638WOSSNAME -- Main issue -- June 2012
- Jun 17, 2012WOSSNAME
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
June 2012 (Volume 15, Issue 6, Post 1)
WOSSNAME is a free publication for members of the worldwide
Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North
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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Fiona (not Bruce) Bruce
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Copyright 2012 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
03) IMPORTANT STUFF!!!
04) WODEHOUSE PRIZE (INCLUDING PIG) FOR "SNUFF"
05) ...AND HAY FESTIVAL TRIUMPH
06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
07) REVIEWS: THE LONG EARTH
08) MORE REVIEWS OF PRATCHETT PRIZE WINNER NOVELS
09) BAXTER AND PRATCHETT: HOW THEY MET
10) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
11) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
12) REVIEW: WORLD OF POO
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"Comic spirit is something which is impossible to define, but you
know it when you see it. And Pratchett's absolutely got it."
Peter Florence, one of the Wodehouse Prize 2012 judges
"Do we keep the pig or champagne? The perennial pig/champagne
Pterry, on receiving his Wodehouse Prize...pig?!
"I found PG Wodehouse when I was thirteen. I read everything of his
that I could get my hands on and because of him actually considered
one day taking up golf. It was a close run thing. Very many thanks
to those who inexplicably decided on giving me this award."
ibid, sans pig
"I can't be bothered about death. I have made him so popular that he
owes me one."
and during his talk at the 2012 Hay Festival
02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR: EARLY EDITION
This early edition features a number of items about The Long Earth,
which will of course be published on 21st June including several
reviews. But first, let me mention another great and iconic science
fiction author on the occasion of his passing: Ray Bradbury, who
died this month (5th June 2012) at the grand old age of ninety-
one. His touch with language was so exquisite, his influence vast.
He could lift the heart with his phrasing, or freeze the marrow
(there's one of his short stories, which I daren't even name, that
to this day evokes horror if I pause for even a moment to think
about its content). His penchant for melding the weird and the
utterly prosaic had no greater master.
I discovered his work in my early days, when I would sneak into
libraries (as an unaccompanied, very small, very young girl had to
do back then) and randomly pick and read. I carried on reading his
work through the years. Even in his later stuff, from Driving Blind
onwards, his wordsmithing lost none of its power.
I am glad he existed, glad he wrote, and glad he had a good long
run. Vale Ray Bradbury!
In other news, a reminder that 22nd June is the closing date for
online Convivium registrations, and also the last date for
Supporters to upgrade to an attending membership:
Oh, and remember, the paperback edition of Snuff is out now and
contains exclusive material from The Long Earth! Speaking of which,
your Editor wishes to apologise for delaying the WOSSNAME Long Earth
review. As (far too) usual, illness got in the way of my completing
it on time for this early issue, but it *will* appear in a later
post this month.
Now, for exciting news about a certain iconic science fiction author
who ate'nt dead...
Annie Mac, Editor
03) IMPORTANT STUFF!
3.1 GOODY BAGS!
...are up for grabs in daily contests all this month on the official
Terry Pratchett Facebook page. The questions are simple, and to
enter the competitions all you need is email. Typical questions so
far have included "What type of wood is the luggage made from?",
"What is the name of the main character in The World of Poo?", "What
new species is introduced in Snuff?", and "The Long Earth is a
collaboration between Terry Pratchett and which other best-selling
science fiction author?" So go for it! Go to:
3.2 PARALLEL WORLDS IN ROUNDWORLD!
Lynsey of Transworld says:
"For those who fancy a trip to London, next Wednesday 20th June
we're taking over a major London landmark at 12:30pm!! The location
is a secret at the moment and we'll be creating our own parallel
worlds with a special guest appearance from the man himself."
There will be plenty of Earths like this one:
3.3 DINNER WITH DA MAN!
"Meet the legendary author Sir Terry Pratchett and pick his brains
over dinner for two at an exclusive Private Member's Club in London.
You'll also receive a signed copy of his latest book. (Please note:
dinner will be on Sir Terry, but travel and accommodation is not
included. Mutually convenient time and date will be worked out once
**NOTE: the eBay page for this auction can be found here:
Bidding for the relevant item dinner with Sir Pterry opens
on Sunday 24th June.
