Discworld Series Reviews

The Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents – Puss in Cahoots

Colm and Steve examine the first YA Discworld book. They ponder on the difference between young adult and, eh, old adult literature. And they also discuss Pratchett’s love of cargo cults, his more cynical take on the role of stories and one of his scarier villains (no, not the rat catchers after a hefty dose of laxatives).

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Thief of Time – Chocolate-Proof Monk

Steve and Colm return to the Discworld just in time for the apocalypse… again. They discuss time, life, the apocalypse and chocolate while unpacking this truly singular book. In a desperate stab at relevance and/or a fumbling attempt to articulate their thoughts on the book, they reference Game of Thrones, the Avengers, Doctor Who and Final Fantasy VI along the way.

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Hogfather – The Inner Baby-Sitters Club Christmas Special

Happy Hogswatch, one and all! In honour of the occasion, Steve and Colm are joined by their old friend, Rose to talk about the dark roots that run beneath the blossoming Yuletide cheer, and how Pratchett shines a light on them with characteristic aplomb. They also discuss best and worst Discworld villains (hint: one of the best ones was in this book), their childhood fears and why humans need fantasy.

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Soul Music – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Death’s Club Band (With Rocks In)

Colm & Steve rock (and/or roll) out with a rambling discussion about grief, rebellion, growing up, and the opposition between art and commerce. There’s also much chuckling over music references and and occasional bad impressions of the voice actors from the animated adaptation.

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Reaper Man – Death Comes to Life

Steve and Colm leap headlong into life, death and shopping centres! They reference Michael Bay, Bruce Springsteen, Doctor Who and Red Dwarf in their efforts to wax lyrical about the emotional and thematic highs (and occasional structural lows) of Reaper Man. This culminates in a lengthy debate as to where this book fits in our podcast’s ultimately subjective highly prestigious ranking list.

Click here to ponder on the purpose of shopping centre playlists!

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Sourcery – Apocralypse Now

 

Colm and Rose tackle the fifth book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Their rambling discussion takes in their reluctance about Rincewind’s reluctant hero act, a mixed bag of side characters and the top five Discworld apocalypses. Is Sourcery a step back for the Discworld, or a side track down the scenic route?

Click here to find out which chocolate bar is referenced in this book!

 

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Mort – Death is a Family Business

 

Rose and Colm discuss the 4th book in the Discworld Series, and they’ve brought along a friend to help! Steve Hill joins the hosts to talk about death (of course), love (of the young and uncertain variety) and a “quantum leap” in quality. Plus the Top 10 Anthropomorphic Personifications!

Click here to learn the significance of Death managing to get a curry in Ankh-Morpork!

 

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Equal Rites – A Dungeon Dimension of One’s Own

Rose and Colm tackle Equal Rites, the book that takes a big step towards a Discworld that would be more familiar to most readers than the madcap fantasy theme park of the first two novels. They also explore the parts of the book that seem might incongruous in retrospect: a Nanny Ogg-esque Granny Weatherwax and a proto-Ridcully era Unseen University. Also, there’s the top 10 One Book Wonder Characters!

Click here to hear Colm & Rose stake their claim to be Pratchett Consultants

‘Why Gandalf Never Married’ – A 1985 Talk by Pterry on Magic and Gender

 

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The Light Fantastic – First (and Last) Among Sequels

Colm and Rose discuss The Light Fantastic, a further step towards the Discworld most readers are familiar with. They talk about all manner of things that didn’t feature in The Colour of Magic; a plot, a finale, an apocalyptic event and an octogenarian barbarian hero. In honour of Twoflower, they also detail the best tourist destinations on the Disc – in the unlikely event you are sucked through the pages and into the book a la The Pagemaster. 

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The Colour of Magic – Pungeons and Dragons

 

Colm and Rose talk about the very first Discworld book, The Colour of Magic. They discuss its status as an incongruity in the Discworld series; how much more magic there was, why Death was so much more sadistic and whether that was really Vetinari eating the crystallised jellyfish. They also describe how they first discovered Pratchett’s pizza-shaped planet.

Click here to find out how enticing Tony Robinson’s voice can be!

 

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