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Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

Moving Pictures (1990)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld (10), Discworld: Industrial (1)

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Classic Terry Pratchett. A fun, witty spoof on Hollywood. What more is there to say? ( )
  fiverivers | Jul 20, 2015 |
This is such a brilliant take on movie making. I kept putting off reading this one for some reason or another (even though I totally love each and every single one of this mans books) and as these thing go, I loved every second of it. The characters are always amazing with Terry Pratchett (got to state the obvious.) I could almost believe this was the real telling of how the moving pictures started (ha ha) and even if not then at least a funnier better version.
Holy Wood (ha ha) has a dark secret. Everyone is drawn to the making of pictures. 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") go to discover what this is (This is brilliant, I love when authors write things like this in a book, you know the 'what they have said' after a name or the 'the name and what is written on graves' etc when talking about someone (if you don't know what I mean never mind haha)..). These two could very nearly be favourite characters of mine, very nearly. I can not stress enough how much this made me laugh. He uses real things and changes them to his own marvelous funny things (Holy Wood and so on.) In this instalment we get The wizards, Gaspode, Dibbler, Actually these are great but a lot partake in this book ( like I said nearly everyone wants to be involved) they even walk from Ankh Morpork. If you like real things with a real good twist read this book in fact read them all. Terry Pratchett knows everything about everything and is willing to make everything his own. He is a masterpiece of knowledge and wit. Just Pure Brilliance! ( )
  darceypaige | Jun 6, 2015 |
Moving pictures is the 10th book in the Discworld series and I have been reading them in order.

This one, as the title implies, is about the 'magic' of Holly Wood, and the problems that can come from living in a fantasy world.

In just weeks, after opening up, Holly Wood is drawing people to it like ball bearings to an electromagnet. They are coming and don't even know why. The 'Other' are calling them and reality is weakened allowing them more control, they WANT out!

Victor and his trusty sidekick Gaspode are all that stands in the way.

Funny book, pokes a lot of fun at the shenanigans of the entertainment industry, specifically movies. I shall continue reading these in order. ( )
  readafew | May 17, 2015 |
I have a love/hate r'ship with the Discworld books.
I enjoy every encounter I have with Rincewind, the Luggage, and the Librarian.
Carrot is mildly interesting
Bits of concepts throughout the series are clever.
Pretty much the rest of the characters, and books, annoy and/or frustrate me. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Moving Pictures is the tenth book in the Discworld series and a stand alone. While stronger than many of its predecessors, I still find it to be one of the weaker books in the series. I would recommend starting with books such as Guards! Guards!, Small Gods, or Going Postal instead.

In Moving Pictures, due to a leakage in reality, the idea of Hollywood comes to Discworld. The Alchemists’ Guild invents a sort of film with the pictures painted by imps inside the camera. Needing a place to work, they move to sand dunes of Holy Wood. Victor, a student wizard, makes his way to Holy Wood and becomes a major star. But the leakage in reality is attracting monsters from the Dungeon Dimensions…

Its almost guaranteed that if a Discworld book involves the Dungeon Dimensions, it will be an inferior one. The Dungeon Dimensions turn up too often in early Discworld novels as a plot device, and it gets old really quickly. In this case, the plot actually tied together better than in some of the other Dungeon Dimension books. Everything felt coherent and focused, and there wasn’t any unstructured bouncing around.

The best thing about Moving Pictures is that it finally stabilizes the faculty of the Unseen University. All previous books had a different set of forgettable wizards with each book, so it’s a relief to see the now familiar faculty introduced. In addition to the Unseen University crowd, Moving Pictures also uses a lot of reoccurring characters, such as C.M.O.T. Dibbler, which gives it a feeling of continuity with the other books in the series.

However, the main characters, Victor and Ginger, the female lead, are never heard from again. They are better than the characters in, say, Pyramids, but they still aren’t very interesting or memorable.

The main focus of the book is on the Hollywood jokes and references, of which there are plenty. There’s a bit on the idea of the nature of fame and people wanting to be famous just for fame’s sake, but it feels more like the topic is introduced than explored. So in the end, Moving Pictures doesn’t go much beyond the parody. It is missing that poignancy that fills the better Discworld novels.

All in all it’s a fairly solid installment to the Discworld series, even if it’s far from the best. I would recommend it to Discworld fans or to people who have an interest in the Golden Age of Hollywood – you’ll probably get more of the jokes than I did.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Apr 6, 2015 |
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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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