"Here at Dignity in Dying we consider ourselves very lucky to have
Patrons ranging from Sirs Patrick Stewart and Terry Pratchett, to
actors Kim Cattrall and Hugh Grant, to authors Nell Dunn and Ian
McEwan, as well as a host of other luminaries. On top of their
continued commitment to the campaign, this growing list of Patrons
recently told us they wanted to do something more to help. They
wanted to do something different; something which could help raise
awareness of our campaign among the wider public, and also generate
some money to help fund the campaign's crucial next steps. And so
Dignity in Dying is proud to invite you to our unique online auction
Bidding for Choice 2012. Our Patrons have donated 18 incredible
items for auction, ranging from one-off experiences to signed
3.4 LIVE VIDEO OF THE LONG EARTH AUTHORS!
"Next Thursday night Stephen Baxter & Terry Pratchett will be
talking all things parallel worlds at The Royal Institution! Not got
a ticket? Don't worry, you can watch the event in all its glory on
the Royal Institution's fantastic science video site, The Ri
Channel. The film will be available from 11am on Tuesday 26 June and
you can watch it by clicking here..."
04) THE WINNER! WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR "SNUFF"
In The Guardian:
"Peter Florence called it a 'comic masterpiece'. He said; 'Yes,
there are little jewels of language and comedy, but it's the
generosity of spirit throughout the whole project which makes it
such a comic masterpiece,' he said. 'And even after all these years
he's spent in Discworld, he actually keeps refining it and making it
sharper and clearer. That's an extraordinary achievement. You would
expect a slowdown but there's none of that, and that, I think, is
almost an unparalleled feat.' Pratchett has been shortlisted on
three previous occasions for the Wodehouse award: the two authors,
said Florence, are surprisingly similar. 'There are so many things
he does which Wodehouse did too. It's not just the playfulness of
the language he's also quite patently satirical in the way
Wodehouse was," he said. "Wodehouse was really hard on fascism. He
wasn't simply writing a comedy of manners, and neither is Pratchett
Both of their invented worlds are wrestling with the political
realities of their times.'..."
In The Telegraph:
"The award, which is given to the book that best captures the 'comic
spirit' of PG Wodehouse, will be presented to Pratchett for his 39th
Discworld novel Snuff. It comes a week after the writer won a Bafta
for his documentary about euthanasia, Choosing to Die. Pratchett
beat fellow nominees John O'Farrell (The Man Who Forgot His Wife),
Julian Gough (Jude in London), Sue Townsend (The Woman Who Went to
Bed for a Year) and John Lanchester (Capital) to the title. The
prize itself includes a case of champagne, a set of Wodehouse
novels, and the unusual honour of having a locally bred
Gloucestershire Old Spot pig named after the winning work..."
"It is the first time Pratchett has won the prize, named in honour
of Jeeves and Wooster creator PG Wodehouse, despite being
shortlisted on three previous occasions. Prize judge Peter Florence
said: 'I am thrilled he's won in this 25th anniversary year of the
festival. He's consistently funny, inventive and with an acute,
satirical view of the world.'..."
05) ...AND HAY FESTIVAL TRIUMPH
In Wales Online:
"The talk started with Pratchett being formally awarded the
Bollinger Wodehouse prize, which saw him having a pig named after
his book, Snuff. The prize for comic writing signalled the beginning
of a talk that had fans calling him back for more. An hour wasn't
even enough time to touch the tip of the iceberg in the career of a
man who manages to fuse satire, political commentary and fantasy
with ease. When asked by a member of the audience if he wished he
was taken more seriously, he retorted 'no I bloody don't', before
going on to say that he never wished to be respected by the Turner
Prize panel, and was happy enough being rich... He was even
forthcoming when giving advice to young writers, telling them to
steer well clear of mimicking his style of writing, but telling
them: 'Look at how the best did it, but don't try to write like
me... that's suicide.' Whether or not he intended to use the word
which has appeared next to his name so often in newspaper headlines
of late we will never know, but this talk made it clear that
Pratchett is still an institution..."
