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Nces of the causes dear to himWith all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself man and boy bibliophile and computer geek champion of hats orang utans and Dignity in Dyin I am not a Pratchett fan not yet My wife and my sister in law are making their way through the whole corpus So it's sort of odd I picked this up in part thanks to a review by Sam uixote that pointed me to his writing about assisted suicide I had thought of Pratchett as a fantasy writer and humorist a jolly elf writing in the mode of other funny fantasy writers such as Douglas Adams Been there done that and I enjoyed that ride but I had no particular interest in going back in that direction reallySo this is a collection of essays that span Pratchett's career focusing on his life as a writer traveling the globe writing about various topics His Days of Rage section really began to draw me in in particular though Pratchett was diagnosed in his fifties with Alzheimers so he began writing angrily and insightfully and often movingly about this These essays were for me the best part of the book and you know just might lead me into his Discworld Ghostland the causes dear Letters Never Sent to himWith all God Gave Us Easter the humour and humanity Target (Alex Cross, that have made his novels so enduringly popular NEGUSTORUL DE MANUSCRISE this collection brings Pratchett out from behind I Am Forbidden the scenes of Llama Llama I Love You the Discworld The Temporal Void to speak for himself man and boy bibliophile and computer geek champion of hats orang utans and Dignity in Dyin I am not a Pratchett fan not yet My wife and my sister in law are making The Temporal Void their way Wonder Woman, Volume 1 through Wonder Woman, Volume 1 the whole corpus So it's sort of odd I picked Perils of a Restless Planet: Scientific Perspectives on Natural Disasters this up in part The Old Guard, Book One: Opening Fire thanks His Birthday Gift to a review by Sam uixote Night Dogs that pointed me Bridges of Madison County to his writing about assisted suicide I had Cities of the Red Night thought of Pratchett as a fantasy writer and humorist a jolly elf writing in The Odin Mission (Sergeant Jack Tanner, the mode of other funny fantasy writers such as Douglas Adams Been The Odin Mission there done Torpedo Run that and I enjoyed Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God: (Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book X) that ride but I had no particular interest in going back in The Third Parent that direction reallySo The Girls in the Picture this is a collection of essays Çanlar Kimin İçin Çalıyor that span Pratchett's career focusing on his life as a writer His Boy Next Door: Season Three traveling Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat the globe writing about various Gron's Fated topics His Days of Rage section really began The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America to draw me in in particular The Mortal Word though Pratchett was diagnosed in his fifties with Alzheimers so he began writing angrily and insightfully and often movingly about Harbor Me this These essays were for me The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert the best part of Teach Yourself Arabic the book and you know just might lead me into his Discworld

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Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series but in recent years he has become eually well known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer's research and animal rights A Slip of the Keyboard brings tog How is it possible to miss somebody so much when you've never even met them face to faceI can't believe Terry Pratchett has been gone for over a year His death affected me so much that I knew it would be a while before I could read one of this books again The time has finally comeThis collection of non fiction is an absolute delight for fans of this wonderful man You experience his incredible sense of humour You experience his compassion You experience his anger What you get here is a small slice of Terry Pratchett the man speaking to us directly as himself rather than through one of the incredible worlds he createdThis wasn't an easy read for me It was painful to have Terry talk to me from 'beyond the grave' and I cried while reading it a lot I also laughed a lot too because the book is damned funny He covers a lot of topics here from mushroom picking in the small hours of the morning to assisted dying and he writes them all in his own brutally yet hilariously honest styleIt was good to spend some time with you Terry and I promise I'll return to the Discworld one of these days but probably not too soon I know you won't mind waiting Letters Never Sent the hearts of readers Healer's Choice the world over with his bestselling Discworld series but in recent years he has become eually well known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer's research and animal rights A Slip of Ghostland the Keyboard brings Letters Never Sent tog How is it possible God Gave Us Easter to miss somebody so much when you've never even met Target (Alex Cross, them face NEGUSTORUL DE MANUSCRISE to faceI can't believe Terry Pratchett has been gone for over a year His death affected me so much I Am Forbidden that I knew it would be a while before I could read one of Llama Llama I Love You this books again The The Temporal Void time has finally comeThis collection of non fiction is an absolute delight for fans of The Temporal Void this wonderful man You experience his incredible sense of humour You experience his compassion You experience his anger What you get here is a small slice of Terry Pratchett Wonder Woman, Volume 1 the man speaking Wonder Woman, Volume 1 to us directly as himself rather Perils of a Restless Planet: Scientific Perspectives on Natural Disasters than The Old Guard, Book One: Opening Fire through one of His Birthday Gift the incredible worlds he createdThis wasn't an easy read for me It was painful Night Dogs to have Terry Bridges of Madison County talk Cities of the Red Night to me from 'beyond The Odin Mission (Sergeant Jack Tanner, the grave' and I cried while reading it a lot I also laughed a lot The Odin Mission too because Torpedo Run the book is damned funny He covers a lot of Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God: (Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book X) topics here from mushroom picking in The Third Parent the small hours of The Girls in the Picture the morning Çanlar Kimin İçin Çalıyor to assisted dying and he writes His Boy Next Door: Season Three them all in his own brutally yet hilariously honest styleIt was good Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat to spend some Gron's Fated time with you Terry and I promise I'll return The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America to The Mortal Word the Discworld one of Harbor Me these days but probably not The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert too soon I know you won't mind waiting

