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    WOSSNAME -- MARCH 2005 -- PART 3 OF 5 (continued) ... oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 9) HOW I DISCOVERED TERRY PRATCHETT by Steven
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2005
      WOSSNAME -- MARCH 2005 -- PART 3 OF 5 (continued)


      by Steven D'Aprano

      I will never forget the first time I picked up a Discworld novel. I
      was going to University at the time. I was in a specialist
      Science Fiction and Fantasy book store -- anyone from Melbourne
      will probably know Minotaur Books -- looking for the latest Larry
      Niven novel, when I noticed a stack of paperbacks with the most
      fascinating covers.

      The cover was so bright and colourful and *busy* and its very
      comic-book awfulness was somehow appealing: there was a strange
      box with dozens of dear little feet flying through the air. Sitting
      on the box, or holding on for dear life, were a tall, ghostly-pale
      woman, a wizard, a strange-looking four-eyed man, and a pair of
      barbarian warriors. Beneath them, trolls waved axes, birds flew
      around them, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse followed them.

      At first I wasn't terribly impressed -- it was just fantasy, and I
      was into Science Fiction with Capital Letters. Oh, I had read
      Tolkien, of course, and Larry Niven's fantasy was great, and it
      wasn't exactly like I had anything against dragons. But fantasy
      wasn't working for me; most of what I had read had been humourless
      and yet silly at the same time.

      But the cover was so bad it was good, and it certainly caught my
      eye. It was, of course, by Josh Kirby, an artist I'd never heard of
      but soon came to seek out. I read the blurb and thought it had
      promise, but I'd been burnt by so-called humorous fantasy before. I
      needed to know more about The Light Fantastic. So I did what I always
      do: I skimmed the book, opening it at random, reading a paragraph
      here, half a page there.

      And that's when I found The Line. (Or rather, The Paragraph, but
      that doesn't sound as good.)

      As soon as I found The Line, I knew that *this* book was different:
      it may have been a silly fantasy parody, but it was a fantasy parody
      by somebody who actually had a sense of humour. A very rare thing

      "In fact the Gods were as puzzled by all this as the wizards were,
      but they were powerless to do anything and in any case were engaged
      in an eons-old battle with the Ice Giants, who had refused to return
      the lawnmower."

      A small thing, it is true, but back then The Line resonated in my
      brain like a particle of inspiration. It was that moment that I knew
      that I had to have that book, and I had to have it now. Er, or
      rather, I had to have it then. I was hooked.

      How did you get started with Discworld? What first caused you to open
      the covers and start reading? Write to WOSSNAME at



      Date: 24th February 2005
      Venue: downtown Melbourne and Automatic Cafe at Crown
      Attending: Jerm, Dru, SteVen, Libwolf, Matt, Mad Meg Mogg,
      and lots of mosquitos

      (continued more or less)


      It is Desperation Time in Melbourne ... no one can remember anything.
      I'm drawing a complete blank on further Pumpkin Meet reports - not
      that I can't remember what went on, but it seems, um, boring heheh ...

      -- Dru


      As for the Pumpkin report, see what you can improvise. I never
      said it had to be strictly factual <):-) Perhaps something from the
      Pumpkin Meet on Mondo Bizzaro might fill the bill -- talks by
      Carrot's sister Buffy Ironfoundersson, the dwarf vampire Slayer
      -- strange creatures from other-dimensional DW places where the
      sun does not shine -- Dibbler's cheapest menus -- exciting fights
      between Gaspode and Greebo -- visiting DW horoscopers like
      Anaemia Asterisk and the Ghost of Lady Aranluc. Not to mention
      guest appearances by Dr.Rjinswand, Ronald Saveloy, and Rob Anybody.

      -- Joe


      Hah! Just got to my Hotmail - my own Hex is being er um difficult
      ATM so I shut it down yesterday (which we normally NEVER do)
      and just woke it up now. I'll see what I can do!

      Sarah just came up with a great idea re pumpkins -- involving
      Nanny Ogg being in a pumpkin bake-off, including much complaining
      because she's had her *special* ingredients confiscated!

      ~wanders off to write...something for WN~ something ........

      -- Dru


      We're going to press. Now! Aaargh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dru, Dru, Dru.........wot am I gonna do?

      -- Joe

      (Ed: This came in somehow and I would normally reject
      it, but it seems to mean something. I'm not sure just what.)

      On Fri, Mar 04, 2005 at 09:17:07AM +1100, Megan Ruff wrote:

      To the Editor:

      > > >Of course, I'm also infinitely grateful to Pterry for the enrichment of
      > > > language and provision of many a reference, handy for use in unlikely
      > > > situations. It's even better if I'm accompanied by someone who _gets_
      > > > the > > > references.
      > >
      > > People here are always looking at me strange when I come out with Pterry
      > > references - at least in Hull I knew a couple of people who read
      > > Discworld, > > none of my friends here do. And it's even harder when you
      > > have to speak French!
      > >
      > You definitely have to pick your audience. In fact I used to get told off
      > > for excessive quotage by a person who wouldn't be convinced to read the
      > > source.

      My roommate, an avid fan, is also quite an accomplished dress maker.
      One day she was complaining about not making enough money, and
      without thinking, I told her she should form a Guild of Seamstresses.
      Five long, silent seconds pass. We both burst into fits of laughter,
      whilst everyone else is just looking at us funny.

      I seem to have misplaced my random sig generator!

      -- Lujan
      End of Part 3, says my computer -- continued on Part 4 of 5
      If you did not get all 5 parts, write: jschaum111@...

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