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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Nepotism is given an unusual spin in Pratchett's 14th Discworld novel, as Death's granddaughter picks up the scythe when the Grim Reaper takes a vacation. Trolls, dwarves, magicians and rock music?music played with rocks?figure in this amusing but overlong romp, which begins with the formation of a band by aspiring musician Imp y Celen (aka Buddy). Arriving in the city of Ankh-Morpork, Buddy finds a magical guitar which enables the group?a rock-playing troll, an ax-wielding dwarf and an Orangutan pianist?to drive crowds wild. But the instrument causes conflict between the motley crew and Susan, Death's granddaughter, who is just adjusting to her new post. Many of the ensuing comic situations involve Death trying to get drunk, though Pratchett's liberal application of jokes scores as many misses as hits. Extraneous plot information slows the pace as the narrative rattles to a colossal, albeit uninspired, conclusion. Science Fiction Book Club main selection.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Check out the passage where Imp/Buddy first plays Music With Rocks In at the Drum. That just feels right. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Martina Barnett
One of the better Discworld novels I've read so far. Pratchett's clearly had a lot of fun writing this one. Lots of references to music culture, especially The Blues Brothers.Published 19 months ago by Dan
We return to Death in this Discworld edition, by Terry Pratchett, which is a re-examination of the hell-spawned musical instrument, and a spoof on rock and roll. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lorina Stephens
As my second Discworld book, I didn't like it as much as "Hogfather", but as a professional musician I found many more things amusing than some non-musicians may. Read morePublished on May 12 2002 by Brian
I really liked Soul Music. Death holding open a place in children's minds and hearts for 'Santa' struck me as both very amusing and touching, since we all know that Terry's... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001 by CherieL
If you've read any of Terry Pratchett's other books, you know pretty much what to expect from this one. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2001 by Kevin
When Imp y Celin comes to Ankh-Morpork, he has no idea that you should actually pay The Guild of Musicians to play music. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2001 by John Smith