Pratchett shoots... and misses.
continues the Discworld tradition of taking a real life phhenomenon and applying Disc logic to it. On paper it does sound like a good idea, football being something very quintessentailly british, and the culture around it being more than enough material for satire. Similarly, the idea of seeing what goes on behind the scenes at the university; the kitchens and such.
Unfortunately, it falls short.
The new characters are flat, and too flawless. The book spends too much time pondering about the nature of football, and repeating the running gags ("Skull ring", Bedlow Nobbs (No Relation), *Gloing*, Mr. Nutt's speech pattern, "doesn't chafe" etc.). In my view, there's also Character Derailment
for Lord Vetinari, who seems to be laughing uncharstically much in the book (usually, he just gives a hidden smirk at Vimes' Refuge In Audacity
). Also, the narration is too repetitive, and too muddles with dialect.
The book is not without merit, of course. Ponders as the faculty busybody and the magic of the gym whistle are the up points of the book.
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I actually really enjoyed the book. The characters really did show quite a lot of growth (except Juliet), and Glenda is probably one of my favorite characters in the series. All the characters were great, I think, and while the plot did feel a bit disjointed at times, it came together by the end. I think there should have been a bit more focus on the wizards though. After the first third or so of the book, we didn't really hear much about them, and the conflict between the Dean and Ridcully didn't really go anywhere (it had a resolution, but it was kind of a brief moment at the end of the book). But I thought it was a great read. Not one of Pratchett's best works (certainly not in the same league as Reaper Man, Night Watch, or Thud!, my three favorite Discworld books), but a very fun book nonetheless.
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