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Title: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Belgarath on March 12, 2015, 11:25:55 AM
I'm going to miss him.  My favorite author.  :(
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Johnny Slick 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.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Belgarath 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.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: frothy on March 12, 2015, 12:43:32 PM
"Despite campaigning for assisted suicide after his diagnosis, Sir Terry's publishers said he did not take his own life." (http://"http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31858156")
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: mindme on March 12, 2015, 12:55:20 PM
I've always wondered if you were suffering Alzeheimers would you actually even know it?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: amysrevenge 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).
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: SkepticalEsquire on March 12, 2015, 01:37:42 PM
Well that sucks.

(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn191/SkepticalEsquire/0399fe03-6b8c-4250-8f80-30a9d0749e6f_zpscbji74bj.jpg) (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/SkepticalEsquire/media/0399fe03-6b8c-4250-8f80-30a9d0749e6f_zpscbji74bj.jpg.html)

I do hope he ended things on his own terms.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: ShadowSot 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.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Sordid 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?

THERE'S NO JUSTICE. THERE'S JUST ME.

Indeed. Well, Terry, I hope your journey across the desert under a starless sky is short and nothing too terrible awaits at the end of it. You will be missed.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: DK on March 12, 2015, 04:32:40 PM
This hit me hard for some reason, I knew it was coming but damn.

Read 'Where's my cow?' to my son for his bedtime story. Felt the right thing to do.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: PANTS! on March 12, 2015, 05:17:31 PM
Beside Good Omens, I have not read any of his books.

Where might I start.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: amysrevenge on March 12, 2015, 05:20:23 PM
I started right at The Colour of Magic and went forward, myself.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Johnny Slick 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.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Belgarath 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. 

Who will ever forget 'Reflected-Sound-of-underground-spirits'
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Sordid 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.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: PANTS! on March 12, 2015, 08:14:59 PM
Is it suitable for my middle schoolers?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Drunken Idaho on March 12, 2015, 09:25:13 PM
I posted this in the Rate the Last Book... thread, then realized there's probably a Pratchett thread here.

Little story I want to share: I had finished Eric while at a bar, at which my friend works as a bartender. She's somewhat of a bibliophile, but never read Pratchett. After she asked what I was reading, I told her I had just finished and showed her a random page; she refused to give it back, telling me I could have it back when she was done. She was a bit emotional today about having just discovered him, as was my sister, who's currently reading The Color of Magic after all my prattling on about Pratchett.

I've also got to publicly thank Belgarath, who introduced me to Terry Pratchett... I haven't looked back. I teared up while reading commentary on his passing today; my favorite quote from these readings, by Gaiman:

Quote
Terry’s authorial voice is always Terry’s: genial, informed, sensible, drily amused. I suppose that, if you look quickly and are not paying attention, you might, perhaps, mistake it for jolly. But beneath any jollity there is a foundation of fury. Terry Pratchett is not one to go gentle into any night, good or otherwise.

He will rage, as he leaves, against so many things: stupidity, injustice, human foolishness and shortsightedness, not just the dying of the light. And, hand in hand with the anger, like an angel and a demon walking into the sunset, there is love: for human beings, in all our fallibility; for treasured objects; for stories; and ultimately and in all things, love for human dignity
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Belgarath on March 12, 2015, 09:58:19 PM
Is it suitable for my middle schoolers?

Definitely.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Harry Black on March 13, 2015, 07:12:28 AM
I feel like if I had kids, I could have them read all of the Vimes books and be happy that they have been exposed to the types of morals I would like them to have.
Im in the middle of Raising Steam and its going to be hard to pick it up again without feeling sad.
Interestingly I couldnt get into the Colour of Magic and Ive found the Witches hard to get into but I will try to read all the Discworld books now I think.
The illustrated hardback The Last Hero is one of my favourite quick reads!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: starnado on March 13, 2015, 08:41:03 AM
I own more books by Pratchett than by any other author. I tend to stay away from sycophantic national outpourings of grief but I am a little sad. He was the same age as my dad. I worked extensively with people with Alzheimers. it is a shitty disease.

Good on yer, Terry.

I would recommend starting with the Colour of Magic, as others have, simply because Rincewind travels all over the Disc. However, I have a very soft spot for Vimes, the witches, Carrot, The Librarian and the smaller stand-alone efforts like Small Gods. You can't go wrong with Pratchett although I did not really enjoy Eric.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Belgarath on March 13, 2015, 11:01:19 AM
I would say that the outpouring is WAY more than national.  I've seen regret posts from around the world.  Even Texas!  I didn't even know they could read in Texas!

Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Drunken Idaho on March 13, 2015, 02:26:52 PM
I would say that the outpouring is WAY more than national.  I've seen regret posts from around the world.  Even Texas!  I didn't even know they could read in Texas!

We gotta figger out what calber of ammo we're buying SOMEhow.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: amysrevenge on March 13, 2015, 02:32:02 PM
I would say that the outpouring is WAY more than national.  I've seen regret posts from around the world.  Even Texas!  I didn't even know they could read in Texas!

We gotta figger out what calber of ammo we're buying SOMEhow.

Nah, son, you just cram bullets in until you find ones that fit.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Sordid on March 13, 2015, 06:02:33 PM
I would say that the outpouring is WAY more than national.  I've seen regret posts from around the world.  Even Texas!  I didn't even know they could read in Texas!

We gotta figger out what calber of ammo we're buying SOMEhow.

Nah, son, you just cram bullets in until you find ones that fit.

Any bullets fit if you cram hard enough. ;)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Rabbit on March 14, 2015, 10:20:10 AM
Very sad news. Happily I've got a lot more of his books left to read, (unlike Banks when he Died). I loved his sense of humour away from the books too. One t-shirt I saw him wear was-

Tolkien is dead.
Rowling said no.
Pullman couldn't make it.
Hi, I'm Terry Pratchett


He was best of that lot imo.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Tatyana on March 14, 2015, 07:16:14 PM
This makes me so sad, I cried when I heard the news.

I love the Discworld series, and the books he wrote with Neil Gaiman.

I am just hoping he has one more Discworld on his PC, it was meant to be a Tiffany Aching novel, which is really a witches novel, which were my favourites.

 :'(
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Sordid on March 15, 2015, 06:24:36 PM
I am just hoping he has one more Discworld on his PC, it was meant to be a Tiffany Aching novel, which is really a witches novel, which were my favourites.

 :'(

Quote from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/31867210
The author's 41st and final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, was completed last summer and it is due to be published later this year.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Tatyana on March 15, 2015, 06:59:32 PM
You just made my day, my week, my month.

It is going to be emotional reading this last novel.

I have read almost all the Discworld books twice.

Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: OhMyGecko on March 16, 2015, 04:13:28 AM
I hadn't heard of this, thank you for posting. I really am sad to hear this but i hope he died on his own terms.

I started reading his novels in grade 6, truckers or diggers, but didn't enjoy them. Until i tried Pyramids (not a great book) which is probably the book which turned me into a reader.

The Rincewind novels are fun but i think the Vimes stories are better written. I suppose there might be only so much you can do with Rincewind.


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Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Belgarath on March 16, 2015, 11:18:47 AM
I hadn't heard of this, thank you for posting. I really am sad to hear this but i hope he died on his own terms.

I started reading his novels in grade 6, truckers or diggers, but didn't enjoy them. Until i tried Pyramids (not a great book) which is probably the book which turned me into a reader.

The Rincewind novels are fun but i think the Vimes stories are better written. I suppose there might be only so much you can do with Rincewind.


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He didn't really get his voice until about book 4, then it just got better.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: DK on March 16, 2015, 03:45:30 PM
One book that hasn't been mentioned yet is 'Nation', technically a Young Adult book; but damn, if it doesn't really show his sceptical/atheist side. Highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: OhMyGecko on March 18, 2015, 07:51:52 AM

I hadn't heard of this, thank you for posting. I really am sad to hear this but i hope he died on his own terms.

I started reading his novels in grade 6, truckers or diggers, but didn't enjoy them. Until i tried Pyramids (not a great book) which is probably the book which turned me into a reader.

The Rincewind novels are fun but i think the Vimes stories are better written. I suppose there might be only so much you can do with Rincewind.


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He didn't really get his voice until about book 4, then it just got better.

I found that the newer the book, the better it is. Probably not always true but it seemed accurate enough for me to describe the Discworld series.
I think some of it comes from maturing as a reader and better understanding his sense of humour.
'What's so funny?'
'No, you just won't get it.'


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Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: superdave on March 18, 2015, 08:24:38 AM
Gah, I gotta read me some Pratchett.  I've only ever seen a play based on one of his books.  The play was kinda meh.  But I know enough people with books to lend me.  I gotta get on top of that.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Drunken Idaho on March 19, 2015, 02:50:20 AM
Gah, I gotta read me some Pratchett.  I've only ever seen a play based on one of his books.  The play was kinda meh.  But I know enough people with books to lend me.  I gotta get on top of that.

