Moving Pictures, Terry Pratchett

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Karen Chisholm

I'm still wallowing happily around in the audio versions of the Discworld series - working my way from the start to the end and loving every minute of it, despite it being mostly re-reading / re-listening. MOVING PICTURES is, not surprisingly, the story of Holy Wood come to the Discworld. A bit of an accident / come happy outcome on the part of the Alchemists and the film industry is born. As are stars, starlets, agents, theatre owners, and strange beings from another place. All coincide for yet another excellent outing in the mad world of the Disc.


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People might say that reality is a quality that things possess in the same way that they possess weight. Sadly alchemists never really held with such a quaint notion. They think that they can change reality, shape it to their own purpose. Imagine then the damage that could be wrought if they get their hands on the ultimate alchemy: the invention of motion pictures, the greatest making of illusions. It may be a triumph of universe-shaking proportions. It's either that or they're about to unlock the dark terrible secret of the Holy Wood hills - by mistake...

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