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Soul Music (original 1994; edition 1995)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Soul Music
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (1995), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Soul Music by Terry Pratchett (1994)

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    Dangerous Space by Kelley Eskridge (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For another story about music as a living thing, see the title short story in this collection. (The short story is also freely available for download on the author's website.)
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Meet Susan when Death joins the Foreign Legion. Albert is down to seconds. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
I read this a while back and forgot to rate it and put it as read. ( )
  Samantha_D | Jul 16, 2017 |
This story is an homage to the power and the eternal nature of rock and roll. It is also a study of humanity and fate. Death has been overwhelmed by an expected but unavoidable loss and he goes in search of oblivion, leaving his job to be automatically filled by his sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Susan. One of Susan's first empty hourglasses belongs to Imp y Celyn, a young musician. But, just as she prepares to break the rules and save his life based on a strange feeling of familiarity, she is preempted by a chord. The music instead saves him and takes over his life.

This is one of those books that has SO many references that it is impossible to catch all of them on the first or even the second read. Even the smallest throwaway phrase can be a joke or a play on words. The big ideas though are easy to catch. The music of the universe began with the big bang and rock and roll has the power to change the world. Also, a human would not make a successful Grim Reaper because it's a job that has to be done without emotion, no matter what ... usually. I loved all of the side characters, even C.M.O.T. Dibbler and Ande Supporting Bands. This is a good, solid book that must have taken ages to put together so seamlessly.

http://webereading.com/2017/03/marchmagics-soul-music.html ( )
  klpm | Mar 29, 2017 |
What fun! ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 23, 2017 |
It's not the best Discworld novel, I've found, because many characters are just given a short appearance in the plot (the Watch, particularly, or Lord Vetinary), just to focus on the band characters and Suzan. While I understand the need to develop her life in some books, here the band characters steal the characterization to their advantage. Somehow this could nearly make the novel a near-standalone one. Death's adventures also feel patchy, with the occasional vignette to know what Death is up to. I guess 'patchy' is the word for the novel, so this is not one I'll buy for my collection. ( )
  soniaandree | Feb 15, 2017 |
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Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindforss, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'Mumblemumblemumble,' said the Dean defiantly, a rebel without a pause.
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OTHER CHILDREN GET GIVEN XYLOPHONES. SUSAN JUST HAD TO ASK HER GRANDFATHER TO TAKE HIS VEST OFF.

Yes. There’s a Death in the family.

It’s hard to grow up normally when Grandfather rides a white horse and wields a scythe – especially when you have to take over the family business, and everyone mistakes you for the Tooth Fairy.

And especially when you have to face the new and addictive music that has entered Discworld.

It’s lawless. It changes people.

It’s called Music With Rocks In.

It’s got a beat and you can dance to it, but…

It’s alive.

And it won’t fade away.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061054895, Mass Market Paperback)

Soul Music is the 16th book in the bestselling Discworld series, with close ties to the fourth book, Mort. Susan Sto Helit is rather bored at her boarding school in the city of Ankh-Morpork, which is just as well, since it seems that her family business--she is the granddaughter of Death--suddenly needs a new caretaker. --Blaise Selby

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By the author of The Light Fantastic. This 13th novel set in Discworld tells the story of Death's granddaughter, who inherited the job and grew to enjoy it. And of Imp the Bard, who strove to make his fortune in a rock band, and who was so unlucky that all his dreams came true.… (more)

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