Hey, I know we've sometimes had our disagreements, but you were a good sport yesterday. Thanks for taking part, it was a lot of fun! :)
You should check out this forum. It's a OP/Kingdom/Toriko forum, and there are some pretty good discussions outside of the manga sections.
He's the best written character imo. My favorites are Kanki,Houken,Riboku,Mouten,Shin and Kyoukai. It's hard to dislike any of the characters tbh.
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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!
One Science Cabarat show later (I played the swedish chef, yay!) , I returns to the forums in full
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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