The Telegraph offers a short and somewhat wind-blurred video of
author and pig being interviewed:
...and several op-ed pieces:
"Sir Terry, who was awarded the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize
for Comic Fiction, also made light of complaints he has not been
taken seriously by the critics despite writing 50 books that
have sold 80 million copies. 'Oh dear me, the Booker people don't
like me. I don't care! I was brought up reading science fiction and
everything else But I never expected anyone to say I was very
good at it I hoped they would say I was very rich... I have been
given an award for being taken not seriously and I am very, very
pleased about that.'... He described writing as running down a hill
with wings on your back and taking flight, although sometimes you
have to run up and down a few hills...."
"More recently, the 'embuggerance' of a diagnosis of posterior
cortical atrophy a rare form of Alzheimer's and Pratchett's
emergence as a doughty campaigner for assisted suicide (and
presenter of a moving and award-winning documentary on the subject)
have ensured that the people have focused as much on what he says as
what he writes. This isn't just a shame, it's an injustice. Over the
years, without many people noticing, Pratchett has created one of
the most imaginative and fully realised fictional universes in
modern literature. It would be tempting to compare it to Wodehouse's
world of Eggs, Beans and Crumpets. Except that Pratchett's Discworld
isn't frozen in amber, but the product of decades of vital and
"As a teenager, I was convinced that Good Omens was the funniest
book ever written. Yet as the years went by, my passion for
Pratchett cooled, whether because I was becoming more mature, or
because the production line that brought a new novel every six
months appeared to have drained much of the passion and sparkle from
his work. On returning to his work later in life, however, I found
something delightful: the gagsmith had transformed himself, without
anyone noticing, into a satirist..."
06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
6.1 MORT IN BUXTON (NEXT WEEK!)
"Buxton Drama League is returning to the Opera House and the
fantastical stories of Sir Terry Pratchett with a stage version
of one of his most popular tales, Mort. Having previously
entertained local audiences with Pratchett's Maskerade and Carpe
Jugulum, the Drama League make a welcome return to the Discworld
with a cast of seasoned stalwarts and talented younger actors.
Director Alex Archer said: 'This is not a play just for Terry
Pratchett fans though, it is also a self-contained story which will
engage and excite any audience member. I guarantee that you will
never see a performance quite like this again and the outstanding
performances from the cast will definitely make it both a memorable
and enjoyable experience.'"
When: Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23 2012
Venue: Buxton Opera House
Time: 7.30pm, with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm
Tickets: £10, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190
or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.
6.2 ...AND MORT IN TORONTO IN JULY
"Socratic Theatre Collective is proud to conclude its second season
with a sitespecific production of Terry Pratchett's Mort, adapted by
Stephen Briggs, presented at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival."
When: Saturday 7th July, Sunday 8th July, Friday 13th July, Saturday
14th July, Sunday 15th July
Venue: University College Quadrangle, 15 Kings College Circle,
University of Toronto St. George campus. Entrance gate is at the
north-west corner of the building, opposite the soccer field.
Time: Fridays and Saturdays 7:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm. In accordance
with Toronto Fringe Festival policy, no latecomers will be admitted.
Tickets: $10 at the door, $9 in advance ($2 service charge applied).
The venue box office is located at the entrance to the University
College Quadrangle, and will open 1 hour before each performance.
Only cash is accepted at the venue box office.
"The Toronto Fringe Festival also offers Value Packs available
online or by telephone from June 1 or in person from July 4. Due to
the outdoor nature of the venue, our rain policy is to proceed as
long as the performers' safety is not impaired. Cancellation due to
rain will be announced 15 minutes before any performance in
"As part of the Site Specific program at the Toronto Fringe, the
production will take place in the University College Quadrangle on
the University of Torontos St. George campus. This unique and
eclectic setting provides the perfect venue for Terry Pratchett's
Mort; according to director Ruth Pe Palileo, we will create a living
version of the Discworld by highlighting the unique architectural
character of the University College Quadrangle. The audience will
move through different areas, thereby creating the sense that they
are journeying with us through the Discworld. This particular play
is very much about the journey that the main character makes around
the Discworld, and by giving the audience the experience of
movement, we will enrich their understanding of his journey."
Advance Box Office: www.fringetoronto.com
Tickets are available from June 15 to July 15
Telephone: 4169661062 (x1)a
June 1530 10:00am5:00pmt
July 115 9:30am6:30pm
Payment options: Visa and Mastercard.
