Unseen Academicals

Unseen Academicals

Book - 2014 | Corgi edition.
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'This isn't just football, it's Discworld football. Or, to borrow another phrase, it's about life, the Universe and everything' The Times

The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . .

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork . And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

This is not going to be a gentleman's game.

The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt) but there is something powerful, and dark, locked away inside him.

As the match approaches, secrets are forced into the light and four lives will be entangled and changed for ever. Here we go, here we go, here we go!

The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Unseen Academicals is the seventh book in the Wizards series.
Publisher: London : Corgi Books, [2014]
Edition: Corgi edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780552167710
Branch Call Number: PRA
Characteristics: 539 pages.


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All of the Discworld novels are funny but this one focuses on the humor of sports.

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Jan 03, 2017

great fun, especially if you are an ex Brit football fan...many sub plots,
a little wisdom and humor whats not to like....

Nov 14, 2015

Trevor Likely is the son of a dead football player, Dave Likely. He has a knack for kicking cans around, and could probably do very well in football, if it wasn't for his old mum, not wanting her son to turn out the same way as his father. He doesn't know much about his friend, Mr.Nutt, but then again, Mr.Nutt doesn't know much about himself either.
Glenda Sugarbean is the head of the University’s night kitchen, a woman with a great recipe for ploughman’s pie, with crisp pickled onions. When Juliet Stollop, her dim, but beautiful childhood friend, is recruited to the kitchen, she expects a major headache trying to make a level headed chef out of someone who appears to be an airhead.
The four friends are recruited to a grand spectacle when wizards of the magical Unseen University have forgotten to fulfil the terms of a contract that funds their food budget. Accustomed to a great feast at any time, they will have to cut down, and go on a strict ration. Three meals a day, and a choice of two cheeses. Surely, our great wizards, and our great wizzard, will starve.

But there is a way out of this fate; in the contract, it says if they play a simple game of foot-the-ball, without magic, they can ignore the other obligations, and receive the funding. The choice is clear. The university will get its first sports team.

However, there are many problems. Wizards are not meant to play football. Wizards are usually suited for spending long periods of time in dark rooms, with ancient and dangerous books about magic. Not to mention the fact that football is now technically illegal, and the city's most prestigious school of higher learning can't publicly do something illegal. They will have to rewrite the rules of football, to get it approved by the patrician. And they do. In the University's first ever sports team, they have recruited the Librarian,
Mr. Nutt, even Juliet and Glenda as cheerleaders. The first public game is going to be big, and life changing for our characters.

I recommend reading the earlier books in the series first, if you haven't already. They are: The Truth, Going Postal, and Making Money.

This was a great book, with engaging humor and multidimensional characters. I would recommend it, 5/5 stars.

Sep 15, 2013

This novel is about English football and in particular features a couple who seem based on Posh and Becks (Mr. and Mrs. David Beckham). Not being a fan of English football, I found it rather dull. I wanted less Posh and Becks and more wizards.

Sep 06, 2011

As Terry Prachett books go, this is not one of my favorites. It started off strong and witty, but I lost interest by the middle of the book. It takes too long for the book's main plot to start, and by the time it does, it just gets in the way of what I find to be more interesting sub-plots.
This might have to do with the fact that I'm not a fan of reading about sports. Maybe if I were more interested in soccer I wouldn't have tuned out so quickly. I have my doubts though....

May 10, 2011

Pratchett takes on sport (somewhat disguised futbol) and crowd psychology as Unseen University enters the fray. Discophiles (you know who you are) will enjoy this most if they happen to know what the Premier League is or hooligans are.

Librarymans Sep 07, 2010

If you like soccer/Football this one is good. If you like the staff of the Unseen University then this one is good. If you don't care for either of those and want more Sam Vimes, then this one isn't as good. I liked it, but I am hoping his next one has more Vimes. Much Better than Making money, not as good as THUD!.

Apr 08, 2010

I didn't find this book made as much sense as his others. (I know -- a complaint about lack of sense in Discworld? Ironic.) But that may have been because I don't know a darned thing about soccer; many of the jokes probably went over my head. It built up suspense about the game very well, however! I gave it 3-1/2 stars -- the lowest score I've ever given Pratchett. (But his previous two novels -- Going Postal and Making Money -- were odds-on brilliant.)

Feb 28, 2010

This book seemed to me to be different than his usual style of book writing. Instead of one story idea running through the whole book with one big moral speech at the end, this one seemed to have 3 mini stories running side by side with only a small hint in a case or two about morality or 'the summing up'. It was almost as if he had 3 short stories of 100 pages each and was running low on a deadline so he intertwined the 3 and got a 300 page book out of the deal.

There is the usual witty comments and word play that Pratchett has a huge talent for in his earlier books and I did laugh at a few points however I have not been laughing at many of his later books as I did in the earlier ones.

Perhaps after having poked fun at government, believes, traditions, medicine, theatre, policing, war/peace negotiations as well as a few other things....there really isn't much left for him to poke fun at. Guess he might just have to invent TV in Discworld so that he can make fun of reality TV or sitcoms.

Feb 09, 2010

Took me a little while to get absorbed in this story but thoroughly enjoyed it afterwards. A good story, but not one of his best.

Hathor Jan 25, 2010

Great book in the traditional Pratchett style. It was interesting look at the University because it concentrated somewhat on the wizards, who usually have a cameo, but we've never had a whole book about them, until now.

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Sep 25, 2011

Juliet didn't exactly wash dishes, she gave them a light baptism.

Sep 25, 2011

How smart does someone have to be to be as stupid as you?

Sep 25, 2011

Glenda did not have the temperament for serving at table. It wasn't that she didn't know how to smile; she was quite capable of smiling, if you gave her enough warning, but she positively hated having to smile at people who actually merited, instead, a flick around the earhole with a napkin. She hated taking away plates of unfinished food.

Sep 25, 2011

It was like listening to two ancient dragons talking to each other with the help of an even older book of etiquette written by nuns.

Sep 25, 2011

Ridcully worked on the basis that anything you couldn't remember wasn't important and had developed the floor-heap method of document storage to a fine art.

Sep 25, 2011

We are very good at hiding from ourselves what we do not want to know.

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