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Unseen Academicals
by Terry Pratchett


Overview - Discworld lives on in Unseen Academicals, the latest novel from Terry Pratchett. Delivering the trademark insight and humor readers the world over have come to expect from the purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse ( Washington Post Book World ), Unseen Academicals focuses on the wizards at Ankh-Morpork s Unseen University, who are reknowned for many things sagacity, magic, and their love of teatime as they attempt to conquer athletics.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Discworld lives on in Unseen Academicals, the latest novel from Terry Pratchett. Delivering the trademark insight and humor readers the world over have come to expect from the purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse (Washington Post Book World), Unseen Academicals focuses on the wizards at Ankh-Morpork s Unseen University, who are reknowned for many things sagacity, magic, and their love of teatime as they attempt to conquer athletics.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780061161704
  • ISBN-10: 0061161705
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publish Date: October 2009
  • Page Count: 400


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Books > Fiction > Fantasy - General
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 40.
  • Review Date: 2009-08-31
  • Reviewer: Staff

Football, food, fashion and wizards collide in Pratchett’s 37th Discworld novel (after 2007’s Making Money), an affectionate satire on the foibles of sports and sports fans. The always out-of-touch wizards at Ankh-Morpork’s Unseen University stand to lose a very big bequest unless they enter a team in a violent but popular street sport competition. As the wizards struggle to learn the game, aided by the university’s hired help, Ankh-Morpork’s ruler schemes to use the competition for his own purposes. Though the book suffers from a few awkward moments (Pratchett’s attempts to discuss racism through the strained relationships of dwarves, humans and goblins fall particularly flat), the prose crackles with wit and charm, and the sendups of league football, academic posturing, Romeo and Juliet and cheesy sports dramas are razor sharp and hilarious but never cruel. At its heart, this is an intelligent, cheeky love letter to football, its fans and the unifying power of sports. (Oct.)

 
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