can stop, will stop
Yeah, I didn't love this one either. Maybe my least favorite Discworld book? Like you said, there's a lot of good stuff in it, but overall it felt almost like the book it's described as isn't the same as the book it turned out to be. It's supposed to be about the wizards forming a soccer team, and I felt like the wizards were mostly background characters.Unseen Academicals, which I had never read before, didn't work that well for me. It is Discworld, so it's still a good read, but it shows that Pratchett wasn't at the top of his game anymore (not a fault of him, of course). It was nice to see Rincewind again, for once as part of the regular wizards, and spending time with Ridcully, in particular, is always fun. It was nice seeing Vimes in a more annoying light, than as a hero, and Vetinari is another all-time great one. Again, there is a lot to love about this one, too. But even here, it felt like Pratchett focused on the grimmer aspects of soccer, and how sports can play a part in breaking rulers, even some as powerful as absolute tyrants.