Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
January 2013 (Volume 16, Issue 1, Post 1)
WOSSNAME is a free publication for members of the worldwide
Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North
American Discworld Society and other continental groups. Are you a
member? Yes, if you sent in your name, country and e-mail address.
Are there any dues? No! As a member of the Klatchian Foreign Legion,
you'd only forget them...
Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Fiona (not Bruce) Bruce
Newshounds: Vera, Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Steven D'Aprano, L.C. Thomas
Convention Reporters: Mithtrethth Hania Ogg et al
Staff Technomancer: Jason Parlevliet
Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
Puzzle Editor: Tiff
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
DW Horoscope: Lady Anaemia Asterisk, Fernando Magnifico
Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare
Copyright 2012 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
03) THE DISCWORLD APP
04) ODDS AND SODS DEPARTMENT
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
07) THE THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY...
08) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
10) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"Ponder Stibbons wouldn't use an iPad."
ivantalboys in The Guardian (article comments), 09 November 2012
"I have just recently watched 'The Color of Magic','Hogfather' and
'Going Postal' and I have to say Sir Terry you are a MUCH better
actor than Stephen King!"
Jeff Whitney, Facebook user
02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
2013 is The Year of the Frog Ascendant, and that's official! It's
also the 30th birthday of Discworld. Lynsey of Transworld says, "We
have lots of exciting plans on the way to mark the occasion!"
Fan Matthew London want to know: "Might as well go to the source. Is
there a resource for Discworld pronunciation? After 20 years of
reading the books I found out I had been saying A'tuin all wrong. I
can only imagine what else I'm messing up." For what it's worth, I
and everyone else I know always pronounced A'Tuin as "uh-
TOO-in" and assumed this was 'right"; then again, despite having
immediately spotted the inherent pun(e)s in "Djelibeybi" and
'Hersheba" when I first encountered them, I'm also the person who
didn't catch the inherent pun(e) in having an apprentice priest
called "Brutha" because I instinctively pronounced it as "BROO-thuh"
(and still do, no matter how I try to correct myself). And then
there's the Magrat Question: is the correct pronunciation "MAGG-
rat", or "muh-GRAT", or "MAGG-rit", or...? And there are myriad
other Discworld personal names and place-names that are open to
divergent pronunciations... but which ones are right? If anyone out
there can help, please do contact us via the email address at the
very bottom of this issue.
Fat Tuesday and the Soul Cake celebrations are coming early this
year on Roundworld! In fact, Shrove Tuesday known to many of us
as Pancake Day is only a couple of weeks away. And on that day
(12th February this year) there will be ancient traditional Foot-
the-Ball games being played in certain towns in Britain and
elsewhere, especially in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. As you can see,
the game has a certain spirit that Discworld denizens would
"The Ashbourne game also known as "hugball" has been played from at
least c.1667 although the exact origins of the game are unknown due
to a fire at the Royal Shrovetide Committee office in the 1890s
which destroyed the earliest records... There are very few rules in
existence. The main ones are:
* Committing murder or manslaughter is prohibited. Unnecessary
violence is frowned upon.
* The ball may not be carried in a motorised vehicle.
* The ball may not be hidden in a bag, coat or rucksack etc.
* Cemeteries, churchyards and the town memorial gardens are strictly
out of bounds.
* Playing after 10 pm is forbidden..."
To learn more about this game that surely was a main inspiration for
Unseen Academicals, go to:
This month's issue is another scaled-down one, owing to Your
Editor's health issues plus the fact that many people are still on
holidays, including "Fernando". But fear not, soon all will be back
to normal as WOSSNAME covers the Discworld 30th anniversary
celebrations and all the rest!
Annie Mac, Editor
03) DISCWORLD APP IS ON ITS WAY
The Ankh-Morpork iPad app is on its way. Here be a very short video
of Pterry himself introducing it:
The news has stirred a storm of protest from the Android-using
community, not to mention the vast non-Mac-products using community
04) ODDS AND SODS DEPARTMENT
4.1 THE READING'S THE THING...?!
Improbable Fictions ("a Shakespearean staged reading series") are
offering a night of Wyrd Sisters reading as part of their spring
When: 23-24 April 2013
Venue: Kentuck's Georgine Clarke Building, 503 Main Avenue,
Northport, Alabama 35476
Admission is free but seating is limited so tickets are required.
