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1 week ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 0 replies · +18 points

Oh, Mark, we all knew you'd love Tiffany Aching, but I don't think any of us predicted just how much you'd love her. This is the best thing.

Discussion of a previous video/review, but with spoilers for upcoming books: erzrzore jura Znex fnvq gung ur'q ernyyl yvxr gb frr Tenaal Jrngurejnk genvavat hc n lbhat jvgpu?


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1 week ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 0 replies · +3 points


2 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Night Watc... · 1 reply · +11 points

Night Watch was published in 2002. Pratchett announced his diagnosis in December of 2007. Gur Jrr Serr Zra, Zbafgebhf Ertvzrag, N Ung Shyy bs Fxl, Tbvat Cbfgny, Guhq!, Jvagrefzvgu, and Znxvat Zbarl were all published between Night Watch's release and us learning about his illness.

2 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Night Watc... · 2 replies · +21 points

Rembrandt painted himself into The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq (The Night Watch)--it's just an eye and a hat, really, but here he is. You can find him peeking out from behind a guy wearing green and a soldier wearing a helmet, if you can find a big enough representation of the painting on the internet (it's a big fucking painting: 11'x14').

To honor his predecessor, Paul Kidby put Josh Kirby in the same place as Rembrandt in the cover illustration for this book.

3 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Night Watc... · 3 replies · +39 points

I know it's been referenced before during the Discworld read, but this is (I think) the most prominent example thus far of the existence and machinations of Ankh-Morpork's two noble families who, as per narrativium, detest each other: the Selachii and the Venturi. And as "feuding noble families" always bring to mind Romeo and Juliet, here is where we point out that "Selachii" is a classification of shark, and "Venturi" is a type of jet.

And thus, we have the Jets and the Sharks battling it out in Ankh-Morpork.

Terry Pratchett, ladies and gentlemen. We'll never see his like again.

4 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Night Watc... · 4 replies · +6 points

It's not just a British thing--Americans are notorious for non-French pronunciation of French names for our cities and towns: Detroit, Des Moines, Versailles, Lafayette, Boise, Sault St. Marie, La Grange, Terre Haute... hell, Illinois while we're at it....

4 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Night Watc... · 0 replies · +4 points

My experience is that odd intervals like that are beyond the immediate abilities of untrained singers who are trying to march at the same time,

Agreed. See my above comment as to why I think you're right.

4 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Night Watc... · 3 replies · +9 points

I can't get behind this version, honestly -- (spoilers for this week's sections) Jr'er gbyq vg'f n fbyqvre'f fbat: znegvny, yrjq, naq hcorng--n zvyvgnel pnqrapr, n pnyy-naq-erfcbafr. Vg'f zrnag gb rpub guvatf yvxr "V qba'g xabj ohg V'ir orra gbyq" naq fhpu, juvpu vf jul vg'f va dhrfgvba naq nafjre sbez.. Guvf unf gb or gehr, orpnhfr gur zrgre unf gb *abg* frrz fnq va beqre gb cebzcg Lbhat Fnz gb nfx jul vg'f pbafvqrerq n fnq fbat, naq Ivzrf guvaxvat ba ubj vg erzvaqf gur fbyqvref bs jub vf abg gurer gb fvat vg jvgu gurz.

5 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Night Watc... · 0 replies · +17 points

As soon as you saw people as things to be measured, they didn't measure up.

I love how much Pratchett reinforces his own philosophy through two of (what I see as) his strongest recurring protagonists, Vimes and Granny Weatherwax.

"There's no grays, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people like things. Including yourself. That's what sin is."
"It's a lot more complicated than that--"
"No. It ain't. When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they're getting worried that they won't like the truth. People as things, that's where it starts."
"Oh, I'm sure there are worse crimes--"
"But they starts with thinking about people as things..." -- Granny Weatherwax and Mightily Oats in Carpe Jugulum

5 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Night Watc... · 0 replies · +7 points

Generally in the books if someone is speaking another language in Ahnk-Morpork, we see it written out even though we can't understand it, to put us in the same headspace as our protagonist or our "in," or described but not written out (Jingo and some examples of Dwarfish scattered throughout the series come to mind). Or if we're meant to understand them, but they're not speaking "our" language, it's in a different font. So my interpretation is that he just dropped the act.