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Re: Memorial Thread

Postby Proofrdr » 16 Mar 2015, 23:32

R.I.P. Terry Pratchett
28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015


He wasn't one of us, but oh my, his fantasies have kept me laughing since the 70s when I first bumped into The Carpet People.
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Postby Baker » 17 Mar 2015, 07:12

Yup. "Good Omens" remains one of my fave books.
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Re: Memorial Thread

Postby Proofrdr » 17 Mar 2015, 10:57

Poor guy had a form of Alzheimer's.

After I first discovered Pratchett, I used his works shamelessly to lure some of my more reluctant students to reading. These were bright kids, but it was the counter-culture era and they were trying to emulate that "turn on, tune in, drop out" affect of the Timothy Leary crowd. They were like puppies rushing to the food bowl. They caught on to Pratchett's humor and his wonderful play on words. Kind of like Shakespeare and Dickens. ;)
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Re: Memorial Thread

Postby Sacchi » 17 Mar 2015, 13:17

I just saw that it's been semi-confirmed (by the illustrator) that one last Terry Pratchett book was finished last summer, and will be published next fall. it's part of the Tiffany Aching series, about the independent young witch from sheepherding country.
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Re: Memorial Thread

Postby Proofrdr » 17 Mar 2015, 23:49

A last gift.
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Re: Memorial Thread

Postby wildlx » 19 Mar 2015, 07:28

Never read anything by him :blush:
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Re: Memorial Thread

Postby Proofrdr » 20 Mar 2015, 01:45

That's okay, W. I hadn't read anything by Margaret Atwood until I saw her mentioned here. There isn't a a smilie with a red-enough face to express my embarrassment about that!
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Re: Memorial Thread

Postby Baker » 20 Mar 2015, 07:22

Oh, Oopsie, Proof. ;)

No worries, Wild. I haven't read all that much by him, either. I found his humour hit and miss. I thought his best was one he co-wrote.

I see that it's rumoured he may have decided when DEATH would come to call himself. Not surprised. I can't imagine anyone would want to live to the grim end of an Alzheimer's if they could avoid it. Euthenasia is bubbling under here at present, with polls saying around 80% of the population believe it should be legal, but the religious nutbags holler against it and politicians are being typically craven.
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Re: Memorial Thread

Postby wildlx » 20 Mar 2015, 07:38

Atwood is a big miss, Proof ;).

I found so many people saying good stuff about him that made me think that he was probably good.
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Re: Memorial Thread

Postby Proofrdr » 20 Mar 2015, 11:34

Fantasy comes in so many styles, I don't think anyone could like them all. Definitely a matter of personal taste.
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