Moving Pictures: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett (MOBI)

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Ebook Info

  • Published: 2009
  • Number of pages: 414 pages
  • Format: MOBI
  • File Size: 0.95 MB
  • Authors: Terry Pratchett

Description

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!

User’s Reviews

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⭐This one had quite a few footnotes to it. Oof.Okay.It starts off very well and very intriguingly. Then it slows down while it starts moving pieces around. I didn’t get where the pieces were being moved to but it was funny enough and the side plots were… well, I couldn’t figure out the relevance. But I did enjoy every moment with the dogs. And then at the ~200 page mark, the book switched from biting commentary on the fakeness of Holy Wood to horror. I had to pause the show I was vaguely listening to. Reason why would be spoilery.The slow moving middle is a three, the beginning and very end are fours. The section from roughly page 200 to about 300 is an easy five.No but seriously, the dogs were great. Best part of the book. Easy.

⭐This 1 comes across as mostly new to me but I am pretty sure that I have read it before. If so it had to be 1 of the early ones there arises I really didn’t recall most of it. I did have a feeling for the overall plot though. I love the way this story unfolds. Cut me own throat Dibbler was a great choice to star in this story. As usual you get to see some of the characters you’ve grown to know through the past novels and you get some really wonderful new ones to help blend and give you a bigger picture of how the twin cities are built. Being a big movie fan I really like the overall theme of this Us as usual and how they built magic into the whole deal. The idea of multiple types of magic is a great thought and plays out very well throughout. Plus as usual I love the librarians role and the use of the wizards.

⭐If you have read Terry Pratchett, you already know that any of his books will make you snort with laughter when you least expect it, and this one is no exception. All Pratchett’s books are 5 star in my estimation. This one has even more elements of parody than some of them. You can probably guess of what. If you have not read Pratchett, I would not necessarily recommend this as the first book to read. He has lots of repeating characters and some of the humor in his works comes from the reader’s familiarity with them. Oddly, I would also not recommend the first Disc World book (The Color of Magic). He was just getting traction then. I personally like the Weird Sisters series, Mort and its sequels, and the Men of the Nightwatch series. Also Going Postal and Making Money. But frankly, all of Pratchett’s work is charming, whimsical, ironic and just plain hysterical, so you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Nobody can turn a phrase like the Brits, from Saki to Wodehouse to Pratchett to a lot more I probably don’t know about.

⭐Up til now, “The Truth” and “Twisted Sisters” (hell, they’re all good, find a really bad one, just one!) were my favorite discworlds. But this … this insane sendup of Hollywood grabbed me by the medulla oblongata, wrung it in 3D, and I KNEW that, verdad, this IS the stuff that dreams are made of.Pratchett’s captured the very spirit of the Thing emanating out of that hillside in Socal and created a hilarious sendup of it. From page one, you know the game is afoot, magic will be made, and, and, The Show Must Go On.Moving Pictures premiers my most beloved Discworld character, Gaspode. Why Gaspode? one may ask. Because for me it’s personal. I am a Gaspode in real life, the horrible bulletheaded fleabit plain as mud mutt whose intelligence, wit and competence everyone ignores, looks over (literally, in this case) while they remain entranced with the beautiful, grace and magnificence of Lassie, cleft-chinned, handsome wonder dog to whom the gods gave less brains than a head of lettuce.As Gaspode, green with jealousy (and probably other things) grumbled of Laddie under his horrid breathe,”A star is whelped.”Oddly, Picture’s weakest characters are the bigger than life stars Victor and Ginger. Off screen, two dimensional, passionless, not the sharpest tacks in the board, these two. But the magic of cellulose has created from them Characters Bigger Than Life. So, though other reviewers here have criticized Pictures for this seeming fault, I believe Pratchett, displaying subtlety finer than a footnote, penned the two just that way with Great Purpose~ in order to frame, to display, to PROJECT the dissonance twixt the reality of stardom’s real lives and the magic of fame born of the silver screen.The closest I can get to an actual Critical Review* would be to mention that Pictures transparently** reveals The Formula which Pratchett employs in several of his works such as The Truth and Soul Music. And we, the audience, are NEVER to look at The Man Behind The Screen, right? Right?*Everyone’s a critic, right?**It’s part of the … entertainment value that reality is suspended and being able to see the backside of the props, er, REsuspends it, so to speak.

