Terry Pratchett, RIP
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I was very sad to learn of Terry Pratchett's death today, aged only 66. He will be missed.

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He is of course best known for his Discworld books, satire set in a fantasy universe. I have read about 20 of them (so far). It saddens me he will write no more.
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I haven't seen the cause of death officially stated, but Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease several years ago. He called it an "embuggerance".
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Pratchett was popular in the US, but even more popular in the United Kingdom; he was the second most-read author in the UK behind JK Rowling.
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So long, Terry. Thanks for the laughs.
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AH MR PRATCHETT IT IS AN HONOUR TO MEET YOU, IF SOMEWHAT EARLIER THAN I WOULD PERHAPS HAVE WISHED, BUT CAN I JUST SAY - WELL LIVED
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"Terry Pratchett was born in 1948, and is still not dead."

So began the author's biography in all the books of his I read as a teenager some 20 years ago. It is such a shame that it is no longer true.

I am more saddened by his passing than I have been for any 'celebrity' for as long as I can remember. His books have always held a special place in my heart, and it was only last week that I bought 'Good Omens' on audiobook to introduce my son to the wonderful worlds he has created.

RIP
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I have read almost all his Discworld novels with joy and rarely felt let down by any of them. His greatest novels were Pyramids, Guards! Guards!, Moving Pictures, Small Gods, Feet of Clay, Jingo, The Last Continent, The Fifth Elephant, and Thief of Time.

Some of my favorite lines from the assorted novels I've listed are:

There was not a lot that could be done to make Morpork a worse place. A direct hit by a meteorite, for example, would count as gentrification.

He nodded to the troll which was employed by the Drum as a splatter [footnote: Like a bouncer, but trolls use more force].

By and large, the only skill the alchemists of Ankh-Morpork had discovered so far was the ability to turn gold into less gold.

"Not a man to mince words. People, yes. But not words."

The river Ankh is probably the only river in the universe on which the investigators can chalk the outline of the corpse.

Rincewind could scream for mercy in nineteen languages, and just scream in another forty-four.


And, while it was regarded as pretty good evidence of criminality to be living in a slum, for some reason owning a whole street of them merely got you invited to the very best social occasions.

"Taxation, gentlemen, is very much like dairy farming. The task is to extract the maximum amount of milk with the minimum of moo. And I am afraid to say that these days all I get is moo."


PEOPLE'S WHOLE LIVES DO PASS IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES BEFORE THEY DIE. THE PROCESS IS CALLED 'LIVING'.


The above quote I will memorize in homage to Terry Pratchett's passing.

He wasn't strictly aware of it, but he treated even geography as if he was investigating a crime (did you see who carved out the valley? Would you recognize that glacier if you saw it again?)

In the second scroll of Wen the Eternally Surprised a story is written concerning one day when the apprentice Clodpool, in a rebellious mood, approached Wen and spake thusly: "Master, what is the difference between a humanistic, monastic system of belief in which wisdom is sought by means of an apparently nonsensical system of questions and answers, and a lot of mystic gibberish made up on the spur of the moment?" Wen considered this for some time, and at last said: "A fish!" And Clodpool went away, satisfied.
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No other could take the tales we love, even the most chilling ones and turn them into something to smile about.

My thanks to the man who could write a parody like no other. May he rest in peace.
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Rest in Peace, Sir Terry Pratchett. His death really touches me and he was a great writer who could have written so much more. He made so many people laugh and created a world with so many stories and a sense of humor that hasn't been matched by any other writer.

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"I am married and I am not thine uncle!"


Sir Terry married good British humour to fantasy writing

I really enjoyed his books. I remember being stuck out in an army base in the middle of no-where when I discovered "The colour of Magic". I spent many happy days with them.

RIP Sir Terry, you will be missed.
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'Multiple exclamation marks,' he went on, shaking his head, 'are a sure sign of a diseased mind.'

Pratchett was a great observer and writer.
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On a hot summer day in '11 I went to revisit my favourite science museum from when I was a (geeky) kid.

On the way out I went through the gift shop and already had one foot on the street when Great A'Tuin the World Turtle caught my eye. It probably would have meant nothing to me, and I would be in a very different place in my life today, had I not been reading nothing but Discworld for a year or so.

So I bought the game on an impulse and my family immediately liked it. On the inside of the box there was an ad for The Pillars of the Earth which also sounded good. I went on the internet to find out more and found something called "Boardgames with Scott". The rest, as they say, is history.

For that alone I cannot thank you enough, Sir Terry!
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Hopefully, The Shepherd's Crown will be released as planned in September 2015. It will be the 5th Tiffany Aching story.
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Having heard about Pratchett and his volume of work, a number of years ago with ebay as my companion I set out to discover him chronologically from The Colour of Magic onwards.

I found his work amusing, entertaining and ever so clever.

It was not until I got to The Last Continent, where what he was writing about was most familiar, that I realised how damn clever he was.

This is being quoted a bit, because of the Pratchett like ending, but it is the Pratchett like irreverence at the end that makes it for me.

“I THINK PERHAPS YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND. PEOPLE’S WHOLE LIVES DO PASS IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES BEFORE THEY DIE. THE PROCESS IS CALLED “LIVING.” WOULD YOU LIKE A PRAWN?”
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While I have been reading Pratchett for about 3/4 of my life with the publication of the Light Fantastic, the biggest change in my life that he can be directly held responsible for was introducing me to Morris dancing. That was a great part of my life until a slipped disc made me hang up my bells.

He honestly changed my life and for the best. He will be missed.
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Wyrd Sisters is my favourite...

