Unseen Academicals Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh Morpork And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match without using magic so they re in the mood for trying everything else The pro

  • Title: Unseen Academicals
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780552153379
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh Morpork And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they re in the mood for trying everything else.The prospect of 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 turFootball has come to the ancient city of Ankh Morpork And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they re in the mood for trying everything else.The prospect of 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 there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever.Because the thing about football the important thing about football is that it is not just about football.Here we go Here we go Here we go

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    1. Football (soccer to Americans like myself) is all the rage in Ankh-Morpork and Vetinari, the Patrician, has given Unseen University the duty of refining it from a street game to an organized event. Only some people don't want it organized. Can the Unseen Academicals, with Trevor Likely and the mysterious Mister Nutt, overcome football's rowdiest hooligans?The thing about Terry Pratchett is that while his stories take place in a fantasy world, they are about real world events and concepts. This o [...]

    2. When I was a teenager, a friend and I wrote a behemoth of a three-page letter on A4 paper to Terry Pratchett. We were amazed and grateful when a reply arrived from him a few months later, apologising for the delay and attempting to answer some of our many questions. One of the questions we asked was, "What football team do you support?" He replied something to the effect of not watching football because he thought it was weird.Warm, fuzzy memories aside, I wanted to love this latest Discworld no [...]

    3. I first read this book when it came out in 2009, and to be completely honest with you, I was kinda disappointed. The book wasn't bad, mind you. But it was merely good. Pratchett's work is usually somewhere between brilliant and excellent. Still, I wasn't particularly surprised. I've known about Pratchett's struggle with Alzheimer's for a while. I've known it was just a matter of time before it started to impact his work. That said, even a somewhat lackluster Pratchett book is pretty good, and I [...]

    4. The Wizards of unseen University must play a game of football (the round ball variety) to meet some historical statute required to keep them housed and fed to the standard they have come to expect. This requires taking the current form of the game played in the the streets by thugs and transforming it into a more civilized form watched in a stadium with rules and a referee. Although anything involving the wizards is likely to have it's own form of chaos.Perhaps because I am not a big fan of foot [...]

    5. Soccer!Or futbol, or football, or whatever.Terry Pratchett has created a sports novel, or not, or whatever.Yes, Lord Vetenari has agreed to allow a disorganized sport for ruffians and street thugs to have rules and even develop a league of sorts. Like crime, if there is going to be sports, it should at least be organized.The 37th Discworld novel, first published in 2007 is about sports, but like all of Pratchett’s books, Sir Terry stuffs a Librarian (OOK!) sized amount of charisma, philosophy, [...]

    6. Football has come to Ankh-Morpork. Strange that, in the scale of Ankh-Morporkian evolution, football arrives after the genesis of iconographs and moving pictures but there you have it. That is one of the joys of evolution is it not? The element of surprise? Surprisingly the arrival of football also coincides with the arrival of high fashion, fashion models (maybe not that surprising given the association between fashion and football a la posh n becks), the rediscovery of the Orc (like the redisc [...]

    7. Contrary to popular belief, I don't hate sports.I know this may come as a surprise, since I studiously avoid all but the most cursory acknowledgment of current sporting events. I finish the paper when I hit the sports section, and the sport report on the news is, for me, time to wash the dishes. I have no favorite teams of any kind, no players I look up to, and no interest in following play-offs, bowl games, championships or derbys. Hell, even with the Olympics my interest plummets after the ope [...]

    8. This book was semi-entertaining, but it definitely won’t be one of my favorites from Discworld. I also think I was a little misled by the Discworld chart I’ve been referencing. The chart lists this as part of the Rincewind series, but he hardly appears in the book at all and has very little to do with the story. He’s a fun character; I was looking forward to one last book about him.Our main characters are four non-wizards who work on the staff at Unseen University. The other wizards who of [...]

    9. The challenge with trying to review a book by the inimitable Terry Pratchett is finding something to say that hasn’t already been said. The man’s unquestionable skill as a writer and the extensive body of his work makes it all but impossible to say anything about a new addition that hasn’t already been said—often.I had the pleasure of receiving an advance copy of the newest Pratchett, Unseen Academicals, from the publisher, Harper. And trust me, it was very much a pleasure because once a [...]

