14 March 2015

Terry Pratchett xjcd cartoon

Terry Pratchett died this week.

The announcement was made on twitter in a very Pratchett-esque way

As you may have guessed due to the title1 of this blog I’m a big Pratchett fan. I’ve been reading him for years, I think the first time I read him was when I was babysitting and the mother of the children had a whole heap of Pratchett books on her shelves. I didn’t like the cover illustrations, that put me off for a while, but one day I picked one up. I don’t remember which one it was, because once I started reading that shelf I didn’t stop til I’d got through them all. I haven’t read everything by Pratchett yet, I don’t binge read like that so much any more, but just last week I bought two of his non-fiction titles. I think one of those will be my next read.

The official announcement by his publisher has a link so that people can donate if they would like : A Just Giving page donating to the Research Institute to the Care of Older People (RICE) has been set up in his memory: https://www.justgiving.com/Terry-Pratchett

I’m glad that pterry got to go at home with his family and his cat, but I’m so sad that he had to go at all. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam, even if he didn’t believe in god, and I don’t think I do either.

  1. Susan hated literature is a direct quote 

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7 Responses

  1. Never getting over this :(

  2. Aarti says:

    Susan is one of my absolute favorite Pratchett characters. I feel like she lives on in Tiffany Aching, even if they are technically different people.

    I really appreciated the way they announced on Twitter, too. Such a beautiful way of sharing the news, and so in line with Pratchett himself. Every time I imagine him walking with Death, I get tears in my eyes.
    Aarti´s last blog post ..Sir Pterry

    • Fence says:

      I really must read the Tiffany Aching series. Although part of me wants to start at the very beginning of Discworld and work my way through all the books. That would mean it would take me quite a while to get around to Tiffany though…

  3. Kelly says:

    Ah, I’d always assumed your title referred to Susan from Narnia, for no good reason, seriously. It was just one of those quick assumptions people jump to when their brains aren’t engaged. Now I know. :)
    I have never read a Terry Pratchett book! I would like to, though. Which one would you recommend I start with?

    • Fence says:

      I’m a big fan of the Watch books, so I always recommend Guards Guards. It is mid way through the Discworld series, but it is the start of an mini series within the whole Discworld ‘verse.

  4. Kelly says:

    I have to admit, after looking him up on Wikipedia, the whole Discworld world sounds a little confusing. Actually, a lot confusing! I’ll take your advice and start with Guards Guards and go from there.