These are available at:
To view the announcement on the web, go to:
4.2 JUNIOR TALKS TED!
Rhianna Pratchett has given a 15-minute TED presentation on the
future of video gaming and the role of the writer in the games
industry. She's a very good speaker. Here be the video link:
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
5.1 REMINDER: THE FIFTH ELEPHANT IN READING
The Progress Theatre of Reading's well-received production of The
Fifth Elephant continues this week.
When: now through Saturday 26th January
Venue: Progress Theatre, Reading, Berks
Time: 7:45pm (with Matinee on Saturday 26th at 2:30pm)
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions), available from Reading Arts Box
Office (phone 0118 960 6060, booking fee applies) or by application
in person at the Hexagon or Town Hall.
5.2 REMINDER: DODGER IN ABINGDON
The Studio Theatre Club's world stage premiere of Dodger is on right
now! The world-premiere production, adapted by Stephen Briggs, runs
through the 26th of January. Tickets are £8.50 (if there are any
left). For more information, go to:
5.3 GOOD OMENS IN GLASGOW
This is your first reminder of 2013 this March, Glasgow's Cult
Classic Theatre will present the world stage premiere of Good Omens,
adapted and directed by Amy Hoff. Cult Classic has tackled The Man
in the Iron Mask and Doctor Horrible's Sing-along Blog; now it's
time for a turn at the Apocalypse as seen through the eyes of our
favourite demon-and-angel double act, Anathema Device, Newt Pulsifer
and the rest!
When: 20th-24th and 27th-30th March 2013
Venue: Cottiers Bar, Restaurant & Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland St,
Glasgow G11 5PU
Tickets: £3.00-£5.00 To book, ring the theatre box office (0141
357 4000), or to book online go to:
For more information, go to:
5.4 REVIEWS: THE FIFTH ELEPHANT IN READING
By Hugh Terry, in Get Reading:
"Normal theatrical conventions don't apply, in the sense that the
audience is not being asked to suspend its disbelief and accept the
on stage antics as reality. Absurdities mean pre-conceptions must be
left at the door. There's plenty to enjoy here: who knew that the
civilization ultimately comes down to a hot bath, a passport is a
piss-pot, or that sausages might contain... meat... Full marks to
John Goodman, the hapless but redoubtable Commander Vimes, who has
an enormous role to tackle: he keeps his head when all around is
descending into near-chaos. Stephen Clarke's Igor (one of several)
provides welcome light relief, with strong supporting performances
from Alex McCubbin as Sgt. Detritus, Louise Sands as Lady Margolotta
and Emma Wyverne as Baroness von Uberwald. It's a tribute to the
actors that they bring this sprawling, unwieldy play to life and
make sense of it..."
By theatre blogger Nicole Zandi:
"The script is well crafted, capturing the essence of Pratchett's
work, with theatrically sensitive cues for comedy and silence. Yet,
with such a complex plot, Stephen Briggs does well to condense it
down to under two hours, with a fifteen minute interval. This was
heavily reliant on Gaspode, the talking dog and theatre chorus, to
fill us in and keep us up-to-date. Likewise the handsome Captain
Carrot's inner knowledge of the dwarf kingdom, keeps the audience in
the know... The visual stimulation throughout makes it an easy
watch, a credit to the show-designers' enthusiasm for their craft.
