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Other children get given xylophones. Susan just had to ask her grandfather to take his vest off. Yes. There's a Death in the family. It's hard to grow up normally when Grandfather rides a white horse and wields a scythe – especially when you have to take over the family business, and everyone mistakes you for the Tooth Fairy. And especially when you have to face the new and Other children get given xylophones. Susan just had to ask her grandfather to take his vest off. Yes. There's a Death in the family. It's hard to grow up normally when Grandfather rides a white horse and wields a scythe – especially when you have to take over the family business, and everyone mistakes you for the Tooth Fairy. And especially when you have to face the new and addictive music that has entered Discworld. It's lawless. It changes people. It's called Music With Rocks In. It's got a beat and you can dance to it, but... It's alive. And it won't fade away.


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Other children get given xylophones. Susan just had to ask her grandfather to take his vest off. Yes. There's a Death in the family. It's hard to grow up normally when Grandfather rides a white horse and wields a scythe – especially when you have to take over the family business, and everyone mistakes you for the Tooth Fairy. And especially when you have to face the new and Other children get given xylophones. Susan just had to ask her grandfather to take his vest off. Yes. There's a Death in the family. It's hard to grow up normally when Grandfather rides a white horse and wields a scythe – especially when you have to take over the family business, and everyone mistakes you for the Tooth Fairy. And especially when you have to face the new and addictive music that has entered Discworld. It's lawless. It changes people. It's called Music With Rocks In. It's got a beat and you can dance to it, but... It's alive. And it won't fade away.

30 review for Soul Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mario the lone bookwolf