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Ether for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett's non fiction writing both serious and surreal from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer and why banana daiuiris are so important; from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life and passionate defe Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley I should note however that I pre ordered the book before I got the digital ARC It came the day before I sat down to write this review Perhaps in recent years Pratchett has come to wider attention because of his activism in the right to die movement I don’t know; it’s hard to judge here in American I did have a shy student who actually came out of his shell when he discovered that I read and enjoyed Pratchett Pratchett’s appeal seems to lie in the fact that he is a great humanist feminist realistic and pro compassion even if as Neil Gaiman shows in his introduction you can feel Pratchett’s rage when you read his work Even Dr Who nods to him A Slip of the Keyboard contains Pratchett essays and speeches The topics include writing the Discworld fans religion fantasy writing and of course his battle with Alzheimer's At times there is a little too much repetition This is true in particular of the first section of the book This section contains the essays and speeches on fantasy literature and writing Many of the fantasy essays are about what exactly are fantasy and its place in literature Pratchett’s right but considering many fantasy readers think the same way I know I do it is a bit general and not very enlightening to read essay after essay that says basically what you and most fantasy readers are thinking It’s a bit too much of the rich chocolate cake if you know what I mean There is brilliance here If you haven’t read “Why Gandalf Never Married” you really should The essays about Nation – Pratchett’s best book it should have won the bloody Booker bastards – are particularly powerful The descriptions of book tours and cons are amusing It’s also worth reading for phrases like “We spray our fantasies on the landscape like a dog sprays urine” or what Pratchett said about his female characters when accepting the Horn Book Award “Oh they sometimes start out soppy as anything but as soon as they find that it doesn’t work they tend to become a reasonably close relative of Miss Piggy” Miss Piggy didn’t just teach Yoda The most powerful and interesting essays for me were when he was writing about the literature and the writing process Whenever he discusses his former job at a nuclear plant it is rather interesting and funny More importantly it is impossible to read what Pratchett writes or says in interviews for that matter about the right to die and not think about the issue or about health care in general It isn’t because of who he is but because of how he writes about it His essay about a drug will have you spitting in disbelief and anger regardless of where you live Considering the debates that swirl around the issue it is important to consider all sides and Pratchett is a far effective speaker than some others most likely because he isn’t grandstanding Honestly read “I’m Slipping Away a Bit at a Time and All I Can Do Is Watch It Happen” and “Death Knocked and We Let Him In” and tell me you weren’t affected I double dog dare you And the rage you can feel the rage You can feed off of his rage in some of the essays And that’s good because we need that kick in the bum So break out the Banana Daiuiris and enjoy Ceremony of Seduction the first Here He Comes Again time Wild Fantasies the finest examples of Pratchett's non fiction writing both serious and surreal from musings on mushrooms That Girl is Poison to what it means A Scandalous Passion (Sins & Scandals, to be a writer and why banana daiuiris are so important; from memories of Granny Pratchett A Scandalous Passion to speculation about Gandalf's love life and passionate defe Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley I should note however Hōgen Monogatari: Tale Of The Disorder In Hōgen that I pre ordered Operation Margarine the book before I got How to Travel the World on $50 a Day the digital ARC It came How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter the day before I sat down Where Dreams Begin to write Killer Run this review Perhaps in recent years Pratchett has come Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology to wider attention because of his activism in The Women Who Hate Me: Poetry, 1980-1990 the right Cruel Deception to die movement I don’t know; it’s hard Desire In His Eyes (Hamilton Sisters, to judge here in American I did have a shy student who actually came out of his shell when he discovered L.A.byrinthe : Enquête sur les meurtres de Tupac Shakur et Notorious