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12 December 2007 @ 05:53 am
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.

So that makes me much unhappier than i would have been a month or two ago to find out that Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with a rare type of early-onset Alzheimers. :( My immediate and totally irrational response was "oh no, i've jinxed things for everyone now by starting to like him!" =/

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 =/
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Desireemadduckdes on December 12th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
If you catch it early, there's medicine that can slow things down considerably. He may have quite a few books left in him.
DonAithnendonaithnen on December 12th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
That seems to be what he's hoping for, hopefully it will work out well...
Kevinbellwethr on December 12th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
You need to watch the Hogfather movie! It's so good. Better than most movies I saw at the theater this year.... I can hook you up if you're interested.
Kirin: Avatar-Gaiakirinn on December 12th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
*I'm* interested. :) I'd heard of it, but not seen anywhere simple to get it.

In reply to the original post, so as not to clutter up with separate comments:
Huh. I have a vague memory of quite liking The Colour of Magic. I think I read it quite a long time ago, though.
Kevinbellwethr on December 12th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Okay, I've sent an email with details to your listed email address....
DonAithnendonaithnen on December 12th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I was told at LosCon that it was a Border's "exclusive," so you should be able to buy it there.
Steuardsteuard on December 12th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Kim and I caught part of it on TV the other day: it looked pretty well done, but we were both too busy to sit down and watch it all the way through. (I found myself wondering what folks who hadn't read Discworld made of it...)

As for Pratchett and Discworld in general, I found the first couple of books to be fun but pretty lightweight. But there are some awfully good ones scattered through the series later on (not that I've read all of it yet). I once went through and took notes for myself on which ones were my favorites (and which contained which themes). I don't have that in front of me, but glancing at a book list [I've read only up through Maskerade] and searching my memory... Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms were both very good, Small Gods is awfully good, I've felt compelled to go back and reread Witches Abroad at least once (I think Wyrd Sisters was pretty good, too), and Death is very often enjoyable. (Faust Eric, on the other hand, is 100% awful.)
dolohov on December 12th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
It's important to remember that there are four basic types of sci-fi/fantasy books: idea books, milieu books, plot books, and character books. Terry Pratchett writes all four. Idea books pose an idea and explore it, like Small Gods, or the Death books -- the characters tend to be more static, and it helps when the setting is fixed. Milieu books focus on the fantasy world, often to the detriment of characterization and plot. The Rincewind books are mostly milieu books, introducing Ankh-Morpork, the Counterweight Continent, and XXXX. The Watch books, except Jingo, tend to focus on plot (the characters are fascinating, but don't tend to develop much), while the witches books (particularly the Tiffany Aching books) focus on character. I think that people tend to dislike milieu books in general, and Rincewind as a character makes them even worse.
DonAithnendonaithnen on December 12th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely interested in it, especially since i've heard from several people that it's a very good adaption. However i'm wondering if i should wait until i've actually read the book first...
Andrewneonelephant on December 12th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I guess I thought The Colour of Magic was a highly amusing piece of tripe. Most of the rest of the early books I've read weren't worth looking for, though (e.g. The Light Fantastic had a few good bits but was largely blah). I haven't read too much of his later stuff; they seem to be hit-or-miss for me.

Soul Music has a few good sequences, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Feet of Clay is about half a dozen different kinds of awesome.