A long time ago, well at least a couple years ago anyways, i decided to see what all the fuss was about and read Terry Pratchett's "The Colour of Magic." I thought it was a boring piece of tripe, and didn't read anything else by him for the next several years. Then last month, at the urging of stormfeather jmpava and coraa, based on the argument that "The Colour of Magic _is_ in fact a boring piece of tripe but after that it gets better!", i picked up "Guards, Guards" from audible. I thought it was very amusing and had a much more interesting story and have added several other of his books that aren't the first two or three of the discworld series to my reading list.
He's trying to be upbeat about it in the announcement, along the lines of "i ain't dead yet and plan to keep on writing as long as i can," but i can't help but hear echoes of Robert Jordan's announcement of his illness =/