You can carry an armful of Pratchetts out of a used bookstore for less than 10 bucks. I personally recommend starting with The Color of Magic, but I do agree that the later books tend to be better reads.... so you really can't go wrong.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: brilligtove on March 19, 2015, 03:27:06 AM
This started as "I'm sad" but became a comparative lit essay on the whole series.

Knowing the day would come too soon, I'm still saddened that Terry Pratchett is gone. His books brought me great joy over the decades, right to the end. The image below is a little out of date but a very useful guide to anyone interested in discovering the Discworld. Personally, I recommend beginning with Small Gods (it is pretty much standalone, like Pyramids) and then following the Witches, starting with Equal Rites.

(http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg)
(Image from: http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg (http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg))

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld#Novels (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld#Novels)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00CJB9R84/ref=sr_bookseriesnull_B00CJB9R84 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00CJB9R84/ref=sr_bookseriesnull_B00CJB9R84)

The Discworld Eras - BGO, AGO, PA

BGO: Before Good Omens

In 1983, The Colour Of Magic hit the shelves. It was spectacularly funny and bizarre. It was not so clear at the time that the physics of the Discworld were all based on one idea: What if the world really worked the way we think it works?

The first ten books in the series show a gradual fleshing out of the Discworld, but the stories do not have the rich tapestry that comes with the later books. Most of the big ideas and characters are born in this era, including Rincewind, Death, Granny Weatherwax, and Vimes.

1. The Colour of Magic, 1983
2 .The Light Fantastic, 1986
3. Equal Rites , 1987
4. Mort, 1987
5. Sourcery, 1988
6. Wyrd Sisters, 1988
7. Pyramids, 1989
8. Guards! Guards!, 1989
9. Eric, 1990
10. Moving Pictures, 1990

AGO: After Good Omens
In 1990 Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman collaborated on a book called Good Omens. It is my personal favorite book of all time. I'll be reading it yet again tonight while on a plane, and laughing hysterically, I'm sure. This collaboration was transformative for both authors. Gaiman's dark insights and cutting wit and Pratchett's lightness and wimsy infused into each other's writing. Small Gods is the most striking and obvious example on Pratchett's side, and may be the best Discworld novel. American Gods may be the same for Gaiman.

In the books that followed this, the Discworld was transformed from a faded backdrop to a vibrant character in it's own right. In part, this is why I recommend starting with Small Gods; the earlier books can be immensely better if you know the world better than the author did when he wrote them. (By the way, the inconsistencies and lost threads are dealt with in their own stories, especially Thief of Time - so don't worry about quirky continuity.)

In this era there are a variety of young adult books that are every bit as good as the adult books. The major difference is that the plotlines are less complex and the characters are younger. You'll enjoy reading about Tiffany, and not just because you get to see Granny Weatherwax again.

10. Moving Pictures, 1990
11. Reaper Man, 1991
12. Witches Abroad, 1991
13. Small Gods, 1992
14. Lords and Ladies, 1992
15. Men at Arms, 1993
16. Soul Music, 1994
17. Interesting Times, 1994
18. Maskerade, 1995
19. Feet of Clay, 1996
20. Hogfather, 1996
21. Jingo, 1997
22. The Last Continent, 1998
23. Carpe Jugulum, 1998
24. The Fifth Elephant, 1999
25. The Truth, 2000
26. Thief of Time, 2001
27. The Last Hero, 2001
28. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, 2001
29. Night Watch, 2002
30.The Wee Free Men, 2003
31. Monstrous Regiment, 2003
32. A Hat Full of Sky, 2004

The only Discworld novel I didn't really enjoy is in this era: Jingo. I think I just never got the point - but it could also have been that it came out at a time when I wasn't able to appreciate it.

PA: Post Alzheimer's

Pratchett announced his early onset Alzheimer's in 2007, but I think his work was shifting before that. Still wonderful, of course, but not the same. Beloved characters - especially Commander Vimes - change as they age. Anhk-Morpork, the Discworld's greatest cesspit/city also matures and shifts. Some reviewers have said that the characters are "unrecognizable" compared to their earlier selves. To this I say, "Of course they are!" They're decades older, living in a world with breakneck technological development and radical inter-race and inter-culture integration. If they were same people as in their first appearances, they wouldn't be people.

Magic faded to the background over the AGO era, like electricity has faded to the background in our world. It's there, it can do amazing and terrible things, but it has also been tamed. Magic, in these last books, is almost exclusively based in the power of narrative - where the one in a million chance happens nine times out of ten. They are mature epics in a mature world with mature characters. Also, very very funny.

