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      ====Part 2 -- MORE REVIEWS, NEWS, ODDS AND SODS

      10) REVIEWS OF NATION AT THE NT, CONTINUED
      11) GUARDIAN BOOK CLUB TAKES ON UNSEEN ACADEMICALS
      12) REVIEWS OF UNSEEN ACADEMICALS
      13) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
      14) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS: METAQUOTED
      15) OUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR -- IN LEGO?!
      16) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
      17) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS WANTS YOU!
      18) AUDIOBOOKS: THEY ATE'NT DEAD
      19) GETCHYER 2010 DISCWORLD CALENDAR HEEEERE!
      20) A SHIRT TO SCORE IN
      21) JACQUELINE SIMPSON PROFILE
      22) THE POWER OF GLOING

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      10) REVIEWS OF NATION AT THE NT, CONTINUED

      In The Independent:

      "Melly Still's production occasionally creates ravishing visual
      effects with its three large picture-framed aquaria, which swarm
      with scene-setting video footage or purl with blood during moments
      of violence. But morally and emotionally, the drama is
      undernourished. The tsunami seems to cure Mau tout court of any
      fundamental belief in the patriarchal gods of his tribe and his rite
      of passage into the assumption of responsibility as adult head of
      his nation is insufficiently pitted with deep dilemmas..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ycpds49


      In the Jewish Chronicle:

      "There is a bit of Peter Pan here, a bit of Alice there, and, as
      always with Melly Still's productions, the story is told with awe-
      inspiring theatricality. The (projected) waves are truly towering
      and people are tossed in shark-infested waters like dolls... this is
      a must-see for families."

      http://tinyurl.com/yztqx7b


      In the Wall Street Journal:

      "Director/designer Melly Still fills the stage with puppet vultures,
      babies and malign spirits, adorns cannibals and tribesmen with
      conventional diets alike in witch-doctor masks, and has silly gore
      and yucky spitting (pig's milk -- ugh) to make the younger audience
      members giggle. Mr. Ravenhill has lots of good jokes -- though the
      irreverent parrot gets all the best punch lines..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ylmxrc9


      In the Daily Mail:

      "Nation, based on a novel by Sir Terry Pratchett, has several coups
      de theatre. Colour, noise and spectacle it has a-plenty. What it
      lacks is a gripping, easily understood narrative to give audiences a
      festive treat..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yzlt7gx


      In the Financial Times:

      "Mark Ravenhill's skilful adaptation simplifies and fillets
      Pratchett's material but is not afraid to add detail and deepen...
      Artistic director Nicholas Hytner has faced accusations of
      programming Christmas-season shows at the NT which are not merely
      un-Christian but anti-Christian: Coram Boy, War Horse and His Dark
      Materials. But what these works and Nation have in common is an
      affirmation of the values at the heart of most beliefs, religious or
      secular, such as compassion, living and striving together, and
      caring."

      http://tinyurl.com/yhmk7cd


      In the Hampstead and Highgate Express:

      "The trick with family shows is to pick a play with a simple story
      and thumping heart, which allows the younger audience in. This is
      why War Horse and Coram Boy worked so well, but Pratchett's
      complicated work is much harder to control or simplify..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yfy6fsw


      And for those of you who missed it in last week's special edition --
      Pterry reviews Nation live at the National:

      "Look what they've done to my book": http://tinyurl.com/ybkt5e2

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      11) GUARDIAN BOOK CLUB TAKES ON UNSEEN ACADEMICALS

      ...though not in a game of football. Here, University College London
      professor John Mullan takes a look at the latest Discworld novel:

      "Early Pratchett novels were more thoroughly parodies of fantasy
      literature, with the essential solemnity of Tolkien and his progeny
      satisfyingly brought to earth... Now, 37 Discworld novels in, it is
      clearly our world that is paralleled. The Times may officially be
      the Ankh-Morpork Times, but it is the newspaper that we all know,
      with its lame attempts at populism, its brilliant crosswords, and
      its self-consciously measured tones... The book is larded with
      allusions and literary jokes... If we are library lovers, like
      Pratchett, there are jokes just for us..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yj3t6c4


      Also in the Guardian Book Club, Pterry writes about how Unseen
      Academicals came together for him:

