Posts Tagged ‘Terry Pratchett’

PODCAST:

S2E8 – Color of Magic (book/movie)*

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WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Ryan: 4 Stars “…A right good romp on the Disc, full of madcap adventure and plenty of wonderment (plus a dash of introspection for good measure)!…

Wilk: 4 Star “…Four stars was a leap but there’s no going back now. It will be the last terry Pratchett book I read, as it was so similar to the other one I’ve read…

Rick: 4 Stars “…Terry Pratchett’s inaugural Disc World book should be compulsory reading for all fans of fantasy and science fiction. The book masters the line between hilariously mocking and triumphantly advancing the relevance of the fantasy genre...

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com)

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

“The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett

Book: “The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett

“The beginning of the hilarious and irreverent series that has more than 80 million copies worldwide, The Color of Magic is where we meet tourist Twoflower and wizard guide Ricewind, and follow them on their always-bizarre journeys.

A writer who has been compared to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams, Sir Terry Pratchett has created a complex, yet zany world filled with a host of unforgettable characters who navigate around a profound fantasy universe, complete with its own set of cultures and rules.” (from Amazon.com)

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“Terry Pratchett’s The “Colour of Magic” by Vadim Jean (Sean Astin)

“Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic” by Vadim Jean (Sean Astin)

“Failed wizard Rincewind (Bafta Winner David Jason, Hogfather) is so bad at magic he only knows one spell. And he doesn’t even know what it does. This goes some way to explaining why he is expelled from the Unseen University for Wizards.

Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage tackle angry Druids, Barbarians, fire breathing dragons and mountain trolls on their travels. Twoflower thinks everything is a wonderful adventure. Rincewind just wishes he was back home in Ankh-Morpork. ” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

He felt her hot breath against his face, never forgetting that she was as sexless as a spinning top. Her presence was perfunctory. Her words meant nothing. Still, she spewed them, holding an unconscious llama over her head. His eyes darted with the twitch of the llama’s tale. Where did she get such strength; where did she find such small llamas? The animal was not a newborn, but it was well below average size. Did she save llama runts? Was she raiding llama liveries, just to save the runts so she could hold them over her head while taunting men? He signed heavily, resolved internally that he was indeed not going to be able to bowl that night.

But she didn’t have to know that. She could hold that llama and just sweat about it.

The above passage is taken from an upcoming book about the life of Terry Pratchett as told through a man who enjoys bowling. He is being pursued through time by an infinite army of people who have slipped backward in time a nanosecond. They are able to see him because he exists simultaneously in both the past and the future, functioning as a filter for time and space. He can assist people who have slipped in time. He alone can help them communicate with their loved ones (and in some cases their project supervisors.)

As it turns out, most llamas are filters for time and space as well. And as it would also turn out, in a vast universe, one planet sent an entire species of shape-shifting pranksters well back in time in an effort to dispose of them humanely. This species, the Spelucites, have traveled through earth due to the large amount of filters and the large amount of discarded food. While all living things can only exist in one moment (with the exception of filters), a discarded French Fry is forever. This species is determined to move forward in time, leap-frogging the human race, and simultaneously tripping every human being on the planet. While it is not the most evil scheme, it is still a scheme that would result in no good whatsoever and quite possibly end humanity. And, this is the tale that we will explore when David Wilkinson’s “The Filter” hits bookstores next year.

On the podcast we limited our discussion to a book that has already been written. It was called “The Colour of Magic”. We all liked it. Other things we all like include: Ham, Beer, not having Leprosy,  and..,thats it. And, the “not having Leprosy” thing is barely agreed on by the three of us. So, while we all liked the book I do not recall anyone loving it. One host, me, thought that it was very “British”. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But that in order to love it we would need to be more entrenched in the references and cultures from whence it came. Also, we don’t use words like “whence” a lot. But, overall, it was a strong book from a favorite author. And it was, British. Very British.

The movie, like the book, was British. It was done with BBC production values, which helps to explain why Britain is no longer an empire but merely a nation. But, that being said, it was well done and well adapted. Worth watching if you don’t want to watch Jaws again.

So, all things considered, cover yourself in blood pudding and hope for the best, because there is no deodorant in outer space!!!!! -Wilk

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

For a fairly comprehensive biography on Sir Terry Pratchett, check out this article written by Colin Smythe, “The L-Shaped Web: Just Who is Terry Pratchett?” found here: http://www.lspace.org/about-terry/biography.html.

 

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

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PODCAST:

S2P8 – Color of Magic (book/movie)*

Listen to the podcast here (click to play/right click and select “save target as” to download):

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

“The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett

Book: “The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett

“The beginning of the hilarious and irreverent series that has more than 80 million copies worldwide, The Color of Magic is where we meet tourist Twoflower and wizard guide Ricewind, and follow them on their always-bizarre journeys.

A writer who has been compared to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams, Sir Terry Pratchett has created a complex, yet zany world filled with a host of unforgettable characters who navigate around a profound fantasy universe, complete with its own set of cultures and rules.” (from Amazon.com)

*** * ***

“Terry Pratchett’s The “Colour of Magic” by Vadim Jean (Sean Astin)

“Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic” by Vadim Jean (Sean Astin)

“Failed wizard Rincewind (Bafta Winner David Jason, Hogfather) is so bad at magic he only knows one spell. And he doesn’t even know what it does. This goes some way to explaining why he is expelled from the Unseen University for Wizards.

Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage tackle angry Druids, Barbarians, fire breathing dragons and mountain trolls on their travels. Twoflower thinks everything is a wonderful adventure. Rincewind just wishes he was back home in Ankh-Morpork. ” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PREVIEW PODCAST:

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S2P2 – Preview Episode (Pratchett Tribute – The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch – Seventh Son)*

SUBJECT MATTER:

“The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney

Book: “The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney

Alternate Title in UK:”Wardstone Chronicles: The Spook’s Apprentice”

“For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.

Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope, the last apprentice.” (from Amazon.com)

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“Seventh Son” by Sergei Bodrov (Jeff Bridges)

Movie: “Seventh Son” by Sergei Bodrov (Jeff Bridges)

“In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance.” (from Amazon.com)

 

TRIBUTE TO SIR TERRY PRATCHETT (1948 to 2015):

Greetings,  this is Rick co-host on the acclaimed sci-fi/fanasty podcast, No Deodorant in Outer Space. 

On behalf of my partners, Ryan Sean O’Reilly and David Wilkinson and friends of the podcast, we wish to extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Pratchett Family and fans all over the world. We have been blessed with the everlasting force of Sir Pratchett’s life and work. The sparkling gems which he so finely wrought for the last 40 years shall continue to shine indefinite among the constellations of legend and lore. Star gazers through the ages shall be touched by these diamonds and with hope, add to a rich legacy for as long as they can think for themselves and act with love as Sir Pratchett has demonstrated.

-Rick

For more information on Sir Terry Pratchett’s passing you can visit his publisher’s website here: http://www.transworldbooks.co.uk/authors/terry-pratchett?dcp=635618386181805170.

Also, we previously covered Pratchett’s Discworld novel “Going Postal” in Season One – Episode Eight (we all enjoyed it–five stars across the board!). So, if you missed that episode and want to know more about this excellent author, and this work you can listen here: https://nodeodorantinouterspace.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/review-going-postal-discworld-terry-pratchett-and-going-postal-jon-jones/. We will be covering his very first Discworld book, “The Colour of Magic” later in this season (and are looking forward to it).

-Ryan

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

Listen to the podcast here (click to play/right click and select “save target as” to download):

S1E8 – Going Postal (book/movie)*

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Ryan: 5 Stars “…You will not Return this Book to Sender—because it’s hilarious and awesome…

Wilk: 5 Stars “…All in all it was a pleasant quick read.. It was a bubble bath. It has it’s place but I won’t be in one often...”

Rick: 5 Stars “…If you do not like this book you may want to start paying attention to stuff…

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com)

SUBJECT MATTER:

“Going Postal (Discworld)” by Terry Pratchett


Book: “Going Postal (Discworld)” by Terry Pratchett

“Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into … a government job?

By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical headman. But if the bold and undoable are what’s called for, Moist’s the man for the job — to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every being, human or otherwise, requires: hope.” (from Amazon.com)

 

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“Going Postal” by Jon Jones (Richard Coyle)

 

Movie: “Going Postal” by Jon Jones (Richard Coyle)

“Moist von Lipwig (Richard Coyle, A Good Year) is a conman and a charlatan–and he loves every minute of it. When the law finally catches up to him, he is given a choice: take over the derelict postoffice…or suffer a painful death.” (from Amazon.com)

 

WILK’S SHOW NOTES:

This month the gang discussed “Going Postal.” Written by Terry Pratchett, this book is one of many in the Discworld series. It was very well written and hilarious. Unfortunately, the book did nothing to ease the mounting fears of our own mortality

As we discussed the book, our thoughts began to wander toward how our own lives would come to an end. When we lose consciousness and cease to be in this world. The idea of a heaven does not seem realistic. The thought of hell is a horror that permeates every second of our existence. The best we can hope for after this existence comes to an end; is a bleak nothingness. The promise of nothing is all we can aspire to, and perhaps more than what we deserve.

There was a movie or mini series based on the novel. It had the production levels of Dr. Who, which is to say “low.” If you could get past that, it was decent but ultimately not necessary. The story was best in written form. Not that it matters. When we are all buried beneath the earth will this story rattle around in our empty skulls? Not unless it’s a maggot.

The consensus of the group was that the writer, Terry Pratchett, is a gifted writer, perhaps a genius, but this will not save him from death. In the end, he will be in the exact same place as the illiterate chimney sweep huffing paint in a dark alley around from the crematorium that incinerates Mr. Pratchett’s body. Perhaps he will be remembered. Perhaps not. What difference does it make?

So remember, until next time, do not douse yourself in formaldehyde, because there is no deodorant in outer space!* 

– Wilk

 

Check out an interesting article at io9 on how to read Terry Prachett’s many discworld book (groupings and orders) with a cool diagram here: http://io9.com/how-to-read-terry-pratchetts-discworld-series-in-one-h-1567312812

 

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.