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Title: Terry Pratchett
Post by: jenglows on August 03, 2007, 08:38:20 pm
Have not even come close to reading all the Discworld books but I love the nightwatch ;)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Grey Drakkon on August 03, 2007, 09:32:44 pm
Ultimate Diskworld fanart: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/5016723/  (should check out the rest of that guy's gallery too, he does fantastic stuff, and he's funny to boot)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Jerseybean on August 04, 2007, 07:10:47 am
Although I enjoy all the disc world books I have to admit to being a Rincewind fan.  Nothing beats his anti-hero answer to all problems = RUN AWAY!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on August 04, 2007, 03:19:48 pm
Angua, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Nobby, Vetinari (I still think he might be part vampire), Angua, Vimes, Carrot, Death, Death of rats, Susan, Angua, Binky, Quothe, did I mention Angua? the list of favorite characters goes on and on.... I particularly like the watch books. I have not gotten to read the Rincewind books yet, but I plan on it... so many books so little time.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on August 04, 2007, 06:44:52 pm
I think I've only missed out on two or three of his books. But let me say, I love The Luggage. There are a bunch of other characters that are great, but The Luggage beats them all.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on August 04, 2007, 07:05:59 pm
I can't wait to get my hands on a book that has the luggage in it... my friend I borrow the books from is obsessed with the luggage.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Grey Drakkon on August 04, 2007, 07:11:48 pm
I've read the first book, and really liked the luggage's appearance in it. ;)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on August 16, 2007, 07:06:06 pm
I have it! The book in which luggage makes it's first appearance (or so I'm told)! But I won't let myself start until I finish my assigned reading. ick. I can't wait!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on August 17, 2007, 06:47:16 pm
Leave us not forget Tiffany Aching, & Maurice, the stupid kid, Peaches, & Dangerous Beans.
Couldn't get into the Bromilead trilogy, but really like the Jonny Maxwell trilogy.
In fact, just read "Johnny & the Bomb" recently, & noted with glee Foul Ol' Ron's female incarnation.
Oh, and Gaspode the wonder dog!  Gotta love that Thinking Brain Dog.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on August 22, 2007, 05:16:29 am
Oh boy. I love the Discworld so much that I can't possibly single out a favourite character. I pretty much love them all- the luggage, Cohen, Granny Weatherwax, Rincewind, everybody in the watch...

There are a few books that I found a little disappointing (such as Sourcery, Moving Pictures, Last Continent) but only because most of them are so incredibly brilliant. My favs are Light Fantastic, Equal Rites, Guards! Guards!, Interesting Times and Fifth Element.

Has anybody here read the Tiffany Aching books with the Nac Mac Feegles? I thought they were excellent as well.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on August 22, 2007, 07:17:46 am
With Thunder at her right hand & lightning at her left, she replied, "Yes, Collaroy, check a few responses before yours.  Crivens!"
O'course, depending on how you reach us, that may not be possible, but Peaches & Dangerous Beans have an answer.  But even Rob Anybody may take a little time to get it to you. ;D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on August 22, 2007, 10:59:59 pm
What- actually reading responses?? Now why would I do such a thing, why? ??? I'm doing my very best to ignore everybody else's posts.  ;)

I stand corrected.

I liked the Bromeliad trilogy, at least Truckers. Diggers & Wings got a little repetitive after a while.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on August 23, 2007, 03:00:39 pm
I started The Color Of Magic yesterday. I am Half way through.

I LOVE LUGGAGE!

and twoflower is an odd little fellow.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on August 23, 2007, 08:32:06 pm
Wait 'til you get to 'Interesting Times' & see some other Luggage. 
And I find I identify oddly with the odd little fellow. :D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on August 24, 2007, 07:01:34 am
Wait 'til you get to 'Interesting Times' & see some other Luggage. 
And I find I identify oddly with the odd little fellow. :D

That's a little disturbing... then again, fresh laundry whenever you want it... there are benefits. I agree that "Interesting Times" is outstanding Luggage-wise. Plus there's Cohen and his Silver Horde...
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on August 24, 2007, 01:53:46 pm
The one right before the last continent was my favorite with the luggage. I can't remember the name right now though.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on August 24, 2007, 02:25:22 pm
Alright, you guys got me. I am now going to have to hurry through the book and go camp on my friends porch until she gives me he next book.  ;D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on August 26, 2007, 09:31:41 am
The one right before the last continent was my favorite with the luggage. I can't remember the name right now though.
That would be Interesting Times- it's making fun of Communism and China. My favourite as well- I laughed out loud through most of the book, which was pretty annoying to everybody within earshot. ;)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on August 26, 2007, 11:26:15 am
Yeah, that was it. *nodnod*
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on August 26, 2007, 02:01:04 pm
who else here is an Eroll the farting swamp dragon fan?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on August 26, 2007, 04:19:17 pm
No no no, Errol didn't fart, he used his flame like a jet engine to fly backwards.  And while I enjoyed him, I'm glad to have him & his mate far, far away. 
I can't decide if I like the Librarian best, or Granny Weatherwax.  And I do like Agnes, I'm looking forward to her having more appearances.  In fact, now that I think about it, I'd like to see her & Tiffany have an adventure together.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on August 30, 2007, 07:39:23 pm
I like it that Agnes is a singer. And I love Nanny's philosophy that Music and magic are only two letters away from each other. Can you tell I'm a choir junkie? ;D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on August 30, 2007, 10:50:50 pm
In fact, now that I think about it, I'd like to see her & Tiffany have an adventure together.  ;D ;D ;D

