Moving Pictures (Discworld Series #10)

Moving Pictures (Discworld Series #10)

by Terry Pratchett

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Discworld's pesky alchemists are up to their old tricks again. This time, they've discovered how to get gold from silver — the silver screen that is. Hearing the siren call of Holy Wood is one Victor Tugelbend, a would-be wizard turned extra. He can't sing, he can't dance, but he can handle a sword (sort of), and now he wants to be a star. So does Theda Withel, an ambitious ingénue from a little town (where else?) you've probably never heard of.

But the click click of moving pictures isn't just stirring up dreams inside Discworld. Holy Wood's magic is drifting out into the boundaries of the universes, where raw realities, the could-have-beens, the might-bes, the never-weres, the wild ideas are beginning to ferment into a really stinky brew. It's up to Victor and Gaspode the Wonder Dog (a star if ever one was born!) to rein in the chaos and bring order back to a starstruck Discworld. And they're definitely not ready for their close-up!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061020636
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Series: Discworld Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Terry Pratchett's novels have sold more than eighty-five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II made Pratchett a knight in recognition of his "services to literature." Sir Terry lives in England with his wife.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Moving Pictures 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can understand the frustrations of the previous reviewer. At times the plot was a little hard to follow and to register who was speaking. However the parody of the film industry was well done and there were some lovely touches and a few nods to some key Hollywood eras. Perhaps the weakest thing about this book is the fact that the main character doen not seem that well evolved or detailed. Maybe that is what kep me from loving this Pratchett book as much as others. Still definitely worth a read though.
mjmorrison1971 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I still what to know what happened to the elephants. Its a good read and passes an interesting comment on the fantasy of the movie and real life. Practchett keeps you hanging in until the end but the middle section of the book was a bit slow.
lpg3d on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great parody of Hollywood.
SimoneA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again a very funny book in the Discworld series. I liked how this book parodied Hollywood and the crazyness that goes on in the entertainment industry. The funniest characters were definitely the talking animals, especially Gaspode the talking dog.
Aldrea_Alien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again the Discworld has me giggling. Darn near chronically. This time, it¿s Holy Wood and all the references to various films. Especially when it¿s just plain wrong (have you followed a ¿yellow sick toad¿ lately? Or perhaps you¿ve a desire to be ¿a lawn¿?).There¿s a lot of things going on in this one, lots of characters with their viewpoints and plots. But the main one focuses on Victor, and later Ginger, and the strange magic of Holy Wood (not real magic, mind, silver screen magic). At first it¿s just hilarious.Then the Things arrive and it¿s world-threatening as well as funny. But less funny. The ending is even more chock full of movie references and, while there¿s a strange kind of logic to what¿s going on, it does start to wear a little thin. Fortunately, this proved to be a small dint in my enjoyment as it gets back to my more favoured Pratchett brand of humour.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Strange things are afoot in Discworld (aren't they always?). The alchemists have invented Moving Pictures and set up film studios at Holy Wood, attracting people, trolls and other denizens of Discworld from far and wide.But when the model elephants on the resometer at the Unseen University start spitting out lead pellets and animals suddenly start talking, it bodes*. * It doesn't bode anything in particular, it just bodes, ok!
ErlendSkjelten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The standard disclaimer for Discworld books applies here. I cannot help but filter my impressions of any one of the books through my impressions of the series as a whole. Your mileage may vary.Moving Pictures is about the rise and fall of the Discworld film industry. Alchemists discover how to make an illusion of movement through showing several pictures very quickly, and go off to set up an entertainment industry in the remote area known as Holy Wood. Unfortunately, Holy Wood is located in a spot where reality is a bit thin, so the burgeoning industry threatens to breach the barrier and unleash untold horrors upon the world.This is one of the very few Discworld novels which completely failed to grip me. In fact, I think there are only two I can say that about. I didn't care much about the characters, and those I did care about, chiefly because they've appeared in more interesting books, had only small appearances. The plot is all right, but for some reason, I never bothered all that much about what would happen next, a rarity indeed when the cover bears the name Pratchett. Only towards the very end of the book did I start getting curious, when the Cthulhu-esque elements began to play a bigger part. The only thing I can't fault is the humour, which as always is fantastic, and was here the only reason I managed to get to the end.And, of course, you've got to like the implication that Hollywood is summoning demons.There are a lot of references to the real world film industry in this novel, from characters modelled on real people to the many, many quotes from various films. This is fun, of course, when you catch it. Much, much of it I only learned of when reading annotations later. Perhaps I would like the book better if I were more of a film geek.Like I said, I don't care about the characters, possibly because I already knew that the main pair were one-shots. As for the major supports, they happen to be some of my least favourite Discworld characters, so I suppose I've just struck out on this one.I cannot very well recommend the book very strongly after this review, but I suspect it might be more enjoyable if read in the right order, not knowing what turns the story will take in later chapters. If you do happen to be a movie buff, his might well be your Grail, but for me, it was more chore than enjoyment.
