WOSSNAME -- September 2010 -- Part 2 of 6 (continued)
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS AND REVIEWS
07) ONE MAN AND HIS SWORD
08) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
09) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
10) REVIEWS: I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT
07) LOOK WHO'S LOOSED HIS PTERRYFUL SWIFT SWORD...
Now it can be told and it's the Fourecksians who apparently told
it first! The Australian news website news.com.au has published a
feature article, "Terry Pratchett creates a sword with meteorites",
in their Technology section:
"English fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett says he was so excited
after being knighted by the Queen that he decided to make his own
sword to equip himself for his new status. It was not enough,
however, simply to find some metal and get a blacksmith to bash it
into shape. Pratchett, believing the sword would not truly be his
own unless it was made from metal he had produced, found a field
with deposits of iron ore near his home in Wiltshire, west of
London. He gathered the deposits and smelted the iron ore himself.
The author, 62, who has sold about 65 million copies of his books,
which include the Discworld series, said: 'Most of my life I've been
producing stuff which is intangible and so it's amazing the
achievement you feel when you have made something which is really
The story includes a link to a photo of the sword and its faithful
knight, or at least the parts of him holding the sword.
A selection of comments on this story, including some, erm,
Paranoia of Ipswich:
Sir Terry, you can carry your sword the same way Tiffany carries her
Peter Mc of Malvern:
Have loved Discworld for a long time ... Sometimes reading his books
you might think that he has had undiagnosed Alzheimer's for a long
time. They are wonderfully eccentric ... And there is not enough of
that any more.
Andrew of Perth:
I wonder if the sword is called Kring? Watch out Bel-Shammaroth...
Sir Terry is coming for you!
Truly an eccentric man and an incredible author. Such a shame that
someone with a mind like his has Alzheimer's.
Rob of Sydney:
Good work that man!
Tris of Melbourne:
It's as if he's gone through knighthood and come out the other
Stoic of Sydney:
Wow about time Pratchett got knighted LOL... love his books, his
humour and its a gift he has blessed many readers with. Thanks Terry
Pratchett, your books will always be on my shelf.
He may have Alzheimers, but at least he doesn't have Alzheimers!
Truly wonderful author, read/listened to almost everything he has
written. Currently listening to Making Money at the moment!
I absolutely love the Discworld books, and I'm so thrilled to see
Sir Terry Pratchett in such good spirits. He certainly deserves both
his knighthood and his magic sword. Congratulations, Sir Terry
Pratchett! Or, in the words of Foul Ole Ron, "Millennium hand and
The Librarian of Unseen University Library:
@Archchancellor Rincewind Ook ook! :)
Shelley of Canberra:
But does the sword go ting?! It's not a real sword if it doesn't.
Epic old dude is epic
TheRiddick of Sydney:
"If anyone's interested there's a Discworld Convention in Western
Sydney next year and Sir Terry is coming!" If he remembers of
...and here's a selection of bits from other sources who passed the
From AOL News:
"He wrote Discworld, arguably the finest and funniest fantasy
series in modern literature. He's sold more than 65 million books
worldwide. He's a brilliant satirist who wrote "Good Omens" with
Neil Gaiman. He's been knighted by the queen of England. So what
does Terry Pratchett do for an encore? He forges his own sword using
a meteorite, that's what. Sir Terry Pratchett has collected 81
kilograms of iron ore and mixed in several pieces of meteorites to
make an amazing sword, which will be smelted at his house in a
makeshift kiln built out of clay and hay, fueled with sheep manure.
What a badass! And if that isn't enough, he is actually smelting the
ore himself. It's official: Terry Pratchett is a geek God."
"Terry Pratchett is an astonishing chap. For one thing, he's
prolific to the point of making other writers want to vomit in
despair: since 1983, he has written two books a year on average.
Then there's the Discworld novels to consider. But he's also a
hero: after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's back in 2007,
Pratchett has become a crusader for Alzheimer's Patient dignity
and assisted suicide, as well as donating over a million dollars to
find a cure for the disease. What a guy. No wonder the Queen
knighted him last year... Jeez, if this guy isn't cool enough to
beat Alzheimer's, I just don't know who is..."
From Josh Jasper in Publishers Weekly:
"One wonders if this will convince Jerry Pournelle to get his own
orbital death ray."
08) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
8.1 PTERRY'S DONATION AT WORK
Earlier this month, Dr Louise Serpell of the University of Sussex
spoke at the university's first Life Sciences Research Symposium
about her efforts to find ways of slowing or halting the progress of
"Her major research project, which is funded by Discworld author Sir
Terry Pratchett's $1 million donation to the Alzheimer's Research
Trust, involves a team of scientists trying to understand how a
hallmark protein involved in Alzheimer's can be prevented from
building into toxic clumps. Dr Serpell said: 'I am honoured to have
been invited to speak at this prestigious event and spread the word
about the work of our team. We feel strongly that research really is
the only way to defeat dementia. The first stages of our study have
been very promising, and we expect to have some very exciting
results to report back in the near future'..."
8.2 INTERVIEW: PTERRY LOOKS AT HIS PRESENT AND FUTURE
Although this interview of Pterry by Aida Edemariam was published in
The Guardian's books section and does cover I Shall Wear Midnight,
it is mostly about our favourite author's further thoughts on the
effects of his Alzheimer's and on the subjects of dignity in dying
and assisted death:
"He seems a man used to being listened to: his sentences unspool
evenly, sometimes a shade irascibly, from beginning to end, often as
anecdotes topped and tailed and full of random facts, gloried in for
their own sake...
"He doesn't say it in so many words, but that must also be combined
with grief for the loss of his ability to write longhand, or type
with anything other than one finger at a time (although, weirdly, he
is still perfectly able to sign his name 'the bit that knows how
to sign my name is an entirely different bit of the brain'); the
grief of knowing that while he may have years yet, most of his other
mental faculties will go the same way. But probably not suddenly...
"How does it change his sense of self? 'Well no one's policing
their own minds more than an author. You spend a lot of time in your
own head analysing what you think about things, and a philosophy
comes. I think this is going to follow me for ages I'm open
to moments of joy...'"
09) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
9.1 REMINDER: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN FOURECKS
Unseen Theatre's production of Monstrous Regiment, which opened on
17th September, continues its current run to 2nd October.
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide, South
Time: 8.00pm all performances (2 hours plus a 15 minute interval)
Tickets: Adults $18, concession $15, Groups of ten or more $14
BOOKINGS: www.bakehousetheatre.com or 82270505
9.2 WYRD SISTERS IN SKEGNESS
The Skegness Playgoers present their production of Wyrd Sisters next
When: Friday 15th and Saturday 16th October 2010
Venue: Embassy Theatre, Skegness
Tickets: 8 GBP adults, 7 GBP concessions, 2 GBP accompanied children
Box office: Embassy Box Office, ring 08456 740 505.
Please book early as seating for these two nights are limited.
9.3 GOING POSTAL IN BRISBANE
The Brisbane Arts Theatre will perform Going Postal at the end of
When: October 30 - November 20, 2010 (includes a special Halloween
Tickets: Adults AUD27, Concessions AUD22, Members AUD 17; Opening
night special AUD37 (price includes supper and drink); Halloween
Special AUD40 (includes supper, drinks and Halloween party)
Bookings: 3369 2344 or http://www.artstheatre.com.au
Email bookings: bookings@...
(bookings are essential)
9.4 REVIEWS OF MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN FOURECKS
Unseen Theatre's current production of Monstrous Regiment in
Adelaide is the company's most triumphant one yet! Here be a
selection of reviews:
Kosta Jaric, in Fringe Benefits:
"The strength of this production is the cast. Director Pamela Munt
has picked the right mix of talent to play the various roles, and
even when the jokes get seriously corny (and they do) they deliver
it in such a genuinely funny way... Some scenes drag their heels
slightly but the dialogue is always entertaining, and it's
refreshing to know that you're walking into a play that rarely
wavers and is consistent in delivery. Bakehouse is one of the more
intimate spaces to perform, and Unseen do a great job of unfurling
the 'world' over a split-level set that is never too cramped for
the large cast..."