The acute details throughout are thrilling to spot, such as the
carefully designed match box, a lonely plane[t] guide to Uberwald,
the considered Newspaper and the dwarfs' helmets with their names
painted on in the Dwarvish language. The intimacy of Progress
Theatre allows the audience to enjoy these visual cues to reinforce
the world and the story that we are being initiated into... the
power female figure in the play lays with the Tee-total Vampire Lady
Margolotta, who acts as the unlikely assistant to Sam Vimes in
guiding his investigation. In this he overcomes his own prejudice
towards Vampires, even though she does leave him to fend for himself
in a forest saturated with dangerous Wolves. It is her who seems to
be testing Vimes capabilities and she keeps intact an attractive
O6) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
6.1 NULLUS ANXIETAS UPDATES
From Damien Perry of AusDWcon:
Nullus Anxietas IV is (strangely enough) the fourth National
Australian Discworld convention. This year, it is being held in
Melbourne, at Bell Rydges, Preston, Labour Day (Victoria) weekend,
8-10 March, 2013. Right now, we're in a flurry, making sure it will
be an incredible experience. The theme for the con is Soul Music,
complete with a Buskers' Guild and the Fourecks Factor.
It started as an international cultural festival, operated out of
Ankh-Morpork by the Dark Clerks. And then the Dibblers got hold of
it. Suddenly, it's more glitzy, more grandiose, with everything
guaranteed by the Dibbler seal of quality (don'treadthefineprint).
the Fourecks Factor, with sneak previews available over the next
couple of months on the YouTube Channel:
The Quaff and Scoff our Saturday night dinner, with music by
Martin Pearson Small God of folk and master of the Hedgehog
Song will be around Friday and Saturday.
AND AND AND
Ian and Reb from The Discworld Emporium will be making an
appearance. So bring your dough.
Beyond that, we'll have dancing classes, beard-knitting (for when
you want to sneak into a show), loads of panels, Guild competitions,
a Funny Vegetable extravaganza, a new game from Treefrog, and much
SPENDING MONEY ON US (buying tickets)
"That's fantastic! How do I join up?" This is the important bit.
Tickets for Nullus Anxietas are available from
Ticket sales close the week before the con, but for the latecomers,
tickets will be available at the door for $200. For those people who
have already bought a supporting membership, please note that
upgrades will only be available until the end of January. After that
time, you would need to pay the full price for your membership.
Tickets are $180 from the website so it's definitely worth buying
MERCHANDISE AND TOURS
This is a Dibbler-run operation, so there must be things to buy.
Check out our online shop:
Before and after the convention, there are tours running. A walking
tour of Melbourne on the Friday to introduce you to our fine city,
and a Brewery Tour on the Monday to farewell it. The Walking Tour is
available through our shop. Book the Brewery Tour through our
QUAFF AND SCOFF
On the Saturday night, join us for the Quaff and Scoff. Tickets are
available from our site:
A three course meal, drinks for sale, a rockin' band, quizzes and
competitions. It will be a fantastic evening.
FINDING US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Finally, we are all over the web. Come find us:
Google+: search for Nullus Anxietas IV
Gallery of Wonders still to come).
Pick your favourite social media outlet and come say hi.
We look forward to seeing everybody at Nullus Anxietas IV: The
Convention with Rocks In!
6.2 NADWCON UPDATES
July is getting ever closer! This July 5th-8th in Baltimore, MD is
the time of the third North American Discworld Convention, L-Space
theme this time and featuring very special guests Sir Pterry-and-Rob
(the well-known author and his conjoined twi erm, valued
assistant), the inimitable Colin Smythe, The Long Earth co-author
Stephen Baxter, the noted Discworld medical advisor (and fan) Doctor
Pat Harkin, the Cunning Artificer (Bernard Pearson) and his
sharpshootin' deputies (aka Reb Voyce and Ian Mitchell), and the
well-loved author Esther Friesner who is coming back for her third
turn as NADWCON Mistress of Ceremonies. Short of a surprise guest
appearance by Great A'Tuin him/her/itself, what more could anyone
NADWCON3 will take place at The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel,
700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 Phone:
Some updates from the Committee:
*** Guest Announcement Colin Smythe
We are very pleased to announce that the esteemed Colin Smythe will
be joining us in July! Colin was Terry's first publisher and has
since become his literary agent and friend. His publishing
activities have involved works of Irish literature and criticism,
Irish epic myths, fairy and folklore, heraldry, orders of
knighthood, diplomacy, politics, trout fishing, and parapsychology.