Oooh, good one!! I totally second that!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on August 31, 2007, 08:50:12 pm
Whadda ya bet Tiffany would take charge, like Granny?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on September 01, 2007, 12:48:10 am
Well, she'd definitely *try* to take charge, but from what little we've seen from Ms Nutter, I'm not so sure she'd succeed. But it would be an awesome pair. I found Tiffany/Granny *a little* disappointing, probably because I had high expectations.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 01, 2007, 06:02:39 am
Do you mean you expected more Granny in the stories?  Or something else?

I always like Esme, but they're Tiffany's books, & about her development as a witch.  I rather like that Mr. Pratchett didn't let Granny muscle in and take completely over.  I get the impression that Tiffany will be the Granny of the chalklands, with (I've just blanked out on her name) the teacher/witch as kind of her Nanny Ogg.  Not as earthy, obviously, but as her foil/best friend, more Holmes & Watson-ish.  There are so few witches on the chalk that I doubt they can make up a threesome believeably, unless Agnes moves down there.
Which would mean that Granny & Nanny have to find & train yet ANOTHER girl.  ;D :-\ ;D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on September 02, 2007, 04:29:32 am
Yeah, somehow I expected to witness, I don't know, a nuclear bomb (not in the literal sense, obviously) or something when Tiffany and Granny met. I mean, it was definitely good, but not quite as good as I expected.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 02, 2007, 10:45:21 am
Okay. 
I'll admit I didn't.  They live too far apart for a lot of friction to develop.  Not only are they far enough apart geographically for territorial aggressions like Sam & Adam's to not erupt, but Granny's aware that she's not young any more.  She knows there needs to be someone as strong as she is to sort of take over her iconoclastic leadership in a decade or two or three when she dies.  Tiffany is an excellent candidate for the position, kind of like Eric "Cat" Chant in the Chrestomanci worlds of Diana Wynne Jones.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on September 06, 2007, 04:37:07 pm
Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci Chronicles are a favorite of mine! I really should reread them.... I have one and two. I haven't seen any others. Are there more out there?

I finished the color of magic. Have to wait till sunday to get the next book. Alas.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 06, 2007, 08:52:45 pm
I started a topic/thread for DWJ, I'll list her Chrestomanci titles for you over there, if you like, but I think it's up to 6 basic books now.
And it's just Thursday, you have to wait until Sunday?  Major vacuum! (a.k.a. it sucks bigtime ;D) Maybe you can grab some DWJ until then?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Cerulean on September 07, 2007, 10:29:09 am
I've been meaning to try these books for a long time, but am never sure which ones to pick up first. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 07, 2007, 07:12:03 pm
The first two are 'The Color of Magic' & 'The Light Fantastic', although I never remember in which order for sure.  You don't absolutely have to read them first, but there is a loose order to the books, timewise.  There are three main groupings.
The Ahnk-Morpork stories, revolving around either the wizards at Unseen University or the city watch, particularly the oddballs in the Night Watch.
The Death series, revolving around, yes Death, and his grand daughter Susan.
The Lancre Witches stories, revolving around Granny Weatherwax & the half- um, half-baked coven she runs with in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lancre.
There are other volumes, sort of one-offs, or offshoots, like 'Sourcery', 'Moving Pictures', and 'Pyramids'.  If you'd like to try just one that doesn't depend too heavily on any of the others, I'd recommend that one.
There are three- no, four, now, that are usually filed in teen or YA.  3 feature a young witch in training named Tiffany Aching, the other, 'Maurice & His Amazing Educated Rodents' is another stand alone, although it makes reference to the wizards college.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on September 08, 2007, 04:32:04 pm
I got Going Postal for me b-day. I started it today, but haven't gotten very far. Love it already.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on September 10, 2007, 09:23:27 pm
I've been meaning to try these books for a long time, but am never sure which ones to pick up first. Any suggestions?
I started with Light Fantastic (which is the second book) and got hooked. Like Patti said, the books don't necessarily need to be read in their publishing order, but I suggest you should one of these first (they're the first books of each groupings and a good introduction):

Color of Magic or Light Fantastic (Rincewind/Twoflower/Luggage)
Equal Rites (Granny Weatherwax)
Mort (Death)
Guards! Guards! (City Watch)

