Saturday, January 9, 2010

Book Review: Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett (1990)

I don't think I've commented about it on the blog before, but one of my other reading projects for the last couple of years has been to work my way through Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, in more or less chronological order. I'm extremely pleased that I decided to do this, and as I've worked through them I've become convinced that Pratchett will be remembered as one of the truly great humor writers. I suspect the Discworld series is likely to endure and rise in reputation for years to come.

In Moving Pictures (1990) Pratchett takes on the world of early Hollywood. This is a good, breezy read with likeable characters and a touch of menace lurking in the background. Although it doesn't reach the comedic or philosophical heights of the best books in the series, it's always interesting fun, and contains some very nice commentary on our own culture of celebrity. If you've never read a Discworld novel, this is as good a place to jump in as any.

Summary: A good read for all.
Amazon: Moving Pictures.

Where and How Acquired: Commerce Township Community Library.


  1. I love your reviews! Nobody can summarize quite like you do, John.

  2. Must be an enjoyable read Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.