He has edited and written various books relating to Lady Gregory and
her family, and is working on a bibliography of the writings of the
Nobel laureate W.B.Yeats. You can read more about Colin in his bio
on the Guests page:
or by clicking here:
*** Downloadable posters now available!
Looking forward to a grand con? So are we! Here's how you can
help get the word out, so that more like-minded Discworldians are
able to come and enjoy this splendid event together!
Step 1: Download the handy pdf (either color or b/w).
Step 2: Print it out at home or have a local artificer like Kinko's
do it for you.
Step 3: Politely enquire of your local libraries, bookstores, comic
stores and suchlike if they'd be so kind as to paste one up in a
place of prominence.
Step 4: Send us a clacks message to our forum or any of our social
media and let us all know where we can look for it!
Step 5: Bask in the knowledge of a job well done.
*** Calling all Dibblers!
We are seeking Dealers to trade at the NADWCon 2013 and provide a
vibrant shopping experience for our attendees. For full details &
application forms please see the Dealer pages under the Sign Up menu
or follow the link below:
*** Art Show now seeking Submissions
Are you a budding Leonard da Quirm? Perhaps a Methodia Rascal? Then
the NADWCon 2013 Art Show may just be the place for you! We are
planning a wonderful Art Show and hope that you will honor us by
participating in it. The Art Show will feature three artist
divisions: Professional, Amateur, and Young Artist (artists through
The Art Show will include both panels for two dimensional artwork
and tables for three dimensional artwork. For full details, rules
and entry forms, visit the Art Show page by going to the At the
Convention menu, Program, Art Show or select the link below:
*** What's your Badge number?
We are pleased to announce that all registered members can now find
their badge number for the convention. You can find it under the
Sign Up menu, Membership sub-menu or:
Remember, if you're intending to go to the convention but haven't
purchased your membership yet, prices are now finalised at very
reasonable rates. These rates will stay the same even through the
convention time itself:
Adults (ages 13 and up): $111
Children (ages 6 to 12): $55.50
Family (includes up to two parents/guardians and their dependant
Supporting Membership: $33
To purchase your membership, go to:
For more details including full details of family memberships, go
If you have questions not covered on any of these pages, email
6.3 IDWCON UPDATES
The third Irish Discworld Convention will take place on 1st4th
November 2013 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick City. Membership
prices are about to rise:
Adult 40 (45 after 1st February)
Concession 30 (35 after 1st February)
Student 30 (35 after 1st February)
Teen (13-18) 15 (18 after 1st February)
Junior (8-12) 10 (12 after 1st February)
Mini (0-7) Free
To purchase your membership, go to:
07) THE THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY...
Kevin Austin says...
It has taken me until now to sit down and read Dodger. I have read
every book written by Terry but this one has proved to be a
masterpiece. Being a Dickens fan I was really looking forward to
Terry's take on Victorian London and this did not dissapoint. If
anything Terry has shown himself to be a master of literary work and
dare I say has out Dickensed Dickens with fantastic charicatures and
a real understanding of London's poor at the time with a wicked
sense of Humour. Favourite character for me was Solomon the refugee
Jew with a sense of right and wrong and a great sense of humour.
Thank you so much Terry for yet another fantastic story.
Ingi Agnarsson says...
Dear Terry, I have named a spider in your honor Anelosimus
pratchettii Reference: Agnarsson I. 2012. Systematics of new
subsocial and solitary Australasian Anelosimus species (Araneae,
Theridiidae). Invertebrate Systematics 26: 1-16.
Graca Castro Ribeiro says...
Thank you very much. Your books have changed my life.
Jill Carter says...
I just finished reading all 39 Discworld books back to back over the
last few months. THANK YOU, thank you, thank you!!
Linda McNeil says...
My husband died very suddenly in November and, being a very long
time fan of Discworld, I found comfort in a quotation from Reaper
Man so much so that I had it read at his Humanist funeral. The
quotation was "In the Ramtop village where they dance the real
Morris dance, for example, they believe that no one is finally dead
until the ripples they cause in the world die away until the
clock he wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished
its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of
someone's life, they say, is only the core of their actual
existence." Thank you very much for writing that.