To buy in person, go to the Festival Box Office (parking lot behind
Honest Eds at 581 Bloor Street West)
For more information, contact Liz Bragg at 4169989772 or email
6.3 GUARDS! GUARDS! IN MINNESOTA
The Historic Mounds Theatre continue to present Pratchett plays,
hurrah! After May's production of Amazing Maurice, next up is
Guards! Guards! in September.
When: September 7th-23rd, Fridays through Sundays
Venue: The Historic Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Road, Saint Paul, MN
No information on tickets and times yet, but their website is here:
6.4 LORDS AND LADIES IN PETERSFIELD (QUEEN'S JUBILEE 2012)
"Three theatre groups and a production crew from Petersfield have
united under one banner to produce a play for the Queen's Jubilee
next year. Winton Players, Petersfield Theatre Group, Lion and
Unicorn Players and the Green A Team have come together to form the
Petersfield Performing Arts Federation. The union planned to perform
fantasy author Terry Pratchett's 'Lords and Ladies' at St Peter's
Church in September 2012. Federation spokesman Phill Humphries said:
'This is important to us because we want this to be a real community
production. We will be holding open auditions in January 2012 for
anyone who is interested in any aspect of bring this production to
the stage. You do not need experience just enthusiasm and an
Anyone who wishes to find out more should e-mail:
6.5 GOOD OMENS IN GLASGOW, 2013
Glasgow's Cult Classic Theatre (motto: "We do the weird stuff") has
received permission to present Good Omens in March 2013. Having
already successfully tackled Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog, The
Man in the Iron Mask, and other tough nuts, the wonderfully
enthusiastic Amy Hoff, who will be directing her own adaptation of
the book, says, "We're really looking forward to it it's going
to be a fairly large undertaking [and] we are all very excited."
The performances are set for 20th-23rd March 2013 and 27th-30th
March 2013 at Cottiers Theatre, a charming theatre-and-restaurant
venue in a converted church. But before that, Cult Classic Theatre
is holding auditions for the play.
Auditions will be held October 1st & 2nd, 7 pm at Cottiers Theatre,
93-95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow. For those of you up Caledonia way
then, do come along; you might even meet the Pineguin...
Have a look at previous productions on their website:
6.6 THE BIRTH OF A NEW PRATCHETT THEATRE COMPANY
"So, what exactly is Monstrous Productions?! Well, we're a Cardiff
based theatre company who solely perform Pratchett adaptations.
We're funded through sponsorship and investors and all of our profit
goes to Alzheimer's Research UK. Our next production will be Carpe
Jugulum in June 2013 (possibly `Going Postal' will keep you
updated). I'm going to hold auditions for all of the South Wales
area; anyone who has the time to rehearse twice a week from March
until June is welcome, I'm hoping to get all ages and backgrounds...
As the play is so far away I don't really have to think about that
yet; first comes funding... It's all a little bit strange though. A
few months back I started this blog because I had the chance to
direct one Pratchett play and now I have a company that specialises
The Monstrous Productions Facebook group is here:
"Please join if you're interested in helping, auditioning or just
keeping up to date with what we're doing."
6.7 REVIEW: WYRD SISTERS IN CORNWALL
In This Is Cornwall:
"A wordy play with meaty parts, there were outstanding performances
from Margaret Gardener, Carole Metters and Olivia Lowry playing the
three witches. Suzanne Bugano was pure joy as wicked Lady Felmet,
constantly sparring with her hapless husband the Duke, played by Ed
Blincoe. The Fool of the story was cleverly played by Richard
Thomas, with Tim Caulfield turning in good performances as the
chamberlain, the demon and Hwel, a playwright... Sadly, Wyrd
Sisters was not Troy [Players] at the top of its game; the prompt
was kept busy on the night I went and the play lacked pace. With
more than 20 scene changes, the set was brilliantly designed and
built to revolve, but what should have been a quick turnaround was
slow hampered by musicians trooping on and off stage in a bid to
distract the audience... It was a directorial error which irritated
rather than distracted..."
6.8 REMINDER: LORDS AND LADIES IN SOMERSET
Taunton Thespians are currently presenting their outdoor touring
production of Lords and Ladies in various locations around Somerset.
