WOSSNAME -- AUGUST 2005 -- PART 1 OF 4
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
AUGUST 2005 (Volume 8, Issue 8)
Part 1 of 4 Sections
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1) THUD -- FIRST REVIEW
2) "GOING POSTAL" NOMINATED FOR
3) AFPA MEET TO AVOID SEA OF GEEKERY
4) FREE T-SHIRT DRAW FOR
AUSTRALIAN DW CONVENTION
5) FINAL REVISED U.S. PRATCHETT SIGNING SKED
6) MORE ON CLARECRAFT CLOSING
7) ANNIE'S QUIZ
8) BATTLE THAT NEVER WAS
9) DARWIN REVISITED
10) MONSTROUS REGIMENT
LETTERS FROM ALL OVER
11) MORE ROWLING HOWLS
12) DUKE OF SOMEWHERE
13) DID YOU SAY HNIFLNIFLWHIFLBAFLSNIFLTAFL?
14) YOUR NEW DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
15) YOUR DISCWORLD PUZZLE
1) THUD -- FIRST REVIEW
by Drusilla D'Afanguin
THUD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
First off, let me just say in short that, for me, reading THUD! was
rather like watching all three of the Lord of the Rings films in one
go, and yes, I absolutely adore the Lord of the Rings films. THUD! is
a big book, a *huge* book. It's as big as a very big thing. It's
sweeping and it's dramatic and it's full of Disc-spanning
implications, and it manages to be all these things against the
background of a Worlde Gone Madde without even having to rely on the
presence of 1,000 elephants. It has rocketed to the unrateable top
five or so of my favourite-ever Discworld novels, and hello, that
puts it in some stiff company. So with no further ado...
SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THUD!
* It contains politics. A lot of politics. Some very surprising
politics. Not all of the politics is conducted by politicians.
* It contains sociology, racism, mad mullahs and a six-foot-tall
* It's rocks. That is not a typo. "It rocks!" has already been
* It includes "Where's My Cow?" in its entirety. And this turns out
to be a very important book within a book.
* It reveals secrets about the true metaphysical Vimesness of Vimes,
about what she-werewolves do at That Time of the Month, about why
Ankh-Morpork has such a large dwarf population...and why Sto Plains
cabbage farmers have no love for wizards.
Pterry has come a very long way indeed from the satirical fantasy-
world he first created in The Colour of Magic, but we already knew
that. Over the course of the second half - so far - of the Discworld
series, he's tickled various DW societies, starting of course with
the all-influential Big Wahoonie itself, through centuries of
analogous Roundworld social history in the space of less than three
Disc decades (this we now know, based on events in Night Watch). What
was once a purely mediaeval, technology-poor society has now seen and
embraced the coming of newspapers, a modern-ish Post Office,
iconography, public medicine, the Dis-Organiser, futures trading,
contraceptives, and the biggest change-facilitator of all: the
Clacks. A-M denizens, sorry, residents no longer view novelty and
change as enemies...and therein lies the rub in THUD! In The Fifth
Elephant, we met the deep-down dwarfs with their distrust of all
change and all non-dwarfish influences; in THUD!, we see dwarf
factionalism coming at last to a head, and doing so in Vimes' and
Vetinari's city - and everyone knows all too well, any happening that
disturbs the robust but finely-balanced disharmony of *their* town is
not a happy happening.
Events open as the yearly observance of Koom Valley Day nears.
There's a new kid - or at least a person of diminutive stature - in
town; he's come with a Message, and it's the sort of Message that is
splitting the Ankh-Morpork dwarf community into divisions as deep as
a subterranean seam of gold, gold, gold. Meanwhile, the troll
community is also undergoing some shall we say growing pains (hmm, if
carbon-based life forms evolve, do silicaceous ones erode? - remember
that trolls do see time as going backwards...), and dwarf-troll
social relations, never very social in the best of times, are
deteriorating fast. Vimes also has to cope with being forced to take
on a new recruit in the Watch, the sort of recruit that gives him
sleepless, um, even more sleepless nights. But his true worst
nightmare these days is worse yet - the fear that he might not get
home by six o'clock *every night*...
I see THUD! as the book in which Ankh-Morpork moves all the way into
the Roundworld "Enlightenment" period and into the beginnings of a
true Industrial Age. Pterry has decided to introduce certain
potentially world-shattering instruments of change (sorry, can't give
*too* much away here!) with implications that go beyond Discworld
itself, and I can see how A-M society, and by inference the societies
of other nations on the Disc, may change dramatically in future
books in the series. Some who read THUD! might even question whether
he's gone too far into the realm of science fiction, but I think it's
a wonderful thing.
Another high point of the book for me is the way we see Vimes
developing into a true superhero - flawed, idiosyncratic, but in his
own way a far greater champion and role model even than Carrot - and
how he learns to reconcile marriage and fatherhood and, well,
politics with police work and protecting his beloved city. More than
ever, Vimes is becoming a "man of the polis".
In my never-humble opinion, THUD! is not only one of the very best of
the Discworld novels, but also one of the most socially relevant, and
deepest. And that's not a pune. Well, all right, it's a pune, but
it's also not a...aah, just read it! Or else Mr Shine will give you a
2) "GOING POSTAL" NOMINATED FOR QUILLS AWARD
by Anna M. Conina
GOING POSTAL has been nominated for the prestigious
"Quills Award" in the sf/fantasy/horror category (one of
just five nominees). Here's a link to the Quills Award web site:
As you can see, the vote is popular. Readers can vote online
(at the Quills site) or at any Borders stores. Votes must
be cast between August 15 and September 15.
3) AFPA MEET TO AVOID SEA OF GEEKERY
Tony Evershed reports from London:
Following the (admittedly rather qualified, given the flooding and food
trouble) success at the Green Man last year, I think it's time to launch
another London-based September Meet. Given the qualification above, I've
had a look around for venues that might just be meet-friendly and I came
The Lamb, in Holborn - they're StreetMapped at http://tinyurl.com/8gnb8
and are at the address:
94 Lamb's Conduit Street
They're a Young's pub, so there are at least some ales on. I omitted to
check for ciders and other drinkables, but I am told that they should at
least be able to cope with more than one or two people who want to order
Saturday 17th September 2005, from 18:00-ish until kicking out time or
people need to get trains and suchlike.
Just because. Last year's worked nicely enough despite everything, and as
some guy in a hat said "anything done once is a tradition..." :-)
Anyone, so if you have friends who might be interested do convince them
to come along - as with last year I'll try to drag people from Exeter, so
one hopes the sea of geekery won't be too deep...
4) FREE T-SHIRT DRAW FOR AUSTRALIAN DW CONVENTION
Pat Allan reports on The Australian Discworld Convention,
being held in Melbourne in 2007:
Anyone who signs up for a membership by the end of September goes
into the draw for the very first print of a wonderful Discworld- inspired
painting by local artist Sarah Kinder, along with a t-shirt.
The t-shirts can also be purchased from both BursarVixen Enterprises
(http://www.bursarvixen.com) and the convention website (http://
www.ausdwcon.org). Visit the site for updates and more information on
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