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Moving Pictures: Discworld: The Unseen University Collection (Discworld Hardback Library) [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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15 May 2014 Discworld Hardback Library

The alchemists of the Discworld have discovered the magic of the silver screen. But what is the dark secret of Holy Wood hill?

It's up to Victor Tugelbend ('Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little') and Theda Withel ('I come from a little town you've probably never heard of') to find out...


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (15 May 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1473200237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473200234
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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'A true original among contemporary writers'

" (The Times)


'Cracking dialogue, compelling illogic and unchained whimsy...Pratchett has a subject and a style that is very much his own'

" (Sunday Times)

"'Offers more entertainment per page than anything this side of Wodehouse'" (Washington Post Book World)

"'It's mad, it's glorious, it's (need I say?) hilarious, and it's putting a terrible strain on Discworld's already fragile fabric of reality'" (Locus) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A beautiful gift-edition hardback of the classic Discworld novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Pictures review. 19 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Moving Pictures is an extremely hilarious book.In Moving Pictures the alchemists guild have invented films and now the oddest civil war film ever made is being shot in Holy Wood.However all is not well and Victor and Ginger,the stars of the film,have to save the Disc from the dungeon dimensions with a bit of help from Gaspode the wonder dog.If you like reading sci-fi and fantasy or if you simply enjoy watching films then read Moving Pictures.If you enjoy this book then try the rest of Terry Prattchett's Discworld series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant! 5 Jun 1999
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Terry Pratchett with his own brand of humour never ceases to make me laugh when reading his books, and Moving Pictures, a masterpiece in it's own right. He always rights books with things in that we can relate to, i.e. Holy wood - Hollywood, moving pictures, films and videos. New characters are always a welcome addition, as well as old ones, like CMOT Dibbler. One of the best authors this decade!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of, 8 Feb 2005
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
. . . and our little life is rounded with a sleep." This snippet of Prospero's from Shakespeare's The Tempest, was beautifully ad libbed by Humphrey Bogart during the filming of The Maltese Falcon. It pretty much sums up the experience I took out of reading Terry Pratchett's Moving Pictures. Life in Holy Wood, like life on Prospero's island is one where magical events occur encouraged by a host of spirits. Since these magical events unfold in that piece of the universe known as Discworld, they unfold with wit, humor, and more than a bit of thought.
As the title suggests, Moving Pictures is Pratchett's take on Hollywood. In a manner similar to his approach to Men at Arms, The Truth, and Going Postal, Pratchett takes the development of the motion picture industry and through the literary equivalent of time-lapse photography compresses it so that the reader experiences in a brief time span that which occurred over decades on our slower-moving planet. The result is hilariously funny and made me shake my head and murmur, how did we let this nonsense happen.
CAST OF CHARACTERS: As a click trailer might say: Introducing Victor and Ginger (think Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) as the leading man and lady of this epic. Also new to Discworld is Thomas Silverfish (think Samuel Goldwyn of MGM fame), the first big producer on Discworld. As in Casablanca, Pratchett has also rounded up the usual suspects. Cut Me Own Throat Dibbler (can't think of a character on earth that remotely resembles Dibbler!) and Gaspode (think Oscar Levant as played by a stray dog) are featured prominently and hilariously. This is a big step up for these two contract players in the Discworld series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Entertainment! 29 Jan 2006
IF you dont like this book, then theres something wrong with you. This novel is one of my favourite Pratchett's so far. how does he dream this up? The man's a genius. Couldnt put it down. Classic Pratchett at his best.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chock-full of movie jokes 14 Jan 2003
By Mr Gary E Whorwood VINE VOICE
With Moving Pictures, Terry Pratchett turns his unique powers of satire and parody to poke fun at the power and history of the movie industry. This book is so full of brilliant in-jokes and sly nods that I'm sure I didn't notice half of them. But as usual, the story is sufficiently gripping and thought provoking that it can be enjoyed even if you don't get all the jokes. Of Pratchett's regular characters, the real star this time is Dibbler, who turns all of his sausage-vending mercenary powers into those of a profit-hungry movie producer with hilarious results. A pre-Watch Detritus the Troll and various Wizards also play cameos. Well worth a read for fans of Pratchett and/or the cinema.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the book but TR doesn't nail this one 11 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As I'm sure most people would agree story tapes are perfect to fall asleep to, you can enjoy a book without having a light on and they're soothing as hell. But Tony Robinson talks in such a range of volumes that its pretty impossible to fall asleep, if i put it at a reasonable volume, half the time he talks in the quietest whisper and the other half in a REALLY loud shouting voice for some of the characters.

His impression of Ruby and the talking animals is so crass, loud and frankly irritating beyond belief (I'm a massive TR fan as well he nails it in Reaper Man) also I dont like the American accent for silver fish but he's friends with TP so maybe thats how TP wanted it read.

He also gets a lot of the connotations wrong in the way people are saying things. E.g. last night Ginger says coldly "They fall in love" when explaining what it means for 2 characters to have "chemistry", she says it coldly because she obviously thinks Victor's stupid for not understanding. I imagine this beautiful girl squinting her eyes and saying it coldly (as it says she does in the book) but TR slows down as he says it and says it very gently as if to give real meaning to the fact that they have fallen in love which is completely the wrong context.

I noticed he gets quite a few things wrong which I was surprised by as I'm such a big fan but I felt like he needed to read the book through properly before he started reading for this audio book.

All in all its not for me, I feel a bit let down and find some of the voices too crass in order to finish listening to it and would rather just read the book again but this is only my opinion and I'm sure some people would find absolutely nothing wrong with it.
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Published 1 month ago by Magic
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A true giggle on steroids.
Published 1 month ago by megan jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle book
Exactly what I expected. I am re reading all of Terry Pratchet as I was not able to keep the books due to lack of space.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best
I love the Discworld series but this one just lacked something. It's still a good read, just not one of my favourites.
Published 2 months ago by Philip Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Not the best Discworld novel but far from the worst!! An engrossing and enjoyable read, which gets harder to put down the further in you get!!
Published 3 months ago by MOS
4.0 out of 5 stars Personal
I have read most of Terry Pratchets books and love them all. This one compares favourably with the rest. It is different, as they all are, but utilises some familiar characters. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Madness!
The usual sublimely twisted logic of Discworld! With nods to the great H P Lovecraft for good measure. Very accurate observations of the early film industry.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good
once again i bought this as a present for a discworld set collector. seems to have been a good choice.
Published 4 months ago by gillianb b eautyman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Terry Pratchett's usual standards
Seemed more like a work in progress with incomplete or disjointed story line. Nothing like some of his later works.
Published 5 months ago by Technically Challenged
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