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And damn straight Spandam is awesome. If nothing else, the thread shows just how extremely peoples interpretatiion of characters can vary; I've long rolled my eyes at the "Spandam sucks dongs because he's an evil arrogant douchebag" crowd, but I never would've guessed that so many people denounce Bellemere as a bad mother and terribly selfish, incompetent marine.
Last continent is another one I barely remember. A lot of my rereads have been through Audiobooks, and Ridcullys voice made him sound like a senile moron, so his books are hazier in my memory than the others. Like, I have no idea what the heartwarming ending you mention is. I do remember it having good jokes, and being the point where I realized I was looking more forward to Ridcullys antics than Rincewinds.
Carpe Jugulum I thought had some pretty nifty vampires.
The thing I love about Jingo is that it feels very balanced, very fair in its portrayal of both sides. Of course it avoids the black'n'white "westernlike civ good, ethnics bad! approach, but a lesser version would've gone the Avatar route of painting the Klatchians as saints and the Morporkians as Devils incarnate. Instead, Pratchett makes sure to show that the Klatchians are just as bad regarding the island, and has a villain on their side too. It feels more genuine that way; that you don't paint entire nations as uniformly Good or Evil, but rather capable of being swayed by singular rotten persons (the princes brother, Lord Rust).
Also, Carrots football match was such an awesome anticlimax, and oh so very Carrot.
I hope Jingo lives up to your expectations - its certainly a lot different than the other Watch books. But as always, tonnes of good character moments, and the best ending in any of the books, IMO.
Also, I saw you in the "love and Loathe" thread,, you should stick around, its pretty fun- you can do all the analysis and criticism that gets one flak in the Character tournament :p!
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I can sort of see where you're coming from with Hogfather, but I loved it for being a character showcase; Susan and Death were the mains obviously, but it always felt like a real Ankh Morpork story to me, even more than the Watch books. It made a halfway decent adaptation too, and the damn Wooden Horse scene melts my heart something fierce. But yeah, it was ony upon the second reread that I understood the plot of the Auditors-first time, I thought they were literally stopping the sun from rising. That'd certainly have raised the stakes, but the real way has the thematic weight of Imagination, as you said.
Which Death book is your favourite then?
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I guess you could put it like that, yeah. Still good, but when you can still remember the raw emotion fom the series finest moments, you want it to remain at that exact peak forever. Makes it harder to appreciate the books for what they are.
For non Discworld, I'd honestly suggest you skipping "Dark side of the sun". Makes sure you get the rewrite of Carpet People (a joint project between Terry Pratchett and Terry Pratchett, Aged 18 and 48 lol). Strata is a cute curiosity, the Bromeliad is good fun, Nation is great, the first Johnny Maxwell is really poignant, its sequel just okay, haven't read the third. Good Omens is an absolute blast.
As for pratchetts newer stuff; my to-do list still includes I shall Wear Midnight, Snuff, the last two Moist von Lipvig books, and Science of Discworld IV within the discworld universe, so I'm hardly up to date. Outside of it, I have yet to read the Long Earth series.
I found Nation great, and Unseen Acedemicals enjoyable, and not like I dislike Thud, Postal or Wintersmith, they're all fine books...but in terms of personal preference I just feel the stories are sligthly inferior to their predecessors, because eventually some character beats and themes do get repeated. I think I've judged the later books more harshly based on the accumulated weight of past Discworld stories; but of course, reading them "out of order" you wouldn't have had that problem.
As for badass moments...have you read the Fifth Elephant? Monstrous Regiment also has a character of Vimes-levels of badassery.
Maskerade is more a Phantom of an Opera than an "Opera in general" parody if memory serves, so I got a good kick out of it. The villain was pretty weak though, and I always preferred Magrat to Agnes Nitt. I remember it making more use of the "Weatherwax in the big city!" potential for jokes than Equal Rites did.
Feet of Clay I like. Lots of good stuff with Nobby and Colon, and the whole watch in general. Its not the greatest case Vimes ever solved, but the Golems, as a concept and characters, hit home for me.
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