B.I.G, sur l'implication de Suge Knight, le patron de Death Row Records, et sur ... à avoir éclaboussé la police de Los Angeles that I read and enjoyed Pratchett Pratchett’s appeal seems A Cowboy Christmas to lie in One of Each the fact Unlikely Lovers that he is a great humanist feminist realistic and pro compassion even if as Neil Gaiman shows in his introduction you can feel Pratchett’s rage when you read his work Even Dr Who nods Mistletoe and Mochas to him A Slip of The Cancer Teacher: Practical and Spiritual Lessons For Helping a Cancer Fighter the Keyboard contains Pratchett essays and speeches The Immediate Knowledge and Happiness (Sadhyomukti): The Vedantic Doctrine of Non-Duality topics include writing Scented Lust the Discworld fans religion fantasy writing and of course his battle with Alzheimer's At Turbulence times The Golfer and the Millionaire: It's About Having the Drive to Succeed there is a little Scented Holiday (Dogon-Hunters) too much repetition This is A Knight and White Satin true in particular of Flushed Away (Movie Storybook) the first section of Winning Psychology of Defensive Traders : Powerful East-Asian Ideas and Concepts that will Improve Your Financial Habits for Trading, Investing, Business and Life the book This section contains Don't Let Me Go the essays and speeches on fantasy literature and writing Many of Little Prisoners: A Tragic Story of Siblings Trapped in a World of Abuse and Suffering the fantasy essays are about what exactly are fantasy and its place in literature Pratchett’s right but considering many fantasy readers Sari Sleepover (The Sleepover Club, think A Girl's Guide To Kissing Frogs the same way I know I do it is a bit general and not very enlightening The Levelling Sea: The Story of a Cornish Haven in the Age of Sail to read essay after essay Stones that says basically what you and most fantasy readers are A Race for Madmen: The History of the Tour de France thinking It’s a bit The Promised Land too much of Forgotten Child the rich chocolate cake if you know what I mean There is brilliance here If you haven’t read “Why Gandalf Never Married” you really should The essays about Nation – Pratchett’s best book it should have won The Promised Land: Travels in Search of the Perfect E the bloody Booker bastards – are particularly powerful The descriptions of book The Promise of Happiness tours and cons are amusing It’s also worth reading for phrases like “We spray our fantasies on The Key the landscape like a dog sprays urine” or what Pratchett said about his female characters when accepting FIRST WEEK AT COW SCHOOL the Horn Book Award “Oh The Fine Colour of Rust they sometimes start out soppy as anything but as soon as Love, Splat they find Of Moths and Men: An Evolutionary Tale: The Untold Story of Science and the Peppered Moth that it doesn’t work The Sixth Wife they The Question tend I Heart Bedtime (Martha and the Bunny Brothers to become a reasonably close relative of Miss Piggy” Miss Piggy didn’t just Good Bad Woman teach Yoda The most powerful and interesting essays for me were when he was writing about Would Like to Meet the literature and A Good Land the writing process Whenever he discusses his former job at a nuclear plant it is rather interesting and funny More importantly it is impossible The Giant Within: Maximize Your Self-Esteem to read what Pratchett writes or says in interviews for A História de Edgar Sawtelle that matter about Love Is a Four-Letter Word the right Scandals to die and not The Rest Is Noise Series: Zion Park: Messiaen, Ligeti, and the Avant-Garde of the Sixties think about The Half Truth the issue or about health care in general It isn’t because of who he is but because of how he writes about it His essay about a drug will have you spitting in disbelief and anger regardless of where you live Considering The Fifth Child the debates First Guide to Horse and Pony Care that swirl around The Watcher the issue it is important Abandoned Child to consider all sides and Pratchett is a far effective speaker The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza And The Finsbury Park Mosque than some others most likely because he isn’t grandstanding Honestly read “I’m Slipping Away a Bit at a Time and All I Can Do Is Watch It Happen” and “Death Knocked and We Let Him In” and Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev tell me you weren’t affected I double dog dare you And The Times a Year in Nature Notes the rage you can feel Allan Stein the rage You can feed off of his rage in some of Managing Anger: Simple Steps to Dealing with Frustration and Threat the essays And Rush to the Dead Summer that’s good because we need Kansas in August that kick in Maggie the bum So break out The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named the Banana Daiuiris and enjoy


