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03:34:06 PM Jan 2nd 2015
To quote from Reduced to Ratburgers: "Probably thanks to dwarf bread, which exists as a weapon first and emergency food second."

This is slightly off, as canonically, Dwarf Bread has been stated to be an emergency food somewhere down around 50th at best.

From http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Dwarf_bread:

"Proper dwarf bread has to be not just baked, but forged (with gravel, of course) and dropped in rivers and dried out, and sat on and left, and looked at every day and then put away again. For preference, its use as a cat's litter box is also recommended. Dwarfs generally devour it with their eyes, because even dwarfs have trouble with devouring it any other way."
03:26:10 PM Nov 14th 2013
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Pulled Unseen Academicals from the TVM section, per the Discworld Monthly report that the Schedule Slip has finally slipped far enough that the rights have expired. Thought about adding the Wee Free Men movie, but then decided we should probably wait until there's more info. (Likewise The Watch.)
07:58:59 PM Apr 1st 2013
A request to people who've read these books: can someone update the entry for Discworld for Super Weight? It's a Just for Fun homegrown ranking at TV Tropes of measuring characters' relative power in a story, divided into nine broad categories. The entry according to the old criteria was this (and can be found on the medium subpage's discussion page):

  • Discworld
    • Type -1: Twoflower, those with the lowest social status just about anywhere
    • Type 0: Rincewind, Brutha, Colon and Nobby
    • Type 1: Sam Vimes, Captain Carrot, Cohen the Barbarian, the Librarian
    • Type 2: Most competent witches and wizards, Susan Sto Helit, elves, typical vampires, zombies, werewolves and banshees, lesser anthropomorphic personifications
    • Type 3: Esmerelda Weatherwax, and presumably Nanny Ogg (as the most powerful witch in the world), most gods, the Queen of Elves, noble dragons
    • Type 4: Death, serious gods (Fate and The Lady), Sourcerers, the Creator(s); the Auditors of Reality
    • Type 5: Azrael and the other Old High Ones
12:54:43 PM Mar 24th 2012
  • Death's normal scythe actually ISN'T that sharp. In fact, there's no indication that it's sharp at all, in the conventional sense. It just has to strike the target to work (and, being that it is so much realer than most things, that isn't difficult). The scythe that's sharp enough to cut the dialogue in the book is in Reaper Man. It's a perfectly ordinary scythe (although with a lowlands-style curved handle instead of the straight type used in the hill country where Death is in that part of the book) that's prepared very, VERY carefully, sharpened first with a stone, then with a steel, then with wool, cotton, satin, silk, and finally on DAYLIGHT. Death still fears it isn't sharp enough for his duel with the New Death. In the end, a perfectly ordinary scythe he's used all day in the fields becomes the sharpest blade in the universe because of Death's WRATH. It cuts through the blade of the New Death's thing-that-might-have-a-scythe-in-its-ancestry WITHOUT SLOWING DOWN.
    • Actually, in Mort, Death's original scythe blade is described as so thin it's transparent, and able to slice flame and chop sound. Later on it slices a flagstone in half after being accidentally dropped. I suspect all Death's efforts in Reaper Man were just an attempt to make an ordinary scythe come close to his original
07:15:12 AM Jan 17th 2012
Isn't Sacharissa's last name a Stealth Pun or Punny Name in itself? Cripslock is a take on "Caps Lock," the key on a computer or typewriter that allows a person to go all caps in their text (or as said in the Internet, "SCREAMING").
02:50:57 PM Dec 23rd 2011
Has anyone here ever read The Homeward Bounders (published 1981)? If so, has anyone else noticed how similar the Auditors of Reality are to Them? What with the triangular buildings and the groups of three. They both like to screw around with world(s), too, except that the Auditors do that 'cause they can't finish off life directly. They do that because they like gaming.
11:31:35 AM Oct 17th 2011
It occurs to me that since various books of the series are listed on this site under the Discworld namespace rather than Main, each book's subpages (Headscratchers, Heartwarming, Funny, Awesome, etc.) do not currently contain links back to the books themselves. Is there a way to set up an easy icon to link back, or should we just add links to make navigation easier?
03:01:57 PM Sep 16th 2011
"Mustrum Ridcully, Moist von Lipwig and Nanny Ogg have practically made careers of it."

This is filed under Nude Nature Dance... Does anyone know where it should go?
04:39:09 PM Sep 16th 2011
I think it should be Nice Hat. All three have had some fairly elaborate hats. It's the only trope nearabouts that it seems like they could apply.
07:20:22 AM Jul 24th 2011
On the trope of Marty Stu: The Orc from Unseen Academicals. Read the book a few times now and while I grew to almost all of the new/er characters I didn't really like the first time round, 'cept for him. He's just TOO perfect. He never really fails at anything he tries, can outwit virtually everyone etc. He's even, apparently, the sole being in the city Vetinari is unable to keep track of. I'd really like to know how and why some count him being an orc as redeeming factor. And, just saying: Some people have tried their hands at taking the infamous litmus test for him, getting a score of somewhere between 130 and 140 points...
08:35:06 AM Jul 24th 2011
edited by Hydrall
Well, I didn't really see him as a Marty Stu at all, and being an orc wouldn't seem to change that either way in my opinion. It's entirely possible he is one and is just well written enough that people don't notice- After all, you could say that several of the characters are one, for a certain value of 'sue/stu', but many people would disagree. In the end, it comes down to personal opinion and YMMV.

As for the aforementioned redeeming factor, I suspect it's because it's some kind of character flaw, in that he's basically insane and a threat. But that could also be interpreted to be a sue trait.
09:26:19 AM Jul 24th 2011
edited by LilMaibe
The point is that those little 'quirks' don't really save it, IMHO. If they are quirks at all. Don't get me wrong, I actually looked forward to reading the book, even after reading them spoilers here. And there are some excellent ideas, as expected, but at brass tacks nearly every bit of plot and sub-plot gets taken over by him at some point for actually no reason. Granted, knowing this is Discworld there IS the chance of FridgeBrilliance in that the orc is a walking source/vessel of Narrativium and that Lady Margolotta is actually up to something not good through the plot-affecting abilities that brings...

08:31:19 AM Jun 22nd 2011
Is there a reason that some of the books have individual "crowning moment" pages (funny, heartwarming, and the like) while others are in aggregate pages? It seems untidy, especially when some of the book pages have only a single entry.