    10. What do you get when you mix football, magic, academic rivalry, an orangutan, the world of high (sorry) low fashion, a thumbing of nose (if not outright rasberrying) of Harry Potter, commentary on religion, and a designer named Pepe?Unseen Academicals.Most readers consider the last few Discworld novels to be good, though not great. In Unseen Academicals, Pratchett is back to his top form. Perhaps, a break from Discworld to write the wonderful and thought provoking Nation was what he needed. Rega [...]

    11. Dear Mr. Pratchett,You have given me much joy in a cold, dreary life filled with vet visits and chemical adjustments to my brain. I was born to bleed from my vagina, expel copious amounts of snot from my nostrils (seriously, what is UP with my sinuses?), and watch GI Joe because my sister thinks terrible movies are funny. Or maybe she just finds my screams of pain amusing. ANYWAY, what I’m saying is that I suffer, I suffer mightily, but your books make things just a little bit more bearable. Y [...]

    12. There isn't much to say about a Discworld novel at this point.You like the series or you don't, you shouldn't start with this one (although it isn't that bad of a starter, it doesn't give a lot of background on the characters--start elsewhere), and you just want to know if it's one of the (rare) standouts, either as extra genius (Night Watch) or a klunker (Monstrous Regiment).It's a solid Discworld book, and we seem to have precious few of those left, so cherish it. For recurring characters, it [...]

    13. The wizards have never been my favorite, and we keep getting a dose of new characters, and football is hardly my favorite topic, but, for all of that, it was still an enjoyable story. It'll most likely never be one of my faves, but it was good.I liked Nutt and Glenda, and wouldn't mind seeing them again, but I particularly liked the addition of Mr. Hix to the UU staff - the man with the skull ring who has license to be just a little bit evil, and to say the things everyone else is thinking. He w [...]

    14. This is my first Discworld novel in 4 years, the last one I read being the largely mediocre "Thud!" and a below average outing for the City Watch. I tried "Making Money" a couple of years ago but it was the first Discworld I couldn't finish it was so poor. That was really it for me, I thought I'd not be returning to Pratchett again. I felt sorry for Terry hearing of his illness but his continued forays into the dubious realm of "Young Adult" fiction often yielded poor books for a bloke in his 20 [...]

    15. I find this book a somewhat perplexing addition to the Discworld series. Technically, I think it's classed as a Rincewind book?? And yet Rincewind shows up for approximately two pages. It's a book about football, in which the game goes from being played in a totally disorganised, stab-your-opponents-if-they-get-in-the-way fashion with a heavy wooden ball to a game with rules and specific positions and a lightweight inflatable ball. Which is fine, except that Jingo, some sixteen books earlier in [...]

    16. Empecé a leer este libro porque se me había dicho que era el último libro de la saga de Rincewind (el mago más cobarde de todos) pero…Rincewind no es el protagonista, y si tiene cuatro líneas en la historia es mucho. Luego me dije, no será de Rincewind, pero va de magos y futbol, debe ser algo así como el Quidditch, pero…Los magos de este libro no hacen magia, lo que para mí es un gran desperdicio, admito que no debió causarme tanta sorpresa, ya que Rincewind por lo general no es mu [...]

    17. I think this might even be the first Pratchett book I read since his death. And somehow it felt so fitting that most of his main characters at least visited this book. As it was fitting that the whole book ends with a big "do you think it is over?" thing. Because it sort of is, and it is sad. I personally still have a few books of his unread, but it is still sad.The book itself was not one of his best books, but there were parts that made me chuckle aloud and there were parts that moved me. I am [...]

    18. Very fun to read, but it ended quite quickly, without the usual bang. I didn't like all of the new characters. The continuation of the story would be very interesting. All in all, it's a good Discworld book.And something I've been thinking while reading the book, but not really provoked by it:It seems more and more civil concepts from our world are starting their own life in Ankh Morpork. The more the Discworld gets populated by newspaper agencies, mobile communications, banks, post offices, fas [...]

    19. I've never been a sports fan, unless I were actually doing the sport in question, but I found a discworld adaptation of a sport completely apropo and more than a little snide. Fortunately for those of us who don't care too much about sports in-general, the reoccurring characters more than make up for the intrusion. I will always enjoy these series of books because they're gentle and wise and so wise-cracking and quite un-genteel.I think, for lack of a large cast of favorite Orcish characters in [...]