Cathy Trivigno says...
The world is a brighter place with you in it, Sir Terry. Happy New
Melissa Gelpi says...
Sir I am new to the Tiffany Aching series and just wanted to tell
you how much I have enjoyed them. I started with Wee Free Men for my
Children's Literature class (last year) and this week have finished
the other three. Although I am far from a "young adult" - I love
these stories. I see that Tiffany's last story was in 2010. I do
hope that you are well, after reading an article about your health,
and your intention of your daughter taking on "Discworld."I do hope
she brings Tiffany back to us again.
Ronda Rodda says...
I would love to see Doctor Who land in Discworld and encounter the
ever amazing headology expert Granny Weatherwax. I'm sure that
between them they could outsmart what ever the multiuniverse, time
spectrum etc, etc throws their way!!!
Mary Karin Marshall says...
Sir Terry, Thank you for all your books. They help me to think about
why things are the way they are so that I can ask the right
Mark Paton says...
You sir, and Stephen Fry are the greatest Englishmen alive, I bow
down to you Sir, you've made my book reading days amazing, I fall
asleep everynight listening to your audiobooks and radioplays, Vimes
is THE greatest character EVER written! I hope ur well and I can't
wait for the next one, sleep soundly knowing you made the literary
wold so much better *not a Discworld fanboy!* :)
Jane Edwards says...
I adore all your works of literature, the only problem is that you
are the sole cause of me having to buy more shelves than I have wall
for. Despite the storage restrictions (boxes under the bed and to
the back of cupboards I cannot reach) I will always buy your books
sniff and stroke them like bibliophiles everywhere and read them
with pleasure and wonder. Thank you for all your works of the heart
and mind that generations will enjoy for ages to come.
Sarah Keefer says...
Dear Sir Terry, I have only now clued in to the connection in Carpe
Jugulum with "The Lyke Wake Dirge". You clever dog, you! Am teaching
Wee Free Men in my Medieval Romance course this year as part of the
Otherworld legacy begun in the Mabinogi and many Middle English
romances. There's always more to find. Thank you, sir, for the
bottomless gold mine that is the Discworld!
And finally, Gerda Merckx says...
Dear Sir Terry Pratchett, I never did write you before and I hope
you will apologize me for my english because I'm from Belgium and I
read your books in Dutch (the very good translation by Ittekot). I
tried to read them in english, maybe now I'm retired, I will try
again. I'm thankfully for your stories. Because I recognize myself
in the character of Esmee, it was really helpfull to learn to
understand myself and to laugh with myself and the world around me.
It helped me in difficult times and years to see our real world in a
different and more humoristic way and to accept myself like I am. My
friend and coworker said always that she was like Rinzwind and not
proud at it, but difficulties of life made her couragouse and for me
she is more Magraat : the young hippie witch that became adult and a
personality. But I like all your books and stories of the discworld
and also the book 'Good Omens' is one of my favorites. And last but
not least : thank you for the documentary of Alzheimer and
'euthanasie'. This was shocking but also respectfully and I really
hope that in Great Brittain will come a law that will admitt
euthanasie en will respect the free will to die for people in pain.
I wish you a good health and that alzheimer can be stopped and I
wish you all the best!
08) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South
Australia. TCoSG have regular dinner and games nights, plus play
outings, craft-y workshops, and fun social activities throughout the
year. For more info and to join their mailing list, go to:
The Broken Vectis Drummers meet on the first Thursday of every month
from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. The next
meeting will probably be on Thursday 7th February 2013, but do email
(see below) to check. All new members and curious passersby are very
welcome! For more info and any queries, contact:
The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) meets on the first
Friday of every month at the famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards.
Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome! The next WOTS meeting will
(probably) be on Friday 1st February 2013.
The next meeting of the Broken Drummers, London's original Discworld
meeting group, will be from 7pm on Monday 4th February 2013 at the
Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London W2 1JQ.
