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~ Sunday, August 03, 2008 ~

As the previous thing suggests, I've been reading a bunch of Discworld novels lately. When he's setting the scene or adding flavor, Pratchett will often borrow elements from our own current culture and translate them so that they fit in a society that is powered mostly by magic, but which has only the most rudimentary technology. It's not the most important ingredient of the novels, but it happens often and it's entertaining.

So it's been in the back of my mind, too, that hunt for elements of our daily lives that can be twisted neatly into a magical-but-low-tech setting, and today, while I was riding home on the train, I started giggling because I'd suddenly imagined travellers on horseback approaching the entrance to a bridge and reading a sign saying, "Stop! Pay troll." It makes me wonder what Pratchett would do with EZ Pass.

~ prattled by Miriam at 9:06 p.m. [+] ~ 0 comment

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