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  1. says:

    How is it possible to miss somebody so much when you've never even met them face to face?I can't believe Terry Pratchett has been gone for over a year His death affected me so much that I knew it would be a while before I could read one of this books again The time has finally comeThis collection of non fiction is an absolute delight for fans of this wonderful man You experience his incredible sense of humour You experience his compassion You experience his anger What you get here is a small slice of Terry Pratchett the man speaking to us directly as himself rather than through one of the incredible worlds he createdThis wasn't an easy read for me It was painful to have Terry talk to me from 'beyond the grave' and I cried while reading it a lot I also laughed a lot too because the book is damned funny He covers a lot of topics here from mushroom picking in the small hours of the morning to assisted dying and he writes them all in his own brutally yet hilariously honest styleIt was good to spend some time with you Terry and I promise I'll return to the Discworld one of these days but probably not too soon I know you won't mind waiting


  2. says:

    I'm not sure I've ever read one of his books all the way through I've tried uite a few over the years since he's so popular many of his books wound up in my hands He writes humor British humor which leaves me cold I usually think it's too obvious to be funny or just don't get it Sometimes it's the odd words that sound like the same language I speak but they mean something completely different are pronounced in a funny ways with weird accents In any case while his fiction doesn't interest me I read enough about his personal life views to think this collection would it did For instance steam rolling his hard drives so no one pulls 'new' books out after his demise is a wonderful idea full of style His battle with Alzheimer's opinions on the 'right to die' also interested me Below I listed the TOC with just a bit at the end of each of the 3 sections Scroll through it uickly you'll get a good idea of the topics times There was definitely repetition less than I would have thought thoughForeword by Neil GaimanA Scribbling IntruderThought Progress 1989Palmtop 1993The Choice Word 2000How to Be a Professional Boxer 2005Brewer’s Boy 1999Paperback Writer 2003Advice to Booksellers 1999No Worries 1998Conventional Wisdom 2011Straight from the Heart via the Groin 2004Discworld Turns 21 2004Kevins 1993Wyrd Ideas 1999Notes from a Successful Fantasy Author Keep It Real 2007Whose Fantasy Are You? 1991Why Gandalf Never Married 1985Roots of Fantasy 1989Elves Were Bastards 1992Let There Be Dragons 1993Magic Kingdoms 1999Cult Classic 2001Neil Gaiman Amazing Master Conjuror 20022001 Carnegie Medal Award Speech 2002Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Speech for Nation 2009Watching Nation 2009Doctor Who? 2001A Word About Hats 2001 The first section was both informative funny His take on Tolkein's LOTR was incredibly similar to mine a decade later Yes I have the same movie in my mind also uit reading it annually eventually I'm not sure why either but came to the same conclusion; it plays without the need to readI liked the boxer analogy to writing his descriptions of how he writes where his ideas come from his education due to fantasy reading His defense of reading fantasy is excellent he just seemed like a really nice guy Anyone that can appreciate so many of Chesterton's words without his belief must be extremely tolerant A Twit and a DreamerThe Big Store 2002Roundhead Wood Forty Green 1996A Star Pupil 2011On Granny Pratchett 2004Tales of Wonder and of Porn 2004Letter to Vector 1963Writer’s Choice 2004Introduction to Roy Lewis’s The Evolution Man 1989The King and I or How the Bottom Has Dropped Out of the Wise Man Business 1970Honey These Bees Had a Heart of Gold 1976That Sounds Fungi It Must Be the Dawn Chorus 1976Introduction to The Leaky Establishment by David Langford 2001The Meaning of My Christmas 1997Alien Christmas 19872001 The Vision and the Reality 2000The God Moment 2008A Genuine Absent minded Professor 2010Saturdays 2011 Autobiographical shorts that were interesting His mind talents wander around even than mine do Casting a gold bee the silence of early morning mushroom picking were both fun