Terry Pratchett

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cover of Mort the Graphic NovelIn a moment of blink and you might miss it moment, Terry (or Professor Terry or Sir Terry or Sir Terence) Pratchett met the Queen when she met some of the Staff of Trinity College. (He is an adjunct professor in the Department of English) Irish resident Fantasy Author Diane Duane put the video up on her site.

I have read most of Terry Pratchett's books and enjoyed them mightily.  Though when I first met with them I didn't enjoy them as much and many people I know have said that they didn't like the first few either.  Many fans would suggest you try Mort.  There is quite a good suggested reading order.

newest cover for Mort in stockWe have the book as a graphic novel

Personally I've been at two events he has attended.  Both many years ago!  Years ago I was front row at a Galway Arts Festival talk by him and also attended the very first Octocon (in 1990) where he was guest of honour, getting the enthusiasm to travel from Galway to Dublin while a pretty broke student because of him.  One of his perennial characters is an Orangutan who is a librarian.  His other perennial character is Death who always, but always speaks in Small Caps.

Terry Pratchett often holds modern ideas up to a cynical lens and asks some what-if questions, often with a very deep undercurrent under the layer of humour.  I have re-read several of the books and find different parts speaking to me at different times.  I love the stories that feature Granny Weatherwax (if you're a fan of Shakespeare read Wyrd Sisters) and the Guards stories featuring Carrot Ironfoundersson and Angua von Überwald.

I have a small cache of Where's my cow? waiting for some friends to have babies and to pass them on, more for the parents than the children, and to ensure that a future generation is exposed to this clever, funny and sadly disappearing man.

The Terry Pratchett QuiltTerry Pratchett has received many accolades, including his knighthood for "services to literature"; his OBE, Eight honorary Doctorates; A Carnegie Medal; five books in the BBC's Big Read; and lately the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as part of the Nebula Award Ceremony for I Shall wear Midnight.  Some people cynically suggest that this is because they are finally acknowledging his work before Alzheimer's takes its toll; others say it is a well deserved honour for many years of well-done work.  When he decided to give half a million pounds to Alzheimer's Research his fans decided to "Match it for Pratchett" and while they didn't quite make it from that site it is estimated that from several conventions and other events if it wasn't matched it wasn't far off.  There was also a knitted and crocheted Throw or Afghan referred to as the Pratchgan made which Terry Pratchett seems to be very fond of.

He interacts with his fans less often these days, but there is going to be a fan convention featuring him in November 2011 in Ennistymon Co. Clare.

 

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The death has been announced at the age of 66 of author Terry Pratchett, best known for his 'Discworld' series. As Andrew Brown says in the Guardian, "without Terry Pratchett, the world is less magical". RIP.

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