Memories of Other Things - 3 - Book Review: The Duckmen of Ankh Morpork

by Polydicta

A little Discworld stuff. Humour presented as a book review.


All fiction is derivative and fan fiction doubly so. I make no claim to own any part of any of the following, all I have done is an attempt to put together the elements in a novel fashion, using words and ideas like Lego ™ bricks.

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Memories of Other Things - 3 - Book Review: The Duckmen of Ankh Morpork


Following the success of his previous book, Bacon and The Morporks of the Ankh Basin, Aloysius Scrivenshanks has published his new book about the legendary duckmen of Ankh Morpork.

This slim volume, a mere 198 pages, covers the appearance of the earliest Duckmen, their rise, two to three generations of prominence in society and their inevitable decline until, at the present time, there is but one Duckman remaining under the foot of the social ladder.

The first Duckman, we are told, was a gentleman by the name of Thomas Mallard who arrived from the Ramtops during the reign of Webblethorpe the Unconscious. By the time of Deranged Lord Harmoni, the Duckmen were an integral part of Ankh Morpork, and part of the top echelons of society - who has not heard of Lord Harmoni's Duck and Goose-Fowl Revels?

Homicidal Lord Winder was a man of mixed phobias, and suffered mightily from anatidaephobia, and began a systematic excision of everything duck and goose from the city. Mad Lord Snapcase all but saw to the extinction of the Duckmen, and only the birth of Reginald Drake, mere months before Lord Snapcase was hung by his figgin, averted their demise altogether. Reginald Drake achieved his Duck at the age of 23, and is now a well recognised member of The Canting Crew. By all accounts, Lord Snapcase's deposit ($50,000 AM) and Inhumation Order for any Duckman is still outstanding.

By turns amusing and sad, always enthralling, the author leads us gently through this oft forgotten part of the city's past - and present.

The Duckmen of Ankh Morpork. Scrivenshanks, A. Solid Plate Press, Old Cobblers, Ankh Morpork. (Year of The Justifiably Defensive Lobster)

$3.50 AM.