33. Going Postal, 2004
34. Thud!, 2005
35. Wintersmith, 2006
36. Making Money, 2007
37. Unseen Academicals, 2009
38. I Shall Wear Midnight, 2010
39. Snuff, 2011
40. Raising Steam, 2013

The Last Tale

41. The Shepherd's Crown, 2015

This hasn't been released yet. I suspect I'll have some tears of laughter and some tears of tears while I read it.

You are missed, Sir Pratchett.

#TheTurtleMoves
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Harry Black on March 19, 2015, 07:56:14 AM
Thief of Time was a weird experience for me.
The plot was right in my wheelhouse and I was learning obscure ways of punching people from a friendly enigma of a man at the time. I was reading it on the 3hr bus journey to one of my lessons one day and I BADLY needed the bathroom. So much so that I was sweating and rocking back and forth, wincing at every bump in the road. When we arrived I had to exit the bus behind two very slow old ladies and the same on the way to the bus station toilets. What followed was a real life enactment of the Austin Powers pee scene. Afterward life seemed so much better and with that experience and the philosophy of the story in my mind (or at least my understanding of it then) I went to the class and absolutely breezed it. Normally the workout made people puke and the pain of the session was pretty bad but with the way my head was after the morning I had just had, I was euphoric and the usual pressure points and holds didnt bother me in the slightest.
Its still something I think of (the story, not the pee) whenever Im putting my body through something it really doesnt want to do. And it does kind of help and at least makes me smile.
I think a reread is in order.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Sordid on March 19, 2015, 09:19:32 AM
Edit: Nevermind.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Grimner on March 24, 2015, 07:45:19 AM
Happily I have managed to avoid Terry Pratchett (gaudy looking books, yes, I am shallow), but after just reading 'The Colour of Magic', I can see more Discworld in my future. And you are saying it gets better? Nice. Poor Death.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Drunken Idaho on March 24, 2015, 05:50:12 PM
And you are saying it gets better?

Oh my, yes.

There was something special about being exposed to that world for the first time, but the writing itself does get even better.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Johnny Slick on March 25, 2015, 03:01:15 PM
I would say the first couple of books are enjoyable if you've played some Dungeons and Dragons and want a funny parody of that. The later books don't require that angle to be fun, and IMO they're better overall reads as well.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Tatyana on March 25, 2015, 06:14:34 PM
Way, way better.

I really started loving Pratchett at Equal Rites.

Lately my night time fall asleep books are 'The Science of Discworld II: Darwin's watch' and 'Mrs. Bradshaw's Handbook' which is a guide to the new trains on Discworld (see Raising Steam).

Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Belgarath on March 25, 2015, 09:25:10 PM
Actually thanks Johnny.  I've been looking for a way to describe his early books compared to his later books and this does it quite nicely. 
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Doctor Whom on March 26, 2015, 08:23:49 PM
Way, way better.

I really started loving Pratchett at Equal Rites.

Lately my night time fall asleep books are 'The Science of Discworld II: Darwin's watch' and 'Mrs. Bradshaw's Handbook' which is a guide to the new trains on Discworld (see Raising Steam).

I tell Pratchett newbies to start with Equal Rites. TCoM is something of a curate's egg stylistically, and I think Equal Rites introduces the wizarding world and Ankh-Morpork better, as Esk is a newcomer to the city and acts as an audience avatar, with Granny W alongside for when things need deeper explanations.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Drunken Idaho on March 27, 2015, 02:06:48 AM
Way, way better.

I really started loving Pratchett at Equal Rites.

Lately my night time fall asleep books are 'The Science of Discworld II: Darwin's watch' and 'Mrs. Bradshaw's Handbook' which is a guide to the new trains on Discworld (see Raising Steam).

I tell Pratchett newbies to start with Equal Rites. TCoM is something of a curate's egg stylistically, and I think Equal Rites introduces the wizarding world and Ankh-Morpork better, as Esk is a newcomer to the city and acts as an audience avatar, with Granny W alongside for when things need deeper explanations.

That's a great thought. I might start doing that.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Rabbit on April 03, 2015, 04:18:50 AM
Well, I'm powering through them again.

Man, he was good! :(
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: DK on April 03, 2015, 01:49:31 PM
Well we've one more book to look forward to. It's been confirmed that there's a new Tiffany Aching on the way.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: brilligtove on April 03, 2015, 02:49:52 PM
Well we've one more book to look forward to. It's been confirmed that there's a new Tiffany Aching on the way.

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/The_Shepherd%27s_Crown (https://www.wikiwand.com/en/The_Shepherd%27s_Crown)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Louie on April 04, 2015, 05:39:48 AM
Still so sad. The rows of Pratchetts in my book case stare at me in silent lamentation.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: superdave on April 06, 2015, 08:12:57 AM
Just finished my first Pratchett-Mort
I liked it, not a masterpiece by any means but it was a fun, light, read.  I'd read more.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: brilligtove on April 06, 2015, 05:16:57 PM
Just finished my first Pratchett-Mort
I liked it, not a masterpiece by any means but it was a fun, light, read.  I'd read more.