    Stereotyping music, its industry, and the completely overrated impact of this terrible noise disturbance played by teenagers the next house across the street or, worse, next door. Stop that or I´ll call the police, you spoiled punk brats! Creative commons, social collaboration, everything sharing, Kickstarter, Patreon, all that eco social stuff I am into too, etc. are all things Pratchett promotes indirectly by criticizing monopolies, dealers of content, swivelers of adhesion contracts who give c Stereotyping music, its industry, and the completely overrated impact of this terrible noise disturbance played by teenagers the next house across the street or, worse, next door. Stop that or I´ll call the police, you spoiled punk brats! Creative commons, social collaboration, everything sharing, Kickstarter, Patreon, all that eco social stuff I am into too, etc. are all things Pratchett promotes indirectly by criticizing monopolies, dealers of content, swivelers of adhesion contracts who give crumbs to the artists and the real cash to the temporary owners of their creativity, and the general mainstream plague destroying most of music, movies, series, and even books. They don´t even stop there, it´s terrible! It could also be seen as a criticism of the quality of overappreciated music itself by some, but I prefer the organized crime style music conglomerate guild hunting unlicensed musicians scheme. (view spoiler)[Both shown as Cut Me Own-Throat Dibbler as the manager secretly hoarding gold and the musicians guild trying to get them mutilated or dead. (hide spoiler)] The magic aspect of music is there too, so let´s get fringe pop fantasy sciency. Humans can hear it and it´s a wave, it´s even vibrating a bit if it´s dosed right, and we know close to nothing about physics and the universe. So why can´t it be that the effect of altogether, the words, possibly magic and hypnotizing effects, the right combination of notes like a code to manipulate physics, and the already existing abilities of the singer and the instruments, open up parallel universes, anomalies, haunt, invoke demons and angels, change reality, and assist and motivate during boring routine household activities. That´s not just meant as a joke, just the impact of dancing, singing, and instruments in many cultish actions, be it institutionalized, satanic, indigenous peoples with drugs, or the equivalent in the form or a rave, beer tent, or music festival, should let one think. The participants, already stoned as hell, have their epiphanies, visions, etc., so it´s real for them, possibly even lifechanging or at least endangering. Would be pretty arrogant to say that there is nothing special about the mixture of annoying catastrophic cacophonic caterwauling and the mentioned influences. Just a pity that we have so few senses and reduced perceptiveness, more sensible humans or aliens might get even more out of it or directly interact with whatever. DEATH is having one more of his midlife, endless life crisis, cry for attention crisis,… that dude should seriously consider a career change, it´s never too late, even after one or some eternities. Possibly something else with people or once something without, more professional gardening, something with animals, or why not try it with accounting or internal audit? „I could very well imagine you in that position.“, the human resources manager nodded towards the somewhat strange applicant. Also, his grandparenting skills are about as good as his parenting skills, (view spoiler)[ which leads to even more forced DEATH alternatives. (hide spoiler)] As I tend to repeatedly say, I don´t know much about music and musicians, so there are certainly hidden treasures, probably for both the groups and musicians Pratchett liked himself and the very famous ones. But because I am highly susceptible to earworms, I will hardly ever be able to improve my knowledge, I even subconsciously know a bit more about the classics and ancient writings I normally use in this sentence to glorify my incompetence. I don´t rudimentarily get, for instance, the hidden innuendos of how the music influences the wizards of The Unseen university. It´s a shame. Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.ph... This one is added to all Pratchettian reviews: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheibe... The idea of the dissected motifs rocks, highlighting the main real world inspirational elements of fiction and satire is something usually done with so called higher literature, but a much more interesting field in readable literature, as it offers the joy of reading, subtle criticism, and feeling smart all together.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Sex, drugs and rock and roll in the Discworld. Except there’s really not any sex to speak of, and … to be honest really not any drugs either. But 1 out of three ain’t bad, er, well, I guess that’s 33 percent, so really not that good but … But in Sir Terry Pratchett’s able writing, it is good, as the Discworld experiences rock and roll – or actually, Music with Rocks In as performed by The Band with Rocks In. Imp Y Celyn (which literally means "bud of holly,") calls himself Buddy, and his band mates G Sex, drugs and rock and roll in the Discworld. Except there’s really not any sex to speak of, and … to be honest really not any drugs either. But 1 out of three ain’t bad, er, well, I guess that’s 33 percent, so really not that good but … But in Sir Terry Pratchett’s able writing, it is good, as the Discworld experiences rock and roll – or actually, Music with Rocks In as performed by The Band with Rocks In. Imp Y Celyn (which literally means "bud of holly,") calls himself Buddy, and his band mates Glod (as in on a mission from Glod) and their troll drummer Cliff set out to hit the big stage of Ankh-Morpork and things get bigger than they ever imagined as Buddy finds a magical, mystical guitar that takes over and makes things interesting. Checklist of Discworld characters: Death – check The Librarian – check Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler – check The Wizardly staff at Unseen University – check Susan – check Sgt Colon and Corporal Nobbs - check And a host of other fun folks who inhabit Pratchett’s Discworld. Most of the action takes place in Ankh-Morpork but the Band also goes on tour. As in most of Pratchett’s work, this is also a satire on a great many things, most notably here commercialism, music industry, art and music, and human nature. Fun, fun, fun.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Soul Music (Discworld, #16; Death, #3), Terry Pratchett Soul Music is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the sixteenth book in the Discworld series, first published in 1994. A young harpist, comes to Ankh-Morpork in hopes of becoming famous. Unable to afford the Musicians Guild fees, he and fellow unlicensed musicians Lias Bluestone (a troll percussionist) and Glod Glodsson (a dwarf hornblower) form "The Band with Rocks In", named after Lias' tuned rocks. When Imp's harp is destro Soul Music (Discworld, #16; Death, #3), Terry Pratchett Soul Music is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the sixteenth book in the Discworld series, first published in 1994. A young harpist, comes to Ankh-Morpork in hopes of becoming famous. Unable to afford the Musicians Guild fees, he and fellow unlicensed musicians Lias Bluestone (a troll percussionist) and Glod Glodsson (a dwarf hornblower) form "The Band with Rocks In", named after Lias' tuned rocks. When Imp's harp is destroyed, he acquires a guitar from a mysterious shop, unaware that it contains the awareness of a primordial music that was responsible for bringing the universe into existence. Imp takes the new name "Buddy", as "Imp Y Celyn" literally means "bud of holly", and Lias starts calling himself "Cliff". Meanwhile, Death is upset over the deaths of his adopted daughter Ysabell and her husband, his former apprentice Mort. Their daughter, Susan Sto Helit, was initially raised with an awareness of Death as her grandfather, but they later withheld the truth from her and she forgot about it. She attends boarding school in Quirm, and is content to avoid unpleasant conversations by using her unexplained ability to fade from others' awareness. When Death abandons his post, going on an impromptu sabbatical in an effort to forget the painful memories, the fabric of reality forces Susan to take on his duties and she begins to remember her past. She becomes aware of Buddy when he is scheduled to die in a riot while performing at the Mended Drum, but instead the crowd is overcome by the spirit of "Music with Rocks In", which apparently has no musical merit for objective listeners not themselves possessed by it. After this, Buddy's life is powered by the music instead of by his natural life force. Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler becomes the Band's manager. He hires the troll Asphalt as a roadie to accompany the band on its tour as he books them to play to increasingly large crowds throughout the city and the region, all the while keeping them unaware of the large profits he is earning. Buddy is becoming less and less like himself, and barely seems aware of his surroundings when he is not playing the guitar. Susan tries to protect him from the influence of the music; though she does not acknowledge it, she has developed feelings for him. Meanwhile, the music is affecting many of the people who have heard it, causing them to form their own bands and adopt behaviours associated with the fans of various musical movements on 20th Century Earth. The wizards of Unseen University are particularly affected by this phenomenon, though not Archchancellor Ridcully, who uses the newly invented device Hex and works with Susan in an effort to understand these events. And Mr Clete, the murderous secretary of the Musicians Guild, becomes increasingly unhinged by his inability to stop the Band's unauthorized activities (as they are protected by the music). Buddy wants to perform a free concert at the music's behest, and Dibbler agrees after realizing how much of a profit he can earn through merchandising and concessions. A large number of the copycat bands participate in the largest concert of all time, culminating in the Band with Rocks In's performance. Buddy also performs his own folk song on his harp, which Glod has had repaired, which briefly restores Imp's natural personality and grants him a moment of peace. Afterwards, the band flees from their crazed fans, pursued by the Musicians Guild, Dibbler, Susan, and Death (who has been brought back to his senses by his servant Albert). The music intends to create an immortal legend by crashing the band's coach into a gorge, with no survivors. Susan rescues them, but the music begins to alter the timeline so the band will have died. Death arrives and plays an "empty chord" on the guitar to stop the music, explaining that while he can stop it, only a musician like Buddy can restart it. The music agrees to allow Buddy to live in return for his playing a chord to restart it. Death then destroys the guitar. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز پانزدهم ماه آوریل 2020میلادی عنوان: دیسک ورلد (جهان صفحه) کتاب شانزدهم: موسیقی روح؛ نویسنده تری پرچت؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی - سده 20م دیسک ورلد (جهان صفجه)، یک سری از کتابهای فانتزی هستند، که روانشاد «تری پرچت»، نویسنده ی «انگلیسی»، نگاشته ‌اند؛ داستان‌های این سری در جهانی با نام «دیسک‌ ورلد (جهان صفحه)» می‌گذرند؛ که صفحه‌ ای تخت است، و بر شانه‌ های چهار فیل، با هیکلهای بزرگ، قرار دارد؛ این فیل‌ها نیز، به نوبه ی خود، بر روی پشت یک لاک‌پشت غول‌آسا، با نام «آتوئین بزرگ» قرار دارند؛ در این سری از کتابها، بارها از سوژه های کتاب‌های نویسندگانی همچون «جی.آر.آر تالکین»، «رابرت هاوارد»، «اچ پی لاوکرافت» و «ویلیام شکسپیر» به گونه ای خنده دار، استفاده شده ‌است؛ از سری «دیسک ‌ورلد» بیشتر از هشتاد میلیون نسخه، در سی و هفت زبان، به فروش رفته‌ است؛ این سری در برگیرنده ی بیش از چهل رمان (تاکنون چهل و یک رمان)، یازده داستان کوتاه، چهار کتاب علمی، و چندین کتاب مرجع، و مکمل است؛ از این سری، چندین رمان تصویری، بازی کامپیوتری، نمایش تئاتر، سریالهای تلویزیونی اقتباس شده ‌است؛ روزنامه ی «ساندی تایمز» چاپ «انگلستان» از این سری به عنوان یکی از پرفروش‌ترین سری کتاب‌ها نام برده، و «تری پرچت» را، به عنوان پرفروش‌ترین نویسنده ی «انگلستان»، در دهه ی نود میلادی دانسته است؛ رمان‌های «دیسک‌ورلد» جوایز بسیاری از جمله جایزه «پرومتئوس»، و مدال ادبی «کارنگی» را، از آن خود کرده ‌اند؛ در نظرسنجی «بیگ رید»، که «بی‌بی‌سی» در سال 2003میلادی، در «انگلستان» انجام داد، چهار رمان سری «دیسک‌ورلد»؛ در فهرست یکصد کتاب برتر قرار گرفتند؛ همچنین مردمان «انگلیس»، در این نظرسنجی، چهارده رمان «دیسک‌ورلد» را، در شمار دویست کتاب برتر، دانستند؛ تا کنون، از این سری، چهل و یک رمان، به چاپ رسیده است؛ «تری پرچت» که پیش از درگذشتش؛ در ابتدای سال 2015میلادی، از بیماری «آلزایمر» رنج می‌بردند، اعلام کردند که خوشحال می‌شوند که دخترشان، «ریانا پرچت»، به جای ایشان، به ادامه ی این سری بپردازند؛ تا جلد بیست و ششم رمان این سری، رمان «دزد زمان (2001میلادی)» به دست «جاش کربی»، به تصویر کشیده شده ‌اند، اما نسخه ‌های «آمریکایی»، که انتشارات «هارپرکالینز» آن‌ها را، منتشر کرده، دارای تصاویر روی جلد متفاوتی هستند؛ پس از درگذشت «جاش کربی»، در سال 2001میلادی، نقاشی‌های روی جلد کتاب‌های بعدی این سری، بدست «پائول کربی» کشیده‌ شدند کتابهای اول و دوم: «رنگ جادو»؛ کتاب سوم: «زنان جادوگر»؛ کتاب چهارم: «مرگ»؛ کتاب پنجم: «سورسری (برگردان فارسی جادوی مرجع)»؛ کتاب ششم: «خواهران ویرد»؛ کتاب هفتم: «هرم ها»؛ کتاب هشتم: «نگهبانان! نگهبانان»؛ کتاب نهم: «اریک»؛ کتاب دهم: «تصاویر متحرک»؛ کتاب یازدهم: «مرد دروگر»؛ کتاب دوازدهم: «جادوگران خارج»؛ کتاب سیزدهم: «ایزدان خرد (خدایان کوچک)»؛ کتاب چهاردهم: «لردها و بانوان»؛ کتاب پانزدهم: «مردان مسلح»؛ کتاب شانزدهم: «موسیقی روح»؛ کتاب هفدهم: «اوقات جالب»؛ کتاب هجدهم: «ماسکراد»؛ کتاب نوزدهم: «پاهای خشت (فیت آو کلی)»؛ کتاب بیستم: «هاگفادر»؛ کتاب بیست و یکم: «جینگو»؛ کتاب بیست و دوم: «آخرین قاره»؛ کتاب بیست و سوم: «کارپه جوگلوم»؛ کتاب بیست و چهارم: «فیل پنجم»؛ کتاب بیست و پنجم: «حقیقت»؛ کتاب بیست و ششم: «دزد زمان»؛ کتاب بیست و هفتم: «آخرین قهرمان»؛ کتاب بیست و هشتم: «ماوریس شگفت‌انگیز و موش‌های آموزش‌دیده‌اش»؛ کتاب بیست و نهم: «ساعت شب»؛ کتاب سی ام: «مردان آزاد وی»؛ کتاب سی و یکم: «هنگ بزرگ»؛ کتاب سی و دوم: «کلاهی پُر از آسمان»؛ کتاب سی و سوم: «گوینگ پوستال»؛ کتاب سی و چهارم: «تود!»؛ کتاب سی و پنجم: «وینتراسمیت»؛ کتاب سی و ششم: «بدست آوردن پول»؛ کتاب سی و هفتم: «دانشگاهی‌های نادیدنی»؛ کتاب سی و هشتم: «نیمه‌شب بایست بپوشم»؛ کتاب سی و نهم: «اسنوف»؛ کتاب چهلم: «بالا آمدن مه»؛ کتاب چهل و یکم: «تاج چوپان»؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 02/01/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    I didn't realise I was a month behind in my (self imposed) Discworld novel per month readathon, but apparently I was/am. That said as per usual it was a thoroughly enjoyable hilarious novel. I know I've said it before, but this must be one of my favourite novels so far ha ha. It has probably my favourite character, as in DEATH, although when I read books with The Witches, I love them, oh and of course The Night Watch, Oh blow it, all of them are just so different and so much fun. In this book, DEA I didn't realise I was a month behind in my (self imposed) Discworld novel per month readathon, but apparently I was/am. That said as per usual it was a thoroughly enjoyable hilarious novel. I know I've said it before, but this must be one of my favourite novels so far ha ha. It has probably my favourite character, as in DEATH, although when I read books with The Witches, I love them, oh and of course The Night Watch, Oh blow it, all of them are just so different and so much fun. In this book, DEATH goes a-wandering, and his "granddaughter", Susan, Is "selected" to take his place, by higher powers. Tracked down by a talking Raven and the DEATH of RATS, she initially doesn't believe in anything supernatural. Concurrently a harpist in Ankh Morpork, buys a guitar from a shop that never used to be there and its "music magic" makes its chords and riffs irresistible to all who hear it. CMOT Dibbler gets involved as a music Impresario and Susan as DEATH is also in the mix with most of the Senior Wizards from Unseen University, along with a number of Trolls as everything starts going completely wrong. Step in Albert, DEATH's "man", who realises this cannot be allowed to continue and goes in hunt of DEATH to sort the mess out. A wonderfully written Discworld novel, full of all the humour, pathos and characters that make the Discworld series what it is to so many avid followers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Music is immortal. Some say it has always been there and always will. Some can apparently hear its beat. Like the pulse of the universe itself. I think Terry Pratchett had that same kind of appreciation for this particular art. In this 16th installment of the phenomenon that is the Discworld series, Death has a family-related crisis so he goes away for a while. Unlike the last time, there is someone to take over though and the Death of Rats and Binky are getting her. Yes, HER. Susan, Death's gran Music is immortal. Some say it has always been there and always will. Some can apparently hear its beat. Like the pulse of the universe itself. I think Terry Pratchett had that same kind of appreciation for this particular art. In this 16th installment of the phenomenon that is the Discworld series, Death has a family-related crisis so he goes away for a while. Unlike the last time, there is someone to take over though and the Death of Rats and Binky are getting her. Yes, HER. Susan, Death's granddaughter (who is kinda blissfully unaware). As she learns to wield the scythe as much as her unique form of memory and everything inherited from her grandfather, music arrives on the Discworld in the form of a guitar bought in a peculiar shop (think of the "woodcarver shop" in Pixar's Brave). It wants to be played and not by anyone. Thus, we are treated to a grande tour by some ... music with rocks in it. Along the way, we get a lot of musical references many of which even I understood *is very proud of herself* and which added to the hilarity of the absurdness unfolding in Ankh-Morpork, the Unseen University and many other places. Underwear being thrown onto the stage was the most innocent of the incidents. *snort-giggles* A wonderful adventure through dark alleys, in stinking taverns, along sharply winding roads and up on stages that is the introduction of one of the best characters, apparently: Susan. I already liked the novel with her future father way back when, but she's even better, especially when paired with a talking raven and the Death of Rats (Binky is not to be underestimated either). Though I have to say that the Librarian, Ridcully and the other wizards were marvellous, once again, as well. Moreover, as is almost to be expected especially from the novels about Death, the author had a wonderful way of weaving pop culture references with action and, most impressively, resoundingly deep and important messages about life (and death) itself.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    A very nice re-read 9/13/18: I love music. I love humor. I love seeing wizards rock the house. Oh, and everyone else getting slipped an extra-dimensional mickey in their drinks, too. :) If we're really talking about sex, drugs, and rock and roll, I know we have the rock and roll down. There are even a few trolls to do it RIGHT. The drugs bit is Discworld itself, OF COURSE. And if you really think about it, our universe really is doing a little slip & slide with Discworld, too. SEE? METAPHOR STRETCH A very nice re-read 9/13/18: I love music. I love humor. I love seeing wizards rock the house. Oh, and everyone else getting slipped an extra-dimensional mickey in their drinks, too. :) If we're really talking about sex, drugs, and rock and roll, I know we have the rock and roll down. There are even a few trolls to do it RIGHT. The drugs bit is Discworld itself, OF COURSE. And if you really think about it, our universe really is doing a little slip & slide with Discworld, too. SEE? METAPHOR STRETCHED, NOT BROKEN. :) I loved seeing Susan here. She's a real trip. Death, too, of course. But it was a certain raven and a few unwashed rockers who stole the show today. :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Éimhear (A Little Haze)

