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The End of the Discworld – Terry Pratchett has Died

 

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It is with true sadness that I report the death of Sir Terry Pratchett, at the age of 66.  It is sadness for me, because I love his work beyond that of any other.  Because reading Thud! transported me to a wonderful world and a literary journey that will impact my life forever.  His barbed wit was apparent in novels for both children and adults, and I have loved them all.

I am happy for him, however, because I know he wanted nothing more than to escape his brain that was slowly being ravaged by Alzheimer’s, taking away that quick mind and sly humour.

Thank you, Sir Terry, for all of the joy you have given me.  May you rest in peace, and may the goddess Anoia watch over you.

Christie

 

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New Edition of The Carpet People

The cover featured above is the classic edition of The Carpet People, the book that started Terry Pratchett’s career – like a satirical Lord of the Rings, taking place in… a carpet.  Epic fantasy at dust mite scale.

The book is quite often cited as the predecessor to the Discworld series, and has that same crazy sense of humour.  There is a new version of it coming November 5th, a special edition featuring illustrations done by Sir Terry himself.  I am dying to get my hands on one, because I would love to see what his vision of his characters is.

One of the great things about books is that no two people truly envision a character the same, no matter how detailed the description.  More so for the divide between readers and authors.  Don’t even get me started on book vs. movie.   It is rare that you can get a glimpse into what someone else sees, unless they are willing to draw their vision for you, and (this is important) they are good at drawing.

There is a new, enchanting trailer, released today, of the new edition.   The Carpet People are described as the “fruit of the loom”, which alone should tell you this is in true Pratchett style.

Have a blast enjoying this “epic saga of miniature proportions.”

Christie

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Breaking Book News

Some big news in the book world.  Some of it is only big for me, some of it will cause some major changes, but all of it is going to be interesting.

1)

That’s right, Penguin and Random House have merged.  The official day one for the now global publishing company was July 1st, and they are going to be a powerhouse.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some more mergers in the near future as other publishers scramble to have the same kind of reach.  The official website is www.penguinrandomhouse.com

2)

New Discworld book! Terry Pratchett has announced there will be a brand spanking new novel out before Christmas, called Raising Steam.  It will be out October 24th, and I will  be snatching up the first copy I can.  I will hurt old ladies if necessary.

3)

Although Maurice Sendak swore never to write a sequel, apparently some people have decided to do it for him – or at least try.  HarperCollins has filed an injunction with Kickstarter against a couple of guys who are trying to raise funds for an illustrated poem they’re touting as the spiritual sequel to Where the Wild Things Are.  More info here on Galleycat.

 

Happy reading!

Christie

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Discworld Reading Order

Thanks to L-Space for this.  I’ve been referring to it a lot as my husband is reading his way through the whole thing.  Click on the image if you need a larger version (that can be zoomed in) for easier reading.  I would update this by putting I Shall Wear Midnight after Wintersmith in the young adult series, and adding Snuff after Thud in the Watch series.

To all the Pratchett fans out there, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re skipping his young adult books.  They’re just as well written as the adult stuff, the only real difference being younger protagonists.  And the Nac Mac Feegle are in them, who are hilarious.  If you aren’t familiar with the Nac Mac Feegle (I feel bad for you) I refer you to the Wikipedia article.  Start with The Wee Free Men.  This is also an excellent way to addict your children to Terry Pratchett <evil laugh>.

Christie

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