Sunday, 21 August 2011

Review of Moving Pictures

Title: Moving Pictures
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: 4/5



Once again the Discworld has me giggling. Darn near chronically. This time, it’s Holy Wood and all the references to various films. Especially when it’s just plain wrong (have you followed a “yellow sick toad” lately? Or perhaps you’ve a desire to be “a lawn”?).
There’s a lot of things going on in this one, lots of characters with their viewpoints and plots. But the main one focuses on Victor, and later Ginger, and the strange magic of Holy Wood (not real magic, mind, silver screen magic). At first it’s just hilarious.
Then the Things arrive and it’s world-threatening as well as funny. But less funny. The ending is even more chock full of movie references and, while there’s a strange kind of logic to what’s going on, it does start to wear a little thin. Fortunately, this proved to be a small dint in my enjoyment as it gets back to my more favoured Pratchett brand of humour.
Strange note #1: There is one piece (page 250 in my little paperback) where there are yetis and a troll suddenly speaks. Error or not, he’s funny. ^_^

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