Days of RageOn Excellence in Schools Education What It Means to You 1997The Orangutans Are Dying 2000The NHS Is Seriously Injured 2008I’m Slipping Away a Bit at a Time and All I Can Do Is Watch It Happen 2008Taxworld 2009Point Me to Heaven When the Final Chapter Comes 2009The Richard Dimbleby Lecture Shaking Hands with Death 2010At Last We Have Real Compassion in Assisted Dying Guidelines 2010Assisted Dying It’s Time the Government Gave Us the Right to End Our Lives 2011Death Knocked and We Let Him In 2011A Week in the Death of Terry Pratchett 2011And Finally Terry Pratchett’s Wild Unattached Footnotes to Life 1990 A lot of interesting different bits in this one Education goes about it wrongly in the UK Terry you have no clue how much worse it is in the US I agreed with everything you wrote Libraries are the way to go The orangutans aren't doing any better I'm sorry to say 50% taxes That seems steep but in a socialist country with 'free' health services you're no worse than we are here in the US where the income tax rates are only about half that but then we go on to tax everything multiple times plus fees We won't discuss health care idiocies since even a healthy person can easily spend 10% of their gross pay If sick just hand over the wallet a limb or two first born BEFORE treatment They'll get the rest of the pounds of flesh afterward Oh the doctor can fit me in only 2 months from the Tuesday after next? Marvelous SMH The NHS doesn't cover a lot? You can get Viagra but not needed medication for Alzheimer's? You're penalized for paying your own way? This a condition of bureaucracies In order to justify themselves they have to create stupid rules that inhibit the very thing they are supposed to foster Assisted dying I couldn't agree We don't know how to die any The following link is one of the sections above sums up Prachette's position wellhttpswwwtheguardiancomsociety2We need this I also highly recommend Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande is a doctor the son of 2 doctors He covers the subject wellI'm so glad I read this What a great guy he seems to have been Rarely does he speak negatively about anything but manages to show his disapproval by poking some fun showing other things in a positive light I loved how his mind flitted about through so many subjects his loss was a great one I'll probably have to try reading one of his books again I'm not sure I've tried one in audio Maybe that's the ticket This one was very well narrated A real pleasure I highly recommend it to all


  3. says:

    I love Terry Pratchett's humor even in talking about his Alzheimer's and assisted death Oh and this book prompted me to write my first ever fan letter Here it isDear Sir Terry PratchettI am not a Kevin I don’t want you to write my loved one into one of your books I’m not a writer but a reader so I live on the other side of the Holy Grail I already know where great ideas come from They come from books great and small and minds great and small I’m not a librarian but I do work in a library and have managed book stores and have my own online bookstore from which I sell my own personal collection – the ones I can bare to let go – and all that to say that I find your books to be uite real You are among my favorite authors but I’m not doing any projects and so don’t reuire you to fill out any surveys I’m probably definitely not your biggest fan I haven’t read all of your books but I plan to eventually I’m being rather stingy with them trying to take them slowly I seem to exist somewhere in the midrange of your readership and although I have many favorite books The Wee Free Men consistently falls within my favorite top ten I discovered it in 2010 when we as a family read it together We have a habit of reading during dinner taking turns so that everyone gets a chance to be a bit of a ham and the others get a chance to eat Do you know how difficult it is to find a book to interest a range of readers from 40something adults to boys ages 18 and 15 and a girl age 8? That is a rare book I know that your time is precious and I don’t reuire a response I just wanted to say thank you Not only for me but also for my children thank you You have been a glorious inspiration I’m so glad that for the most part you have had fun and that we have had the opportunity to benefit from itGratefully yours KevinRegina Miller Fierke


