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20-04-2010, 06:59 AM (This post was last modified: 20-04-2010 07:35 AM by Unbeliever.)
The Pratchett Thread
Anyone else here read any of Pratchett's work? Thoughts? Comments?

Of course, as you can probably tell from the fact that I constantly have one of his quotes in my signature, I hold him in rather high regard. In my opinion, he is nothing less than the greatest writer to ever live. If you haven't read any of his books, do so now.

He's written:

- The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy: Only You Can Save Mankind, Johnny and the Dead, and Johnny and the Bomb. Young adult science-fiction with a dash of absurdist humor.
- The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers and Wings. Again, young adult sci-fi, but less humor this time.
- The Dark Side of the Sun: His first foray into serious writing. Not as good as his later books, but still good.
- Strata: His last book before creating the Discworld series that he is so famous for. This one was obviously the groundwork for the Disc series - it actually tells the story of spacefarers who find a flat planet that is shielded from the rest of the universe, where magic functions and demons and gods walk the earth.
- The Discworld Series: His most famous books by far, there are at least thirty-six different novels in print and counting. Set on a flat planet that travels through space on the back of Great A'tuin the Star Turtle, the Discworld books tell the story of a world inhabited by dwarves, trolls, vampires, werewolves, gnomes, wizards, witches, elves, pictsies, phoenixes, gods, demons, Things From the Dungeon Dimensions, and the odd human. Pratchett uses the Disc as a kind of mirror to Earth. Each one of the books comments on a different feature of life here, some serious, some not. For example, Night Watch comments on morality, loyalty and duty, while Hogfather talks about belief and what it means to be human - and Maskerade makes fun of opera. The line currently in my signature is from Feet of Clay, a brilliant parody of I, Robot.

So either go read his stuff or comment on it here if you already have. Big Grin
Also, I found a place where you can read The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents online. Enjoy!

http://castrow.com/TP/28%20-%20The%20Ama...odents.pdf

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20-04-2010, 03:46 PM
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And also Night Watch, which I consider the greatest of the Discworld books. And The Last Hero, which is a storybook rather than a novel. If you don't have the time or the inclination to read the other two, The Last Hero is a great option - short, sweet, and perfect Discworld. It tells the story of Cohen the Barbarian's greatest adventure, his journey to Cori Celesti to meet the gods. It's very well-written, in true Pratchett style, and is really just a great read overall.

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25-04-2010, 01:06 AM
 
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if you provide a downloadable pdf file i might be tempted but i never buy anything of the web and rarely in stores havent even gotten to my latest additions becuase of time constraints and the fact group dynamics is more interesting after you've read it rather than during. it's a textbook for the slow ones( yes i read complicated scientific stuff in my free time for fun). i dont buy fiction i tend to memorize the plot making it boring to ever reread it. so no point in keeping it. would rather find a friend with a good taste on books who would loan me a couple. though i have a bad record of not returning them............
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25-04-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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The discworld series by Terry Pratchett, was one of the better literary works that I have read. It was even nicer, given the size of most of the books. They were all just long enough to provide considerable depth by themselves, but not so long, that it became difficult to rapidly transition between them.

I always liked the ones that circulated around Death. Also the ones with the bumbling wizard, whos name eludes me at the moment.

Lol, Death riding a motorcycle. Also, that oen with the four horsemen at the bar, only it was three because Death wasn't there. I laughed for so long when I read that. In fact, that particular book was likely my absolute favorite of the entire series.

...oh, right, excuse me, I suppose my two favorite characters, would actually be Death, and the...golem/stone entity, it's been a few months since I've read the series, and I am rather poor at remembering names, on the other hand, I can recall scenes with relative ease, in regards to stories. At any rate, what I am referring to is the 'stone' entity, that ingests rocks and is particularly dimwitted, even amongst its own brethren, due to the heat of the environment. Having evolved in the much higher altitudes of the 'planet' their species is of the area of super genius when it comes to brains, and in particular mathematics. I believe they possessed a crystalline processing structure...at any rate, it works much better in colder environments. (Think meat storehouse. Hehehe)
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25-04-2010, 11:24 AM
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(25-04-2010 01:06 AM)ulfark Wrote:  if you provide a downloadable pdf file i might be tempted

Then consider yourself tempted. The links I provided are all downloadable PDFs.

(25-04-2010 10:10 AM)Ceryle Wrote:  I always liked the ones that circulated around Death.

I really like the Death books, too, but my favorites are the City Watch books.

Quote:Also the ones with the bumbling wizard, whos name eludes me at the moment.

Rincewind.

Quote:Lol, Death riding a motorcycle. Also, that oen with the four horsemen at the bar, only it was three because Death wasn't there. I laughed for so long when I read that. In fact, that particular book was likely my absolute favorite of the entire series.

Pretty sure that's Soul Music - which, of course, I really liked as well. Big Grin

Quote:...oh, right, excuse me, I suppose my two favorite characters, would actually be Death, and the...golem/stone entity. it's been a few months since I've read the series, and I am rather poor at remembering names, on the other hand, I can recall scenes with relative ease, in regards to stories. At any rate, what I am referring to is the 'stone' entity, that ingests rocks and is particularly dimwitted, even amongst its own brethren, due to the heat of the environment. Having evolved in the much higher altitudes of the 'planet' their species is of the area of super genius when it comes to brains, and in particular mathematics. I believe they possessed a crystalline processing structure...at any rate, it works much better in colder environments. (Think meat storehouse. Hehehe)

That would be Detritus the troll. I like him, too, and the storehouse scene was one of my personal favorites in the entire series.

My personal favorite character is Sam Vimes, captain of the City Watch.

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