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Unseen Academicals [Audio CD]

Terry Pratchett , Stephen Briggs
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Dec 1 2009
Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork. And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too). As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!

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"Behind the fantasy Terry Pratchett looks at very real contemporary issues and scores many goals. This isn't just football, it's Discworld football. Or, to borrow another phrase, it's about life, the Universe, and everything." The Times "Satirical, historical, fantastical and irresistible." Daily Mail "This is the 37th in a body of work so vast that it has spawned its own concordance, yet the quality remains as high as ever and the laughs as plentiful...Like all the Discworld novels, Unseen Academicals rewards a second reading. As ever it is peppered with allusions, from Keats to the Lewinsky affair, but, like Wodehouse, Pratchett wears his learning lightly and the pleasure of rereading is in teasing them out." The Telegraph

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. After falling out with his keyboard, he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back. www.terrrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love rereading this book July 6 2013
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I've read Unseen Academicals a few times. In print and digitally. And I've loved discovering and rediscovering the fine nuances and references so distinctive of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.

The characters are all well defined and their actions make complete sense in the context of the world they're in. And if you've had the pleasure of meeting them before In other Discworld books, you'd 'get' them even more.

I would recommend this to any lover of fantasy books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unseen Academicals June 16 2010
Format:Hardcover
As always a simply great read with many old friends represented and some new ones as well. When I read Pratchett, as I do often, the first time through is for the story which is always great fun. The second time through is to concentrate on the serious undertones, because no Pratchett novel is just a fantasy story that takes place on a funny flat world. Rather it is a fun house mirror which he holds up to show us ourselves at our worst and our best in such a way that we can laugh at ourselves or look at our darkest sides through unflinching eyes. Because of this reviewers have likened him to Chaucer and Swift, and he has been called one today's greatest writers. With a seemingly endless supply of unique characters and a way with dialogue that will make you laugh out loud not only at what he says but at what he leaves unsaid, Pratchett is always entertaining, often disturbing, and never boring. If you are not yet a member of the legions of readers worldwide who know and love his novels (just see how few ever turn up in used bookstores)I recommend this or any Pratchett novel. Open to page one and sit back and enjoy.The Unseen Academicals
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By Patrick St-Denis TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A new Terry Pratchett Discworld title is always a nice treat. Especially now that the author is battling with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, his legions of fans are aware that there might not be that many more installments to come.

With Pratchett's tackling his country's passionate love affair with football (or soccer, if like me you live on the other side of the Atlantic), I believed that Unseen Academicals had the potential of being another terrific addition to the Discworld sequence. With his trademark witty humor and intelligent narrative, I felt that this would be another winner. And yet, sadly, Unseen Academical was, for me at least, one massive failure to launch.

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Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go going when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too). As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!

The main problem was that Pratchett is all over the place with this one. And as a result, the novel fails to form a cohesive whole.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite Terry Pratchett book Aug. 9 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unseen Academicals is certainly entertaining but its a little drawn out. Not /as/ clever as the standard set for Mr. Pratchett.
It does introduce some new and likable characters who give the feeling that a new generation is afoot in Ankh-Morpork, and bring back some older characters like Rincewind, ridicully and the Librarian but you probably won't feel inclined to read it over and over like Pratchett novels before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jump into Prachett World! Nov. 7 2009
By James Neville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Thank goodness another Terry and Lyn Pratchett novel is out!

In "Unseen Academicals" our latest Ankh-Morpork Episode focuses on Unseen University, where Ponder Stibbons (inventor of the Hex machine) as newest Master Of The Traditions discovers the wizards must play a game of "foot-the-ball" or lose a bequest that funds eighty-seven point four per cent of their food bill.

Meanwhile, a member of an exotic but downtrodden species has been placed for protection in Ankh-Morpark by its Patrician and Lady Margolotta of Uberwald. (Lady is a vampire who swore off human blood but that's another Pratchett story.)

As usual with reading Terry Pratchett I have a sneaking feeling I'm learning something underneath the involuntary snorts, chuckles, and guffaws emmitted while reading.

I've read and reread Pratchett's work so much I feel I LIVE in the Pratchett World. The common themes are humor, deft writing, social satire, and digs at everything from academic hierarchies to politics, from quantum mechanics and astrophysics to religion. Underneath it all is a steady gentle love for the eccentric ways of people.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5 2014
By Tatiana Sushchenko - Published on Amazon.com
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highly recommended
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, well I love the whole franchise. I just pick this one at random. June 5 2014
By Asle Nymann - Published on Amazon.com
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I like to think of this as one long saga. So I read the Discworld series in its entirety, from book one and onwards, and I think it meaningless to rate any one book as a free standing work of litterature. Of course each book IS just that, and will stand perfectly well on its own two feet or whatever books stand on. Has its own little theme and so on. Its own magic. But it`s all the story of Discworld and it`s wonderful. Great fun, and I have sniggered a lot while reading these books. Good ethics, too. I imagine Terry Pratchett must be a great humanitarian and believer in human, dwarf, troll and goblin rights.
And I seriously don`t know how to review this stuff. Except to say that it is wonderfully whimsical, deeply serious, and written with a lot of love and respect for characters that live in the authors mind.
I was truly saddened to hear that he is now sick, possibly with Alzheimers. That`s bad news no matter who gets it, but in his case it is sad in so many ways. He won`t just forget himself, his family and his friends, he will forget all these wonderful characters that came to life in his mind and on the pages of his books. It brings me to tears just thinking about it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Unseen Academicals May 1 2014
By John Shorter - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent, although, perhaps, not quite as amusing as some o the earlier Diskworld novels. Terry Pratchett still has no rival.
5.0 out of 5 stars yet another top draw offering from Mr Pratchett April 5 2014
By Darren - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again Mr Pratchett takes on a romp in Discworld and into the sport of footing the ball. Funny yet grim in places it takes a sideways look at our own game of football.
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