Terry Pratchett

#1
Let's get this off-topic forum off to a good start with a subject that to my mind should be close to the heart of any good Besiegist (Besieger? Besiegologist? Besiegophile?...): -the works of Terry Pratchett. An author who's take on the world to my mind at least fits in with the Besiege ethos*. Who likes Pratchett, and why? And if there is anyone who doesn't, have you seen a doctor about it? Just kidding, but I'd seriously have to question the merits of not liking someone who's fantasy universe tells us as much about what it is to be human as any supposedly 'serious' author. And I say that as someone with an anthropology degree. The man has a serious case of understanding irony, and understanding why making people laugh is the best way to make them think. So what do you think? Pratchett - genius or what? Sadly, I've neglected to read much Pratchett myself lately (too many 'serious' books at uni probably put me off reading), but revisiting his old stuff has reminded me of what I'm missing...

*Anyone who's idea of the fantasy-world equivalent of a bouncer is a troll employed as a 'splatter' surely thinks along the same lines as the Besiege developers. ;)
 

doglock

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#2
I haven't read Pratchett in years. When I read this post I rummaged through my library and found an old copy of 'Guards! Guards!'. The whole Discworld series is a fun read. While I wouldn't elevate him to the status of genius he is certainly funny and insightful. Well worth the read if you are not familiar with his work.
 

Von

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#3
I've never been much of a reader but I do enjoy audio books, my favourite was Night Watch. No idea how many times I've listened to it.
 
#5
My fiancee is a huge fan of Pratchett though, the only things I truly enjoyed by him were "Good Omens" and "Mort." All the rest were "Eh, I don't mind I took the time to read it, but I've read better."

I had an idea somewhat along the lines of "Mort" years before I had read anything by him, and when I did I was like, "So much for that..." :)

My favorite authors would be Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, William Gibson, Mark Z. Danielewski, HP Lovecraft and Phillip K. Dick. (That poor man, watch his name get censored on this forum like it does on every other forum)

(Yep...)
 

doglock

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#6
Poor Phillip K.****. Maybe we should incorporate some electric sheep into the game?

I have a collection of old Science Fiction book-club selections that my father collected that date to the 50's. In the humorous vein from that period you gotta read Fredrick Brown.
 

Vindel

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#7
Grimbriar said:
My fiancee is a huge fan of Pratchett though, the only things I truly enjoyed by him were "Good Omens" and "Mort." All the rest were "Eh, I don't mind I took the time to read it, but I've read better."
Small Gods and Thief of Time are among his bests Discworld Novels, give it a try !
 
#8
Vindel said:
Small Gods and Thief of Time are among his bests Discworld Novels, give it a try !

I've read all his stuff, she has a collection of his works. :)

His writing style is just not as enthralling to me like Gaiman is or Adams was.
 
#9
Ah yes.
I haven't read all of his novels but that style of crazy fantasy worlds is probably my favorite genre so it's only a matter if time before I devour the rest of them.
 
#11
Rest in peace Terry. You'll be missed. :(

Not unexpected - Pratchett's struggle with ​ Alzheimer's is well documented, and he handled it with a rare dignity.
 
#12
Indeed, Rest in peace Pratchett. Alzheimers can be a horrible disease. I do hope they make progress with the cure they've might have come across.
 
#13
I have always wanted to read Pratchett but never got around to doing it. When I heard he'd passed away, well...

I just finished reading Mort last week. Now I'm starting from the very beginning with Colour of Magic. :)
 
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