    Discworld Playlist: 1) "There's a Great Deal of Shaking Happening" 2) "Give Me That Music With Rocks In" 3) "Pathway to Paradise" 4) "Born to Rune" two and a half stars Discworld Playlist: 1) "There's a Great Deal of Shaking Happening" 2) "Give Me That Music With Rocks In" 3) "Pathway to Paradise" 4) "Born to Rune" two and a half stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kalin

    Soul Music was, I guess, my first true love. Um, I mean with Terry Pratchett. Um, I mean ... you know what I mean. :D So much so that when I had to pick the topic of my 4,000-word IB extended essay, there was no room for doubt. It had to be Susan. And Death. And the Music With Rocks In. And the life-saving, human-defining importance of rebellion. (Teen angst, ha! teen me would fume. What d'you grown-ups know?) Meet 4,000-word essay here: http://kal.zavinagi.org/?p=92 WARNING: Even though this is the Soul Music was, I guess, my first true love. Um, I mean with Terry Pratchett. Um, I mean ... you know what I mean. :D So much so that when I had to pick the topic of my 4,000-word IB extended essay, there was no room for doubt. It had to be Susan. And Death. And the Music With Rocks In. And the life-saving, human-defining importance of rebellion. (Teen angst, ha! teen me would fume. What d'you grown-ups know?) Meet 4,000-word essay here: http://kal.zavinagi.org/?p=92 WARNING: Even though this is the least academic of all the many drafts I wrote, it still sounds terribly highfalutin. Thousand apologies.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Just like the subject that Prachett is parodying, Soul Music feels like a greatest hits compilation of some of the earlier Discworld novels. There's lots of similarities to Reaper Man and Moving Pictures, whilst it's also great direct sequel to Mort. This is only my second Discworld read of the year, so probably meant that I'd enjoyed it more - I really should pick these up more regularly. Gags about popular music is always going to be a winner for me and felt that I caught most of the references. M Just like the subject that Prachett is parodying, Soul Music feels like a greatest hits compilation of some of the earlier Discworld novels. There's lots of similarities to Reaper Man and Moving Pictures, whilst it's also great direct sequel to Mort. This is only my second Discworld read of the year, so probably meant that I'd enjoyed it more - I really should pick these up more regularly. Gags about popular music is always going to be a winner for me and felt that I caught most of the references. Many of the bands and songs that Prachett riffs on are so popular that it was easy to spot plenty of them, 'Cavern Deep and Mountain High' being a particular favourite! It was slightly disappointing that Death didnt feature too heavily in this novel, I felt a little short changed. But meeting his granddaughter Susan made up for it. I actually quite like Pratchat Podcast theory that 'Susan' is a Doctor Who reference, slightly kicking myself for missing it - but shows that this series is a perfect buddy/readalong pick. Both the topics on how influential music is to a person whilst the struggle for exposure and touring for musicians make a perfect subject for Prachett to tackle. I just wished the overarching plot was a little more unique.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ivan

    I re-read this book slowly past few weeks.So slowly I even forgot to added it to GR. Sadly my initial opinion still remains:This is the worst Discworld book I read (but not worst Pratchett's book that title goes to Long earth).That doesn't mean it's bad book but it's way bellow sir Terry's best works.Death is my second favorite Discworld character (first one being Sam Vimes) but like in Thief of time him Susan ended in totally uninteresting plot with overall very weak cast of characters. Soul musi I re-read this book slowly past few weeks.So slowly I even forgot to added it to GR. Sadly my initial opinion still remains:This is the worst Discworld book I read (but not worst Pratchett's book that title goes to Long earth).That doesn't mean it's bad book but it's way bellow sir Terry's best works.Death is my second favorite Discworld character (first one being Sam Vimes) but like in Thief of time him Susan ended in totally uninteresting plot with overall very weak cast of characters. Soul music has brief flashes of Pratchett's brilliance but it's not enough and I feel this re-read was wasted time.TIme I should have spent reading or re-reading better Discworld books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Any Discworld that features Death is a winner in my book. I love the addition of the raven, and Susan's journey as Death's granddaughter was an interesting one. And of course all the musical references were pretty great. Audiobook narrated by Nigel Planer. Thumbs up! Any Discworld that features Death is a winner in my book. I love the addition of the raven, and Susan's journey as Death's granddaughter was an interesting one. And of course all the musical references were pretty great. Audiobook narrated by Nigel Planer. Thumbs up!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I am convinced that Sir Pratchett wrote this book for the sole reason of putting in a "grateful Death" joke. It wasn't my favorite Discworld book, but the phrase "Music With Rocks In" is so charmingly Pratchett that I kind of wanted to hug it. I am convinced that Sir Pratchett wrote this book for the sole reason of putting in a "grateful Death" joke. It wasn't my favorite Discworld book, but the phrase "Music With Rocks In" is so charmingly Pratchett that I kind of wanted to hug it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*

    I vaguely recall reading this as a young adult and hating it. I don't remember why. This time, I still hated it—for the first third of the book. After that, the rough edges in the plot progress smoothed out. It was not enough to fully rescue the book but sufficient to prove how much Pratchett's scene-building craft improved in the preceding ten years, and prevented it from being a complete disaster like Sourcery. Even at its best, the book suffered from multiple flaws. Characters were inadequatel I vaguely recall reading this as a young adult and hating it. I don't remember why. This time, I still hated it—for the first third of the book. After that, the rough edges in the plot progress smoothed out. It was not enough to fully rescue the book but sufficient to prove how much Pratchett's scene-building craft improved in the preceding ten years, and prevented it from being a complete disaster like Sourcery. Even at its best, the book suffered from multiple flaws. Characters were inadequately developed, and this severely diminished the emotional weight of late scenes. Two storylines were forcibly mashed together: Music With Rocks In, and Death's Granddaughter; there was no compelling reason for these to coincide. Pratchett had already done the schtick about Death getting a bee in his bonnet and drifting away to experience human foibles, twice. The birth of rock music on the Discworld was a jumble of 50s, 60s and 70s music scenes. Only Pratchett's trademark humor and previously-established characters saved the day. There was a concerted effort to pull off an emotionally satisfying and thought-provoking ending, with scenes that could have worked beautifully with better front-end material. For this and other less-than-stellar Discworld entries, I would like to say that they are skippable. I don't yield myself that option in my current series re-read, and would not recommend it for any completionist because story elements appear again later. This book closely follows events from Mort. I would like for Reaper Man to be skippable, but it introduces the Death of Rats. This book's protagonist, Susan, will appear again in Hogfather. You have to take the good with the less good to get the full Discworld experience. I do love this picture of a younger Pratchett from the book club hardcover edition: But the Josh Kirby cover art on the paperback will always win:

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Part of the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group in 2018. Death takes a break at about the same time as the Discworld latches on to yet another passing concept from elsewhere in the multiverse: Music with Rocks In. Ankh-Morpork gets hit hard by the arrival of some new musicians and soon the whole city can't get enough of the new music, particularly including some of the Unseen University faculty. Meanwhile, with Death missing, the role is picked up by his young granddaughter, Susa Part of the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group in 2018. Death takes a break at about the same time as the Discworld latches on to yet another passing concept from elsewhere in the multiverse: Music with Rocks In. Ankh-Morpork gets hit hard by the arrival of some new musicians and soon the whole city can't get enough of the new music, particularly including some of the Unseen University faculty. Meanwhile, with Death missing, the role is picked up by his young granddaughter, Susan Sto-Helit. In structure this book is very similar to Reaper Man, with two main plots that barely intersect. There's the Wizards dealing with the new music (including the first glimpse of what will later be called Hex) and the band that is playing it, and a parallel plot dealing with Susan and Death and their grief over Susan's parents deaths. Like Reaper Man, the Death plot is the star, and while it has moments of humor the way that grief is affecting both of these characters is quite profound as is the relationship that they develop because of it. I do think that this is a slightly lesser work in the series, if only because the A-plot is a bit pointless, and the B-plot has the heavy lifting of introducing Susan. I think the processing of grief that both Death and Susan are doing throughout is very subtle and extremely well-handled.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    “He had the feeling, once again, that he’d missed out on something somewhere. He’d never really realized it until the last couple of days. He didn’t know what it was. He just wanted to do things. He didn’t know what they were. But he wanted to do them soon.” “There are millions of chords. There are millions of numbers. And everyone forgets the one that is a zero. But without the zero, numbers are just arithmetic. Without the empty chord, music is just noise.” It was just happenstance that the firs “He had the feeling, once again, that he’d missed out on something somewhere. He’d never really realized it until the last couple of days. He didn’t know what it was. He just wanted to do things. He didn’t know what they were. But he wanted to do them soon.” “There are millions of chords. There are millions of numbers. And everyone forgets the one that is a zero. But without the zero, numbers are just arithmetic. Without the empty chord, music is just noise.” It was just happenstance that the first Pratchett book I got to read after Sir Terry died last month is one of those that feature DEATH, and musings on, but it certainly made the experience of reading Soul Music more bittersweet than it would have been otherwise. It didn’t end up being my favorite Discworld book, but it’s still a reminder of what we’ve lost in losing* Terry Pratchett. *A euphemism implying we can probably find him hiding under our beds or stuffed in the fridge next to the ketchup if only we just looked hard enough. The Discworld books don’t have to be read in order, but I have to read them that way. If you’re looking for a way in to the series, you could do worse than with this book. I feel it’s good, not great. But if you want a stellar one to start with I’d recommend Guards! Guards! instead, or even Reaper Man, which was the previous book in the DEATH sub-series. Terry Pratchett’s version of Death is an anthropomorphized, soulful, skeletal sort of guy who’s always having emotional crises, losing faith in his job, and then wandering off for a while to find himself. He also speaks IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. This time around, his crisis precipitates his granddaughter, Susan, taking over the business. Susan is a very practical girl, raised by her parents (Death’s adopted daughter and his old apprentice) to disregard anything even remotely nonsensical. While Susan is busy learning the Family Business, magical disaster is of course once again invading the Discworld, this time in the form of music. Specifically of the type “with rocks in.” Imp y Celyn (Welsh for Bud of the Holly . . . get it?) and two new acquaintances also new to the fine disaster of a city known as Ankh-Morpork decide to start a band after being rejected by the Musician’s Guild, and after finding a guitar in a Mysterious Shop that produces the most wondrous music . . . As they tend to do in Discworld books, the two stories converge in a manner I can only describe as “wonko,” but the twin themes of Death and Music actually work really well together, and I ended up coming out of the book sort of teary-eyed, and not just because I was thinking about its dearly departed author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Igor Ljubuncic

    40 books on my Pratchett shelf, 40 books to review, if I write one now, there'll 39 books on my Pratchet shelf left to review. But it should be interesting. The way I remember it, through the first half of the DW series, Terry was busy exploring existentialism in different ways, with witches, death (and associates), a fast-running coward, the genius Night Watch (my favorite) ... ... before he finally nailed it. He eventually got well comfortable with his own writing, and the series picked up pace, 40 books on my Pratchett shelf, 40 books to review, if I write one now, there'll 39 books on my Pratchet shelf left to review. But it should be interesting. The way I remember it, through the first half of the DW series, Terry was busy exploring existentialism in different ways, with witches, death (and associates), a fast-running coward, the genius Night Watch (my favorite) ... ... before he finally nailed it. He eventually got well comfortable with his own writing, and the series picked up pace, quality, humor, and depth, and he abandoned some of the darker characters. Soul Music is a largely forgettable if fun yet slightly grim novel, which straddles the two worlds, between the initial heavy tone and the more over-arching adventure-driven second half. We have Death of course, but then we also get Susan, who replaces Mort as a sidekick. That is just the backdrop, as the main story is around a music band who almost destroys the fabric of time with their performance. There isn't too much to say that won't be a spoiler. Soul Music is a nice piece of written work, but it does not have the punch like some of the later works, mostly because its theme is a one-off. I guess this was a turning point for Terry, although I cannot be sure he wrote the books sequently, as the books later in the series suddenly become more vibrant and interesting. If you're a DW fan, you will like this. It has its special charm and flavor, and it's one big pun, after all. No limerick, as this book is about music. Mwuahahahaha. Igor

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    Now do you believe in rock and roll? Can music save your mortal soul? * A fab foursome causes wizards to shake, rattle and roll, and manages to bring some hot times (not to mention broken furniture) to the Mended Drum. Suddenly, there's an earworm loose in Discworld, and now everyone's got their toes-a-tappin' and a song in their hearts. Though I can't say exactly what was wrong, this one fell flat for me. It squeaks by with 3 stars ONLY because I liked the Death of Rats, Susan, the swing that D Now do you believe in rock and roll? Can music save your mortal soul? * A fab foursome causes wizards to shake, rattle and roll, and manages to bring some hot times (not to mention broken furniture) to the Mended Drum. Suddenly, there's an earworm loose in Discworld, and now everyone's got their toes-a-tappin' and a song in their hearts. Though I can't say exactly what was wrong, this one fell flat for me. It squeaks by with 3 stars ONLY because I liked the Death of Rats, Susan, the swing that Death built for her (Awww!), and the part in the book where an inebriated Death gets his pockets picked by the bar patrons before they toss him into the river. (Or, more precisely, ONTO the river.) *Don MacLean