Check out Discworld's Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld#Reading_orders) for more information.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on September 12, 2007, 10:29:51 pm
The first experience I had with Terry Pratchett was the Bromeliad trilogy which I absolutely love!  After that I heard about Discworld and was interested in finding the first one in the series but for the life of me could not find out what it was called!  (How pathetic is that?)  I only found it very recently and I laughed my socks AND shoes off!  The only other one I've been able to find is Guards! Guards! but I am definitely going to devour the whole series!  I'v never encountered an author quite like Pratchett, although Clayton Emery has written some decent stuff.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on September 12, 2007, 10:58:49 pm
I'm with you on that- he is extraordinary. While some of the Discworld books aren't outstanding, most of them are, and considering that he's already written 30+ of them that is an amazing achievement. Usually, long-running series tend to get boring after a while, but that doesn't apply here. I love how he always finds new things to poke good-humored fun at.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Jazzlet on September 13, 2007, 03:12:35 am
Pratchett does indeed find new things to poke fun at, however I think that as with many prolific authors one gets the best out of his books if you do not read them one after another, otherwise they can be a bit samey. Not bad at all, just not as funny as expected. Reading other authors in between Pratchetts re-sets some internal laughter synapse  ???
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 13, 2007, 04:28:14 am
Good point, Jazzlet.  I don't encounter that with Pratchett, but do with some other authors.  I read the whole of one of George Carlin's books (I think it was 'Silly Putty and Napalm) in one go.  He's still funny, in 'concert' sized doses, but if you read the whole one of his books at once he comes across as mean.  Much better to break it up.  The darwin awards books recommend right at the beginnings that you not read more than two or three of their citations at once, for much the same reason.  And since they're from life, not fiction, that can get depressing.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on September 13, 2007, 04:50:31 am
Pratchett does indeed find new things to poke fun at, however I think that as with many prolific authors one gets the best out of his books if you do not read them one after another, otherwise they can be a bit samey. Not bad at all, just not as funny as expected. Reading other authors in between Pratchetts re-sets some internal laughter synapse  ???
Definitely. Read two books in a row and it's all same-old-same-old. Not because the stories are similar, but the style is. Too much of a good thing... It's much better to make a break of a few months between each Pratchett, this was you can really enjoy it.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 18, 2007, 07:42:14 pm
Different people have different tolerances, as Collaroy & I prove.  I can re-read three or four of these in a row & enjoy it.  She needs months between doses.  But you still have to watch out for the Them.
Millenium hand and shrimp! ;D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on September 19, 2007, 06:49:57 pm
I'm soooo frustrated!! :-[  I can't seem to find any Pratchett Books ANYWHERE!!!!!  After I read The Colour of Magic I was ready to dive right into the next one (as soon as I could find one!) so I'll have to agree with Patti.  Although I haven't had a chance to test my Discworld Endurance, I don't think I'll get tired any time soon.  Pratchett, whatever the subject matter, is just a joy to read!  Very creative!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 19, 2007, 08:01:35 pm
That seriously produces vacuum, Taranis (sucks, the expensive version ;D).  Don't forget to ask the librarians & booksellers to check all over.  Childrens (the Bromilead, the Johnny Maxwell trilogy), Teen/young adult (Maurice & His Amazing Educated Rodents, the Tiffany Aching books) AND non-fiction (the Unadulterated Cat, another co-written one [LOL at the 'villian's cat']) and even Art for The Last Hero, starring Cohen the Barbarian & The Silver Horde.  And who knows where they'd shelve the Unseen University Challange (Discworld trivia challange) and Nanny Ogg's recepie book, which MAY go by the title 'The Joye of Snacks'.
Oh, and 'Good Omens' may be shelved under Neil Gaiman's name only.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Grey Drakkon on September 19, 2007, 08:49:34 pm
"Good Omens" SHOULD be filed under both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, they made two different covers (one white with black text, the other the opposite) that has one author on top, and on the other the opposite again.  ;)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on September 19, 2007, 09:01:39 pm
I'm soooo frustrated!! :-[  I can't seem to find any Pratchett Books ANYWHERE!!!!!  After I read The Colour of Magic I was ready to dive right into the next one (as soon as I could find one!) so I'll have to agree with Patti.  Although I haven't had a chance to test my Discworld Endurance, I don't think I'll get tired any time soon.  Pratchett, whatever the subject matter, is just a joy to read!  Very creative!
That's really weird- in Germany you have at least some Pratchetts in even the smallest book stores. Well, you can always try Amazon if your book stores can't satisfy your craving. Oh, and since you read The Colour of Magic you probably should read The Light Fantastic, it's Colour's direct sequel (picks right up where it ended).
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 19, 2007, 09:07:10 pm
Yes, that was taking the term 'cliffhanger' to extremes, & needs resolution.

