Just got it.
For some reason, the scene that strikes me most is when Ponder looks around and sees Rincewind putting on his sock.
The D- Archancellor Henry thing was… unexpected.
I noticed this book has a lot more gratuitous raunchiness than most of his previous books. I mean, The Truth had its humorous vegetables, and in Small Gods Brutha comes a cross a rock that is “very unexpected”, but here almost every other joke had something to do with sex. And it wasn’t even plot-related like in The Last Continent, or character-related like anything in the vicinity of Nanny Ogg. It just struck me as uncharacteristic of him.
I’ve always been trouble by Tolkien’s treatment of orcs as always chaotic evil. Actually, depicting any sentient race as completely bad has never gone down well with me, but the aforementioned species has an additional pathos for me, since they were made from normal people. So I applaud Pterry saying what I’ve always thought.
On the other hand, Nutt’s story was pretty predictable- “Ooh, look here’s one of those monsters who’s been given an education and see how he’s nice and articulate? Maybe those monsters are only monsters because people are so mean.”
I’m going to have to reread it. I didn’t like Going Postal when I first read it, and now I think it’s great. Maybe I’ll like this one more on subsequent readings.
With the new book out, it’s probably time to resurrect the Discworld Book Club. I’m busy catching up on new posts, so I am officially declaring this Someone Else’s Responsibility.