Soul Music: (Discworld Novel 16) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 1 Oct 2005
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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".Read more ›
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.
Whilst the story is quite fun and portrays a lot of our own musical history especially of the decades of the 70's 80's and early 90's, it jumps around quite a bit and I found it difficult to get involved in so many perspectives.
Again, a social commentary from Sir Terry but not the best
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Music with Rocks In, is a new emerging band which worries the elders and excites the young! Funny, witty, moving!Published 26 days ago by Dave Clews
Saw the animation film on TV years ago. One to add to my Discworld collection. Will not fail to satisfy when I get around to read (on Raising Steam atm), bound to be better than... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Lady Bookworm
Death decides He's had enough of his job, meet his granddaughter who must take the job on. Even though she was just a normal (if disappearing at will is normal) schoolgirl.Published 1 month ago by Joycee
This is a typical Sir Terry Discworld novel - huge fun, full of crazy characters and the brilliant laugh out loud puns. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Schmikey
Soul Music is about Death, but not about death – it’s about the anthropomorphic personification, the tall guy with the scythe, and not the thing that happens where people stop... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
The funniest thing I've read for ages. This history of rock is infused with every rock band pun you could imagine right down to the one about the bloke who works down the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by bookbrain