Even though that's when we really meet DEATH - my second fav character after Granny - this is my least favorite of the series. The tone changes dramatically in later books. Keep going!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Tatyana on April 08, 2015, 01:47:28 PM
Granny Weatherwax is my favourite character as well. Despite being a witch, she is such a skeptic.

The last book, 'The Shepard's Crown' is scheduled for release this September.

As it is a Tiffany Aching novel, the witches, including Granny Weatherwax, are going to make an appearance.

It does make me sad thinking this is the last book, and glad it is a witches novel, although I would really love another Sam Vines or Moist von Lipwig.

The amazing thing about Moist von Lipwig is that he made such a late appearance in the Discworld, yet he is such a fabulous character.

To comment on 'Mort', while Pratchett is beginning to get into the swing of things with this novel, all of the Rincewind and wizard novels are my least favourite of the whole series. I think the only two I really enjoyed are 'Equal Rites' which is wizards and the first witches novel, and 'Unseen Academicals'.  Other than that, I could leave them.

Mind you, I just watched the TV adaptation of 'The Colour of Magic' by Sky, and it was quite entertaining.

Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: brilligtove on April 08, 2015, 02:01:22 PM
Granny Weatherwax is my favourite character as well. Despite being a witch, she is such a skeptic.

In later years I came to enjoy the delicious irony of the witches (and wizards) being the most practical, hard-nosed skeptics. Headology is quite effective, too, and really can be applied on roundworld.

Last year my daughter was having nightmares about the monsters that would come up the stairs to get her. Among those scary beasts was the pink Kyle I had recently brought home.

(https://www.universalorlando.com/images/P-Despicable-Me-Pink-Kyle-Plush-1263162.JPG) (https://www.universalorlando.com/Merchandise/Gift/Despicable-Me-Pink-Kyle-Plush.html)

When we went upstairs I asked her what Kyle would do if a monster came after the little girls, using my best Gru voice. Once she realized that Kyle would defend them, I told her Kyle didn't want to come upstairs. He wanted to stay at the bottom of the stairs to guard against the bad monsters. She went to sleep feeling happy and secure.

In my head all I could see is Granny Weatherwax giving a kid a frightened kid a stepladder and a big stick.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Sordid on April 13, 2015, 08:18:42 PM
Pratchett may be dead but CMOT Dibbler lives on!

(http://i.imgur.com/fDK2GDQ.png)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: wastrel on April 13, 2015, 08:46:53 PM
Have any Londonites ever had a street vendor meat pie?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: brilligtove on April 13, 2015, 11:07:03 PM
Have any Londonites ever had a street vendor meat pie?

I was careful to choose the 'named meat' option when I lived there.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: brilligtove on April 13, 2015, 11:08:25 PM
Pratchett may be dead but CMOT Dibbler lives on!

(http://i.imgur.com/fDK2GDQ.png)

I saw that pic and "DIBBLER" screamed in my head.

Nice find!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: starnado on April 14, 2015, 04:40:32 AM
Have any Londonites ever had a street vendor meat pie?

I was careful to choose the 'named meat' option when I lived there.
I have never seen a street vendor selling pies in London , mores the pity. I have eaten a small mammal onna stick in Krabi in Thailand. Rat onna stick? That is what it has anecdotally evolved into.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: brilligtove on April 14, 2015, 08:22:56 AM
Have any Londonites ever had a street vendor meat pie?

I was careful to choose the 'named meat' option when I lived there.
I have never seen a street vendor selling pies in London , mores the pity. I have eaten a small mammal onna stick in Krabi in Thailand. Rat onna stick? That is what it has anecdotally evolved into.

TBH I have no actual recollection of gnawing a meat stick in London. I do (vaguely) recall that chips and curry are the best food ever at 3AM in Glasgow after the clubs, though.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: Sordid on August 27, 2015, 09:51:55 AM
I am just hoping he has one more Discworld on his PC, it was meant to be a Tiffany Aching novel, which is really a witches novel, which were my favourites.

 :'(

Quote from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/31867210
The author's 41st and final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, was completed last summer and it is due to be published later this year.

It's out: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34067207
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett passed away
Post by: brilligtove on August 27, 2015, 11:26:06 AM
It appears I am very emotional these days. I miss those stories that never were enough to tear up. Damned trousers of spacetime. You left him in the wrong leg.