Post by Andy Turnbull on Mar 12, 2015 19:12:31 GMT
I'm the same Andy. I had expected him to announce his writing was finished and then this.
I am as I am sure a lot of us are, in a bit of glum mood now, I resisted the urge to do a big rambly text post about how upset I am at this, instead I chose to mark the great man's passing with a rendition of my favourite Discworld character.
It made me smile drawing it, hopefully it might do the same for the rest of you and help lift spirits.
I did think Nimoys last tweet was about as perfect as one could be, but Pratchetts (however it came about) might have him beat. Not that this sort of thing should be competitive, but it did make me smile.
Despite the circumstances I am still shocked by this. Totally. Far too soon.
Mort was the first Discworld book I read, when it was first published in paperback, and I've loved every story since then. I made a conscious decision a few years ago to start reading the new books at a slower rate than they were published, so when this day came I'd still have something to look forward to, so I've got four left to read now. I did think there'd be a few more to come though.
I'm sure there will be to be honest. Sir Terry's estate will end up like Tolkien's. Every draft and annotation will be exploited in due course. I say bring it on though. Give us the lot. Let's celebrate his genius.
I haven't been able to bring myself to read anything of his, just like I haven't been able to bring to myself to watching Star Trek since last week. But I recall quite clearly sitting in the mealbreak room at work, years ago, reading 'Pyramids' and laughing hysterically and uncontrollably at the camel, You Bastard. I totally lost it, in public, reading that. Lots of stuff makes me laugh, and laugh hard, but on this one occasion I was totally incapacitated with laughter. Thank you, Mr Pratchett.
Mrs Shockprowl's a big fan and she's very upset. The last twitters made her cry.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
Pratchett was, for me, one of those writers where I could see the brilliance in his wok but found that the work itself didn't do much for me. Not because I didn't think he was enormously skilled, but because of some chemistry between writer and reader didn't quite work. But I'd always admired him as a writer, and felt that he was one of Britain's great satirists. (I had a similar experience when I first ran into Robert Sheckley's work though, and have since come to rather like some of his stuff). I have always meant to go back and reread his stuff because I think, partly my father's love of the Discworld may have contributed to my initial reaction and partly that - having grown up and removed most of the stick from my backside I might be in a better place to appreciate it.
I've always felt that Pratchett made a marvelous, wonderful dent in our culture - and I admired his refusal to be constrained to "genre writer", being as he saw his work as being every bit as "proper literature" as a navel-gazing "modern life is hard" novel. He is one of those writers whose huge influence simply cannot be ignored.
As I say, I've always meant to go back an reappraise his work - and to that end I have snagged myself a copy of "Mort" this morning - chosen at random, and I am setting out a revisitation of his work to see how it speaks to more adult Karl.
I was introduced to his work via an early issue of SFX magazine which had a cover mounted paperback of extracts and short stories from various writers. The Pratchett extract was from Mort and was the only part of the freebie book that grabbed me so I tracked down a copy of the full novel (never having heard of Pratchett before, twas before he was a household name as such and I don't usually read fantasy books). Absolutely loved it and have had many hours of pleasure from his works ever since.
My estimation of him rose further when he began to raise awareness of assisted suicide: an issue which I feel very strongly about.
I was introduced to Pratchett by a friend at church who leant me the first three in paperback so this would have been 87 ish. Someone at school leant me Mort in Hardback. I bought Sourcery in HB using money given to me for doing work experience at school. Read a friend's Wyrd Sisters in hardback. From Pyramids on I bought in HB on day of release.
The University sci fi society used to play Hunt The Terry Pratchett book for each new release. It started off as tryig to find the earliest appearance of the book on the shelves, usually as far in advance of the release date as possible. In later years, following the demise of the net book agreement bonus points were awarded for how far under the rrp you could find it for.