  18. 4 out of 5

    John McDermott

    Brilliant! Read all about Music with Rocks in it and how Death has a mid life crisis.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ben Crozier

    Falls into the category of Disc World novels where he is moving through obvious targets such as the music or film industry lacks the bite or philosophical insight you would hope or expect.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    It's lawless. It changes people. It's called Music With Rocks In. This is the sixteenth novel in the series, the third in the Death sub-series, and it's all about sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll—Discworld style. Well... one out of three ain’t bad. Could be worse. With Pratchett's Death being one of my all-time favorite literary characters, it's always been kind of surprising to me that the novels centered around Death never blow me away. I much prefer him as a side-character. Because, you see—the prem It's lawless. It changes people. It's called Music With Rocks In. This is the sixteenth novel in the series, the third in the Death sub-series, and it's all about sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll—Discworld style. Well... one out of three ain’t bad. Could be worse. With Pratchett's Death being one of my all-time favorite literary characters, it's always been kind of surprising to me that the novels centered around Death never blow me away. I much prefer him as a side-character. Because, you see—the premise with Death stories is always the same. You can bank on him having an emotional crisis, losing faith in his Duty™, and then wandering off for a while to find himself—and this time, the storylines kind of had to do backflips to converge at the end. And to be honest, I didn't fully get it. Other than the narratives feeling very unbalanced, I can't say exactly what was wrong with it, but it just fell a bit flat for me. Maybe I'm just not a fan of when our world bleeds into Discworld this much, making for an overly pop-culture-laden story—this one reminded me a little of Moving Pictures, which I also enjoyed, but was overall a bit on the forgettable side. The humor though, as always, is delightfully Terry, and if you love Rock music, it's full of little nods that are sometimes maybe just a little too on-your-nose: Like Imp y Celyn being Welsh for "bud of Holly", and him being constantly asked whether he's elvis(h). For all I know, he could've written this book simply for the opportunity of inserting a "grateful Death" joke (which was admittedly hilarious). "A voice said: One. One. One, two. One, two. Then the footsteps went back into the distance. After a while, another voice said: One, two, three, four- And the universe came into being. It was wrong to call it a big bang. That would just be noise, and all that noise could create is more noise and a cosmos full of random particles. Matter exploded into being, apparently as chaos, but in fact as a chord. The ultimate power chord. Everything, all together, streaming out in one huge rush that contained within itself, like reverse fossils, everything that it was going to be. And, zigzagging through the expanding cloud, alive, that first wild live music. This had shape. It had spin. It had rhythm. It had a beat, and you could dance to it. Everything did." ————— My other reviews for the Death sub-series: 1: Mort · ★★★★½ 2: Reaper Man · ★★★★ 3: Soul Music 4: Hogfather · ★★★★★ 5: Thief of Time · ★★★★ All my reviews for the Discworld series in publication order (work in progress): (view spoiler)[ Novels 01: The Colour of Magic · ★★ 02: The Light Fantastic · ★★★ 03: Equal Rites · ★★★★★ 04: Mort · ★★★★½ 05: Sourcery · ★★★★ 06: Wyrd Sisters · ★★★ 07: Pyramids · ★★★★ 08: Guards! Guards! · ★★★★ 09: Eric · ★★★ 10: Moving Pictures · ★★★ 11: Reaper Man · ★★★★ 12: Witches Abroad · ★★★ 13: Small Gods · ★★★★★ 14: Lords and Ladies · ★★★★★ 15: Men At Arms · ★★★★★ 16: Soul Music 17: Interesting Times · ★★★ 18: Maskerade · ★★★ 19: Feet of Clay · ★★★★★ 20: Hogfather · ★★★★★ 21: Jingo · ★★★ 22: The Last Continent · ★★★ 23: Carpe Jugulum · ★★★★ 24: The Fifth Elephant · ★★★★ 25: The Truth · ★★★★★ 26: Thief of Time · ★★★★ 27: The Last Hero 28: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents 29: Night Watch 30: The Wee Free Men 31: Monstrous Regiment 32: A Hat Full of Sky 33: Going Postal 34: Thud! 35: Wintersmith 36: Making Money 37: Unseen Academicals 38: I Shall Wear Midnight 39: Snuff 40: Raising Steam 41: The Sheperd's Crown Short Stories 10.5: Death and What Comes Next · ★★★★★ 14.5: Theatre of Cruelty · ★★ 16.5: Troll Bridge · ★★★★ 22.5: The Sea and Little Fishes · ★★★★ 34.5: Where's My Cow? 37.5: A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices 39.5: The World of Poo (hide spoiler)]