I hadn't noticed that the positive/negative images had different authors listed first, more that 1 had the angel on front, demon on back, & the other the opposite way around on the Good Omens covers.  Kewl, as the saying has it. 8)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on September 21, 2007, 10:54:44 am
I know about that cliffhanger thing...it was not fun.  Here everybody just disappears and I have NO idea what happens next!  *exasperated sigh*  I did find Maurice & His Amazing Educated Rodents.  I like it but was a little creeped out by the whole rodent thing...especially near the end of the book.  Things crawling in the dark are not to be read about when you have not had much sleep and are reading late at night! :-\ :D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 21, 2007, 04:16:34 pm
Eurk.  No, they're not. :P
But I love the names.  And it's certainly a different take on the Pied Piper tale!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on September 21, 2007, 11:56:24 pm
Maurice & His Amazing Educated Rodents was the only Pratchett book that I actually disliked. Like you said, the whole thing was creepy- that's one Pratchett I won't reread any time soon.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on September 22, 2007, 03:17:53 pm
I agree but still...Maurice is pretty funny.  "Hey!  Stupid-looking kid!  Naw, down here kid..."   :D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 22, 2007, 04:32:24 pm
He does have one non-catlike charactaristic, though.  The guilt.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Thea on September 22, 2007, 07:12:22 pm
I loved the new Moist book! Angua and the squeaky bone  :D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 22, 2007, 09:26:39 pm
Are you referring to 'Going Postal'?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Thea on September 26, 2007, 02:02:59 am
Making Money the second Moist von Lipwig novel just came out about one week ago in book and audiobook format.
I bought both of them!!!!!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 26, 2007, 08:09:06 am
Making Money the second Moist von Lipwig novel just came out about one week ago in book and audiobook format.
I bought both of them!!!!!
(Envy envy envy. . .) Wish I could afford to!  Oh, well, c'est la vie.  I stopped at the bookstore Monday & discovered it.  Yeah, looks like lots of Discworld fun.  Clearly, Gladys is going to be a major character, & I'm looking forward to that. 
I like your bat-bunny, too, Thea.  Would you call that a babunny?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Thea on September 28, 2007, 10:23:32 am
babunny?  :D
There is also 'The Wit and Wisdom of the Discworld' that just came out - humor from his books collected by Stephen Briggs.

I am a real book addict and have to get my favorite authors NOW...  ::)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on September 28, 2007, 02:36:52 pm
Making Money is AWESOME!

I splurged... I am now officially broke, but Making money rocks!

Sooo happy...
Vetinari is awesome
Pie.... *snicker*
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on September 28, 2007, 08:58:57 pm
YAH YAY HA YAH YAY HAY.....!  I finally found some more pratchett books as opposed to ONE.  count...one...  I read Mort, Feet of Clay, and Wee Free Men in quick succession and now am working on A Hat Full of Sky!

Hurrah for the Mac Nac Feegle!  And the "ships"!

Ach, crivens!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 29, 2007, 02:21:16 am
Crrrivins!  Put that ship down!  No more Quins!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on October 03, 2007, 09:19:26 pm
hahahahaha
I have to say that the Nac MacFeegle are now my all time favorite characters...
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 03, 2007, 09:27:15 pm
I enjoy them too, but they point up my 'englishness', or what some call 'the blond factor'.  It took me months before I realized he was named for his willing activity, not the general lack of enough names.  That is, Rob Anybody nac mac Feegle, and in comparison with the six or eight sizes of Jocks.  D'oh!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on October 03, 2007, 10:07:17 pm
Those poor confused Feegles...  I mean, can you imagine growing up with a name like "Slightly-Shorter-Than-Medium-Jock-But-Bigger-Than-Wee-Wee-Jock"?  Must have gotten into so many fights as a kid.....although for a Feegle...all the better for him! :D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 04, 2007, 08:00:30 am
Yep, practice for the rest of life.  And the name thing too, really.  Think about it, one slip of a letter, & people confuse me with Our Hostess.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on October 04, 2007, 12:30:27 pm
I want to read those books... I haven't gotten to them yet. I want to know more about the Feegles!  :'(
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 04, 2007, 09:02:36 pm
Okay.  The Wee Free Men, followed by A Hatful of Sky followed by Wintersmith.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on October 08, 2007, 06:20:13 am
Okay.  The Wee Free Men, followed by A Hatful of Sky followed by Wintersmith.

How's Wintersmith, anyway? I heard it's not quite as good as the first two Tiffany books...
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 08, 2007, 07:51:17 am
I'm not going to judge.  What I'll say is that it's another of his anthropomorphication (is that the right word?) jobs.  Like Death, Time, & Luck, Winter becomes more literally personified.  In fact, there's one bit that was 'shades of Pyramids!'
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on October 09, 2007, 04:55:37 pm
I am pretty sure that you got the word right. It is an Anthropomorphic Personification sooo.... I can't think of a better way to say it.