Venues and dates REMAINING:
Tuesday 19th Maunsel House
Wednesday 20th Muchelney Abbey
Thursday 21st The Museum of Somerset, Taunton
Saturday 23rd Cleeve Abbey
Tickets: £10 adults, £9 over-60s, and £4 under-16s and the
unemployed, with a £1 discount per ticket for each one bought in
advance. Available at the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre
(01823-283244), Taunton Tourist Information Centre (01823-336344) or
online at the Taunton Thespians' website (see below).
Tickets are valid for any performance, so in case of a rained-out
performance your ticket can be used at a different venue.
07) REVIEWS: THE LONG EARTH
7.1 i09'S REVIEW
By Chris Hsiang aka Grey Area:
"The Long Earth is a brilliant Science Fiction collaboration with
Stephen Baxter: a love letter to all Pratchett fans, readers, and
lovers of wonder everywhere...
"This book is well-paced, featuring one bright concept after another
with many thrills and laughs along the way. Only at the very end are
we introduced to the really big conflicts and heavies leading up to
yep, BOOM a cliffhanger... It's great to see Sir Terry
return to science fiction, weaving a chuckling philosophy with an
appreciation for the wonders of the universe(s)... I found some
elements that seem recycled from Discworld novels, especially Thief
of Time. Then I remembered this came first, and of course a
Pratchett book will have Prachetty notes. Stephen Baxter seems to be
one of the last few practitioners of Hard SF around, and his
contributions here are noticeable. He's very good at the societal
impacts of new technology and the Big Picture..."
[WARNING: the full review contains spoilers. Many spoilers. Many,
many spoilers. Do not read if you don't want to know too much about
the story in advance! Ed.]
Hsiang also offers a loving essay, "Bad Boys of the Multiverse: An
Alternate Universe Reading Guide", about the rest of the best in
multiverse-based science fiction and science fantasy. Well worth
reading! It lives here:
7.2 SFX MAGAZINE'S REVIEW
By Rob Power:
"A far cry from the comic fantasies that made Pratchett a household
name, The Long Earth reveals its intentions slowly, the
possibilities of the endless Earths gradually becoming apparent. The
central plot is wide-eyed exploratory SF in the American tradition,
interspersed with stories of individuals and families whose lives
are radically transformed by the prospect of a new life on an Earth
"It's a story that revels in big ideas... It also poses big
questions: why have humans only evolved on our Earth? Are there
other creatures out there? Where does the Long Earth end? What have
potatoes got to do with anything? You can sense the excitement of
the authors as they toy with the labyrinthine possibilities of their
premise, and it's infectious. As a co-write, things go pretty
smoothly. You can detect Pratchett's fingerprints in various gags
and character quirks, just as you can sense Baxter's imagination
at play as Lobsang and Joshua encounter strange new worlds together.
It's an intoxicating combination, infusing proceedings with a
great sense of purpose..."
08) REVIEW: PRATCHETT PRIZE WINNERS
In The Daily Express, Mark Lawrence reviews Apocalypse Cow and Half
Sick of Shadows and gives both a very high mark, 4.5 out of a
"The TPABHABNFN Awards first year has brought forth two diverse
offerings, one entertaining and uproariously funny in places; the
other intriguing, beautiful, and ultimately baffling..."
On Michael Logan's novel, Apocalypse Cow:
"Writing comedy is hard. One-liners are all well and good but you
have to create characters that readers will care about. Fortunately,
Michael Logan has done a solid job of writing and an excellent job
of being funny..."
On David Logan's Half-Sick Of Shadows:
"David Logan writes magical lines, he works wonders with words,
loops them around ideas and captures them whole for you. He also
deploys the childs-eye view to highly amusing effect with innocent
interpretation and offbeat observation. The first part... reads like
literary fiction of high quality... Around the halfway point,
strangeness sets in, credulity becomes strained, characters
exaggerate into caricature but Logan has won such trust with a
skilful opening that you're carried onward..."