  21. 5 out of 5

    YouKneeK

    Every now and then, we get one of those “real world stuff bleeds into the Discworld” books. For example, Moving Pictures involved, as you might guess, a sudden discovery of and obsession about movies. With a Discworld flare, of course. Those books are the ones I seem to enjoy the least. Soul Music is the third book in the Death subseries, and it was one of those types of books. In this case, the sudden discovery and obsession is for rock and roll music although, in Discworld, it goes by the name Every now and then, we get one of those “real world stuff bleeds into the Discworld” books. For example, Moving Pictures involved, as you might guess, a sudden discovery of and obsession about movies. With a Discworld flare, of course. Those books are the ones I seem to enjoy the least. Soul Music is the third book in the Death subseries, and it was one of those types of books. In this case, the sudden discovery and obsession is for rock and roll music although, in Discworld, it goes by the name “Music with Rocks In” and includes some trolls using rocks as drums. Maybe part of the problem is that I just don’t seem to get a lot of the jokes in these types of books. I’ve never watched a lot of movies, so a lot of the stuff in Moving Pictures went over my head. Likewise, I’m not terribly knowledgeable about rock and roll, and I think most of the references were probably from the 50’s and maybe 60’s, and I’ve never listened much to the music of that era. (view spoiler)[I’m embarrassed to say how long it took me before I finally got the constantly-repeated “he looks elvish” joke. I’m pretty sure I was at least halfway through the book. (hide spoiler)] In addition to that, we have Death once again going off the grid and shirking his responsibilities, leaving other people to deal with the repercussions. This is only the third Death book and yet it already feels repetitive. Part of the reason it frustrates me is because Death is a fun character, and I want to see more of him actually being Death. I think I actually enjoy him more when he shows up in the other subseries books. I guess it sounds like I hated the book, and I really didn’t. It’s just easier to write about my complaints. So, what did I like? I enjoyed the humor that didn’t relate to rock and roll music. Pratchett has a great way of coming up with funny descriptions for common things. For example, this one made me laugh enough that I took the time to highlight it: "And people got up and started cheerin’ and dancin’ and stampin’ their feet like there was a plague of cockroaches.". I also really enjoyed the concept of the character of Susan, who was one of the aforementioned characters who had to take up the slack for Death. I say “the concept of” because she really didn’t get nearly enough page time and her part of the story was too similar to another story in an earlier book. Despite that, she captured my attention when she was first introduced and I really liked the idea of her character.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Not up there with the best of his stuff, but I should point out at this juncture that since Guards Guards he's been getting marked on a scale relative only to his other books. If I'd picked up this book last week written by some po-dunk nobody it'd be getting five stars and I'd be desperately googling them for websites, blogs and news of their next release. Soul Music is a slightly unbalanced pair of narratives, one about the infringing of rock and roll into the Discworld and the other a rather s Not up there with the best of his stuff, but I should point out at this juncture that since Guards Guards he's been getting marked on a scale relative only to his other books. If I'd picked up this book last week written by some po-dunk nobody it'd be getting five stars and I'd be desperately googling them for websites, blogs and news of their next release. Soul Music is a slightly unbalanced pair of narratives, one about the infringing of rock and roll into the Discworld and the other a rather sombre meditation about the toll that being Death would take upon the newly humanised Death (and the continuation of the theme through his Granddaughter, a not-yet-full-formed Susan). The Death stuff works brilliantly and is as enjoyable and thought-provoking as you'd expect, Susan is a little roughly drawn but still very engaging, however the Music with Rocks In stuff -in particular the dovetailing of the main threads at the end and pop culture referencing- makes the book feel episodic, and a little... less than it could have been. I should say here that I don't find pop culture references funny, I realise that there was a time that a person could come on stage and do a film quote to rapturous applause and endless plaudits, but that time is long gone. Obviously yes I realise this book is twenty (!) years old now and that there isn't really a clearly defined line as to why referencing books = Literature and referencing other media = Trash but it still doesn't work for me. Apart from the gag about the De(a)f Leopard. That was brilliant. These are tiny, tiny criticisms though and for all of them I still got through the thing cover to cover in two days so it should go without saying that it's un-put-down-able. Another great Discworld book, not to be missed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Esme

    I am a huge, mega huge, unbelievably devoted Discworld fanatic. However, this is probably my least favorite in the DEATH mini series. I'm not sure why it didn't work for me as much as others did, I think the over-all message that I always look for was sort of lacking. It was fun, it was funny, and of course since it's DEATH that bumped it up a notch because his dialogue as always was spot on. I just didn't care much for the musical sub plot in the book. I am a huge, mega huge, unbelievably devoted Discworld fanatic. However, this is probably my least favorite in the DEATH mini series. I'm not sure why it didn't work for me as much as others did, I think the over-all message that I always look for was sort of lacking. It was fun, it was funny, and of course since it's DEATH that bumped it up a notch because his dialogue as always was spot on. I just didn't care much for the musical sub plot in the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Malin

    Susan Sto Helit goes to a boarding school, and for the lessons she's less interested in, she has a tendency to fade into the woodwork - literally. Susan has the ability to fade away, should she so wish it. Turns out, this is because her grandfather is none other than Death, and when he goes missing, Susan, as his closest relative, is required to take over his duties for a while. Being deeply pragmatic and rational, thanks to her first rate education, it takes Susan a while to be persuaded, even Susan Sto Helit goes to a boarding school, and for the lessons she's less interested in, she has a tendency to fade into the woodwork - literally. Susan has the ability to fade away, should she so wish it. Turns out, this is because her grandfather is none other than Death, and when he goes missing, Susan, as his closest relative, is required to take over his duties for a while. Being deeply pragmatic and rational, thanks to her first rate education, it takes Susan a while to be persuaded, even when a tiny rat skeleton with a cloak and a scythe and a talking raven, not to mention the big white horse, shows up on her doorstep. While Susan gets reacquainted with the family history her parents tried to keep from her, something new is sweeping through Ankh Morpork - the Music with Rocks in it. The young bard Imp Y Celyn (who looks a bit Elvish) and his band mates, Cliff the troll and Glod the dwarf become unbelievably popular in record time, thanks to the guitar Imp discovered in a mysterious little music shop shortly after he arrived in the capital. The music is something new and different, it has a beat and you can dance to it, and it makes almost everyone who hears it, completely obsessed. This includes many of the esteemed wizards at the Unseen University. Ridcully, the Arch-Chancellor a, is curious and unimpressed, and determined to get to the bottom of what is making his faculty and the majority of citizens in the city to behave so strangely. Soul Music was the very first Discworld novel I ever read. I found it at my local library, which in the mid-90s didn't really have all that many English books and certainly not a great selection of fantasy. The unusual and colourful cover appealed to me and I suspect the blurb on the back made me curious. The book came out in 94, and since I read the trade paperback, I must have discovered Terry Pratchett sometime after 1995, probably before I'd even started high school. It was a completely different reading experience for me. I remember that I kept reading until far later than was sensible on a school night, because the book didn't have chapters, and as such, it was difficult to force myself to put the book down and stop. Soul Music is not one of the greatest Discworld books, but it will always hold a special place in my heart, because it was my first introduction to the writing of Terry Pratchett. I was still at work, getting everything ready for my lessons the next day, when my husband called to tell me that Terry Pratchett had died. I'm not ashamed to say, I burst into tears. Of course I knew that it would only be a matter of time, as he suffered from Alzheimer's and had always been very open about wanting to choose his own time to die, but it was still a shock. I cried for quite some time before I was able to return to my duties, and kept bursting into tears on and off for days afterwards, every time I read something online about him and the impact his writing made on so many people. It's the strongest I've been affected by the death of a celebrity, someone I never actually knew personally. I feel lucky and privileged that I got to meet Pratchett at signings, more than once. My husband has a copy of Good Omens, which is signed by both Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, which, considering Gaiman didn't do signings in the UK all that often, makes us cherish the book for more than just being probably the best book they both wrote. Before he got diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Pratchett would pretty much do a UK signing tour every year. He apparently joked once that it was more unusual to find an unsigned copy of his books than one with his signature in it, but I still think the times that I got to see him, and exchange a few words with him were very special. One of the dwarfs in The Truth is called Gunilla, which is my middle name. When I mentioned this to him at a signing, he smiled and said: "Then you probably know what gender that dwarf is." Pratchett was a wonderful, important writer and in his Discworld books he managed to satirise so many important issues in our society. In some of his books, he is more angry than funny, but until the last few books of his career, when his brain had really started to go, he is a master of language, of plot construction and of wit. His books have made me howl with laughter, and cry buckets. A few of my favourite books of his, are non-Discworld. Good Omens, which I have already mentioned, was co-written with Neil Gaiman and is an amazing take on the apocalypse. Nation is a YA novel that looks at identity, belief, prejudice and cross-cultural understanding. While he may have been writing in the comedic fantasy genre, that doesn't mean that he didn't have very profound things to say. We are lucky that he was a very prolific writer, so there is a great literary legacy remaining now that he's gone. RIP Terry Pratchett.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Toby

