Wednesday, March 01, 2006

book 14: THUD! by Terry Pratchett

Boo. F.

Why did I read this book? I have heard on the internets that T.P. is one funny guy. Are you websters on the rock?

This book is the newest one in a long series, but I didn't feel lost in the story. There are all manners of magical creatures, like dwarves and vampires, as well as humans. There are lords, ladies and cops. Oh and a lot of bad, BAD jokes. The plot is not really worth relating here, but I will release this tantalizing tidbit-- it involves a role-playing game. Way to pander to the nerds Pratchett!

Another incredibly annoying thing about this story is the rough-and-tumble main character is always reflecting on his relationship with his wife, by saying things like: "it's a woman thing" or "it's a wife thing." So fucking boring! None of the relations between these magical creatures are more than thinly-veiled cliches about human interaction and relationships. The humor is the "gentle," Lake Woebegone-style type- in other words, dumb as hell.

Plus, the characters keep saying "going postal." Is it the early 90s? I realize that this phrase has some kind of meaning in the series, but come the fuck on.

Don't read this, even if you have to spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Am I missing something here?


Anita said...

LOL! Lots of bad jokes and thinly drawn characters . . . just what I want to go spend my hard earned money on. Thanks for the warning!

Carrie said...

Yeah, maybe if you read the series fron the beginning and have some knd of emotional investment in these characters, sketchy as they are, you could possibly lkie this book. For me, reading THUD! made me never want to find out abou the rest of the series.