Moving Pictures

Moving Pictures

A Novel of Discworld

Book - 2002
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Discworld's pesky alchemists are up to their old tricks again. This time, they've discovered how to get gold from silver -- the silver screen that is. Hearing the siren call of Holy Wood is one Victor Tugelbend, a would-be wizard turned extra. He can't sing, he can't dance, but he can handle a sword (sort of), and now he wants to be a star. So does Theda Withel, an ambitious ingenue from a little town (where else?) you've probably never heard of.

But the click click of moving pictures isn't just stirring up dreams inside Discworld. Holy Wood's magic is drifting out into the boundaries of the universes, where raw realities, the could-have-beens, the might-bes, the never-weres, the wild ideas are beginning to ferment into a really stinky brew. It's up to Victor and Gaspode the Wonder Dog (a star if ever one was born ) to rein in the chaos and bring order back to a starstruck Discworld. And they're definitely not ready for their close-up

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperTorch, 2002, c1990
ISBN: 9780061020636
006102063X
Branch Call Number: YA PB Pra

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red_cobra_341
Feb 25, 2017

This really isn't for me.

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sfogs
Jul 12, 2014

He he! Beware the magic of Holy Wood!
Prachett's books are such a great laugh!

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Eosos
Jul 03, 2014

I find it rather impossible not to like all the Discworld books but there are the good ones and the awesome ones. This is one of the former.
Somehow Hollywood, which you would think of as the perfect place to satirize, wasn't a good subject for the wit and humour of Pratchett. Or maybe the problem was that Tinsel Town is such an over the top place and has been made fun of for so long, that it required more than the usual treatment.
So while it is a good story and amusing. It's not the crazy, ridiculous or laugh out loud story it could have been.

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The_Bill
May 26, 2010

This is probably my favourite Discworld novel ever. It's a really funny take on Hollywood's inception, with some HP Lovecraft action behind the scenes; highly recommended.

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