Author Topic: "Death isn't cruel―merely terribly, terribly good at his job.” ― Terry Pratchett  (Read 1668 times)

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May he find the great a'tuin.

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I was writing this topic at the same time as Goldie but his was up first.

I am really, really saddened to hear of Sir Terry Pratchett's demise.  He was, without a shadow of a doubt, my most favourite author. I used to devour his books in a couple of days and then mark on the calendar when the next instalment would be released.

I know his Alzheimer’s disease had been an "embuggerance" to him (in his words), but I suspect he wanted to go before it completely took over. 66 is no age at all, though.

Gonna miss you old chum.
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He actually learned to read again ( due to Alzheimer's ) by forming letters with his tongue
Amazing indeed.
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I queued up on Oxford st for hours once, just to meet him at a book signing.  However, the queue was so long it would have taken days to get to him and I had to give up when all looked lost.
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bumped into him in Leicester at waterstones by accident.
A swirl of cape and hat swept by me going up the stairs to a book signing.
Apparently if you own a book not signed by him it's worth a fortune  ;D ;D

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Death might not be cruel but Alzheimer's definitely is.

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 ::) but it's a classic line from his book

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::) but it's a classic line from his book

Death just needed to get out more.
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I hate the fact when an author I like dies, that there is only a finite amount of his/her work left to read before you enter re-reads.  Now I have to savour each of his books I haven't got around to and not read them too quickly.

That's actually quite a nice prospect.
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People around here routinely leave books out in boxes on the curb for others to go through.  So I recently obtained a number of titles by him, but right now they're out in the trunk of the car, so I'm not sure which ones.

I was wondering if he was fun to read.  Perhaps I should give them more than a once over.

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I would recommend it. I'm not sure quite how much a foreigner™ will get all the cultural references, but the books are amusing enough even without them, I think.

I was given the first two books by this guy. He used to read and re-read them on tour, endlessly.  I think the fantasy that is the Discworld was closer to reality than is rock 'n' roll life and gave him some comfort.

Thanks again, Spider.
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I just dug two out of the car and they are both Tiffany Aching Adventures:  A Hat full of Sky and I shall wear midnight.

Any assessments as to their relative worth in his overall oeuvre, or is one better to begin with than the other?