    Remain In Print Sir Terry Pratchett 1948 - 2015 Once upon a time I was given a book voucher from my school and with that book voucher I went straight out and made sure I could actually own a Discworld novel rather than having to go to the library. It just so happened to be that small window in time when I would have preferred a Disc novel about music with rocks in than one with moving pictures, and so for a while Soul Music was my favourite book about life on Disc. I went on to criticise the anima Remain In Print Sir Terry Pratchett 1948 - 2015 Once upon a time I was given a book voucher from my school and with that book voucher I went straight out and made sure I could actually own a Discworld novel rather than having to go to the library. It just so happened to be that small window in time when I would have preferred a Disc novel about music with rocks in than one with moving pictures, and so for a while Soul Music was my favourite book about life on Disc. I went on to criticise the animated movie based on this book for losing the magic of the prose. Turns out I had no idea what I was talking about and Soul Music the book is as lacking in the magic and the intellect as Soul Music the movie. Essentially following the same plot as for Moving Pictures, magic from another world invades the Disc causing obsession amongst the residents that could lead to the end of the world only for an intrepid hero to save the day, this sixteenth entry in the series feels empty, an excuse for pushing puns beyond their breaking point and making really obvious jokes about rock n roll seemingly from the point of view of somebody who doesn't really understand the appeal of the music. Sure, there's a bit about Death and his granddaughter Susan and the evolution of Ponder Stibbons in the High Energy Magic building of Unseen University but there's very little else going on here.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bilbo Baggins

    4.5 Stars!!! This is probably going to be my favorite Discworld book ever!!! Loved it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    6.5/10 Another solid entry into the Discworld series and the Death sub series (although Death has a relatively small amount of screen time) which this time tackles Rock 'n Roll coming to the Discworld. I love Rock 'n Roll and I enjoy humour so what's not to like? The book started really well and got two differing strands of story line going, one with Rock 'n Roll and the other with Death going AWOL so his Granddaughter, Susan, has to take up the mantle and start to run the show. As the story progr 6.5/10 Another solid entry into the Discworld series and the Death sub series (although Death has a relatively small amount of screen time) which this time tackles Rock 'n Roll coming to the Discworld. I love Rock 'n Roll and I enjoy humour so what's not to like? The book started really well and got two differing strands of story line going, one with Rock 'n Roll and the other with Death going AWOL so his Granddaughter, Susan, has to take up the mantle and start to run the show. As the story progressed I became more involved with the Death story line and Susan became quite the character to read about. There was the usual overlapping of the two threads by the end and things tied up nicely. Terry Pratchett throws in the usual jokes about the subject matter with the residents of Discworld not quite getting it or making it slightly different to our own know how which produces the funnier moments in this book. The "music with rocks in it" joke became a bit stall after cropping up once every ten pages or so though. I think the best way to describe this one is enjoyable but forgettable. Worth the read but not worth starting this series with. If you like this try: "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" by Christopher Moore

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie Davis

    Not the best but enjoyable enough, as are even the least of Terry Pratchett's books. This one is notable for introducing Death's granddaughter, Susan, who takes on a similar role to that we'll see her in later in the much superior Hogfather. It is highly reminiscent of Moving Pictures which the characters, in true self-awareness, comment upon themselves. However, Pratchett's points are always worth pondering and his adventures surrounding the life force that music can take on is, as I said, enjo Not the best but enjoyable enough, as are even the least of Terry Pratchett's books. This one is notable for introducing Death's granddaughter, Susan, who takes on a similar role to that we'll see her in later in the much superior Hogfather. It is highly reminiscent of Moving Pictures which the characters, in true self-awareness, comment upon themselves. However, Pratchett's points are always worth pondering and his adventures surrounding the life force that music can take on is, as I said, enjoyable.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mitticus

    (Leí este libro a dos bandas, en inglés y en español al mismo tiempo, así que probablemente debería valer por dos) Probably you'll enjoy more this book if you like music, or should I say if you have something to do with music or music business. Is the story of a band of friends that joins the rocky way that leads for a new form of music, a sort of infection of strange proportions that affects to almost all in Discworld. And it is the story of a grandfather and his granddaughter trying to understan (Leí este libro a dos bandas, en inglés y en español al mismo tiempo, así que probablemente debería valer por dos) Probably you'll enjoy more this book if you like music, or should I say if you have something to do with music or music business. Is the story of a band of friends that joins the rocky way that leads for a new form of music, a sort of infection of strange proportions that affects to almost all in Discworld. And it is the story of a grandfather and his granddaughter trying to understand the meaning of life and Death. And Music wanting to be free. HE HAS NO LIFE. HE HAS MUSIC. “Music’s taken him over?” YOU COULD PUT IT LIKE THAT. “Making his life longer?” LIFE IS EXTENSIBLE. IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME AMONG HUMANS. NOT OFTEN. USUALLY TRAGICALLY, IN A THEATRICAL KIND OF WAY. BUT THIS ISN’T ANOTHER HUMAN. THIS IS MUSIC. El 95% de la gente que conozco son músicos, cantan (ópera, folclore andino, coralistas, rock/pop), tocan piano, guitarra, violín, flauta traversa, violonchelo, contrabajo, DJs. Este la clase de 'cantinfleo' que disfruto, haciendo una sátira del gremio, de los managers, y de los que tratamos de hacer música. Las anécdotas de cualquier músico es mucho más que ésto, llenarian enciclopedias, y largometrajes con versión extendida y tetralogías. Las rocas están allí para todos :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    19 Feb 2008 20 Jun 2014 25 Aug 2016 Death takes a sort of holiday, so the Death of Rats goes looking for Death's granddaughter to fill the gap. Susan is off in boarding school, being an unusually practical teenager with no memory of her grandfather, when she gets the message. Meanwhile a bard, a troll, and a dwarf meet up and form a band and a magical guitar introduces the idea of Music with Rocks in to the Discworld. The magic that is unleashed has more to do with lampooning record company contract 19 Feb 2008 20 Jun 2014 25 Aug 2016 Death takes a sort of holiday, so the Death of Rats goes looking for Death's granddaughter to fill the gap. Susan is off in boarding school, being an unusually practical teenager with no memory of her grandfather, when she gets the message. Meanwhile a bard, a troll, and a dwarf meet up and form a band and a magical guitar introduces the idea of Music with Rocks in to the Discworld. The magic that is unleashed has more to do with lampooning record company contracts than the typical fantasy, with room for plenty of puns, an hilarious tour, and some profound thoughts on what music means to people (interpreted broadly). And also, lots of silly business with the Death of Rats and Quoth, a raven. Funny as anything, and never mean-spirited. These books get even better with age, both mine and theirs. personal copy

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