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PostSubject: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Thu 12 Mar 2015, 15:53

Author of the Discworld series of books, Sir Terry Pratchett has died age 66;

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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Thu 12 Mar 2015, 16:07

The inevitability of this character turning up sooner or later;



as illustrated by Paul Kidby
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Thu 12 Mar 2015, 16:12

... I'm sure 'Binky' was there too.

But seriously that is sad news. His books were good 'companions' to me throughout my university and later years, and though lately he'd made no secret that he was ill, he still seemed to be able to write the same imaginative fiction, if just a little slower. And  sixty-six is no great age at all is it?
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Thu 12 Mar 2015, 16:28

Binky would be there too, Meles.

Hard to believe there will be no more adventures with Sam Vimes and The Watch or scheming from Lord Vetinari.


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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Thu 12 Mar 2015, 16:30

Sad indeed but there is a little consolation in that he, and those who loved him, was spared what could easily have been years of a horrific living death.
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Thu 12 Mar 2015, 16:38

I've never read any of Terry Pratchett's books - maybe it's to do with being single and childless - perhaps otherwise I would have read them to children and grand-children.  Ferval, in your post above you may have something - Alzheimer's is no respecter of persons unfortunately.


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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Thu 12 Mar 2015, 19:28

Yes, very sad, and in the end quite sudden? Or do we just miss the hints you sometimes get close to a famous person's death?

He was well read in our household, more by my son and husband than me, but even I would have read a good half dozen of his books.  I really liked Good Omens when I read it years ago, but got a bit muddled sometimes in Discworld - didn't read enough of them to have the characters and places clear in my head. And thought I should start at the beginning but I don't think The Colour Magic was the best one.  I read The Truth, a couple of children's ones with a young girl as main protagonist - Wee Free Men perhaps? - and one or two others.  I always like best the theme and the way it was set in the adventure stories (the journalism in The Truth, Macbeth in Wyrd Sisters, etc.). 

Yesterday I told a little book club that I never read fantasy but I do read Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, had forgotten them at the time.  And they don't write those ridiculously long books that every light writer nowadays seems to feel it incumbant upon them to come up with.  (Publishers' demands?)
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Fri 13 Mar 2015, 00:50

I was lucky enough to start with one of the most stand-alone of the lot - Pyramids. I loved the thought that camels cause mathematics because that explains why I struggle with the subject - and not get to TCOM  for quite a while. That's more a satire or critique of common-or-garden fantasy than a satisfactory beginning to Discworld. A sad day, but hardly unexpected.
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Fri 13 Mar 2015, 08:58

From the Daily Mash:


No, Grim Reaper told


DEATH has been told it is not allowed to take Sir Terry Pratchett until an investigation is held.

Following the passing of the author, the final ferryman has been suspended and will be held to account by an independent body before making any further decisions that are patently wrong.

Deathologist Roy Hobbs said: “Any rational person would agree that only after the publication of another 30 Discworld books, at least two of them starring Rincewind, would it have been correct for Terry to die.

“And for this to happen only two years after the death of Iain M Banks, leaving a number of massive Culture novels unwritten, smacks of incompetence.

“At this point the Grim Reaper looks less like an implacable, unanswerable end and more like a haphazard dick on roller skates swinging his scythe about like a fat kid at a piñata.”
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Fri 13 Mar 2015, 09:05

@LadyinRetirement wrote:
I've never read any of Terry Pratchett's books - maybe it's to do with being single and childless - perhaps otherwise I would have read them to children and grand-children.  Ferval, in your post above you may have something - Alzheimer's is no respecter of persons unfortunately.

LiR, they're for adults as well. Try one from your local library and see what you think.
The one that Gil mentioned, Pyramids, is a good choice;




There was an old interview,from 4/5 years ago, with TP shown last night, in which he argued the case for assisted suicide.

I wonder if this was the case?

unassisted according to the BBC report;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31858156
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Fri 13 Mar 2015, 11:57

@Triceratops wrote:
The inevitability of this character turning up sooner or later;



as illustrated by Paul Kidby

Tony Robinson has said that Terry Pratchett has shaken hands with one of his greatest creations.

Terry himself once commented in one of the Discworld books that no-one is truly dead until the last ripples they cause in the world have faded away.  An interesting point for us historians.  In any case, those are some big ripples he's left.  A sad loss, but a life worth celebrating.
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Fri 13 Mar 2015, 15:05

There is one more Discworld book in the pipeline, The Shepherd's Crown, due to be published in September.
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Fri 13 Mar 2015, 18:43

@Triceratops wrote:
There is one more Discworld book in the pipeline, The Shepherd's Crown, due to be published in September.
Title suggests a Tiffany Aching book, IMO.
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Mon 16 Mar 2015, 11:43

It is, Gil. This particular series is one I've never really tried.
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day in Ankh-Morpork   Mon 16 Mar 2015, 15:46

Not my bag - being neither the right age, nor of the female persuasion.
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