Stephen Davenport, in Australian Stage:
"Many comedies have satirised the folly of war, but very few would
dare to establish parallels between a fantasy world set on the
back of a giant turtle swimming through the cosmos and modern
conflict here on Earth. Yet although the play is based on a
speculative fiction novel, Director Pamela Munt requests honesty
from her cast, and it pays off. Kahlia Tutty, playing Polly Perks,
the girl who cuts her hair in a hurry to become a boy (Oliver),
swings readily from walking, talking and farting like a man; to
familial loyalty, questioning soldier, hip swivelling feminine
washerwoman and action hero who knees the Prince of Zlobenia in the
sock drawers... Just a few actors and some rough props bring the
magic and madness of Discworld to life. In many ways the production
has the heart of a pantomime-cum-sitcom, with many of Pratchett's
lines delivered with gleeful seriousness... There are plenty of
funny one-liners but on the odd occasion the play does creak under
the weight of its condensed script. But that is a minor point..."
Rod Lewis, in Glam Adelaide:
"This is by far one of Unseen Theatre's tightest productions, with
most set changes occurring in the dark during other scenes... Kudos
to the efficient backstage crew however, who are as quiet and
unobtrusive as possible when sharing the stage... Kahlia Tutty plays
Polly and is a delight to watch as the only actor who progresses her
character from unconvincingly pretending to be a guy to adopting her
masculine persona naturally... David Geddes steals the light as the
troll Carborundum, a comically dense creature made of boulders...
Kristofa Cassono is nicely understated as the coffee-addicted
Remember, Monstrous Regiment continues at the Bakehouse Theatre
through 2nd October. See the reminder above for details.
10) REVIEWS: I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT
A review by Alex Sarll in the Northern Echo (UK):
"Pratchett's book is suffused with an awareness of the thankless
exhaustion which awaits people in the caring professions. Most
Discworld witches spend more time as a district nurse, social worker
or vet than turning anyone into a toad and Tiffany is no
exception. As the well-paced plot unravels in Pratchett's
inimitable style, it goes without saying that everything gets very
...and by Kerri Jackson in the New Zealand Herald:
"Pratchett's stories have become gradually darker over the years.
The temptation is to attribute that to the author's struggles with
Alzheimer's. But it seems more likely that familiarity with his
world and his ever-increasing success, means he can bring the
grimmer elements that have always been a part of his stories to the
forefront... I Shall Wear Midnight is not a perfect Pratchett
but it is fierce, dark, intelligent and still streets ahead of
A review by Librarian Amy Watts, in Library Journal:
"The trademark Pratchett humor is in full force along with the
classic elements of a witch, a royal wedding, a royal funeral, a
trip to the big city, and an ominous villain... As usual, Pratchett
makes wise and wry observations about human behavior..."
...and one by Andrew Nevill on alt.books.pratchett:
A quick review-ette of I Shall Wear Midnight. First time around, I
just wanted to read the story so wasn't reading it in depth. So
these are just my initial impressions. I'm sure other people will be
along presently with a in depth page-by-page review and annotations.
I tried to keep it Spoiler-lite but have included the customary
lines. After all, it's Tradition.
It is marvelous. It is almost certainly the last Tiffany book, and
if Terry writes about Tiffany again, it's not going to be within a
children's/young adult novel. As the title a quote in 'A Hat of
Sky' when Tiffany declared, "When I am old I shall midnight"
suggests, this is the book where Tiffany enters adulthood. In this
book, she's holding down her own patch. Significantly, in the other
three books, she's always had a little bit of help but here she
insists, in the face of help almost being forced upon her, of
sorting out her own problems. So anything further would have to be
in an 'adult' book.
There are some real treats in it for the fans. Some good news for a
favourite character and the return of another character, who's fate
has long been a subject of speculation. Well, we finally get some
answers. Those answers raise more yet questions tantalising fans
with the possibility and the hope that the returnee may return
once more. There's also some new characters introduced whose tales
are ripe for continuation and it would be great to read more of them
in the future.
My only criticism of the book is in the antagonist. In this book,
it's a more insidious, less tangible enemy than in the other three.
As such, it's the most dangerous enemy Tiffany has faced and a
suitable opponent for her to show just how much she learnt over the
books. But this intangibility means there's no actual
personification of evil to boo and hiss, if you like, no single
figure to cheer Tiffany on against. As a result this, actually, most
threatening of enemies doesn't always appear to be especially
threatening. It seems to me that Terry's got loads more he could
tell us about Tiffany. So this may be the last Tiffany centred book
but this may not be the last we hear of Ms Aching.
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