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Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Unseen Academicals

Categories: [ Books/Discworld ]

ISBN: 0552153370

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The faculty of Unseen University discovers that to continue benefiting from some source of revenue, the university has to take part in a game of football at least once every twenty years. Football in Ankh-Morpork is a violent game played on the streets, but since Vetinari wants to keep it in control. The unexpected discovery of a cup containing ancient rules of football prompts Vetinari to ask the university to write the rules of a modernized football. They are helped by Mr. Nutt, a goblin working as a candle dribbler in the basement of the university who happens to be very smart. Nutt's friends are Trevor Likely, whose father was a famous football player, Glenda, who's the cook of the Night Kitchen, and her aid Juliet, woolheaded and very beautiful, who, disguised as a dwarf, appeared as a one-time model in a fashion show presenting micromail, a chain-mail as soft as cloth. While the university organises its own team, Unseen Academicals, the teams of the street football assemble their own, Ankh-Morpork United. The latter team is composed by half of hooligans. At some point of the story, Nutt's subconciously remembers he is not actually a goblin but an orc, creatures made in Uberwald by the Evil Emperor long time ago as killing machines. Nutt was under the protection of Uberwald's most powerful vampire, Lady Margolotta, who wants to make him a civilized orc who is not anymore emotionally burdened by the actions of orcs of the past. Eventually, the football game is played. The hooligans of United wound several players of Academicals, but the latter eventually win the game. In the end, Nutt agrees to go back to Uberwald to find the other orcs and teach them to be civilized.

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