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now i’m rereading ‘thud’, and i have a sudden urge to do a fantroll whose sign is the summoning dark
would he be called Samuel Vimess
yo, “watchman” is 8 letters
oh god i could not even begin to do credit to a vimes troll
stop tempting me
i’m weak against this kind of temptation help
the summoning dark’s kismesis is the guarding watchman
"Call me…the Watchman. Imagine how strong I must be."
there’s actually a sign for the Guarding Dark
Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad (via discworldquotes)
Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett (via jenn2d2)
Yes! The really early stuff has the Patrician being fat and beringed, for example, and owes more than a little to Xanth. I think he really hit his stride with Wyrd Sisters, and everything from there through Hogfather was bloody good braincandy but didn’t really take on Deep Societal Issues (except for Feet of Clay).
Then we had Jingo, and with it a new slightly less just-for-laughs era, although outliers like Last Continent, Carpe Jugulum, and Thief of Time didn’t use Discworld as a lens to examine reality so intently.
Leaving out the Tiffany Aching books and Amazing Maurice, I found that the series from Night Watch all the way to Making Money, with a couple of exceptions, was really solid. Monstrous Regiment was good but suffered from Beating The Reader Over The Head With The Concept to an extent that almost obscured the awesomeness like vampires side-scan-hallucinating Vietnam. The events of Thud gave Vimes his very own supernatural powers, which I’m still kind of torn about. The Summoning Dark is a very useful plot device and adds a new dimension to his character, but to me a lot of Vimes’s appeal has always been that he didn’t have any special powers, he was just dead clever in certain highly specialized ways (and aware of the ways in which he was not, which is almost as important).
With Unseen Academicals the city itself gets more of a role, the lens irising out, focus pulling back; and I think that pulling back and widening of the shot is what’s getting to me about Raising Steam. It’s trying to do too much at once, show too many aspects of the situation, keep too many story threads going at once. Going Postal and Making Money, like The Truth, focus in closely enough on the discovery that’s causing the paradigm shift and let the rest of the world go on in the background, but so far Raising Steam seems to be trying to do the New Discovery and the Big Picture.
As I said, I haven’t finished it, and there’s a lot of really, really good stuff in there, but it’s definitely different from what you refer to as Discworld down to the smell.
Death talks to Azrael, the Death of Universes
Reaper Man, by Terry Pratchett
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett, p. 100 (via myprivatelibrary)