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Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

June 28, 2008

The ninth Discworld novel, in a series that is now over thirty books long, collides with Hollywood. Terry Pratchett is a master at taking an everyday phrase that we might use but never think about and say, ‘yes, but what does that mean? In Moving Pictures, it is the wild idea.

Ideas come and go, but wild ideas need to be kept under confinement, because if they break loose, anything could happen. One wild idea escapes from a place out in the wilds, a place called Holy Wood. Soon after, one of Ankh-Morpork’s alchemists makes an… enlightened discovery. Soon all manner of people are congregating around Holy Wood, making moving pictures. Unfortunately, this is making reality unstable (not that reality in the Discworld was ever that stable to begin with) and unspeakable creatures from the Dungeon Dimensions are waiting for their chance to come through.

I think this book also marks the first appearance of Ponder Stibbons, the nerd wizard. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Like a lot of Prachett’s early Discworld books, Moving Pictures makes a fine entry point, no previous knowledge is required to make this book enjoyable. So enjoy it.

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