      "Initially, I had seen Glenda as playing the nurse role in this
      football-flavoured version of Romeo and Juliet. In a way, of course,
      she does, flapping around after her young friend, as my father would
      put it, like an old hen. But the book really began to take shape for
      me when she began to think outside the little box of her life. I
      have known many women like her; they mucked around at school, got
      married and had some kids, and then realised that they had a fully
      functional brain, often fearsomely so..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ydybtud


      ...and faces a host of questions form his readers in live session:

      "Many of those who asked questions when he came to speak at the
      Guardian book club signalled the familiarity between author and
      reader with a cheery salutation. Several testified to the global
      reach of Discworld... His readers are even happy for him to tease
      them about their questions. What other leading writer of fiction
      could respond to a reader's slightly halting question with "I know
      what you mean -- and even if I didn't know what you meant, I would
      make it up"? ... Pratchett was entirely happy with this
      conversation..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yd4kz5d

      [Editor's note: this was the same session that gave us the extract
      in item 3 on page 1 of this issue.]

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      12) REVIEWS OF UNSEEN ACADEMICALS

      12.1 In the Washington Post, English professor David Kirby reviews the
      book: "Wordplay abounds in Pratchett's prose (a busman asks a
      forgetful passenger, "My fare, lady?"), and his faux-medieval
      dialogue sounds like it came straight from Sir Walter Scott's trash
      can... A mash-up of 'Harry Potter' and 'Monty Python,' 'Unseen
      Academicals' thrums with excess energy, and that's before the game
      even begins..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yd996aq


      12.2 In the Guardian Book Club's blog section, Sam Jordison's long
      and thoughtful review:

      "Even now, after 20 years of Pratchett chart dominance and the
      global phenomenon of the Harry Potter books he so clearly
      influenced, the Discworld seems a mighty odd place... I hadn't read
      a Discworld novel for a long time before picking up Unseen
      Academicals, but it didn't take long for a sense of cosy familiarity
      to envelop me. Pratchett's world may make a point of defying all
      laws of physics and logic, but it adheres strictly to the rules of
      human nature... It's unashamedly silly and straightforward, and it's
      the fun of the ride that keeps you going rather than any worry about
      where it is taking you. The fun and the humour -- which provides
      the last and best explanation for Pratchett's popularity. Because he
      is damn funny – though many of the jokes consist of the you-have-
      to-be-there type that can't easily be conveyed in a blogpost. He's a
      master of the unexpected turnaround, the absurd outcome, the comical
      character and the slow-burning, long-running gag... it's hard not to
      see reflections of Pratchett's well-publicised struggle with
      Alzheimer's in one character's struggle to open doors within his
      mind and unlock knowledge placed mysteriously outside his grasp.
      That the book should remain so joyous in spite of this dark strand
      is testament to Pratchett's unique talent..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ycg527v

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      13) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

      GOING POSTAL IN READING

      Progress Theatre presents their production of Stephen Briggs'
      adaptation of Unseen Academicals in January and February 2010.

      When: 28th January - 6th February 2010, with Matinees on 30th
      January & 6th February 2010

      Venue:Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading,
      Berkshire, RG1 5HL (Progress Theatre is located close to the
      University campus, just off Christchurch Road near the start of the
      Basingstoke Road)

      Tickets: £10.00 (concessions £8.00) available in advance from
      Reading Arts Box Office (telephone: 0118 960 6060)

      http://www.progresstheatre.co.uk/

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      14) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS: METAQUOTED

      San Francisco Sentinel columnist Strange de Jim, who normally
      collects and features interesting, unusual, funny or plain weird
      quotations from real-life celebrities and news, found an extract
      from Unseen Academicals worthy of inclusion (warning: contains
      spoilers):

      http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=50926

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      15) OUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR -- IN LEGO?!

      In Manchester (UK), a Lego-building contest offered some surprising
      results -- including the face of Terry Pratchett:

      "For the second round the contestants had to make portraits of
      celebrities in under an hour. The judges' attention was caught by
      impressive models of author Terry Pratchett, The Stone Roses singer
      Ian Brown and Homer Simpson..."

      (includes video)

      http://tinyurl.com/yb6ssgg

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      16) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

      The Librarian is watching you - armed with a camera!

      http://tinyurl.com/yka54dd


      ...and Igors have breached the dimensional barrier and set up shop
      in New York City:

      http://tinyurl.com/yehrtyp

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      17) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS WANTS YOU!

