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Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

Soul Music (original 1994; edition 1995)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Soul Music
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi (1995), Edition: paperback / softback, Paperback
Collections:Fiction, Discworld, Read but unowned

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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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Quando un racconto di Pratchett contiene Morte, i maghi, Vetinari, e tutta la città di Ank-Morpork al completo non può che essere un successo... Ogni singola nota ;-) ( )
  Iacopo.Venni | Nov 14, 2014 |
Definitely in my Top Ten TP books, simply for so much Death and Susan :) ( )
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
Same old Terry Pratchett style, but the story (or rather stories) was/were pretty weak. I normally like the ones where DEATH has a prominent role, but this doesn't cut the mustard. I think it was the ending that really let it down.

Oh, and this is the first one I remember where back-story from the previous novels is quite a significant factor so, if you bother reading all the reviews before starting and get this far - hold off until you've read the earlier novels in the DEATH arc. ( )
  Noisy | Jul 21, 2014 |
This is a pretty good book, but I don't think it's Pratchett's best Discworld novel at all. Still, puns abound. In this one, Imp the Bard goes to Ankh-Morpork to see his fortune in music as a harp player. He meets some other musicians, a dwarf who plays a horn and a troll who bangs on rocks, and they form a band. However, Imp's harp is destroyed and they look for a replacement in a magical shop and come out with a magical guitar, unbeknownst to them. And the guitar takes on a life of its own. They get their first gig and the crowd goes wild as Imp -- now Buddy -- goes out of control on the guitar and the band puts on an amazing performance. Word gets out and they're soon joined by the Unseen University's Librarian on keyboards. The place is packed, wizards are in the front row, a riot ensues with women throwing their undergarments on stage and wizards (and others) dancing on tables. An unsavory type approaches them and convinces them to let him become their manager, because he already sees them as a cash cow and will pay them a pittance of what they actually earn. He then sends them on a tour around to various countries and people in the cities go wild.

Meanwhile, while all of this is happening, like in Mort (a book I enjoyed very much), Death wants to take a vacation. And it's up to his granddaughter, Mort's daughter, Susan to save the day as Death's replacement. But she does a lousy job. However, the scenes starring Death (my favorite Discworld character) are hilarious. He tries to join the foreign legion and they bury him in sand up to his neck, I guess to toughen him up, and when they check on him to see how much he's suffering, he asks if he can stay there one more day. And when he goes to the bar, he gets hammered, falls down flat on his back and is rolled by the customers. That said, I had a hard time tying these events in with the rock band. Susan has a "thing" for Buddy and as he is meant to die, tries to intervene, but something else does first. Buddy's still alive. And we come to find out it's the music that does that. The music wants him alive. And then it gets really confusing toward the end when Buddy and the band face a life and death situation and Susan and Death both get involved and something happens to music, but I'm not sure what. Oh well.

There are some very funny moments in the book. If you're up on your music trivia, you'll enjoy the inside jokes. Like Buddy's band, the Beatles played early on at The Cavern. One very popular song is "Pathway to Paradise!" And on it goes. One of the wizards -- the Dean -- goes all rock and roll rebel on the university, and punks out his hair and gets leather robes with "Born to Rune" stitched on them. It's all pretty funny. Still, while I enjoyed the book, I felt like the overlap with Death and Susan and with Buddy and the band wasn't handled as well as it could have been and I found the ending lacking. That's why I'm giving it four stars instead of Pratchett's usual five. Still, recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Jun 23, 2014 |
2.5 stars. I really enjoyed parts of this, and then I found other parts really tiresome. ( )
  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
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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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