but ehhh, we’re just going to roll with this.
It turns out Pratchett’s first foray into Discworld was much more sci-fi oriented than fantasy, which is okay. There’s still a liberal helping of wizards, barbarians and magic thrown in there too.
Filed under: Movies | Tagged: David Jason, Discworld, Rincewind, Sean Astin, Terry Pratchett, Twoflower | 3 Comments »
Posted on June 25, 2012 by Tophat
It’s a book!
Oh yes, I know. Another Discworld book? Like this series needs more praise. Well, we’re just going to roll with this one today because A) I have nothing else to review, B) I finished this book like a few hours ago, and C) this book is about newspapers so I feel like I should comment. So here’s what we’re going to do. You’re going to sit back, all quiet like, and I’ll go over the plot of the book, which involves a man with words, a vampire photographer, and a pair of ruthless –ing thugs who are up to their necks in some good old Ankh-Morpork plots and schemes to remove the enigmatic patrician from office. Also: Dogs.
Filed under: Books | Tagged: Ankh-Morpork, Discworld, Fiction, Terry Pratchett, The Truth | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 21, 2011 by Tophat
If you’ve spent any amount of time in Terry Pratchett’s DiscWorld, you’ll notice certain names that seem to crop up here and there, characters from stories long past who have faced the trials and tribulations thrown at them by the city of Ankh-Morpork. At this point, I’m pretty sure Sam Vimes, Commander of the Watch has seen the most distance out of any other character. Don’t get me wrong, the only two other books I’ve read that featured Vimes as the main character were Thud! and Night Watch (Both of which I recommend. The events of Thud! are actually referenced in Snuff, which helps shed some light into the darkness, literally. As for Night Watch, well that book is all kinds of awesome) but through the narrative I’m lead to believe that over the past bajillion years of DiscWorld novels, we’ve seen Sam Vimes move up in the world from a lowly copper all the way to Commander of the Watch, Lord Vimes, the Duke of Ankh, and Blackboard Monitor of the Low King of the Dwarves.
Sam has had numerous adventures in pursuit of the law, but the plot of Snuff is based around Vimes doing something wholly unnatural. Vimes is taking a vacation.
Filed under: Books | Tagged: Ankh-Morpork, Discworld, fantasy novels, goblins, law and order, Sam Vimes, Snuff, Terry Pratchett | 3 Comments »
Posted on July 25, 2011 by Tophat
Back in college I stumbled across a little book called Good Omens, written by a grand slam duo of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I’m not quite sure how this came about, in retrospect. Up to that point I had read some of Gaiman’s work, mostly in his Sandman graphic novels, but that was really my first foray into Pratchet’s work. I finished Good Omens, diligently lent the book to like 14 friends, and then forgot about it. Several years later, I stumbled across Pratchett’s Discworld series in a book store and realized that I had totally forgotten that Pratchett was a guy who wrote novels.
I came to the party a bit too late here. By the time I was browsing Pratchett’s work for the first time, most of his books were sporting a mark that said “Celebrating 25 extraordinary years of Discworld!” on them, which I thought was a bit of an odd selling point. Like, oh, these novels are so ordinary they are EXTRA ordinary. Everyone loves things that are more ordinary, right?
Today, I’m amassing quite the collection of Pratchett’s work. If I had to pick a favorite, Going Postal would take the top spot by a landslide. THE MAIL MUST GO THROUGH.
Filed under: Books | Tagged: Ankh-Morpork, comedy, Discworld, Going Postal, Moist von Lipwig, Terry Pratchett | 8 Comments »