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Surely *this* scoundrel will be better?
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jducoeur
I'm continuing my occasional progress through the Discworld novels; currently, I'm about halfway through #8, Guards! Guards! And I have to say, the reactions of the crowd of Ankh-Morpork to the idea of a King are sounding distressingly familiar. The sheer belief that A King will do no wrong; that he will Right All Wrongs (no matter how trivial); and most importantly, how he will Overthrow the Oppressors -- well, it all sounds an awful lot like the campaign ads I'm seeing fifty times a day from various candidates, especially of the Tea Party pursuasion. (Which are mostly even more vacuous than usual, full of vague promises to fix all the hard problems without the slightest hint of *how*.)

Of course, this isn't surprising: the nature of good satire is that it makes real life look even more depressingly ludicrous than it already was...
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Ah, excellent! I started mine journey after Arisia this year; read "Guards, Guards" at Easter. And you're right....but it gets better. :) Well, "The Watch" part of the series and politics - you're right. It's surprisingly analogous. Perhaps disturbingly so.

Pratchett includes some good descriptions of how such a city really works, in later volumes.

For some reason, I picture that this isn't your first time reading through the Discworld novels, but I don't know that. I am a voracious reader and re-reader of many of them.

Actually, it's my first time through -- the style works for me, but I'd never gotten around to going through them before. I'd read the GN adaptation of the first book or two long ago, but never continued. But after picking up Thief of Time entirely on spec (the concept appealed, and I quite enjoyed the book), I decided to go back and start from the beginning.

I should note that I am "reading" them on audiobook. Having an Audible subscription gives one an excuse to explore a little, and Discworld makes a nice palate cleanser between meatier novels...

Audiobook is my favorite way of reading Pratchett. Alas, the voice change for Igor in Audible's version of Thief of Time frustrates me. I can so easily imagine the cast of Young Frankenstein in various roles...

Pratchett is one of my favorite satirists. BBC has done a couple of adaptations of his work, but I wasn't too pleased with them. Cosgrove-Hall did a much better job with the animated versions (and their version of Soul Music was well done from the perspective of the scoring).

The odd thing that comes to mind about Guards! Guards! is that the book is a variation on one of the Discworld PC games--or perhaps vice-versa. I'm not sure whether that book or the game got released first.

Of course, the reason his satire of city governance works so well is because he does what every good author supposedly does: write what you know.

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