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Terry Pratchett
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1 Oct 2005 Discworld Novels (Book 16)

'Be careful what you wish for. You never know who might be listening.'

There's no getting away from it. From whichever angle, Death is a horrible, inescapable business. But someone's got to do it. So if Death decides to take a well-earned moment to uncover the meaning of life and discover himself in the process, then there is going to be a void of specific dimensions that needs to be occupied, particularly so when there is trouble brewing in Discworld. There aren't too many who are qualified to fill Death's footsteps and it certainly doesn't help the imminent cataclysm that the one person poised between the mortal and the immortal is only sixteen years old...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552153192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552153195
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,270 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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"Pratchett lures classical themes and popular mythologies into the dark corners of his imagination, gets them drunk and makes them do things you wouldn't dream of doing with an Oxford don" (Daily Mail)


Very clever madcap satire which has universal appeal. If you haven't tried him, this is a fun one to start with

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"The great Terry Pratchett, whose wit is metaphysical, who creates an energetic and lively secondary world, who has a multifarious genius for strong parody ... who deals with death with startling originality. Who writes amazing sentences" (A.S. Byatt New York Times)

"His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction" (Mail on Sunday)

"Like Jonathan Swift, Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own, and like Swift he is a satirist of enormous talent ... incredibly funny ... compulsively readable" (The Times)

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The sixteenth Discworld novel.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Old For Rock and Roll? Too Young to Die? 2 Mar 2005
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
The answers to those questions and more may be found in Terry Pratchett's hilariously funny and thoughtful Soul music.
Soul Music consists of two parallel plot lines which, because this is Discworld and not the earth, converge as they reach the story's horizons. First we meet Imp y Celyn, soon to be known to the world as Bud of the Holly or Buddy, as he travels the long and winding road from his home of Llamedos to Ankh-Morpork. Back hone, Imp's music always made his people smile and he knew if he had a chance he could make some people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a while. Unable to raise enough cash to join the musicians' guild, Buddy, after picking up a very odd guitar at a strange music store joins up with Glod the dwarf and Lias the troll and form a musical group. In short order the group has a gig at the Mended Drum.
In the meantime, DEATH is in the midst of his nineteenth nervous breakdown. As DEATH walks through his land of broken dreams, he seems unconcerned about what becomes of those who should now be departed. There will be disastrous consequences for the universe (see Reaper Man) if DEATH does not perform his obligations. The Death of Rats and his raven translator Quoth go desperately seeking Susan, DEATH's granddaughter. She is persuaded by Death of Rats to fill in until DEATH can be found and persuaded to return to work. Susan soon finds herself atop DEATH's horse Binky. She's eight miles high and when she touches down in Ankh-Morpork she enters the Mended Drum to meet her first assignment - - - Buddy. And then all heck breaks loose.
Buddy starts to play the guitar just like he's ringing a bell and the world seems to stop. It may be that only the good, like Buddy, die young but in this instance Susan says something DEATH would never say: "it isn't fair".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock'n'roll comes to Discworld 7 Jun 2000
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It had to happen some time. We'd already talked about movies (Moving Pictures) and gods (Small Gods), so it only could be matter of time before Pratchett dealt with that other passtime, music. And he does it very well too. But I thought this book didn't actually concentrate on music that much and spent more time dealing with Death's disappearance. The introduction of Susan, Death's grand-daughter, by adoption, is a brilliant idea, and having her take over the business is a genius touch. The bits which are about music are well written and funny, but it all draws itself to a rather disappointing end. Not one of his best, but still very good nonethless. (P.S., for all those who have read it, did you realise that Llamedos, where the lead singer comes from, is not a Welsh name, but sod-em-all written backwards?)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One, two, one, two, many, lots... 29 Dec 2006
Soul Music is (along with Hogfather) my favourite Discworld novel. I first read it at the age of twelve, and finally, five years later, someone got it through their heads to get it for me for Christmas.

