A Game: Thread 7a (or 4 plus 2 etc)
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'Levels, eh?' she said. 'Well, I suppose I'm level one."
"Just starting?", said Diamanda.
Talk about biting off more than you can chew!
Correct, and well done. Your turn.
ps I really stuffed up the title of this thread, didn't I? 6 plus 2! 4 plus 4! Arithmetic was never my strong suit. Actually, it is. I just stuffed it up.
Answer to message 206 in thread 7 : Monty Python, Parrot Sketch! :D
Oh, wait, wrong game huh.
"Rincewind's room number in his hall of residence had been 7a"
So say's The Colour of Magic so I'd assumed the thread title was in honour of that piece of wizardly paranoia.
ps pwaites - it's still your go I'm just using the coincidence to get a footprint on the thread.
"The kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance."
Sometimes I just hate this game. I remember that line, but cannot for the life of me think where I read it.
An underwater city as in Jingo, but this one politely stays submerged: Moving Pictures?
See, I'm with Mrs. Lee--I KNOW that line, but just cannot place it.
D@&n. My instincts were right but I over-ruled them. Two goes at one quote is a bit off unless things have got really bogged down. Just find the Kappamaki and turn the page - auspicious or what!
I may need to drop a clue with this one... Are you positive it is Discworld?
Well, BECAUSE it sounds so familiar, my next guess is going to be Good Omens, which I have read more than any other Pratchett.
Boo! Hisss! Non-Canon! Let the flame wars begin.
Actually only jealous because I didn't think of it!
"Some people said that gnomes were no more belligerent than any other race, and this was true. However, the belligerence was compressed down into a body six inches high and, like many things when they are compressed, had an inclination to explode."
Strange - I had swires in my mind but couldn't place him so the book was a bit of a guess.Anyway....
It was a fullomyth, an invaluable aid for all those whose business is with the arcane and hermetic. It contained lists of things that didn't exist and, in a very significant way, weren't important.
The Fullomyth (like the roundworld Filofax) has been superseded by the Disorganiser (Blackberry, anybody?). I think that its only appearance was in the hands of the Yuppie* Genie of the Lamp in Sourcery.
*Have your people call my people, we'll do lunch.
Indeed. Intriguingly in also included a map of the London underground with three stations they never dare show on the public maps. An indication that Roundworld had an influence or footprint before the misguided experiments of the UU.
Over to you justjim.
'On my honour as an assassin.'
'Yes,' said Vimes. 'That's where I hit a difficulty, of course.'
//I'll be out now all day. If you are really sure of your guess, just start a new one!//
I'm back! What a huge day. Shot a cricket match then met Kevin Sheedy and Allan Lamb!
Not night watch though.
'Corporal Nobby Nobbs, sir. Not met him yet? They say he's got an official chitty saying he's human, and who needs one of those, eh? Fortunately there's only one of him so he can't breed...'
It's one of those quotes that could come from quite a few so I can't swear blind it doesn't occur in Night Watch - but that's not where I found it.
That's okay, it was a blind guess. I know he has to be somewhere in the City Watch books!
the quote continues
'Anyway we've got a bit of everything, sir. Very cosmopolitan. You don't like werewolves?'
So we've got a character who is not familiar with the watch? The Truth?
No - you may wish to bear in mind that Corporal Nobbs' reputation has spread quite wide and may show up in books that are not strictly City Watch.
That was my thinking with The Truth and see where that got me! ;)
Moist von Lipwig was also unfamiliar with the make-up of the City Watch, so maybe Going Postal?
"That's a fine looking dragon, by the way. Or don't I say that yet?"
The Colour of Magic? Sounds like the bit in Dragon Mountain (or whatever it was called).
'Can you think of any reason why I should go around with an inflatable donkey?'
"It's a metaphor of human bloody existence, a dragon. And if that wasn't bad enough, it's also a bloody great hot flying thing."
It's one in the morning, I just got in from a Christmas party and I'm selecting Pratchett quotes for you guys. That's just the kind of person that I am!
A hairy finger pressed a key. It made a thudding noise and somewhere in the mechanism something else went woing.
Hmmm, I'm thinking The Librarian and Hogfather. Which I need to reread this week for my Christmas reading.
Both the Librarian and the Hogfather would have hairy fingers. Not the right book though.
Edrandrew has it. The librarian and Andre are tuning/repairing the theatre organ in Maskerade.