"We welcome anyone and everyone who enjoys Sir Terry's works, or
quite likes them or wants to find out more. We have had many
visitors from overseas who have enjoyed themselves and made new
friends. The discussions do not only concern the works of Sir Terry
Pratchett but wander and meander through other genres and authors
and also leaping to TV and Film production. We also find time for a
quiz. The prize is superb. The chance to set the quiz the following
The Broken Drummers are going from strength to strength in the new
century. Here be their latest (January 2013) meet report:
"January is usually a quiet month for Drummers but this year the
meeting was far enough from New Year's Day to get a reasonable
attendance. Chris prepared a special quiz on firsts, where he
provided the answers and participants had to supply the questions.
It was a tough quiz, so much so that at one point Larry suggested
that the relevant questions might be, "When was the last time a pub
quizmaster was hung, drawn and quartered?" However, Colin won by
miles because, as he said, general knowledge is his special subject.
He will be doing the next quiz so beware! We had a new member come
along. Bailey, from the USA, will be in London for the next few
months. I made everyone introduce themself and say one thing they
liked and disliked. Lots of people seemed in a positive frame of
mind, struggling to think of a dislike. As someone who could easily
fill a Room 101 Christmas special, I find this amazing. Judy caused
outrage when people heard that she did not like kittens until it
became clear that what she had actually said was "kidneys" (which
immediately prompted the question of whether this included her own).
Discussion of religion followed. Bailey revealed that she was once
almost thrown out of a Sunday school class for mistaking Jesus for
one of the Beatles. Chris meanwhile was actually expelled from two
Sunday schools for pedantry and for asking questions about
armadilloes in the book of Deuteronomy and other technicalities. He
assures us that hedgehogs are kosher."
For more info, contact BrokenDrummers@...
The Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of
Flatalists, a Pratchett fangroup, have been meeting on a regular
basis since 2005 but is now looking to take in some new blood
(presumably not in the non-reformed Uberwald manner). The Flatalists
normally meet at The Narrowboat Pub in Victoria Street, Skipton, N
Yorks, to discuss "all things Pratchett" as well as having quizzes
Details of future meetings are posted on the Events section of the
Discworld Stamps forum:
Drummers Downunder meet on the first Monday of every month in Sydney
at Maloneys, corner of Pitt & Goulburn Streets, at 6.30pm. The next
meeting will (probably) be on Monday 4th February 2013. For more
information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax):
Perth Drummers meet on the traditional date of first Monday of the
month, from 6pm at The Vic Hotel, 226 Hay St, Subiaco. The next
meeting will be on Monday 4th February 2013. For more information
Daniel Hatton at daniel_j_hatton@...
09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
Lord Vetinari as he might have been in the days when Ankh (as
opposed to Ankh-Morpork) had kings? The face may be familiar...
Death of Rats glassware:
This way to the Church of Om:
Best of all! Glenn Slaven's daughter Alanah dressed as the young
Tiffany Aching for Book Week. Perfect, right down to the determined
10) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
Blogger Alison aka The Cheap Reader reviews Wee Free Men:
"Tiffany is an interesting heroine. Heroes/heroines in YA books
always seem to be under prepared. To me, Tiffany seemed especially
unprepared. She's having to rescue her brother with little more than
a frying pan and a book on sheep diseases? Errr, good luck with
that. She definitely wasn't a 'normal' heroine. It may have
accidentally, kind of been her fault that her brother was
kidnapped/taken. Despite that, she still goes to save him. Not
because it's the right thing to do. Not because she has the hero
complex so she has to do it. But because he's her brother and that's
that... If I wanted to continue with the Discworld books in the
future, I'll be picking up the next book in the Tiffany Aching
Blogger JR Finlay reviews Nation, giving it 5 out of 5 stars:
"Pratchett created a perfect world of blue lagoons, sandy beaches,
dolphins, forests, caves, bugs and vomiting Pantaloon Birds that was
a joy to behold. But that was just it. I was looking at it as though
it were in a fish bowl. Every detail was sublime, and yet I couldn't
immerse myself within. I couldn't figure out for the life of me why
I still just didn't care. It was pretty yes, but what was the point
of it all, this small little perfect place? Was it the humour that
kept me away? Although funny and perfectly written, was it that
stopped my mind from taking it seriously?... As the book progressed,
it occurred to me that this story was not just one about survival,
but about the importance of faith. Everyone on the island had a
story to tell, a reason to believe in something whether it be a
Imo's (God) divine will, a rescue ship on the horizon or a new shell
(hermit crab reference). As secrets were revealed on the island and
hints of an ominous showdown for the islanders surfaced I found
myself struggling to put the book down. I kept hitting the glass of
the fish bowl. I was inside the world and it was a lot bigger once
I was inside. I didn't want to climb out. Everyday after work I'd
flump on the sofa and find myself back on the beach beside Mau,
staring at the horizon... I fell in love with this book, and was
very sad it ended. I may have to pick up another Pratchett soon..."