⭐One of my favorite Pratchett books! This is actually a re-purchase as my old paperback copy fell apart from being read so many times. I’m a big fan of hollywood history, and I love the fantasy spin on in that Pratchett has put on it here. It’s funny and inventive, full of fun anachronisms, and even a little sweet at times.Though this discworld novel falls outside of the various groupings of books Pratchett has created (such as the group of night watch books, or Rincewind books), there are still several familiar faces. Cut Me Own Throat Dibler makes a memorable appearance as one of the discs first movie producers, and I believe this is the first book to feature Gaspode the Wonder Dog. You’ll also see some cameos from Ankh-Morpork, including old Windle Poons and the other wizards at Unseen University.It’s a great standalone story, though, and a good jumping-in point for anyone new to the discworld series. There were several passages that really did make me laugh out loud on one or two occasions, and grin widely on several others. Despite always being classified as a “humor writer”, Terry Pratchett’s stories also have a warmth to them that many other authors lack. The characters are well-written and are the types of characters that feel instantly familiar as soon as you meet them. This isn’t just a funny book–it’s smart, witty, touching, intriguing, and sometimes a little zany. And well worth reading.

⭐This was a re-read for me, but I read it so long ago that I’d almost forgotten it. The last guardian of the Holy Wood slips into death without appointing a successor and so the gate between the Discworld and the dark realms beyond begins to leak ideas and so the moving picture industry inserts itself into the lives of Ankh Morpork’s citizenry with Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler becoming a movie magnate. Everyone wants to be a star, though Victor, perpetual student at the Unseen University, doesn’t (because it’s too much like hard work). He gets to be a star anyway, and proves to be quite good at it. He’s one of the few who realises the growing problem as whatever it is, gets closer to breaking through. This is Pratchett’s satire on the movie industry and the idea of being famous for being famous. It features some characters we know already, including the Librarian and DEATH, and also introduces a few more including Gaspode the talking dog and Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully. Though not quite a five star Pratchett this one is a solid four.

⭐Discworld does Hollywood, Fame, Celebrity and much besides. The story of how Discworld is introduced to cinema hits on all the usual suspects whilst keeping the biting wit on tap throughout. Otherworldly studio ID’s, ancient prophecy and the power of film to command it’s audience all get a look in.It’s a largely new set of faces with some familiar cameos thrown in. Victor, the perpetual student wizard who fails upwards, aspiring starlet Ginger, the always fun cast of dozy old wizards headed by the no-nonsense Archchancellor Ridcully, CMOT Dibbler plus nephew and a talking wonder dog populate the tale. Juggling these new characters amongst a plot of Hollywood magic and otherworldly evil, it’s impressive how swiftly it all unfolds on the page.So in a nutshell it’s highly recommended. Where it sits amongst the Discworld rankings in what is still the early going I couldn’t say but I had a good time with this one.

⭐This book is funny with amusing dialogue and prose in Terry Pratchett’s inimitable style. The story was thoroughly original and appealing. The book was engaging that it kept the reader hooked on what would happen next. There was a plethora of characters and their dialogue was very witty and informative. The story proceeded with an energetic pace. It was a great novel to read and the footnotes were very interesting. I was chuckling throughout the whole novel.

⭐Yet another irreverent swipe at the process of making movies- DiscWorld style! A book that abounds with quirky humour packed with movie references that imagines what a Disc World movie empire would look like; studded with crisp drole quips and cynical dogs! Brought many a smile to my face..

⭐Not one of my favourite Pratchett novels. but definitely one of the cleverest that obviously takes the mick out of Hollywood (Holy Wood) which stares one time character Victor Tugelbend, Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler becoming a domestic prophet in selling Sausage-in-a-buns and the first appearance of Gaspode (also seen in Men At Arms) who makes Moving Pictures rather MOVING. Just make sure you know your films ‘cos knowing Pratchett (rest his soul) there’s tons of references to ones like Loony Toons, Lassie and Gone with the Wind. Holy Wood Dreams. Click.

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