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July 13th, 2010

July 13th, 2010
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Book review: Unseen Academicals
Today's book review is Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett.

This is a Discworld novel, but the major characters are new to this book.  The setting and some supporting characters carry over, and knowing them makes it a little easier to understand.  It's a fairly complete story.

Reading this book and writing this review fill me with sadness, because unless the rumors as I've heard them are wrong, this is the last Discworld book:  What I've heard is that Sir Pterry has early onset Alzheimer's and he is no longer able to write.  However, he was still himself to write this book.  It had a slightly more serious tone than usual, but it was still chock full of bizarre comparisons, clever word usage, funny jokes, and of course, goofy footnotes.  In keeping with his recent works, it's also an insightful look into some aspects of modern society disguised as satire.  In this book, he takes on sports, and on the way by throws some punches at university politics, racial stereotypes, the dynamics of power in society, fashion, and the importance of tradition.  It is funny, with many laugh out loud moments, it is engaging, and it's also full of wisdom, nearly all of which I actually think is wise.

9 out of 10.

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