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Terry Pratchett passed away
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:25:55 AM »
I'm going to miss him.  My favorite author.  :(
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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2015, 12:28:55 PM »
He had stated a couple years ago that he was going to commit assisted suicide when the Alzheimer's he was suffering from got to a point to where he was no longer himself anymore. Nobody's reporting on this as of yet but given his final tweet (all it said was "The End"), I have to think that that is exactly what happened. Very sad to see him go, but if my assumptions are correct it's good to see him go on his own terms.
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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 12:37:36 PM »
I am sure that was sent after he passed away but yea no reporting on it so I think it's a safe assumption.
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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2015, 12:55:20 PM »
I've always wondered if you were suffering Alzeheimers would you actually even know it?
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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2015, 01:03:07 PM »
My understanding was that his Alzheimer's was atypical (trying to remember the source - I think it was during the Good Omens radio release around Christmas).
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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2015, 01:37:42 PM »
Well that sucks.



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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2015, 01:45:10 PM »
He is part of the reason I get mad at the things I do. I will miss him.
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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2015, 01:47:18 PM »
Well shit. I don't even know what to say. This just sucks. 66 is nothing, he could have kept writing amazing stuff for another 20 years. Why can't the likes of Putin die of some debilitating disease instead?

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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2015, 04:32:40 PM »
This hit me hard for some reason, I knew it was coming but damn.

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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2015, 05:17:31 PM »
Beside Good Omens, I have not read any of his books.

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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2015, 05:20:23 PM »
I started right at The Colour of Magic and went forward, myself.
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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2015, 06:02:08 PM »
The early, early ones are interesting but I don't think written nearly as well as the later ones. I'd start with the Good Witch series and then see what takes your fancy from there. You may like the Guards series as well, although the first book there is also very, very early in Pratchett's career. One funny bit of the first couple books is how much they're based on Pratchett's own experience playing DnD.
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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2015, 07:45:23 PM »
The important thing about his books are that they ALL are commentary on the world.  Read carefully to catch what he's talking about. 

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Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2015, 08:13:51 PM »
The early, early ones are interesting but I don't think written nearly as well as the later ones. I'd start with the Good Witch series and then see what takes your fancy from there. You may like the Guards series as well, although the first book there is also very, very early in Pratchett's career. One funny bit of the first couple books is how much they're based on Pratchett's own experience playing DnD.

I agree with the general point, but I would still recommend The Colour of Magic first. It's a quick introduction to the Discworld universe that explains its basic concepts and notable places (as might be expected from a book written from the point of view of a tourist and his guide). And to be honest I'd probably just continue on from there. Yeah, the early books aren't great, but you only really realize that in retrospect. If you read them in the order they were published, they'll entertain you well enough. If you skip them and then later go back to them, they'll seem awful by comparison.

 

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