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Moving Pictures: (Discworld Novel 10): A Discworld Novel (Discworld… (original 1990; edition 1991)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Moving Pictures: (Discworld Novel 10): A Discworld Novel (Discworld Novels)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi (1991), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 336 pages
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It starts with the death of an old man on a lonely beach. He is the last of his line, the last one who remembers the rituals that have to be enacted to keep the potent force buried beneath the sands from breaking through into reality. For this sandy, forgotten place on a slight hill by the dunes was once known as the Holy Wood. It demands attention. And, with the old man’s absence, something begins to wake… something wonderful… something mischievous… something which is ready for its close-up.

In the Alchemists’ quarter, a strange new technology is unveiled while, across the city, the ancient magic of Holy Wood seeps into the sleep of the more susceptible citizens. Victor, a student wizard, finds himself dreaming of swashbuckling and saving maidens and the light glinting off his smile. Cut-My-Own-Throat Dibbler, incorrigible entrepreneur and purveyor of dubious snacks, dreams of studios and lights, cameras and action. And Gaspode, a world-weary mongrel, suddenly finds that he is able to talk. Each of them is drawn to this lonely sandy place out by the sea, where they tackle the great questions of cinema: why is every story improved by being set ‘in a worlde gone madde’? How can one get hold of a thousand elephants? And what exactly is the point of banged grains?

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2017/03/07/moving-pictures-terry-pratchett/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Mar 9, 2017 |
I didn't think there would be a boring Discworld book. Hopefully, this one would be the last of its kind. ( )
  Aneris | Feb 15, 2017 |
Terry Pratchett takes on Hollywood, er, um, Holy Wood. This book was great fun, and if you are familiar with old movies, it is even more hilarious. The last third of the book had me laughing so hard, I don't think I'll need an ab workout tomorrow.
Suddenly ideas are coming forth into Discworld. Whether they are new ideas or not is up for debate, but their effect is undeniable. Lives are changed, countries moved, inspirations for the masses, or are they? Chimera or reality, is the debate in this novel, and a worthy debate it is. What is real? What makes it real? I'm not sure we find the answers here, but it's a lot of fun exploring them. Victor shines in this book, I wonder if we ever meet him again? Gaspode is a great hero as is Detritus, though neither are what I've come to expect from the Watch series. The Patrician is as sensible as ever, and Death is faithful. ( )
  MrsLee | Nov 25, 2016 |
This is mediocre Pratchett. Now granted, even mediocre Pratchett is still pretty good, but I was disappointed. I was looking forward to a Hollywood parody, but most of Pratchett's great characters don't appear or only make cameos, and the main characters in this book (Victor and Ginger) bore me. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
This is my least favorite Discworld book so far. I think this is mainly because I didn’t find the story appealing at all. The characters were ok, and I really liked Gaspode the talking dog, but I was bored by the story.

At the beginning of the book, an old man living alone in a remote area called Holy Wood dies. After his death, strange things start happening and some alchemists develop the concept of “moving pictures” which become hugely popular. People travel en masse to Holy Wood (I trust you see the joke here), where the moving pictures are being made, in hopes of getting in on the action. Moving pictures don’t work in quite the same manner as real-world moving pictures. Recording a moving picture involves a box with a handle, some enslaved demons who can paint really fast, and some salamanders.

Most of the jokes and satire centers around movies, TV, cartoons, and Hollywood (now do you see the joke?) life. These are things that just don’t interest me that much. If they did, I might have appreciated the story more. I did think the Laddie (i.e. Lassie) stuff was funny. I don’t know if Gaspode has any real-world film equivalent, but he was the best part of the book.

This is the first book in the Industrial Revolution subseries of Discworld. I’m feeling a little skeptical about this subseries now, but maybe I’ll like the other books better. The next book is the 29th Discworld book on my list, though, so it will be a while before I find out. Since I’m reading in publication order, this is the last book flagged as a “starter novel” on the chart and I’ve now had a taste of all the major subseries. Except for Rincewind, though, I don’t feel like I’ve read enough books in any one subseries to choose any favorites. I’m particularly interested to read more from the Witches and Death subseries, though. Fortunately, the next two full-length books on my list are from those two subseries. ( )
  YouKneeK | Jul 2, 2016 |
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The alchemists of the Discworld have discovered the magic of the silver screen. But what is the dark secret of Holy Wood hill?

It's up to Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little.") and Theda Withel ("I come from a little town you've probably never heard of") to find out...

Moving Pictures, the ninth Discworld novel is a gloriously funny saga set against the background of a world gone mad!
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Discworld's pesky alchemists are up to their old tricks again. This time, they've discovered how to get gold from silver -- the silver screen that is. Hearing the siren call of Holy Wood is one Victor Tugelbend, a would-be wizard turned extra. He can't sing, he can't dance, but he can handle a sword (sort of), and now he wants to be a star. So does Theda Withel, an ambitious ingénue from a little town (where else?) you've probably never heard of.

But the click click of moving pictures isn't just stirring up dreams inside Discworld. Holy Wood's magic is drifting out into the boundaries of the universes, where raw realities, the could-have-beens, the might-bes, the never-weres, the wild ideas are beginning to ferment into a really stinky brew. It's up to Victor and Gaspode the Wonder Dog (a star if ever one was born!) to rein in the chaos and bring order back to a starstruck Discworld. And they're definitely not ready for their close-up!

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A zany bunch of futuristic actors--Victor, the eternal student; Ginger, the milkmaid; Dibbler, the sausage salesman; and Gaspode, the talking dog--embarks on an epic movie project.

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