09) HOW THEY MET: TERRY PRATCHETT AND STEPHEN BAXTER
The two authors interviewed together by Adam Jacques in The
"I'd read Terry's science-fiction novels from the early 1980s, in
particular Strata, which stuck in my mind... I was never
particularly a fan of the fantasy genre, but having read his
science-fiction I followed his early Discworld novels, such as The
Colour of Magic. It was big, expansive, adventure stuff, full of
Dickensian wisdom that will long outlive us all. We met in 1992 at
an Arthur C Clarke event in Minehead: he had on that black fedora
hat even then. Over dinner we talked about sci-fi between us
we'd read all the sci-fi written since the 1930s, and that broke the
ice. After that we'd go to sci-fi conventions together, while every
year our publisher would put on a dinner and stick us together.
Terry would say, "So what news of the quantum?" or "What are all
these cosmologists banging on about now?" He was really interested
in my background of hard science..." (Baxter)
"What I love about Stephen's books is that they're not so much
science-fiction as a reality that didn't quite happen... I liked
doing the Discworld series, because I can do lots of things with it,
but it isn't a 'what if...' [scenario], as Stephen's books are. I
think it does Discworld good if I don't write about it all the time:
sometimes you have to get it out of your system..." (Pterry)
10) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
Pterry and that pig!
And another lovely shot of the pair: http://tinyurl.com/bpcndl5
Sir Pterry with his BAFTA award:
Paul Kidby's delicious picture of Conina and Rincewind:
11) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
11.1 SPEAKING OUT...
In The Telegraph:
"The author, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's disease,
accused opponents especially Churches of relying on
arguments about 'gas chambers' and 'jackboots'. He told a gathering
of supporters of assisted dying in Zurich, Switzerland home of
the Dignitas clinic that the steady stream of people from the UK
travelling abroad to end their lives was the 'shame of Britain'. Sir
Terry... told the congress of the World Federation of Right to Die
Societies that the 'vast majority' of people in the UK supported
assisted suicide but that politicians were cowed by a vocal minority
of opponents. 'I have spoken about this many times and always there
is vociferous opposition to the idea and ultimately the opposition
is from a small number of people, usually associated with the
churches,' said Sir Terry. 'Politicians take no notice nevertheless,
and the opponents fill the air with dire warnings that elderly
people would be persuaded to opt for an early death so as to release
their money to the younger generation,' he said. 'The opposition is
very good at asking questions, and absolutely very bad at listening
to answers, a usual reaction to any suggestion being it would lead
to the gas chambers, and amazingly some newspapers in England print
this stuff without questioning how likely it is that the most stable
of all democracies on the planet would allow the wholesale killing
of the innocent.'..."
11.2 AND SPEAKING AT WORLD CONFERENCE ON EUTHANASIA
"Representatives from around 45 countries are expected at the five-
day congress of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, held
every two years. The venue of the 2012 meeting honours the 30th
anniversary of Zurich-based group called Exit, a group carrying out
assisted suicides in Switzerland where the practice is legal under
certain conditions... The conference will hear from acclaimed
British fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett, himself diagnosed with
Alzheimer's several years ago and patron of pro-choice group Dignity
in Dying... Pratchett will address the conference during its open
day on Friday along with Ludwig Minelli, founder of Swiss assisted
suicide group Dignitas, and German writer Ueli Oswald whose father
died with Exit... The congress, last held in Melbourne in 2010, will
also see the detractors of assisted dying have their say..."
12) REVIEW: THE WORLD OF POO
A loving and whimsical review by Derek the Scottish Geek of a
lovable and whimsical book:
"In fact I didn't think a world famous author such as Sir Terry
Pratchett would release a book about that particular subject but
here we are... the story follows the adventures of young Geoffrey as
he learns about the various importance's of excrement from various
sources including why dog muck especially the white stuff (whatever
happened to that?) could be used in the process of making the very
best leather. Geoffrey decides to start a museum dedicated to poo
from every creature on the whole of the Discworld which to most of
us would seem like a disgusting project but when seen through the
eager young eyes of Geoffrey is conveyed as a hobby like any other
and a damned interesting one at that...I can't actually believe I
just said that. In fact I would go so far as to say that while
reading this book I didn't feel disgusted even once..."
As quite a few of the items above are time-dependent, that's our lot
for this early edition. We'll be back soon with your monthly
horoscope, Around the Blogosphere, WOSSNAME's Long Earth review, and
all the usual late breaking bits and pieces. Stay tuned!
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