I knew what the books are, but I haven't had time to borrow them from my friend and read them.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Sofy on October 18, 2007, 03:12:07 am
Very good books, I discovered this author recently (thanks to a book recommandation on KA board) and I really liked them.

So far my favorites characters are Granny, Rincewind and the Luggage.... Maybe more Granny than the others in fact :d
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on October 18, 2007, 08:31:34 pm
Granny is awesome...
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 18, 2007, 09:03:34 pm
I've got to admit, I tend to picture her as a cross between my mother & my eldest sister, but with Arnold S'nwhozits's chin.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Thea on October 19, 2007, 05:04:44 am
I want to be Granny when I grow up  ;D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 19, 2007, 08:25:40 am
Powerful, wise, but without too many friends?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Thea on October 20, 2007, 08:00:23 pm
Certain of my inner powers no matter what outsiders think of me.

I am not the mother figure that Nanny Ogg is and not the wet hen that Magrat is..
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 20, 2007, 08:09:18 pm
Maybe Tiffany?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Thea on October 24, 2007, 09:08:09 pm
I love Tiffany but I am still wondering where she will end up. I hope Terry does write her 4th book!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on October 24, 2007, 11:04:43 pm
Okay, come on people!  We are forgetting the most important character (and my personal favorite)  Let's hear it for Death! :)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 24, 2007, 11:29:37 pm
And the Death of Rats (& the death of fleas) aboard Quothe!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on October 24, 2007, 11:30:25 pm
SQUEAK??
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on October 25, 2007, 12:03:05 am
I think nobody specifically mentioned Death because it's self-evident that Death is cool. How can you not like him?

And when the Death of Rats went "SQUEAK!" I remember that I laughed so hard I choked on my drink and snorted part of it back out through my nose. Painful! I prefer not to think about Death of Rats.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Thea on October 25, 2007, 04:46:39 am
It was sad not to have more of the Death of Rats in the UK Hogfather movie. I guess it was too expensive to animate him very much.


Rob Anybody and Daft Wullie! Miss Treason! Reg Shoe! Gaspode! Vetinari!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on October 25, 2007, 10:02:09 am
Vimes, Colon, and Nobby....you just can't have one with out the other(s)!   :D

And what's this about a UK Hogsfather movie??  Sounds really cool!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Jazzlet on October 25, 2007, 10:47:46 am
Christmas special in two parts last year, only saw first part (brilliant), due to *&"$^%&*£$%!£$%&%^&*! video recorder >:( They will repeat it I'm sure, but I was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo frustrated at the time.

I can't remember her name but the actress playing Susan was superb.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Taranis on October 25, 2007, 10:59:59 am
Sounds like fun!  I'll have to see if YouTube or somesuch place has part of it...
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on October 25, 2007, 12:05:34 pm
I *heart* Death too.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Collaroy on October 29, 2007, 06:03:12 am
Sounds like fun!  I'll have to see if YouTube or somesuch place has part of it...
Oooh, please let me know if you find it somewhere! Me wants!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 29, 2007, 08:47:06 am
Ditto!  There are tapes (DVDs?) you can get of CoM & LF, & maybe one of the Witches ones, but they're of stage adaptations.  Used to see them in the U Bookstore in Seattle.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on November 18, 2007, 10:19:12 pm
Hogfather US!!!!!!  Sunday, November 25 on ION, 7pm central time!!!!!!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on November 20, 2007, 03:12:12 pm
@#$%^&*!!! I don't have that channel!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on November 20, 2007, 03:33:56 pm
Check UHF channels, it's 84 on my tv.  Not good reception, but there.  It's also or formerly PAX tv.  And see if you've got a family member or friend who will either also want to see it & invite you to their place, or record for you.  I'm hoping I can see it at my brother's place, his reception is much better, & I want to introduce him to it.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on November 20, 2007, 06:24:41 pm
Everyone in my family has local channels only. *sigh* And most of my friends aren't into that type of show.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Jazzlet on December 12, 2007, 10:01:25 am
Ah hell  :(
http://www.paulkidby.com/news/index.html (http://www.paulkidby.com/news/index.html)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Ellyll on December 12, 2007, 10:50:27 am
I second that.  :(
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on December 12, 2007, 02:47:06 pm
Motion is carried.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on December 12, 2007, 04:04:10 pm
*Cursing rant involving a swordfish and Alzheimer* This sucks, but at least he'll be alright for a while.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Grey Drakkon on December 12, 2007, 05:13:59 pm
Well it doesn't mean he's going to die necessarily, my grandmother's  had it for, well, we don't even know how many years and she's in her 90's.  Hopefully it's been caught early, since you can do certain things to slow it down. 
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Thea on December 14, 2007, 08:19:43 pm
Let us hope that since they caught it early that they can do something about it!
Positive thinking and good thoughts to such a wonderful man  :-*
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on December 31, 2007, 07:49:19 am
well dang...  :-\

I second that motion Thea!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on December 31, 2007, 08:14:21 am
Also carried.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Suzi on May 14, 2008, 11:20:29 am
Colour of Magic has also now been done for TV, with Sean Astin as Twoflower Haven't seen it myself because I haven't got the right channel, but he wouldn't have been my first choice, Maybe the bloke that plays Hiro in Heros?