  4. says:

    Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley I should note however that I pre ordered the book before I got the digital ARC It came the day before I sat down to write this review Perhaps in recent years Pratchett has come to wider attention because of his activism in the right to die movement I don’t know; it’s hard to judge here in American I did have a shy student who actually came out of his shell when he discovered that I read and enjoyed Pratchett Pratchett’s appeal seems to lie in the fact that he is a great humanist feminist realistic and pro compassion even if as Neil Gaiman shows in his introduction you can feel Pratchett’s rage when you read his work Even Dr Who nods to him A Slip of the Keyboard contains Pratchett essays and speeches The topics include writing the Discworld fans religion fantasy writing and of course his battle with Alzheimer's At times there is a little too much repetition This is true in particular of the first section of the book This section contains the essays and speeches on fantasy literature and writing Many of the fantasy essays are about what exactly are fantasy and its place in literature Pratchett’s right but considering many fantasy readers think the same way I know I do it is a bit general and not very enlightening to read essay after essay that says basically what you and most fantasy readers are thinking It’s a bit too much of the rich chocolate cake if you know what I mean There is brilliance here If you haven’t read “Why Gandalf Never Married” you really should The essays about Nation – Pratchett’s best book it should have won the bloody Booker bastards – are particularly powerful The descriptions of book tours and cons are amusing It’s also worth reading for phrases like “We spray our fantasies on the landscape like a dog sprays urine” or what Pratchett said about his female characters when accepting the Horn Book Award “Oh they sometimes start out soppy as anything but as soon as they find that it doesn’t work they tend to become a reasonably close relative of Miss Piggy” Miss Piggy didn’t just teach Yoda The most powerful and interesting essays for me were when he was writing about the literature and the writing process Whenever he discusses his former job at a nuclear plant it is rather interesting and funny More importantly it is impossible to read what Pratchett writes or says in interviews for that matter about the right to die and not think about the issue or about health care in general It isn’t because of who he is but because of how he writes about it His essay about a drug will have you spitting in disbelief and anger regardless of where you live Considering the debates that swirl around the issue it is important to consider all sides and Pratchett is a far effective speaker than some others most likely because he isn’t grandstanding Honestly read “I’m Slipping Away a Bit at a Time and All I Can Do Is Watch It Happen” and “Death Knocked and We Let Him In” and tell me you weren’t affected I double dog dare you And the rage you can feel the rage You can feed off of his rage in some of the essays And that’s good because we need that kick in the bum So break out the Banana Daiuiris and enjoy


  5. says:

    The late great Sir Terry Pratchett deity of Discworld has made me laugh an awful lot over the past few years OK decades with his richly imaginative fantasy series In a departure from his normal output this is a collection of articles speeches and letters that he has written since the late 1980’s But over recent years he has become eually well known for being an outspoken campaigner for causes such as orang utans and of course Alzheimer's and assisted death This collection is the very best of those articles grouped under three headings; A Scribbling intruder A Twit and a Dreamer and Days of Rage From the time he announced that he had Posterior Cortical Atrophy he has moved from the hazy lights of the science fiction and fantasy convention world into the brighter glare of the modern media world And in this world he showed his humanity through humour and elouence and that a multi million best selling author could be a regular bloke with a fondness for banana daiuiris’s He writes on subjects as diverse as hats past head teachers why elves are bastards his beloved grandmother and being a genuinely absentminded professorHis writing is brilliant And poignant And funny; really funny And this is nonfiction too The way that he observed life and people is unparalleled a talent that he used to highlight injustices and the freuent idiocy of the world that we live in and explore within the world he created But what comes through this collection is his wit and humour The letter he sent to The Times about tax is a classic example of restrained wit and there are other examples all the way through Really pleased to have read this it is a great collection Even though he is seen as purely a fantasy writer I hope that the wider literary world will come to fully appreciate the genius in his writing in time


  6. says:

