Cover Illustrator : Paul Kidby
Rated : 8 Stars
It was midnight in Ankh-Morpork's Royal Museum.
–Terry Pratchett - Unseen academicals - c2009 - pg.13
In the back streets of Ankh-Morpork football is king. And those “Faces” in the shove, or crowd, are just as important as the players. After all, no one really ever sees the game itself, apart from the odd and fleeting glimpse. And in the shove Trev Likely is a name people know, he is Dave Likely’s son after all, Dave Likely the man who scored four goals! and ended up kicked to death in a game. Trev has promised his mum he won’t ever play the game. But now Vetinari is taking an interest. Football has always been frowned on, but now it is being updated and modernised. And wizards of the Unseen University are taking centre stage.
And then there is the story of Mr. Nutt, who no ones very much about.
I miss the covers of Josh Kirby. I mean Paul Kidby is grand, but I still miss the originals.
But it is what’s inside the covers that is really important. And although this isn’t the best Discworld book I’ve read it is still a very entertaining read. It seemed a little longer than the usual Discworld stories, and not quite as laugh out loud funny. But then again, humour is a very subjective thing, maybe others will differ with that opinion.
As always with Pratchett’s books there is that wonderful blend of truth and humour in his books;
Plate after plate sparkled under Glenda’s hands. Nothing cleans stubborn stains like suppressed anger.
Hee, that is so true!.
And I really liked the character of Glenda, the no-nonsense cook at the Unseen University, who comes to realise just why her neighbourhood is like a crab-bucket. I’ll leave you to read the book to find out why.
Overall though it is just an average Discworld novel, but of course, that means it is a a very good book.