..., but what he was attempting now wouldn't just get him thrown out of the Order but probably out of life itself.
Incidentally (and thisn't part of the quote) how do you get the itallics as used by justjim above?
though I am not certain why it just seems like something that pteppic might have said
#79 Try this thread. You might want to mark the first post as a 'favourite post' for a while.
No guess here...
Thinking of the camel mathematician perhaps - but Pyramids it is not.
Nor those two. As it's nearly Christmas I'll throw in the clue that the individual in question is the Librarian - so Vetinari could be seen as almost on the right track!
Is it when the Librarian is using the convolutions of L-Space to fetch a book which has already been stolen?
That would be in Guards! Guards!, I think.
Let's stick with our size 6 friend in the size 12 red fur coat, and a nod of sympathy to those in northern hemisphere blizzards...
As an orang-utan he hankered for the warmth of the rainforest. The problem was that he'd never even seen a rainforest, having been turned into an orang-utan when he was already a fully grown human. Something in his bones knew about it, though, and didn't like the cold of winter at all.
(A long quote as this concept is touched on in several books, I think.)
A happy, safe and prosperous new year to all my Discworld-loving friends.
Here's hoping Sir Pterry has a good 2011 as well and can give us at least a few more books next year.
Hmmm, I just finished Hogfather and I do believe that is the Librarian hunkering down in his next of accumulated blankets in the Library.
Sorry, I lost the thread! Thanks, pwaites, for bringing it up to the top again!
" ...had stopped pushing...luck a long time ago. Now it was out of control, like a startled carthorse that can't stop because of the huge load bouncing and rumbling along behind it."
Pretty sure this is the Truth of the printing press heading to its home. Whatshisname wakes up with an embossed R on his forehead.
I've been giving publication date hints all along. But, the quote is about a female.
Also colder than Going Postal, and the female is not Tiffany Aching.
Much colder--you are moving in the wrong direction! Remember that so far, Going Postal has been the warmest.
Or Monstrous Regiment? That's one not exactly devoid of female characters.
The thing about this quote is… it isn't about the quote? (In other words, Unseen Academicals?)
YOu got it, Joanna, and may I add, it is wonderful to see you here again. I hope everything has settled down with the house and the land down there!
ETA this is Glenda, a side commentary while talking to Vetinari, p. 247.
Thanks Roni, it's good to be back. Things are still a bit rocky, but we'll get there.
A fairly simple one today:
“I didn’t bother with chapter six, because I promised my mother I’d stick with just the looting and pillaging, until I find the right girl.”
For bonus marks: who says it, and what’s interesting about their clothing?
this is frustrating, I can see the charcter. He is the trainee barbarian that meets up with conen the barbarian, but in which book.
Oh and what is interesting is that he has his vest on.
is it Interesting times
This would be Nijel the Destroyer, son of Harebut the Provision Merchant. Taught himself barbarian heroing out of a book and wears wooly underwear because he promised his Mother.
He meets up with Rincewind and then Conina, Cohen's daughter.
Ok, I've given everyone a day to leap in, but I can't resist any longer.
Bill Door talking to Renatta Flitworth at the end of Reaper Man?
Close, but not quite. Death says to Miss Flitworth, I HAVE COME TO TAKE YOU AWAY FROM ALL THIS, after giving her the flowers, the chocolates and the Tear of Offler.
(I hope Bill Door doesn't say it elsewhere, but it's not the book I'm looking for.)
I am going to take a punt on Unseen accademicals.
It just seem like the sort of ironic thing that goes with fashion and football
I don't think foot-the-ball has developed the punt kick! Not my book though.
No, this 'taking away' is more is space than in time. The "Trousers of Time" concept is much mentioned after this point though.
'Let me take you away from all this.'
He snapped his fingers.
There has to be at least an approximate conservation of mass. It's a fundamental magical rule. If something is moved from A to B, something that was at B has got to find itself at A.
No. Only magic is involved, none of that icky roundworld sciency stuff.
No. Wizards are involved, but not sourcerers.
ETA: I've got to go out now for a photography shoot (regular cricket club gig). I'll check in as and when I can, but it may be about nine hours (beers afterwards).
I know! I know! I know!
It's one of my favorites, Lords and Ladies! Archchancellor Ridcully to Granny Weatherwax
Poot! Mrs Lee, I think you've got it.