    While Terry's short fiction doesn't do much for me I think he needs longer forms to really shine this non fiction collection regaled me with laughs and thoughts worthy of further thinking Here're some of them Neil Gaiman really nails it in the introBut beneath any jollity there is a foundation of fury Terry Pratchett is not one to go gentle into any night good or otherwise He will rage as he leaves against so many things stupidity injustice human foolishness and shortsightedness not just the dying of the light although that’s here too And hand in hand with the anger like an angel and a demon walking hand in hand into the sunset there is love for human beings in all our fallibility; for treasured objects; for stories; and ultimately and in all things love for human dignityOr to put it another way anger is the engine that drives him but it is the greatness of spirit that deploys that anger on the side of the angels or better yet for all of us the orangutansI felt the same especially strongly when I read Soul Music Ehehe from How to Be a Professional BoxerI’ve never had occasion to use one magnificent tip from a well known author but I pass it on anyway “Keep an eye on the trade press When an editor moves on immediately send your precious MS to his or her office with a covering letter addressed to said departed editor Say in the tones of one engaged in a cooperative effort something like this ‘Dear X I was very pleased to receive your encouraging letter indicating your interest in my book and I have made all the changes you asked for’ Of course they won’t find the letter Publishers can never find anything But at least someone might panic enough to read the MS” Fantasy on the noseFantasy should present the familiar in a new light—I try to do that on Discworld It’s a way of looking at the here and now not the there and then Fantasy is the Ur literature from which everything else sprang—which is why my knuckles go white when toe sucking literary critics dismiss it as “genre trash” And at its best it is truly escapistBut the point about escaping is that you should escape to as well as from You should go somewhere worthwhile and come back the better for the experienceInterestingly Николай Теллалов expressed a similar sentiment about escaping to Let There Be Dragons is another even fully fledged defence explanation of fantasy I can't pick a single excerpt to uote Just go for the whole thing And humorLaughter can get through the keyhole while seriousness is still hammering on the door New ideas can ride in on the back of a joke; old ideas can be given an added edgeVersus humorlessnessWe look around and see foreign policies that are little than the taking of revenge for the revenge that was taken in revenge for the revenge last time There were fights at school over the uestion of whether or not Batman could fly Those of us who said he couldn’t were in the minority and therefore got beaten up by the thick kids But hahaha it wasn’t us who broke limbs by jumping out of their bedroom windows Shouting “Batmaaagh” on the way down didn’t work did it Hahaha indeed From The God Moment I’ve never disliked religion I think it has some purpose in our evolution I don’t have much truck with the “religion is the cause of most of our wars” school of thought because in fact that’s manifestly done by mad manipulative and power hungry men who cloak their ambition in GodI number believers of all sorts among my friends Some of them are praying for me I’m happy that they wish to do this I really am but I think science may be a better betSo what shall I make of the voice that spoke to me recently as I was scuttling around getting ready for yet another spell on a chat show sofa? More accurately it was the memory of a voice in my head and it told me that everything was okay and things were happening as they should For a moment the world had felt at peace Where did it come from?Me actually—the part of all of us that in my case caused me to stand in awe the first time I heard Thomas Tallis’s Spem in alium and the elation I felt on a walk one day last February when the light of the setting sun turned a ploughed field into shocking pink; I believe it’s what Abraham felt on the mountain and Einstein did when it turned out that Emc^2It’s that moment that brief epiphany when the universe opens up and shows us something and in that instant we get just a sense of an order greater than heaven and as yet at least beyond the grasp of Hawking It doesn’t reuire worship but I think rewards intelligence observation and inuiring minds I don’t think I’ve found God but I may have seen where gods come fromI'm not at a stage where I can tackle this topic properly but it always amazes me what roadblocks people can raise when they cling to the notion that God is somethingsomeone entirely separate from us I'm a panentheist At the same time it's just as amazing when this notion of separation lifts even for an instant and we hear ourGod's voice Have you felt that? Terry's appeal in The Orangutans Are Dying expectedly struck a chord with me The essay is from the year 2000 just before I started doing whatever I can to help restore the balance I wonder how many of its readers were moved to act Or what do one's words matter? Kudos for having the strength to treat your diagnosis posterior cortical atrophy a form of Alzheimer's like thisI have the opposite of a superpower; sometimes I cannot see what is there I see the teacup with my eyes but my brain refuses to send me the teacup message It’s very Zen First there is no teacup and then because I know there is a teacup the teacup will appear the next time I look This came as a surprise despite the fact that there is no scriptural objection to suicide the prohibition came about in the fourteenth century when because of religious wars and the Black Death people were committing suicide on the basis that well since this world was now so dreadfully unpleasant then maybe it would be a good idea to make an attempt on heaven Authority thought otherwise and objected Who would milk the cows? Who would fight the wars? People couldn’t be allowed to slope off like that They had to stay and face their just punishment for being bornI'd thought the Christian mortal sin status of suicide was older Wikipedia seems to confirm it wasn't in the Bible


