Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10)

By Terry Pratchett

Rating: 4 stars

It’s been ages since I read a Discworld novel and the urge came upon me recently to reread this, which I’ve not read in years. It’s got a number of firsts: it’s the first “Wizards” book, in that Ridcully is now Archchancellor and the faculty that we go on to know and love make their first appearance; and it’s the first appearance of Gaspode the Wonder Dog who would go on to pop up again a number of times.

The story is a pastiche on both the film industry in Hollywood and Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, as terrible things awake at Holy Wood Hill, when the last guardian dies and try to worm their way into our reality, via the medium of the clicks. It’s a lot of fun, and as funny as early period Pratchett should be, with more fun to be had playing spot-the-reference to both film and Lovecraft. It’s perhaps not the most memorable of Discworld novels, but there’s still a lot to enjoy, especially for more long-standing fans, who can see see favourite characters, including Detritus, in early roles.

Book details

ISBN: 9780552134637
Publisher: Corgi
Year of publication: 1990

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