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March 13, 2015

Hi All,


Another one. This time Sir Terry Pratchett. It’s Friday the 13th here, something that I suspect would have given him a wry chuckle…


Pratchett meme


I have actually met TP, once a number of years ago (about 25 I think). This was before conventions were a Really Big Thing. A group of friends of mine put one together in Auckland New Zealand, and they invited him over. And, I think, much to everyone’s surprise, he came. The really funny thing about it was that nobody quite knew what to expect, or what to do with such a luminary. To the point where they fed him fish and chips one evening and dropped him back at the hotel… not entirely sure if I’m smiling or cringing at the memory tbh.

This man wrote books that had me in hysterics on more than one occasion. Where some authors have created one or two iconic characters, he created dozens. From the color of magic (fluorescent greenish-yellow purple), to showing trolls are incredibly smart when their silicons brains are cooled, to Carrot and Angua, The Librarian, Nobby Nobs, Greebo and the utterly formidable Esme Weatherwax, and of course DEATH, these books and characters shaped my reading habits for many, many years.

Sir Terry wrote the best footnotes ever (and the footnotes to his footnotes).

And then of course, there is Good Omens. A book, which if you haven’t read, I will counsel with the following advice: stop what you are doing. Immediately. No. Stop it. At once. Stop. Right. Are you listening? Good. Go forth to a book store and buy a copy. Now. Got it? Good. Sit down and read it. And see just what sort of genius this man was.

There is really only one thing left to say:








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  1. -K- permalink

    Time is like a drug, too much of it kills you.

  2. Bugger just about sums it up. I can’t believe you met him – that’s a great story. And ‘Good Omens’ is one of my all-time favorite books too. Funny thing is I’ve never read any of the Discworld stuff, but Good Omens is just something that always stuck with me and I find myself re-reading it every couple of years.

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