Terry Pratchett

Yes, yes I am on a roll today. I was thinking about doing this last night, so I must get it out of my system before I implode.

#2 (although the numbering is not any indication of the order I stack them in my head. Its too hard to choose)

In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling star-mists waver and part… See… Great A’Tuin the turtle comes, swimming slowly through the interstellar gulf, hydrogen frost on his ponderous limbs, his huge and ancient shell pocked With meteor craters. Through sea-sized eyes that are crusted with rheum and asteroid dust He stares fixedly at the Destination. In a brain bigger than a city, with geological Slowness, He thinks only of the Weight. Most of the weight is of course accounted for by Berilia, Tubul, Great T’Phon and Jerakeen, the four giant elephants upon whose broad and startanned shoulders the disc of the World rests, garlanded by the long waterfall at its vast circumference and domed by the baby-blue vault of Heaven.

He is cool enough to rock a stetson. (Stetsons are cool 😀 yes, I had to throw in a DW reference) He’s a comic genius and the best satirist of our time. He has done pieces on Leonardo da Vinci to Elvis Presley. When he writes, he makes you think and feel.

Example: If all our cells die and get replaced basically every other day, how come tattoos last?

Tattoos remain in the skin because the ink particles that produce the coloration are too large to be ingested by the white bloods cells that patrol the body and carry foreign bodies away from the skin. The new tattoo-removing lasers work because the laser energy pulverizes the ink into microfine dust particles that are small enough to be taken in by the white blood cells and carried away.

I googled that because Terry Pratchett made me think! So thank him for that.

(anticlockwise)Detritus, Nobby, Moist Von Lipwig, Mr. Fusspot, Cheery Littlebottom and Death

His books are completely educational. From Going Postal and Making Money, I have learned a lot about the postal service and the way banks work.He made Death a fun character who was simply “doing his job”. He approaches every subject with a point of view that you wouldn’t normally look at. He gave the world a new look at trolls, dwarves and Nobby Nobbs. 🙂

All dwarfs have beards and wear up to twelve layers of clothing. Gender is more or less optional.

Terry Pratchett thinks of the little people too. He started the preface of  “Guards! Guards!” with these lines:

They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the Patrol. Whatever the name, their purpose in any work of heroic fantasy is identical: it is, round about Chapter Three (or ten minutes into the film) to rush into the room, attack the hero one at a time, and be slaughtered. No one ever asks them if they want to.

This book is dedicated to those fine men.

His characters are well fleshed out unlike the many two-dimensional creations of other fantasy authors. He makes sure they have depth and ensures a story arc for almost every character, a rare find in this genre where the people start and end the book with the same viscosity. Fun fact: Terry Pratchett is a generous donor to Sepilok and supports the conservation of the ‘orang-utan’. If you make a reasonable donation to Sepilok, you just send him the receipt and he’ll put your name in one of his next books (You won’t be the starring or anything but hey, you’ll at least be the background character that plays a not-that-meaningful role mentioned.

(L-R) Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Terry Pratchett also worked with Neil Gaiman on “Good Omens”, another genius book. I love how their work when put together transforms the way you would see the world. I thank my brother for introducing me to Discworld. I have reread all the books that they look “well-loved” (aka really worn out).

Although I do not agree with his request that he be euthanise if he reaches the final stages of Alzheimers, I respect his talent in writing and creating a whole different universe.

If you have never picked up a Pratchett novel, I recommend that you do. Or at least check out one of the movies based on his books: Hogfather, Colour of Magic and Going Postal. I really doubt you would regret it. 🙂

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