I wondered where Terry Pratchett was going after Making Money. I'm glad he went here.
When I finished this book, I sat at my desk and hugged it for at least five minutes. I had those bubbles you get when something inside you wants to cry, but the visceral connections just aren't there. It's a good feeling.
Which is not to say I didn't think this book had faults. Pterry is not usually Captain Obvious, but he could have had a lighter touch with the romance here. I figured out for myself that it was Doomed Love, but the bits where Daphne 'wondered, later, what would happen if ... she'd thrown Mau to the ground and made babies with him' were superfluous. It also removed any suspense, because it was CRYSTAL CLEAR they were not going to end up together.
Also, the ages of the characters were never stated. I reckon this is because they were initially much younger and then needed to be older for the sex, drugs and videotape parts to carry any relevance. Same for the fact that this is an alternate universe. In the beginning it read like our universe, and I have a sneaking suspicion that it started out that way. Obviously it would have been impossible to reconcile the actual British Empire with the Empire in Nation, which wasn't nearly so flag-happy.
He mostly stayed away from writing down to the target audience - he probably realises everyone's going to read this, not just 'kids' - except in the character of Daphne's father. That's my personal opinion.
Mad-root tubers had to be roasted before they could be eaten, though, or else you went mad. Pigs ate them raw, but pigs probably didn't notice if they were mad or not.
Oh, I do love your sense of humour. I want to buy it and squeeze it like a marshmallow.
'Are you here to blaspheme against the gods, demon boy?' said Ataba.
'No. It would only be blasphemy to say they didn't exist if they were real,' said Mau, keeping his voice level.
I don't know where Pterry gets his philosophy from, but I LOVE it. It makes so much sense.
'Are you trying to be smart, boy?'
'Trying not to be dumb, sir.'
He's frightened of me, Mau thought. I haven't hit him or even raised my hand. I've just tried to make him think differently, and now he's scared. Of thinking. It's magic.
That's certainly one way of putting it. 'Words - why, he could almost make 'em speak.'
This book contains some. Whether you try it at home is up to you.
That's the very last line. Even now my nose is fizzing with all those backed-up tears.
PTERRY? I LOVE YOU MORE THAN PETE WENTZ. THIS IS A TRUE FACT.
Previously, on Book Glomp 2008:
#1Middlemarch | #2Invisible Monsters | #3A Thousand Splendid Suns | #4Love in the Time of Cholera | #5Oscar and Lucinda | #6Kim | #7Breakfast at Tiffany's | #8Atonement | #9To the Lighthouse | #10On the Road | #11Brideshead Revisited | #12Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | #13Bonjour Tristesse | #14A Passage to India | #15Three Men in a Boat | #16Vile Bodies | #17Prozac Nation | #18The Heart of the Matter | #19Jinx; #20Airhead | #21Doomsday Book | #22The Gum Thief | #23Choke | #24The Stone Gods | #25Beauty | #26Before They Are Hanged | #27The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation | #28Franny and Zooey | #29Girl in a Blue Dress | #30A Doll's House