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5.0 out of 5 stars Usual Pratchet Brilliance, 22 July 2004
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This review is from: The Wee Free Men: (Discworld Novel 30) (Discworld Novels) (Paperback)
Terry Pratchet has never failed to produce a funny, intelligent and compulsive Discworld Novel. This is no exception, though for some reason it's styled a 'Story of Discworld' (is there a 'the' missing there?), for the life of me I can't see why, except that there's chapters in this book which feel a bit weird to someone who's read all the Discworld series. There are many familiar themes here, other worlds encroaching onto the Discworld is for example is a regular occurence, especially in some of the earlier books, and of course the fact that witchcraft is mainly psychology. Pratchet has also chosen another determined young lady as a heroine, one who will remind many readers of Susan Sto-Helit. The best things about this book are the Nac Mac Feegle 'Nae king! Nae Quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willna' be fooled again!'. Pratchet again shows his egalitarian streak by having a whole clan full of what are essentially a collective of heroes, while the villain is a Queen, there's also a rather traditional, pompous and brainless lord of the manor. The other nice touch is the Chalk, Pratchet consistently sets stories in the Discworld's multifarious countries or geograffic regions which bear more than a passing resemblence to places on our own world. Just when you think he must be running out of countries (China,Tibet,Australia and Eastern Europe have all featured recently) he changes tack completely and we have the Chalk (possibly the south downs?). It is of course Pratchet's genius to see what's comical and important (and sometimes both at the same time) in the detail. I enjoyed this book imensely and though it's true that Terry Pratchet sometimes covers the same ground in some of his books it is in the telling of the stories that Pratchet shines and often his messages are so important (don't misstreat people just because they are different, for example) that they are worth repeating. Read this Book it's brilliant
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