jnicholson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Terry is in scintillating form for this novel, in which Victor Tugelbend finds himself called to Holy Wood to be part of the Clicks. Film-enthusiasts will love the references that Pratchett has sprinkled liberally throughout the story.
love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pratchett creates Holy Wood, a Discworld recreation of hollywood, with so many references to so many movies, it'll make your head spin, in a laugh out loud way. I should probably try and savour this series, but the more I read, the funnier it is. Like Monty Python, it gets better every time.
keristars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although quite funny, with great characterisations and satirical commentary of the film industry, I found that "Moving Pictures" was too long, rather like many movies. The last hundred pages or so dragged along, as if Pratchett were trying to include absolutely everything he could on the topic after already reaching the saturation point. A little shorter and with a few less plot contrivances, perhaps, and this would have been an excellent Discworld novel. As it is, it's only so-so, but then - not every book in a great series can be the best.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some superb film-based satire that even someone like me, who isn't particularly into films, can appreciate. Particularly liked the chariot crashing through the barn full of chickens.
ravenwood0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pratchett's homeage to the film industry. The Discworld has discovered--or is that re-discovered the magic of film making. Ankh-Morpork is stripped of people to build a town in Holy Wood, become production crew and film stars.
comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first Discworld book I didn't like. It's boring. The humor is sparse, unless you think referencing movies is funny. The plot is recycled from previous Discworld books, except this time around not much fun happens on the way. There are some great characters; they really deserved to be in a better book.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moving Pictures took me a long time to get in to. The story meandered, and so I would inevitably get distracted, put it down...pick it back up and read a bit more. It's awfully clever, of course, and hilariously funny, but it doesn't rank high on my list in terms of plots. I did get some really good laughs out of it, though!
gercmbyrne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett is a god who walks among men. The entire Discworld series is a joy and only a strange mad creature cursed by gods and man would refuse to read and love these books!
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Terry Pratchett, but this book just fell flat to me. I could not get into the characters and I just did not get pulled into the story. The normal wit and humor of the disc world was lost in this story. One miss in however many books is not too bad.
ironicqueery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett usually hits a grand slam with every book he writes, but Moving Pictures doesn't quite make it out of the park this time. While it is still a fabulous book, the plot moves around too quickly to really develop any one character or scene as fully as Pratchett usually manages.
Meijhen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not anywhere near as good as the later Discworld books. I found it rather flat and hard to get into.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not quite as funny as some of the other Discworld books. this one takes on Holy Wood. It's fun, but not roll on the floor laughing fun. I liked Gaspode the Wonder Dog and I love the Librarian, so I was happy that he had a part in this one.
Archren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the cotton-candy bit of nothing that was ¿Eric¿ (I later learned that while my copy had no pictures, it was originally written as an illustrated Discworld book. Stripping the pictures out of a book with heavy reliance on visual humor should be a crime.), ¿Moving Pictures¿ restored my faith in Terry Pratchett. It¿s not wall-to-wall laughs, and there are some slow parts in the middle, but he builds up a head of steam and the last fifty pages contain images that are impossible not to laugh at.There are magical forces escaping from the sand dunes of Holy Wood. They start to call to people from Ankh-Morpork. The alchemists figure out how to harness imps to paint images really quickly, so that if you run them fast and project them on the screen, they seem to move. People are hypnotized by the phenomena. Overnight, a city of facades springs up out on the dunes. Specifically Victor the perpetual wizard student, Ginger the former milkmaid, and Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler are all drawn there. Dibbler goes into production, finding his early stars in Victor and Ginger, amateur actors who can be possessed by the magic.As Victor becomes aware that the magic may have sinister intent, he teams up with Gaspode the bright talking mutt, and Laddie the Wonder Dog to save the day. There are also trolls acting as stunt men, dwarves doing the prop work (who came up with that HiHoHiHo song?), frustrated directors and a machine (made by the wizard Riktor), indicating that not all is well with the fabric of reality.The in-jokes and movie references come fast and furious throughout the story. Yellow brick roads, thousands of elephants, ¿Play it again, Sham,¿ you name it. By the time the Librarian (an orangutan, not a monkey!) is being carried up the side of a tower by a fifty-foot tall woman, I was literally laughing out loud. That¿s the kind of book this is. Usual warning: I wouldn¿t start reading the Discworld series here; although it almost acts as a standalone, a lot of the humor surrounding the Wizards and dennizens of Ankh-Morpork is better if you¿ve read the earlier works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read,hilarious as always . His skewed view of the world is a true gift. Only gave it 4 because I don't want Terry Pratchett to get a big ego.
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Miss Mary Scheck says' it is gross
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