July 08, 2004

British comedy-also a book review

I have recently discovered BBC radio online. This site has lots of British comedy. Iss wunnerful to lissen to some'un spea'in' th' Queen's english.
I am a huge Monty python fan as well as an even bigger fan of Terry Pratchett. Thanks to the info I got from Discworld Monthly, I was able to listen to a 4 part adaptation of one of my favorite Pratchett works:Mort. In this novel Death, Y'know, robed, hooded skeleton, big scythe, wants a vacation and so takes on a young apprentice.
Being an athropomorphic personification death tries to be a little more human. Wackiness ensues. Ok, it's not all that wacky, or even zany, but it is a very entertaining story with just enough meat on the plot lines to keep the humor truly humorous. Also, the humor is never forced. It is not written around jokes like many vaguely funny novels, the humor is character driven! The characters become so well developed in your mind you feel like you have known them all your life. They become your best friends. If you root around a bit on the BBC site you may be able to catch an episode. Listen to it, it might get you as hooked as I am

Till next time J


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