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1 day ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 1 reply · +4 points

Cover time!
Only two this time (that I could find, at least):
The UK version, art by Paul Kidby:

The Other Version (I presume the US), art by someone else I don't know:

11 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 2 replies · +12 points

My favourite memory of the LHC Black Hole Panic that the media did their very best to drum up was an 'expert' on a talk show.
He said that there was a possibility the the LHC could create a black hole, and a possibility that it couldn't. That meant it was a 50% chance!

Bear in mind that this was a morning talk show, not a serious program that strives for accuracy in all things. Despite this, the presenter just gave him this looong look that practically screamed 'We're on air, I'm not allowed to shout at you and demand you learn how probability works', then just moved to talking to someone else and didn't acknowledge the guy again for the rest of the segment. In an earlier age, I could imagine one of those vaudeville hooks coming in from off camera to yank the guy out of there.

11 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 0 replies · +4 points

Even Pratchett confirmed that. One of the times he got an award for literature he pointed out that it was for fantasy, so it didn't count.

11 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 1 reply · +15 points

Do we have a Might be about to die? category?
Gravid Rust - Known to be in hiding/exile in XXXX, where Lord Vetinari has enquired about the large numbers of venomous spiders...

While Vetinari's logic about not being able to punish people for breaking laws before the laws were made is sound (and as such he couldn't send the Watch after him, and utilising the services of the Assassin's Guild may not be a welcome move politically), I do think that Gravid may meet with an 'accident'. Such a shame.

11 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 9 replies · +13 points

We've already seen most of these covers, but just for traditions sake:

There aren't too many varieties that I can find, especially since this hasn't been out long enough to need re-releases.
I think it even managed to avoid the Painfully Dull Editions!

This is the UK release, by Paul Kidby:

As far as I can tell this was actually used in the US as well, which is a nice change.

Then there's this aberration, presumably releasing this holiday season on PS1:

For comparison, I offer an in-game shot from Discworld Noir, released on PC/PS1 in 1999, and looked dated at the time:

This cover was made in 2011.

I think it was the German editions that stuck soup adverts in the middle of the books as well, wasn't it? I don't see a lot of respect from them towards authors.

And the Collectors Edition:

12 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 1 reply · +15 points

I keep going back and forth on Willikins killing Stratford. On the one hand it kinda feels like the narrative is trying to have its cake and eat it, upholding the need for arresting bad people to be judged rather than taking the law in your own hands, but still having the bad guy get killed.
On the other hand, we already got that ending with Carcer at the end of Night Watch (I think we can safely assume he hanged), and Vimes did make the point earlier about how Stratford was lucky to be facing him and not Willikins, and explained the differences between them, so it's not like this came out of nowhere.

Stratford was given all the information he needed to know how this would turn out, and he still chose it.

12 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 1 reply · +18 points

The two different types of hanging refers to the fact that you can either drop hard enough to break your neck, or not hard enough to do that, whereupon you get to dangle and strangle. The latter is considered worse.

As far as I know, Vimes doesn't know about Vetinari's third type of hanging where they're hanged to within half an inch of their life then offered a government job (Vetinari publicly lied about how Moist survived his hanging), but I doubt Vetinari would even consider offering that to someone like Stratford. Aside from moral considerations, there's nothing Stratford can do that non-sociopaths could do, probably more reliably. He's got his Dark Clerks if he needs people dealt with without anyone knowing, and I assume the Assassin's Guild would take government contracts for less politically sensitive inhumations.
[rest of book]
Va snpg, vg'f urnivyl vzcyvrq gung gur thvyq vf tbvat gb or cnlvat Ybeq Ehfg gur Lbhatre n ivfvg.

13 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 1 reply · +8 points

Aw, I was saving that for the covers round-up when we were done!

13 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 5 replies · +22 points

Despite it being logically impossible, I think we can all assume that Vimes has seen Die Hard.

`Everybody here speaks Morporkian. If you hear us speaking Quirmian it’s because we want to talk about you behind your back.'
I have a multi-lingual friend (English and Welsh), and he denied that there was any truth whatsoever to this statement. Then he muttered something in Welsh, I dont know what.

14 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 5 replies · +7 points

I've always liked the turn of phrase in "We hold these truths to be self-evident." Like there's no reason they can think of to argue them.
Obviously some of the rest of it gets questionable ("Three-fifths of all other persons", for example), but the initial phrasing is good even if it's just a polished version of "Werl, it just stands to reason, don't it?"