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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
This is a minor Pratchett, roughly on par with Moving Pictures or perhaps Eric. Aside from the revelation about what exactly Nutt is, there is very little here that Pratchett has not handled as well or better in other Diskworld books.
Sensible Glenda has always taken care of her pretty but seemingly dim friend Juliet, so thoroughly that Juliet has never been allowed to mature into an adult. Luck hands Juliet the chance to become Ankh-Morpork's pre-eminent fashion model -- will Glenda be able to allow Juliet to choose her own path, or will she once again force on her friend the firm guidance Glenda believes Juliet so clearly requires?
At the same time, Juliet's would-be beau Trevor and his odd friend Nutt get caught up in the Patrician's plan to rescue football from the mobs, whose love for the sport is expressed mainly in mass violence. The Patrician, as ever, has grander goals than the ones he admits to. (HARPER, Oct., 384 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed By: James Davis Nicoll
Published: October 2009