I was sad to hear he has Altzheimers, but he seems determined not to let it stop him writing.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on May 14, 2008, 11:30:12 am
Too many inspiration particles sleeting through his brain! <grin>
Have you seen "Hogfather", or the others that have been done as plays?  There are videos of a couple of them, one of the witches ones, I seem to recall, Wyrd Sisters, maybe.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Suzi on May 14, 2008, 11:35:26 am
I've taped Hogfather off the tv, and have the cartoon for Wyrd Sisters somewhere (although not a video machine to watch it on any more). There's also a cartoon of Soul Music.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on May 14, 2008, 12:08:50 pm
Ah, the Librarian's motorcycle!  And Bud y Holly!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Shadowdaughter on August 25, 2008, 04:57:59 am
Terry has written an article http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/article14796.ece   (http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/article14796.ece) stating his disgust on how Alzheimer patients are treated...

On http://www.paulkidby.com/news/index.html (http://www.paulkidby.com/news/index.html) there are also some news on his health state and work progress.

I love the Discworld and really hate the thought to lose such an exceptional author as Terry to an illness, that is reducing a brilliant mind to ... well ... pudding. One of my grandfathers had dementia and to see him getting lost in strange thoughts, not knowing where he lived anympore, getting lost in our town... really sad. 
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Lakritz on September 29, 2008, 05:36:40 am
Oh dear... I didn't hear that bad news. Alzheimer is a terrible desease, I saw my grandfather and my husbands grandmother live with it for years. Dying by degrees. There is only so much that can be done, even for rich and famous people.

But remebering Small Gods (Which is my favourite, ba the way) - perhaps, if we all believe, that Terry can get well again, that a miracle will happen... perhaps then it could? I'll give it a try!!!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pence on January 01, 2009, 08:40:59 am
Terry Pratchett was on the New Years Honours list.  He is now Sir Terry.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on February 23, 2010, 09:00:49 pm
Unseen Academics was marvelous. Four words to explain its epicness: A drunk Lord V.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on February 23, 2010, 09:15:41 pm
The one whose name the Werewolves don't like?!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on February 23, 2010, 09:16:58 pm
I don't remember that. *blush* It's been a while. I just didn't want to slaughter Verterini's name. And I think I have.  :-'
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on February 23, 2010, 09:26:36 pm
Why do you think I put it the way I did?  LOL
He's the one, anyway.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on February 23, 2010, 09:28:47 pm
But it was definately good, even if his name is so hard to spell. Nutt was a fun character.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on February 23, 2010, 09:32:46 pm
Now... with Sir Pterry... that sounds redundant.

Me wants!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Sofy on February 24, 2010, 08:33:08 am
Unseen Academics was marvelous. Four words to explain its epicness: A drunk Lord V.

I didn't find this one "great". a good Pratchett book of course, but not one of the best novels he wrote.....
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on February 24, 2010, 08:37:09 am
Well, Lord V is one of my favorite characters, so any book with more then just a mention of him makes me happy.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Sofy on February 24, 2010, 11:42:13 am
Well, Lord V is one of my favorite characters, so any book with more then just a mention of him makes me happy.

in that case, if you haven't read it yet of course, I recommand "Night Watch", this one is REALLY good  bOuNcY
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on February 24, 2010, 02:11:02 pm
I think I've managed to hit all of them. Over time, and out of order, but I have gotten them. ^_^
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Sofy on February 26, 2010, 11:40:29 am
don't know if you saw this, but after Hogfather and The Color of Magic, there will be a TV adaptation of Going Postal  bOuNcY:

http://www.fantasy-fan.org/index.php/News/2009/07/06/Going-Postal-movie/


I don't have this channel, but they will certainly release it on DVD later  :P
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on February 26, 2010, 11:46:55 am
Oh, I so want to see it!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Varg on February 26, 2010, 11:48:16 am
I really liked the adaptation of hogfather.  Looking forward to this! bOuNcY
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on February 26, 2010, 05:19:09 pm
I want to see them all. I'll have to look for them next time I go to the movie place.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: ArtAngel on August 02, 2010, 07:38:19 pm
I just found a few of the discworld books in ebook format and I was wondering can they be read out of order or is it not advisable?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on August 02, 2010, 07:43:37 pm
They can, but some things do refer back... checking copyright dates isn't a bad idea.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: ArtAngel on August 02, 2010, 07:48:00 pm
Ok, so I'll wait until I find them in order then. The ebooks I found don't start until book 5.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on August 02, 2010, 07:52:35 pm
Oh, don't worry it precisely; there are different threads he follows; there are the ones about Rincewind (the first two and Eric, in particular), the ones about the other wizards at Unseen University, the ones about the Night Watch, the ones about the witches from Lancre, the ones about Death, and his granddaughter, and the stand alone ones, like "Pyramids", as well as the "young adult" ones in that world, "The Wee Free Men", "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents", etc.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on August 02, 2010, 10:08:46 pm
Yeah, they can be read out of order. The first handful should probably be read in order, but they can stand alone for the most part.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: ArtAngel on August 02, 2010, 10:11:00 pm
So they are a bit like the Xanth series? Read a few in order to get the idea then read whichever you can get ahold of?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on August 02, 2010, 10:16:52 pm
The first two or three are actually among the weakest of the series; rather like the first "Dresden Files" book.  Beyond that, if you see the blurb (?) saying "Carrot" or "Vimes" or "Watch", it's part of that series, and just look first for the earlier ones in that group, the same with the Witches, the Wizards, or Death.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Varg on August 03, 2010, 01:35:50 pm
I would say that the order of reading is not very important in the discworld series.
However I have a comprehensive chart here of the reading order if you want it Art :)

http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-1-5.pdf (http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-1-5.pdf)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: ArtAngel on August 04, 2010, 03:27:09 am
Thanks! I had found a linear list but that one looks more interesting.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Varg on August 04, 2010, 09:55:09 am
Doesn't it. I have not followed it in the least :P I just chose titles that tickled my fancy.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Sofy on August 14, 2010, 05:29:29 am
for Pratchett's fans who live in London or in the area (from Waterstone's website):



Quote
MEET TERRY PRATCHETT

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY, Wednesday, 1 September 2010, 11:00PM

Tickets £9.50, to include a copy of 'I Shall Wear Midnight'. To book tickets please call 020 7851 2419. Lines are open Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm only.

Join us & Sir Terry Pratchett at the official midnight launch of his new Discworld novel, 'I Shall Wear Midnight'.

Tickets are limited please book early to avoid disappointment. Entry without a ticket will not be allowed. Strictly one copy of 'I Shall Wear Midnight' will be signed per person, signature only, no dedications. Tickets holders to arrive no earlier than 10.30pm
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Kate on August 16, 2010, 08:30:33 am
Art -- I wouldn't worry too much about reading them in order, to be honest. There are things that might be funnier if you've read the previous ones... but I've read them all randomly and enjoyed them regardless. :D

Oooooohhhhh, so jealous of London people!!!!  :-'
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 01, 2010, 11:19:28 am
Rob found this:  http://blastr.com/2010/09/terry-pratchett-made-his.php

I hope some day we'll get to see a photo of it.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Allannah on October 01, 2010, 11:55:07 am
hmmmm ..... if possible, try to read each series in order as there are a few (admittedly only a few) references to previous events. 

My favourite series is definitely the Night Watch series, which starts with Guards!  Guards!  The witches of Lancre and the Wee Free Men are also very entertaining.

And Pratchett also wrote (along with Neil Gaiman) a book called Good Omens, which is AWESOME!!!! 
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Suzi on October 03, 2010, 10:19:01 am
I'm waiting to get my hands on a copy of I shall wear midnight. The local library system has seven copies, so I shan't bother to reserve it - hopefully it won't take too long for one to become available. I know it's supposed to be children/Young Adult, but I don't care.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Spryte on March 22, 2011, 01:18:05 pm
Rumor has it, he's writing a new watch book. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy...
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on March 22, 2011, 02:04:11 pm
Goodie!  I just noticed that I haven't done anything about "I Shall Wear Midnight"... I don't know if that's the title it's under here in the US.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Varg on March 23, 2011, 06:29:26 am
I found a newer version of the reading order chart:

http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg
:D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on May 27, 2011, 08:31:33 pm
Diskworld on TV weekly! . . . . maybe.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/14/terry-pratchetts-discworld-being-adapted-to-crime-of-the-week-mystery-tv-series/
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Varg on May 28, 2011, 06:28:04 am
Looks like it could be fun!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on May 29, 2011, 11:15:40 pm
Saw this shirt in an add: http://controversy.wearscience.com/design/turtle/

I want...
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Varg on May 30, 2011, 03:27:04 am
Me too!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on October 18, 2011, 10:42:07 am
Anyone read the new one?
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 18, 2011, 10:46:29 am
Not me, alas.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on October 27, 2011, 08:01:45 pm
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Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Suzi on December 22, 2011, 02:46:36 pm
Watched University Challenge this evening (College Bowl in US?) - it was ex alumni/students, one of which was Vadim Jean(Director), and I'm sure he said he was working on a new Discworld film - YaY! bOuNcY
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on December 22, 2011, 04:20:15 pm
Oh, cool!
Just finished "I Shall Wear Midnight."
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on April 30, 2012, 05:33:06 pm
Interview with Sir Pterry, partly about "Snuff":  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=u6XIn215FFc
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 01, 2012, 05:55:09 am
http://www.theliteraryplatform.com/2012/10/sir-terry-pratchett-launches-production-company/
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on November 08, 2012, 08:23:23 pm
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Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Varg on November 11, 2012, 10:10:45 am
:D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 09, 2013, 11:28:46 pm
http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2013/10/announcing-the-discworld-collectors-library/