Blogger Chris Gladis reviews Interesting Times:
"This book is about wanting what you don't have, and what happens
when you get it... Like so many Discworld books, this is a lot of
fun to read. The Agatean Empire is a blend of ancient China and
Japan, giving us ninja and samurai alongside blue and white Ming
ceramics and an exam-based bureaucracy. And like most of the other
Discworld books, this one gives you something to think about
what do you want to be? Rincewind wants to be left alone, because he
thinks he'll be safer that way. Cohen wants to settle down, because
he worries that his life as a barbarian hero might be catching up to
him. Lord Hong wants to be a gentleman of Ankh-Morpork, or at least
the ruler of such men. And the people of the Empire, who call
themselves the Red Army, want to be free, even though they have no
idea what being free means..."
Blogger Margaret Karloff, formerly a non-fan of Discworld, has had a
change of heart thanks to Wyrd Sisters:
"For an Author who's been around for a while i didn't love him.
Terry Pratchett was for when i was between book and didn't know what
to read next. All this till i re-read 'Wyrd Sisters' and discovered
the conversation on the power of the word. the characters are the
palace fool, the Macbeth like usurping duke Felmet, and the
demanding woman behind the man the Duchess... fantasy with an
outspoken heart! i love when wisdom slips in gently preferably with
Blogger Travis J Smith has quibbles with Feet of Clay:
"With Feet of Clay, I don't sense the same effortlessness that I
recall Making Money having. His humor, in this case, feels unnatural
and forced. To provide an example, there's a scene in which a horse
doctor is called in to tend to a man who's been poisoned, and
Pratchett milks the he's-talking-as-if-the-guy's-a-horse joke bone
dry. Then there are the names of the characters. Things like Cheery
Littlebottom and Carrot. It was enough to make me question whether
Pratchett was a closet Dragon Ball Z fan; honestly, I was half-
expecting a character named after a type of undergarment to show up
at some point during the proceedings. Then there's the story itself,
like the humor, too on-the-nose. Pratchett aims to launch a
satirical attack on matters including, but not limited to, slavery,
racism, and politics; however, it's all so transparent that I could
feel myself being led along forcibly by the hand to where Pratchett
wanted me to go, all the while he stood atop his soap-box lecturing
me. Without the humor to enliven it, the satire falls flat. Which is
why there's hope for Pratchett yet; Making Money, in the short
snippet I read, amused me more than the entirety of Feet of Clay..."
Blogger Shuggie is back with a review of TAMAHER:
"When I first started this book I was very aware that the language
was aimed at a YA audience. However that faded fairly quickly as I
became engrossed in the story. I will say that this is quite dark
for a book for younger readers. It does have some disturbing scenes.
However the humour is there as are the likeable characters...
There's some interesting thoughts here about leading/following, the
need for and dangers of stories..."
...and also reviews The Last Hero:
"The Last Hero is subtitled 'A Discworld Fable'. I'm not quite sure
what makes it a fable. Perhaps the publishers were just looking for
something to describe it with due to its different format. Which is
that it's a large 176-page book with lots of illustrations and full
page pictures. However it's not a graphic novel and the text is
complete in itself. The pictures, as nice as they are and they are
very well done, are illustrations only. You could read just the text
and not miss out on anything. Also it's a Discworld story in exactly
the same way that any of the others are. It just happens to be
shorter. So a novella yes, fable well maybe..."
