I don't even know what to say. First Robert Jordan dies, then Terry Pratchett has early onset Alzheimer's. This hasn't been a good year for fantasy fiction. Well, at least he seems to be taking it well. I wish him the best of luck.
You can never know everything, and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyways.-- Robert Jordan (1948-2007), The Wheel Of Time
Originally posted by J. KyleOn the superficial/selfish side, there hasn't been a Weatherwax or Rincewind novel in ages and now there might not be closure for either sub-series.
I'm not sure that "closure" is something Pterry ever aspired to. I'm not sorry there hasn't been more Rincewind, as he's easily my least favorite "main" character, and Pratchett has admitted that it became very difficult to write a hero whose M.O. was running away from everything (although, to be fair, the Rincewind books are certainly responsible for laying out the geography of the Discworld). I'd love to see another Witches/Lancre book as well. Have you read Hat Full of Sky/Wee Free Men/Wintersmith? Granny Weatherwax makes more than a passing appearance in at least one of them.
On the real side, this is a great, clever, hard-working man who never complained and never stopped working to entertain us.
After Douglas Adams died and left behind such a small body of work I thought I'd be lost forever and then I discovered Mort.
"Small Gods" and "The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents" are my go to gift books for everyone I know.
And if you know about "Good Omens" you've already tried to tell everyone you know.
A good guy, a fantastic author, and a workhorse until the end.
No disagreement about any of this. I knew one day we'd be faced with Pratchett "hanging it up" so to speak, but I certainly had hoped he'd have a chance to ride off into the sunset and enjoy himself a little. Early onset Alzheimer's doesn't exactly fit that bill.
Selfishly, I hope we see at least a few more books. Unselfishly, I hope Terry gets out while he still has time to enjoy himself and the retirement he has most certainly earned.
And for all those who have no idea what we're on about in this thread, you owe it to yourselves to find out. Pratchett is, as far as I'm concerned, the finest living satirist and probably the finest of the last 50 years.
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