The book revolves around a young man called Imp y Celyn (who's name translates roughly to "bud of the holly"), who journeys to Anhk-Morpork in a bid to become the greatest musician in the world. In the city, he meets a troll named Lias (who is incapable of counting to four) and a dwarf named Glod Glodsson (who's only in it for the money), and together, they form The Band With Rocks In. Thier style of music, dubbed "Music With Rocks In", takes the Discworld by storm, causing it's inhabitants to become obsessed with songs such as "Don't Step On My New Blue Boots" and "Good Gracious Miss Polly". Even the wizards in the Unseen University have been tranformed by it, with the Dean painting his bedroom black and weaing a studded leather robe that says "BORN TO RUNE".

Many aspiring Music With Rocks In bands spring up in The Band With Rocks In's wake, such as "We're Certainly Dwarfs" and a band that changes it's name so much they just end up being known as "Ande Supporting Bandes".

Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler also appears, eager to exploit the new fad to make himself a quick fortune.

Only thing is, Music With Rocks In is alive. And it's the only thing stopping Imp from meeting an early death.

Meanwhile, Death has joined the Klatchian Foriegn Legion in a bid to forget, and it's fallen to his granddaughter, Susan Sto-Helit, to take on the Duty. And she's more interested in saving Imp from his "Live fast, die young" destiny, which causes a lot of trouble for Albert and the Death of Rats.

All in all, Soul Music is a hilarious book and one of the best in the Discworld series, with many puns on well known aspects of music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another installment in the Death series. Death goes missing again, and its up to his grand-daughter to fill his shoes. For a human this becomes a difficult task, and much like in the novel Mort, things don't go as planned.

Not being a huge fan of music, some of the jokes were a little lost on me. Also I do think that its a difficult task to have a "musical" novel however I think that Pratchett pull this off well. Its not one of my favourite Discworld stories, but I do love Death and Susan in this, I think they are particularly strong characters, and they pull the story together. I also love the setting of Anhk Morpork, and its denizens, particularly the homeless beggars who are brilliant individuals. Overall a good read if you love Discworld and Pratchett, but in my personal view, not his best novel but definitely worth a read.

I also think, having seen the tv series, that it is a good adaption of the novel, and if like me, you struggle with the musical side of things, this is a brilliant series to add the musical element to a well-written novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So so
I love the disc world novels and this one is good in places but it's nowhere near as good as the others in the Death series.
Published 2 days ago by Bunny Mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Like fantasy? Like comedy? Like rock'n'roll?
Perm any combinations of those and you'll like this. Especially if you like a good pune.... Susan isn't your typical schoolgirl. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Pat Harkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Discworld mayhem
I think that I have read quite a few books written by Terry Pratchett and they never stop amusing me. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mr. Colin Mcelhatton
5.0 out of 5 stars The music with rocks in it ROCKS !!!
Another classic from the pen and mind of Terry Pratchett. I am rereading his earlier Discworld novels as now I have a new Kindle my lust for the Discworld characters is revived.
Published 1 month ago by P.A.Beswick
3.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best
As a Pratchett addict I expect to rate all of his Discworld novels five star. However this one did not grab me as much as usual. I found that I could put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rocky
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Terry at his best
Terry Pratchett so often makes me laugh out loud when reading his books and this was no exception. I love the characters of Susan and Death, so I can't understand how I've never... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Medsec
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and thought-provoking if you want it to be
Death is my favourite Pratchett character. I love the way he can be taken just a face value, or can be read at different levels, all at the same enjoyable time.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabth Cleary
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely entertaining audiobook
As with all the audiobooks in this series, an excellent quality audio version of a great book. Tony Robinson's reading style is entertaining and engaging.
Published 3 months ago by sailgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Trilogy
This is an excellent Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. It is witty, lively, funny but also very deep, clever and thought provoking. This is definitely a good read. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music with rocks in
the sheer joy of reading Sir Terry Pratchett's version of the world has never changed for me. Like all true comic genius he observes everything from angles that you only see... Read more
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