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The novel serves as a travelogue through Pratchett's future universe, and with its cast of well-developed aliens and locations this is a rich journey. Probability maths, quantum physics and evolution are dealt with in a light and readable manner with a small but well drawn cast. The novel isn't laugh out loud funny, but there are elements of Pratchett's trademark humour.
A short but successful piece of sf universe building, recommended even for those who may not enjoy the authors comedic fantasy output. After re-reading this the real mystery is not the whereabouts of the Jokers, but why with his prolific and relentless Discworld output Terry Pratchett has never found either the time or the inclination to produce another science fiction novel - on the evidence of this he certainly has the talent.
Aged 11, and reading the original New English Library edition (with a stylised robot insect on the cover) I thought this book was fantastic - a wonderfully rich and beautifully described universe populated with strange races and amazing devices. Breathtaking.
Aged 20, having read Larry Niven, and the rest of Mr. Pratchett's work up to that point, I went back to it and read it again. And laughed.
Laughed and laughed and laughed.
This book is such a skillful work that it can be read just for the story, which is compelling, or the universe, which is amazing, or for the spoof, which is hysterical.
Read it. Then read 'Ringworld'. Then read it again.
I enjoyed the book immensely, not for the plot - which was certainly adequate and interesting - but for the details. Away from the Discworld expectations, Pratchett presented as a more casual and less angst-ridden Moorcock, painting an involving tripscape which comes into focus in humorous, fine brushstrokes which tickle the ol' funnybone without holding you down and relentlessly tormenting your ribs. This may casuse problems for those reared on the Disc, but if they can put aside expectations of Death strolling in on Binky, I can promise an enjoyable read.
A tiny mechanical spider weaves a web of fine metal wires, wanders off to find a power source and waits for the inevitable mechanical fly to get zapped in a blue-flash as it blunders into the web. The spider dismantles the feebly protesting bug with its own spanner-shaped claws...
Much better in Pratchett's words, of course, and in context, but lovely imagery. If Dune had had this kind of counterpoint imagery, it may well have attracted a wider and younger audience. That, of course will have happened in one of the many universes of alternatives generated by Dark Side's probability maths, but their audience won't be reading the version we all know and love.
The literary cognoscenti will thrill to the misquoted but contextually appropriate parody of Aristophanes, and this, like so much of the fine texture of the story is simply dropped in as a throwaway gag.Read more ›
Being rich and powerful evokes enemies, even when your wealth is gratefully contributed to by all who take pilac. Which is nearly all sentient creatures. There are other species scattered about the universe, but they all appear to be approximately the same duration - four or five million years. Before that, there seem to have been The Jokers. As Dom flees Widdershins to thwart assassination, he seeks answers to the Joker mystery. The quest leads to endless adventures and opens many questions in the reader's mind. The main one being: "Who are we, and where did we come from?"
In today's world, "Dark Side" can occupy only a special niche. Older - sorry! "established" - Pratchett readers may look upon this book as an historical curiosity. The really established SF reader will see the obvious reliance on Isaac Asimov's "Robot" series. In "Dark Side", the very intelligent robot is named "Isaac". Douglas Adams' "probability math" is given place and complex problems are solved by a team of a poet and a "mad computer". The book's themes and characters are very "1970s SciFi". Yet the sparks of the later Discworld books shine brightly here.Read more ›
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I could not get into this book. It was way too much fantasy and I could not make sense of it. It is a shame as I am a great Terry Pratchett fanPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Terry was to my way of thinking improving with every novel he wrote - just look at Raising Steam and Dodger. What a real tragedy that he should be taken at his peak.Published 1 month ago by Esgyrn-Dafydd
The Dark Side of the Sun is short and sweet, about a third of the length of some of the longer Discworld novels, which means that it’s a quick and easy read for any Pratchett fan. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com