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Dark Side of the Sun, The av Terry Pratchett
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Dark Side of the Sun, The (urspr publ 1976; utgåvan 1988)

av Terry Pratchett (Författare)

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Dom Salabos has a lot of advantages. As heir to a huge fortune he has an excellent robot servant (with Man-Friday subcircuitry), a planet (the First Syrian Bank) as a godfather, a security chief who even runs checks on himself, and on Dom's home world even death is not always fatal. Things just couldn't be better. Why then, in an age when prediction is a science, is his future in doubt?… (mer)
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Titel:Dark Side of the Sun, The
Författare:Terry Pratchett (Författare)
Info:Corgi Books (1988), Edition: New, 158 pages
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The Dark Side of the Sun av Terry Pratchett (1976)

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What a disappointment! I do realize this was Pratchett's first proper novel, even though he, for example, wrote the childrens' book [b:The Carpet People|97361|The Carpet People|Terry Pratchett|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1344619032s/97361.jpg|583699] (I liked this one, see my review here) before this one. Afterwards came [b:Strata|34493|Strata|Terry Pratchett|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1328341190s/34493.jpg|2817970], which was a try-out for his Discworld series. To be honest, despite the problems Strata had, it was better written and more consistent than The Dark Side of the Sun.

In his first novel, Pratchett tried his luck with a Sci-Fi story, the effort itself commendable. But even if this is a quick read, it's hard - except for certain moments - to put your mind to it, to picture the different characters, events, and so on. At least, I had problems with this little novel.

Sure, there are fragments and signs of Pratchett's humour and beliefs, which are expressed better and more coherent in the later Discworld novels. Here, I found, the humour and some setting elements were comparable to Douglas Adams's famous [b:The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy|13|The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy|Douglas Adams|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1404613595s/13.jpg|135328] series, which came out later and were better worked out (in my opinion).

The Dark Side of the Sun is about a character, Dom, who's about to rise in function, is on a quest to find Jokers World, but encounters several problems to prevent him from succeeding. Even from his relatives he's not to expect much help (that's what I understood). Robots, eh, humanoids, are also part of the story.

Of course there's probably some thought behind this story, be it philosophical, satirical, a parody on the typical space-based Sci-Fi stories (?), ... In any case, Pratchett used many difficult words, but also wasn't consistent when letting the Phnobic do the word: the creature is supposed to lisp, hence double s in most words, but not everywhere. There were also some comma's missing (hello, clarity?) and a few conjugations were incorrect (like he forgot to edit the phrases, or maybe his editor forgot).

On several occasions the story swerved off topic: Dom (and his friends) are doing something, the next instant they're elsewhere already. Bridging events could have been better. There were moments I wanted to throw the book away.

In short: not a recommended read at all, unless you're a tr00 die-hard fan of Terry Pratchett and are desperate to read anything he has written. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
Entertaining. ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
This is one of the earliest of Pratchett's works that I own, and oh, does it show. The cleverness of language, characterisation and world building that came as the stories of the Discworld developed and matured is sadly lacking. It is a very clever story, but in that way that reminds me of first and second year philosophy students -- enough ideas to chew over, but not enough to have worked out how to present them well.

It is also possibly the most explicitly sf of Pratchett's stories that I've read so far. Set in a over the top 'everyone is watching you' far future space-opera dystopia, it had echoes of Harry Harrison's 'Stainless Steel Rat' series without the redeeming features. I was completely unable to invest in the setting, I really never warmed to any of the characters (in fact, none of them ever really felt like people, which was a surprise from Pratchett).

And while it was a pleasant read, I couldn't help the twin thoughts: 'other people have done this better', and 'there were better ways to spend that time' ( )
  fred_mouse | Apr 27, 2019 |
Gosh fellas, I just haven't been up to writing reviews lately. I am damn far behind. There's very little left in my head of the impressions I got from the story beyond the story itself. It was slight, but good.

Going into 'The Dark Side of the Sun', I knew what to expect. I've read enough of Pratchett's non-Discworld books to understand how his skewed humor and perspective translates outside that world. I also remember how the earliest 'Discworld' novels felt, so I figured the potential and the serendipitous coming together of his plot characters would be fuzzy.

I wasn't wrong. But I didn't care. It wasn't really funny or fully-fleshed out (the ancillary characters might have been posts), but it was very readable and enjoyable, especially spotting the elements that would be incorporated in to Discworld. I wouldn't recommend it as straight soft sf novel, but I would to curious fans interested in how Pratchett developed as a writer. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
This is clearly early Pratchett: the ideas run rampant, too much is happening, and while mildly humorous, it lacks the wit and wisdom of later works. Yet I found it refreshingly creative and fun. It is really a YA novel - a teenage boy is seeking the secrets of the galaxy while pursued by murderous killer robots. Light and fun. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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Dom Salabos has a lot of advantages. As heir to a huge fortune he has an excellent robot servant (with Man-Friday subcircuitry), a planet (the First Syrian Bank) as a godfather, a security chief who even runs checks on himself, and on Dom's home world even death is not always fatal. Things just couldn't be better. Why then, in an age when prediction is a science, is his future in doubt?

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