Bend time and space.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Varg on October 10, 2013, 02:59:18 pm
Uhoh!  A new want!  9) LOL
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on July 09, 2014, 11:45:28 pm
Terry Pratchett's new book Dragons at Crumbling Castle is published on 11 September 2014.

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/jul/10/terry-pratchett-interview-dragons-at-crumbling-castle?CMP=twt_gu
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 28, 2014, 10:37:48 pm
http://io9.com/a-while-back-neil-gaiman-heard-someone-said-of-terry-p-1640193369
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on December 02, 2014, 12:46:34 pm
Terry Pratchett ‏@terryandrob 8h8 hours ago

We hereby decree that 2015 on Roundworld shall be the 'Year of the Spinning Mouse' on Discworld. Hurrah! Hurrah! Huzzah!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on March 16, 2015, 10:30:19 pm
http://dduane.tumblr.com/post/113774516541/badgerless-17-year-old-terry-pratchetts-short
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Varg on March 17, 2015, 03:04:14 am
Nice :)
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pondhawk on March 17, 2015, 05:36:02 am
Wow.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on April 29, 2015, 10:13:57 pm
http://io9.com/the-io9-guide-to-discworld-1698768077
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pondhawk on April 30, 2015, 05:46:54 am
Pretty good, though not always the way I read them. She calls Carrot a side character. To me, one of the most amazing things about Discworld is that what would be side characters in other series are, over the course of the series, as fully fleshed-out as most authors' main characters. We know as much of the important stuff about Carrot and Angua as about Vimes and Lady Sybil.

The first comment was another excellent intro to the books, in a lot fewer words.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on August 05, 2015, 10:27:34 pm
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/blog/tribute-planned-for-final-discworld-2356.aspx
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pondhawk on August 06, 2015, 12:09:10 pm
Ok, I might do that if I can get my act together. It would require some rereading, of course....
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on September 01, 2015, 07:18:24 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs1DSVgfXPI&feature=youtu.be&a
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on November 29, 2015, 04:36:42 pm
http://www.nadwcon2017.org/
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pondhawk on November 29, 2015, 06:41:33 pm
Well, somehow I had missed the Jonathan Jones controversy in September, and somehow I had missed NADWCon in Baltimore in 2013. That was a complicated year for me. I will try to keep an eye on 2017.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: BillG on January 18, 2016, 04:00:56 am
Saw this article and had to post it.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/authors/terry-pratchetts-discworld-colour-octarine-could-join-the-period/
That's 'could join the Periodic Table', to finish the article's title. It includes a link to a petition to take Pratchett's 'colour of magic' as the name of one of four new elements.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on March 02, 2018, 10:17:58 am
http://thewertzone.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/bbc-commissions-discworld-tv-series.html
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pondhawk on March 04, 2018, 11:49:18 am
 :D It will get here eventually, I hope.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on October 31, 2018, 07:50:16 am
Discworld
‏ @Discworld_com
2 hours ago

BBC AMERICA GREENLIGHTS ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES THE WATCH

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Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pondhawk on October 31, 2018, 12:10:39 pm
WOOHOOO!!!
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Zealith on October 31, 2018, 03:14:15 pm
Exciting!

I wore a ginger cat mask today and all I could think about was Greebo's " Always wanted to be a ginger" remark.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pondhawk on November 01, 2018, 07:00:07 am
 LOL
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on February 18, 2019, 01:04:42 pm
https://screenrant.com/good-omens-tv-show-book-changes-nycc/
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pondhawk on February 19, 2019, 07:34:23 am
I can totally see Jon Hamm doing that character.
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on April 28, 2019, 07:52:28 am
Discworld Emporium
‏ @Discworldshoppe
5 hours ago

Happy Birthday Terry Pratchett! ????????
Although you were not born halfway up a wall, your commemorative plaque outside the Emporium reminds us every time we arrive in the morning, just how privileged we are to spend each day celebrating your wit and wisdom! #GNUTerryPratchett

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Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pondhawk on April 28, 2019, 10:48:28 am
 :D
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: Patti L. on June 03, 2019, 05:52:22 pm
https://theportalist.com/fantasy-lessons-terry-pratchett?src=port-nl&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Portalist%20Weekly%20Monday%20Newsletter%202019-06-03&utm_term=The%20Alt
Title: Re: Terry Pratchett
Post by: pondhawk on June 04, 2019, 02:32:23 pm
Thought provoking.