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October 18th, 2011


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08:48 am
One of my favorite authors is Terry Pratchett, often called PTerry online. He's written a lot of material since I first found his works in the middle 80s, but he's best known for his Discworld series of novels, set on a planet that's flat, sitting on the backs of four gigantic elephants, standing on the back of a giant space turtle. The series started out mostly joking, but over the years, the topics have become more serious, though the delivery is often filled with gentle (or, occasionally, not at all subtle) humor.

In the last few years, the author has been diagnosed with an early-onset form of Alzheimer's which started by attacking his cognitive centers dealing with vision. He's been able to continue to write by dictation, and using auditory cues.

Yesterday, I finished reading Snuff, which IIRC is his 39th novel in the Discworld series (so many that I can't keep track of the number...). I've found over these many books that all of them have something I've liked, and many were brilliant; this one is more the former than the latter. Near the end of the book, I found myself deeply touched, but at other points, things got a bit confusing. Still, that might have been intentional, as the scene described was one of great confusion and clatter.

I'd still recommend the book, though it's probably not one that stands alone well. As part of the saga, very good.

(12 comments | Speak, or forever hold your peace)

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From:snapes_angel
Date:October 18th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
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So you'd recommend Discworld, then?
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From:mycroftca
Date:October 18th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I like it very much.

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From:snapes_angel
Date:October 18th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
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I've heard people reference and talk around it, but haven't heard much about it otherwise, so I had to ask. Thank you!
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From:mycroftca
Date:October 18th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
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May I say, if lots of people are referencing a book, it might be worth reading?

Then, if you want to give the series a try, there's lots of ways to go about it, but the simplest would be to read The Color of Magic and go from there, as that's the first book of the stories.

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From:snapes_angel
Date:October 18th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
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I prefer to start from the beginning of a series anyway. Thanks!
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From:mycroftca
Date:October 18th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Enjoy!
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From:snapes_angel
Date:October 18th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
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I will, though Kindle won't deliver until November 1, Amazon says; but I jsut bought a copy for it, for 99 cents. Let's see if it's a full edition or a sampling.
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From:mycroftca
Date:October 18th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Evil Amazon!
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From:snapes_angel
Date:October 18th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Indeed. But the Kindle edition, having adjustable text, should be easy on my eyes.
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From:mycroftca
Date:October 18th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
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Evil eyes?

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From:snapes_angel
Date:October 19th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
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If cataract surgery is evil, then, yes.
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From:mycroftca
Date:October 19th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
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Never evil.
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