"The Fool held his breath. On long nights on the hard flagstones he had dreamed of women like her. Although, if he really thought about it, not much like her; they were better endowed around the chest, their noses weren’t so red and pointed, and their hair tended to flow more. But the Fool’s libido was bright enough to tell the difference between the impossible and the conceivably attainable, and hurriedly cut in some filter circuits.”

One of my best mates, largely became a friend due to Pratchett. He had visted my place with a mutual acquaintance and had sat, quiet, shy and apparently disinterested while my buddy and I chatted. He suddenly came to life when he spotted my large Pratchett collection on the bookshelf, then followed much quoting of favourite excerpts and a long friendship.

Here's to you Terry, cheers!
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My first introduction to Sir Pratchett was when I was a teenager and I picked up Discworld. I became obsessed with that game and to this day have never laughed that hard at a video game. It want until many years later that I picked up a copy of Guards Guards and after reading only a little bit I instantly realized that this was the story the video game was based on. I quickly became hooked and have now finished all of The Watch books, most of the Industry books, and a few of the Death books. I still consider the first chapter of Giards Guards to be one of the best openers to a series ever. I hope to someday be 1/100th the writer he was.
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Wondered if he would ever write a Dr. Who episode (after all, Neil Gaiman did more than one.) Is it a coincidence that Death's step-daughter is named Susan?
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I meet Terry Pratchett a couple of time as he visited New Zealand twice when I was a high school student. The second time I meet him he was just hanging out at a room at the city library talking with fans. There were only 5 - 10 people there and he stayed and chatted for at least four hours. He also signed every single book that people had brought with them. He was as charming as he was hilarious.

The first time I met him was a little different but it is a memory I treasure.

Terry Pratchett was going to do a talk and book signing at Scorpio Books, the local book store. I must have been about 15 -16 at the time, maybe a little older. I was really excited. The day before I injured myself badly and was prescribed a some heavy duty codine for the pain. I felt nauseous, cold and shivery but what the hell, I couldn't miss it. As I walked into the book shop I saw Revenge of the Rose by Micheal Moorcock. I love this book and my copy had been stolen a couple of years earlier so I quickly took it up the counter. The staff put it into a paper bag and I found a spot to sit for the talk.

Terry did his thing at although I am sure it was great, I couldn't really concentrate. The room had filled with people and the doors had been closed to stop more people pushing in. The room had overheated and made me want to vomit. I was desperate to get out for some fresh air. Finally, the doors opened and I rushed to get out. Without realising it, on my way out pushed though the line of people waiting to have their books signed, right in front of Terry. As I pushed through he took the book out of my hand and started to say something. I felt the book being grabbed and turned and saw him. Before I could work out what was happening (I was pretty wasted on the pain killers) I heard him say, "You pushed in but I will still sign your book." As I was trying to process this he took the book out of the bag and saw what it was. He looked me in the eye and said "fuck off!" I walked out into the fresh air and laughed.

He was great author and humorist, I will miss him.
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“I've been given something for a while, and the price of it is that I have to give it back.”

― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men
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"He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting 'All the Gods are bastards.'" -Terry Pratchett

No other author has made me laugh as much and as heartily as Terry Pratchett; that alone has been invaluable to me. I think he was quite a philosopher too, often saying or writing things which forced me to think outside the box. Terry Pratchett may be gone, but I, for one, won't forget him.
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I remember buying The Colour of Magic when I was 11 or 12, which makes it around 1990. I quickly caught up and since then there's been a paperback for me once or twice every year, often for birthday and Christmas presents. I went to a book-reading as a teenager and he signed my copy of Mort with a picture of Death saying BOO.

I realised I've almost certainly read more words by Pratchett than any other human. Raising Steam has been waiting in my to-read pile for a few months and it's heartbreaking to think it will be the last. I read books to my wife sometimes, and she's never read any Pratchett. I'm going to see if she'd like to try them and hopefully I can live through the whole thing again.

You know what I loved the most about him? He was angry about all the right things, but didn't lose his faith in humanity. I'll miss him so much.
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24. Board Game: Omen [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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I'm currently reading Good Omens for the first time.

Reading Neil Gaiman's comments on Terry's passing really hit home.

I reached this part of the story shortly after I got home from work last night:

"DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death, JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH."
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25. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:400]
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Cross posting this from genereal and a little more on my personal experiences.

I have cried, I have no doubt I will cry again. It's already been the most emotional loss I've felt for a person I have never met.

For the last twenty odd years I've read his books. As a child he offered me fantasy, as a teenager escape and as an adult joy. An author capable of writing engrossing often clever narrative and themes while including laugh out loud humor which did not derail either. His observations on modern life cast in his fantasy creation of the Discworld were not merely satires but a conversation with the author if you cared to listen.

He should be remembered as one of Britain's greatest modern authors for child and adult. I mourn his passing, celebrate his life and offer my condolences to his loved ones.

It's only after the fact I realise how his books helped shaped my outlook on life. I grew up with his stories and now he has passed I still have them, but can turn no more for new lessons from my old friend.

“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away...”
― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

And because some else already quoted that, another

“That's a nice song,' said young Sam, and Vimes remembered that he was hearing it for the first time.
It's an old soldiers' song,' he said.
Really, sarge? But it's about angels.'
Yes, thought Vimes, and it's amazing what bits those angels cause to rise up as the song progresses. It's a real soldiers' song: sentimental, with dirty bits.
As I recall, they used to sing it after battles,’ he said. 'I've seen old men cry when they sing it,’ he added.
Why? It sounds cheerful.'
They were remembering who they were not singing it with, thought Vimes. You'll learn. I know you will.”
― Terry Pratchett, Night Watch
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