Blogger sid 1979 reviews A Blink of the Screen:
"I'm enjoying the read, and am fascinated to see the sheer breadth
of his imagination. There are a couple of really interesting sci-fi
concepts in there, and a great story about an author who meets one
of his characters. There is also a lovely gag about a smuggler, and
even one story that is only 100 words long. And I've not even got to
the Discworld stories yet!... There is a short description by the
man himself prefacing each story, and they all note the publication
date. As the stories progress through the years, you can actually
feel the development of his writing style, watching as it edges
towards the smooth flow his later works. As I said, it's
Blogger Librarianaut seems to think Hogfather is a(n) "Xmas book":
Hogfather is a Discworld novel about Xmas. But more importantly to
me the first time I read it 13 or so years ago, it's about belief.
For me that makes it one of my favourite Discworld novels (beside
Small Gods). I remember it being very important to me when I was
still in my X-Files stage of life, where the Mulder/Scully dynamic
between skepticism and faith was what I lived for in my fiction.
This Xmas, reading the book again, I could read it a bit more as a
straight-up novel, not a culmination of philosophy... I'd forgotten
huge chunks of the plot (though I remembered the Tooth Fairy being
important somehow) but the bits about belief and the need to believe
in little lies like the Hogfather as practice for believing in big
lies like justice stuck with me..."
Blogger Cadaverine reviews Jingo:
"I read many Discworld books in my formative years, that is to say
from age 13 (I would have liked to have read them sooner if only I'd
known they existed) and they formed a sort of philosophy curriculum
for me. Pater's personal views, while heavy with irony, do still
tend towards the 'by jingo!' sort of British military mindset and my
reasons for force-feeding him Vimes books essentially boil down to
getting him to read this book in particular. War, doncherknow. Since
he's bound to bring up this scene or that one, I thought I'd give
myself a refresher and picked it up from my bookshelf yesterday.
It's one of my favourites (Vimes books tend to be), and my copy is
well-loved. The pages are yellowed and creased, the spine is cracked
and fraying, the cover is dog-eared, and at some point I seem to
have accidentally dripped candle wax on it..."
Blogger Kell Smurthwaite was delighted by The World of Poo:
"As would be expected, it's filled with interesting little
footnotes of fascinating facts about faeces, other bodily waste, its
uses, and the people who remove it, as well as the industries that
flourish because of it. Adult fans of the Discworld series will
chuckle knowingly as they enjoy it, but those who are parents may
also find they decide to read it to their young children who must
surely appreciate a good story about poo, and will love the little
black and white line drawings just don't be surprised if you
open it one day to find your little darlings have coloured in all
Blogger Josey Gist gives a thumbs-up to Dodger:
"At times, the plot is predictable, but Dodger's comical encounters
with Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, and Sweeney Todd, the demon
barber of Fleet Street, make this a fun read for anyone who loves
the history of Victorian London or Terry Pratchett. Dodger is told
with all of his usual wit and charm, although Pratchett does take a
few historical liberties, which are explained in the afterword, for
anyone who is curious to know more about the history behind the
book's plot. Highly recommended for die-hard fans and newcomers..."
Blogger redheadedstitcher found the Discworld love via Snuff, and
fell for a less obvious "hero":
"I have tried reading the Discworld books before but could never get
into them or get my head around the concepts. It took me ten years
but it was well worth the wait! It was only by chance seeing it in
the chart book section that made me think give it another go... As I
have read a few murder mystery titles before and as this felt a
familiar scenario perhaps that's why I got into it so easily. My
favourite character was Stinky the goblin who I hope Pratchett will
write a novel about soon! I will defintely by reading the other
Discworld novels and I hope to enjoy them all as much as I did this
If possible, we'll see you just before the end of the month with
more news and promised reviews. If not, roll on February!
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