      Your vote, that is. E-zine Total Sci-fi Online is tallying reader
      votes for the best science fiction and fantasy works of the year.
      There are a number of categories, including Best Novel, and Unseen
      Academicals is mentioned as a contender. To participate, email your
      vote to totalscifionline@... with BEST NOVEL in the
      subject line. Voting for all awards closes on 4 January, 2010 and
      results will be announced on 5 January, 2010

      http://tinyurl.com/yee9xf7

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      18) AUDIOBOOKS ATE'NT DEAD

      In this interesting article, Good Omens co-author Neil Gaiman
      discusses the history of audiobooks, what it's like to record one,
      and whether an audiobook is a book or not:

      "There are pitfalls you really only discover when you're reading
      aloud. Inadvertent tongue twisters or clumsy sentences that make you
      curse the author, which for me, is me..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yauc7pl

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      19) GETCHYER 2010 DISCWORLD CALENDAR HEEEERE!

      The Book Depository is offering a special price of AUD$16.84. This
      includes free shipping to anywhere in Roundworld, and that's cutting
      their own throats:

      http://tinyurl.com/ycapnob

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      20) A SHIRT TO SCORE IN

      ...to score goals, that is. PJSM Prints are now offering Unseen
      Academicals football shirts:

      "This is a classic long-sleeved T-shirt. For this design we use
      Gildan Ultra T's which are 205gsm in weight. They have taped neck &
      shoulder to maintain shape. Double stitched sleeve and waste hems.
      100% pre-shrunk jersey cotton. The Image is applied using a hard-
      wearing gold Superflex vinyl."

      The Unseen Academicals team shirts are available in sizes Medium -
      40", Large - 44", Extra Large - 48", Extra Extra Large - 52", and
      are also available in "ladies skinni fit". In addition to the UU
      shield and logo on the front, you can order your favourite player's
      name and number on the back, with a choice of insignia including the
      Librarian (number 1), Rincewind (7b), Ridcully (also 1), Macarona
      (69), Stibbons (1.618), Trevor Likely (4, of course), Nutt (9), and
      Nobbs (No Relation) (5).

      Each shirt costs £18.00 plus shipping. To order, go to:

      http://www.pjsmprints.com/tshirts/football-1.htm

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      21) JACQUELINE SIMPSON: A PROFILE

      "At the time Terry suggested to Jacqueline that they work together
      they were both in the middle of other projects but, 18 months later,
      they started work on their book. Their collaboration was conducted
      long distance, with discussions and comments being made by telephone
      and by email. They would write a draft and then combine each
      other's work into one script..."

      http://www.oxfam.org.uk/applications/blogs/books/?p=2528

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      22) THE POWER OF GLOING

      by Tamar

      In UA much is made of the fact that the new football makes a
      different kind of noise. Instead of thud, it goes gloing.

      But the very first time we read "gloing", it isn't the sound of a
      football. It's the sound of a flash of light in the darkness when
      a candle is lit.

      Terry once wrote about words that sound like things ought to sound
      if they made a sound. He specifically mentioned words like glisten,
      and glitter, which describe light but if that kind of light made a
      sound, it would sound like those words. IIRC glitter was kind of a
      hard, sharp-edged brightness, while glisten was more oily, had more
      "s" in it.

      Gloing. Just a flash of light in the darkness. Lighting a candle in
      the darkness is a famous metaphor for bringing hope, for teaching,
      for enlightening. If you added a "w" it would be "glowing".

      In UU, a university, there is a huge candle. It represents the
      centuries of attempts to teach, and even though once in a while the
      shenanigans of tradition lead to a temporary darkness, officially
      the candle never goes out. The Candle Knave attempts to teach his
      assistant. He's not the only one. There's a lot of teaching going on
      in UA. Nutt is first taught by letting him loose in a well-stocked
      library, and by letting him watch people who know how to do things
      well. Some of his lessons were taught by getting him to find them
      out for himself. He uses those same methods when he teaches the UA
      team.

      The old football rules were found in an urn that was being pushed
      out of the darkness. The guard unwittingly, but literally, called
      for whatever it was to come out - and she came. Glowing.

      Glenda taught Juliet, who learned more than Glenda had realized.
      Trev even tried to teach Carter a few things. Nutt taught them, they
      taught Nutt. Glenda taught a few things to Lady M, too. Pepe and
      Madam Sharn also teach.

      IMO the main theme of UA is teaching.

      The thing is, it's not about football.


      (Originally posted to alt.books.pratchett; reprinted with
      permission)

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