A Conversation for Talking Point: A Good Read

Terry Pratchett

Post 21


The opposite, meaning I like to read him because he makes me think. Durrrrr... smiley - tongueout

Terry Pratchett

Post 22

Mort - a middle aged Girl Interrupted

very little more i can add!

Guess which my favourite book and character is!

smiley - cheers


Terry Pratchett

Post 23


Ooh... that shouldn't be too difficult smiley - biggrin

My favourite character is probably Rincewind because he's just so funny and perhaps a little stupid. Death does run a very close second though.

Wotchit smiley - artist

Terry Pratchett

Post 24

Mammuthus Primigenius

I used to be a big Pratchett fan, but then he seemed to start writing books at an ever increasing pace, recycling the jokes, and spreading the humour rather thin. So I stopped reading them. (Maybe I just grew up smiley - winkeye)

Terry Pratchett

Post 25


Or maybe you lost your sense of humour? smiley - winkeye

Terry Pratchett

Post 26

Caveman, Evil Unix Sysadmin, betting shop operative, and SuDoku addict (Its an odd mix, but someone has to do it)

> largely due to its current pres... er, CEO, likes things that are very easy to read

Aha, you mean...

(Thanks to google image search for that one)

Oh boy, am I in trouble with the moderators... smiley - winkeye

Terry Pratchett

Post 27

Cousin Cosmo

Thanks, every now and then I've caught myself trying to decode 'The surreptitious Fabric'. That's why I don't do crosswords.

Terry Pratchett

Post 28


Caveman: ha! smiley - ok

I think Death has to be my favorite character, hands down, although Rincewind comes in at a close second.

smiley - zen
Patrick, "BicycleSkald"

Terry Pratchett

Post 29

Researcher 219823


Fond of curries and cats but not both at the same time.


That's not hwo you spel Wizard.
You'll never catch him running away, he's too fast.

2:1 in favour of R., if it is based on favourite quotes.

Terry Pratchett

Post 30

Advocatus Diaboli

Was it not Voltaire?

After witnessing the execution of Admiral Byng for being defeated off Minorca he remarked:

"Dans ce pays-ci il est bien pensee de tuer de temps en temps un amiral, pour encourager les autres."

A phrase which has, at least in part, entered the language.

Personally, one of my favourites is Mort. Particularly Death's immortal line:


smiley - bigeyes

Terry Pratchett

Post 31

Researcher 219823

OK, so who said that Admiral Bing had been shot because the Lord of the Admiraly aught to have been hung?

I really must get around to reading something by Voltaire.

Terry Pratchett

Post 32


I'm surprised no one has voted for "Last Continent". While all of them are good, that one cracked me up.

Terry Pratchett

Post 33


I am a huge fan. And re-read the books frequently, unfortunately this is usually during lunch breaks, and colleagues do give you very funny looks when you are sitting chuckling to yourself all the way through your lunch hour over a book smiley - winkeye

And don't even try to explain the jokes to them!

Terry Pratchett

Post 34

Toyota Starlet

Yeah, sitting in a corner sniggering and occasionally spraying food everywhere as you chortle and guffaw is never guaranteed to win you friends. I was most perturbed when I was asked by my new form teacher to tell the class something about myself and I replyed that I identified strongly with Magrat from TPs Discworld series and the whole class was mystified and shunned me. Either none of them had heard of TP or they disapproved of Magrat (who is lovely, although I'm growing out of her now.)

Hey researcher 219823 or whatever I'm a girl although admittedly not pre-teen any more and I really like the Watch. (Touche, I aslo like the Witches but that's entirely beside the point.) I think Angua and Cheri Littlebottom make very good role models for a start, Colon and Nobbs are a hilarious commedy duo and as for Carrot, Detritus, Visit (the infidel etc etc) et al.Sheer Comedy. Vimes is a fantastic character. especially when face to face with Vetinari. Vimes makes you think.

Oh, and you are a name, not a number.

And where did Voltaire come from and why?


Terry Pratchett

Post 35

Researcher 219823

I was trying to think of a writer of fine comedy that has been overlooked by the English speaking world.


Terry Pratchett

Post 36


For some reason I associate my thinking with that of Vimes...

Terry Pratchett

Post 37


Just wondering if I should plug my Fragmented story in here... which incidently is in the Post's CAC this week...

Terry Pratchett

Post 38


I started reading his discworld books ages ago and seem to have managed to read them in order so far. I particulary enjoy those with Death in and those involving the unseen university.

Terry Pratchett

Post 39


Don't know why but Small Gods is my favourite though I prefer the 'Watch' novels...

I just wonder why Pratchett doesn't make the one-off Discworld novels ie. Pyramids, Moving Pictures and Small Gods anymore...

Terry Pratchett

Post 40


Terry Pratchett's great I find particularily at reinforcing his ideas of what makes a good character - compare Granny Weatherwax, Susan, Death, Samuel Vimes, the Patrician, Captain Carrot, (recently) Granny Aching/Tiffany Aching, even Conan the Barbarian in "Interesting Times" and Bruthra in "Small Gods". Apologies if I've missed anyone out - you'll notice each have a certain depth of character and have firm, solid beliefs to which they adhere and determined-ness and sharpness of character, while, like GW in Lords and Ladies (which is a supreme book) making small mistakes which make them human. Then of course he reverses that for the ultimate Anti-hero effect like Rincewind. What he does is ultimately very simple in conception and execution but very effective, like his characters, which makes for comelling reading. My favourites are:

Wyrd Sisters
Lords and Ladies
The Rincewind books (ALL of them!)
Men at Arms
Feet of Clay
Theif of Time
Small Gods
Moving Pictures
The Truth

and I can't remember what others. However as far as my bookcase in concerned, I regard him more as no-brain reading - I read him when I've been working hard and want to massage my brain for half an hour and reading him is something for my brain to do while it's bored.


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