Jim, tell me – a glamour shoot, or are you still in your whites?
Yes! Mrs Lee has it.
Sports shoot. I shot about 1300 shots and tomorrow I'll cut that to about 50 or 80 for the club's website*. Scores to enter now (I'm such a good committeeman) then beers.
Edit: See that asterisk up there? I forgot about it. * www.darleycc.com.au if anybody is interested. Follow the link on the left hand subnav to 'images'. Beers were good!
Hooray! I have to go to work now, but I'll post a quote when I get home.
Pratchett has never taken on cricket, has he? If he does, now I know who to go to so I could understand the funny bits. :)
No, Pterry hasn't done a full-on treatment of cricket. It took quite a while for him to deal with foot-the-ball. I think he looks on all sports with a touch of disdain.
There are, however, funny bits in round world cricket.
1. For this one, you have to understand what a leg over is. If you don't, PM me and I'll try to explain nicely!
2. Many, many others.
"In fact good manners started to happen as soon as all the mammoths were killed off and there was no piece of food big enough for everyone to eat at the same time."
*I love the Lazarus program that just enabled me to find my lost post when LT went down as I submitted it!*
#139 - LOL, the second link explained the first one. I love the first quote in the second link. If it really was said it makes me green with envy at his quick wittedness.
I'm afraid cricket may be one of the things in this world I was never meant to understand. My eyes start to glaze over and my brain goes numb when someone tries to explain. I think it's to do with all the silly sounding (to me) names involved in it. However, if Pterry ever did write a book featuring cricket, that would be a great motivation for me to try.
Hello? The quote is in post 140 in case people lost it in my side comments.
I'm hoping people are thinking that I am being gentlemanly by holding back since I played the last game. In fact I haven't got a clue! I honestly cannot think of a single mention of mammoths on the discworld.
Science of Discworld II? That had some who might have gone for mammoth.
Unless Roni or Edrandrew have it, I think a hint is definitely needed.
"As far as she could see, children mostly argued, shouted, ran around very fast, laughed loudly, picked their noses, got dirty, and sulked."
Sounds a bit more ‘big sister’-ly … Tiffany perhaps? Wee Free Men?
And Joanna has it! Roland is explaining that the Queen "told me to sing and dance and skip and play...She said that's what children were supposed to do."
"Tiffany wondered about this. As far as she could see, children mostly argued, shouted, ran around very fast, laughed loudly, picked their noses, got dirty, and sulked. Any seem dancing AND skipping AND singing had probably been stung by a wasp."
This one will either be way too easy, or (hopefully) be around for a couple of goes. Maybe.
“Not a gentleman, thank goodness, but a gentle man.”
Come on guys, if you leave it much longer, I'll forget!
Hint: edrandrew was right about the who and whom.
Yay, I'm no longer alone!
Pwaites has it – it was indeed The Fifth Elephant. Take it away! (Or eat it here)
"___ swung the bow quickly from one to the other, its point hypnotizing them like a swinging watch."
There are a few scenes like that, mostly involving Nobby. Is it Men at Arms?
Or is it Monstrous Regiment? The bit where the captured soldier manages to disarm the Rupert and hold them at bay right up until the moment when Jackrum returns?
It is Monstrous Regiment, but it is actually the part where Maladict is demanding coffee.
Ok, so I was right about the book, and right about it being a matter of life and death …
I think this might be a good chance to give someone else a turn. Pinkozcat, take it away!
Easy - as long as you have your Pratchett to hand: you select a choice line or two and post it, we then have to guess the book you took it from. In the event of too many unsuccessful guesses you provide hints and/or extensions of the quote until someone gets it right. First right guesser wins the chance to set the next quote. A quick perusal of the preceding messages should give you the idea.
It (just occurred to me that it) sounds like the results of a visit from the "New Firm" as described in The Truth?
No, neither of those. I'll add the phrase before.
"The helmet -
- was lying several feet away, in the mud."
Interesting Times - it sounds like Rincewind and the remote control army.
The helmet -
- was lying several feet away, in the mud.
She just had time to wish she hadn't noticed that before ... "
The helmet ...
... was lying several feet away, in the mud.
She just had time to wish she hadn't noticed that before the Queen attacked again, exploding into her uncertainty like a nova.
"He said that there was death and taxes, and taxes was worse, because at least death didn't happen to you every year."
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