    20. Aby bylo jasno, Zeměplochu mám rád - obzvlášť ty dvě epizody, v nichž se vyskytuje Vlahoš von Rosret, ale výborná je i Noční hlídka, Pátý elefant, Pravda, z těch starších třeba Sekáč nebo Otec Prasátek. Četl jsem je všechny, k některým se rád vracím.To ale neznamená, že se Pratchettovi povedlo vždycky všechno - a ano, jsem si vědom, že pro nezanedbatelnou část českého geectva je Terry bůh a Jan Kantůrek jeho prorok. Po těchto varováních přistupme k v [...]

    21. I am a fan of Terry Pratchett (RIP). But this one was a bit less to my liking. Still funny, creative, enjoyable, but got bored by the long and slow lead-in, and by lots of football (soccer) details. I even checked Wiki info, and found that many jokes (names of teams, specific plays etc) are very specific references to the UK soccer world, which was pretty incomprehensible to me except very generally.Note: the book cover seems to show a basketball, not a soccer ball, and hands reaching for it, wh [...]

    22. Само Наште! Само Наште!Още преди много, много години всички очакваха тази книга да излезе. Тя бе въпрос на време. След като Пратчет с думи ни нарисува гротесков свят и ни поразходи из музикалния бизнес (Музика за душата), киното и телевизията (Подвижни картини), операта и теат [...]

    23. Wotcher!"Unseen Academicals" arrives new into a series that is already well over 30 books deep. The series is referred to as the "Discworld" series. For those of you unfamiliar with Discworld, it is a mythical flat world being carried through space on the backs of four cosmically huge elephants that are, themselves, standing on the back of an even larger tortoise. This tortoise is slowly making her way through the universe carrying millions of eclectic entities with her. If you loved "The Hitchh [...]

    24. Loved it. Like all recent Pratchett (roughly speaking, those since "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents") this book isn't just a loosely-connected set of sly references. Something happened around a decade ago, and his books began to be much more about life and people. In particular, "Unseen Academicals" tackles the question of social expectation, the mob, and being worthy of being.This isn't as smooth a read as his other recent works, which might have something to do with this one being [...]

    25. Wizards play soccer. I could leave it at there and let you imagine their pointy hats wiggling across the field. That's almost a sales pitch in and of itself.No artists ailments affect me quite like Pratchett's weird version of Alzheimer's. If it were some authors I like, I'd be upset, but for many of them, their best work is in the past. It's troubling with Pratchett because his books just keep getting more compelling.What sounds like a high concept comedy ends up being a pretty bright discussio [...]

    26. I'm not sure exactly why I haven't been enjoying the last few Pratchett books that I've read. Several theories present themselves; I don't like the subject matter (entirely possible here, I don't have a keen interest in football), I am tired of the genre and style (it's happened before) or this just isn't as funny as it could be. Somehow this book in attempting to lambast such a subject just managed to make the the sport, fans and players seem pathetic and not laughably so (personal opinion poss [...]

    27. 1st read: 10/23/102nd read: 1/19/11 This book makes me happy! I do so love Glenda and Nutt! I hope to see more of their story continued.3rd read: 5/28/13 Bibliotherapyis book makes me happy. And, with Pratchett on rereading, I always notice something new.

    28. The wizards of the Unseen University love their food, alcohol, and tradition which Lord Vetinari exploits to ensure that the chaotic football matches taking place get under control. Unseen Academicals is Terry Pratchett’s 37th Discworld book and the last focusing on Rincewind and the wizards of the Unseen University, even though it seemed that they were of secondary concern throughout the book.The wizards at the Unseen University find out that their budget is tied to a trust fund that only pay [...]

    29. I liked this book a lot better than Making Money, which baffled and even saddened me because it seemed to fall apart about 300 pages in. But that's not really saying much. I think this entry in the series is a good solid Discworld novel -- not a classic favourite like Lords & Ladies or Night Watch, but better than misfires like Monstrous Regiment or Pyramids. And I'm not a big fan of the wizards books in the series, either, so that may be deflating my judgement a bit -- I picked this one up [...]

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