  7. says:

    This collection of essays covers Terry Pratchett's entire career from before he even started writing the Discworld novels up through now when he's possibly even famous as an advocate for Death with Dignity I personally enjoyed the first half of the book the most with his discussions of writing touring and attending conferences It was fun to see what his working days look like and comforting to see how anxious he stayed about writing enough even as he was selling loads of books The last third is very weighty stuff as it focuses on his diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease his fight for eual access to treatment in the UK for people under 65 and his ongoing push to allow terminally ill people the right to choose the time of their own death The essays do get a little repetitive when you read them all in a row but they were all interesting and enjoyable If you like Terry Pratchett's novels you'll probably enjoy this book


  8. says:

    I am not a Pratchett fan not yet My wife and my sister in law are making their way through the whole corpus So it's sort of odd I picked this up in part thanks to a review by Sam uixote that pointed me to his writing about assisted suicide I had thought of Pratchett as a fantasy writer and humorist a jolly elf writing in the mode of other funny fantasy writers such as Douglas Adams Been there done that and I enjoyed that ride but I had no particular interest in going back in that direction reallySo this is a collection of essays that span Pratchett's career focusing on his life as a writer traveling the globe writing about various topics His Days of Rage section really began to draw me in in particular though Pratchett was diagnosed in his fifties with Alzheimers so he began writing angrily and insightfully and often movingly about this These essays were for me the best part of the book and you know just might lead me into his Discworld


  9. says:

    A collection of articles speeches columns etc from the late very great Sir Terry PratchettThe collection provoked thoughts laughter and tears in eual measureA great man; a great writer gone far too soon


  10. says:

    An absolute must for all Terry Pratchett fans and an interesting read for just about anyoneThis is a collection of it seems pretty much everything that Pratchett's published that isn't fiction It's divided thematically into three sections The first focuses on thoughts on writing and the writing process The second is autobiographical material The third has to do with Pratchett's early onset Alzheimers and his advocacy for the right to die cause And then it finishes up with a little bit of humor; I guess the editors didn't want to end on a down noteThe first two sections are probably of specific interest to those familiar with Pratchett's work The third definitely has a general appeal and gives an insight into the perspective of someone with an incurable disease who wants the legal right to be able to choose the time and manner of their passing with dignityThe main flaw I found in the book was not with any of the brief pieces included here individually but rather with the effect of reading them all seuentially Pratchett is clearly a man with 'pet' ideas and favorite uotes who uses every given opportunity to air them While there isn't a problem with this in practice when all his speeches introductions and such are set end to end it begins to feel a bit repetitive The volume would probably be better enjoyed in small segments reading an essay every now and again Favorite uoteYou want fantasy? here's one There's this species that lives on a planet a few miles above molten rock and a few miles below a vacuum that'd suck the air right out of them They live in a brief geological period between ice ages when giant asteroids have temporarily stopped smacking into the surface As far as they can tell there's nowhere else in the universe where they could stay alive for ten seconds And what do they call their fragile little slice of space and time? They call it real life In a universe where it's known that whole galaxies can explode they think there's things like natural justice and destiny Some of them even believe in democracyAnd as a librarian I am from here on out going to take Pratchett's suggestion and call myself by the title of Shining Acolyte of the Sacred Flame of Literacy in a Dark and Encroaching UniverseMany thanks to NetGalley for providing me the opportunity to read this book As always my opinions are solely my own