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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion NOVEMBER 2009 (Volume 12, Issue 11) *********************************************************************
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      WOSSNAME
      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      NOVEMBER 2009 (Volume 12, Issue 11)
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      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...
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      Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
      Editor Emeritus (retd): Joseph Schaumburger
      News Editor: Fiona (not Bruce) Bruce
      Newshounds: Vera, Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow
      Staff Writers: Asti Osborn, Paul Blake, Steven D'Aprano
      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
      time)
      Copyright 2009 by Klatchian Foreign Legion

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      INDEX:

      ====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS

      01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
      02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
      03) HOGSWATCH TIME IN WINCANTON
      04) TALKING FOOTY WITH PTERRY FOR THE GUARDIAN BOOK CLUB
      05) TALKING QUESTIONS WITH PTERRY FOR NEW SCIENTIST
      06) "LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S" WINS A BAFTA AWARD
      07) SIR PTERRY LAUNCHES SALISBURY CIVIC SOCIETY BOOK
      08) BRINGING NATION TO THE STAGE
      09) REVIEWS OF UNSEEN ACADEMICALS

      ====Part 2 -- MORE REVIEWS, MORE NEWS, ODDS AND SODS

      10) REVIEWS OF UNSEEN ACADEMICALS, CONTINUED
      11) WOSSNAME EXCLUSIVE REVIEWS: NATION LIVE AT THE NT
      12) ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND, THE MUSICAL: AT LAST!
      13) JUST THE THING FOR HOGSWATCH: UA FOOTBALL CARDS
      14) AUDIOFILE: THE SOUNDS OF PRATCHETT
      15) THE PRATCHETT COLLECTION COMES TO DUBLIN...TO STAY

      ====Part 3 -- MORE ODDS AND SODS, PLAYS NEWS, ETC.

      16) UNSEEN SEEN ON SOUTH AFRICAN BEST BOOKS OF 2009 LIST
      17) SILENCE THOSE BELLS! IT'S RTFM DARK MORRIS TIME
      18) MORE NEW DISCWORLD MINIATURES
      19) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
      20) NIGHT WATCH: PERFECT FOR HIGH SCHOOL LIT CLASSES
      21) ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
      22) EVERYTHING BUT THE ELEPHANTS
      23) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
      24) HEX IS ALIVE AND WELL IN ROUNDWORLD

      ====Part 4 -- ...AND MORE, AND HOROSCOPE

      25) CONVENTION NEWS
      26) PRATCHETT READING CHALLENGE
      27) ACTION REPLAY: RIM TO HUB'S DISCWORLD PLAYLIST
      28) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE

      ====Part 5 -- LATE BREAKING NEWS, AND CLOSE

      29) LATE BREAKING NEWS
      30) CLOSE

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      01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

      "I can tell you about a modern author who has inspired me: Terry
      Pratchett. I love his books! Each one of them stretches my
      imagination further and further. To me, he is the funniest and most
      gifted author of our time."

      -- L.J Smith, author of the Vampire Diaries series, interviewed in
      TeenScene Magazine

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      02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

      As Roundworld groans and gears up for the yearly December holiday
      frenzy, there are some wonderful Discworld and Pratchett-related
      things going on -- and some of them will make excellent presents! By
      the time you read this, Nation will have had its triumphant official
      premiere -- read on for several exclusive reviews of the preview
      performances -- so if you're in the London area or planning a visit,
      what better treat than tickets to Nation to cap your trip? For those
      further away, Only You Can Save Mankind: the Musical is now
      available to purchase as downloads, and the physical CDs will be
      available from 2nd December. And of course there's always the
      Cunning Artificer's Discworld Emporium as a source of interesting
      gifts.

      Unseen Academicals continues to rack up praise and sales, Terry
      Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's has won a well-deserved award,
      and the first Irish Discworld convention was a great pleasure for
      Our Favourite Author. All in all, it's been a good year...and like a
      certain ball game, it's not over yet.

      On with the show!

      -- Annie Mac, Editor

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      03) HOGSWATCH TIME IN WINCANTON

      For those of you who might be near Wincanton this weekend...

      "Join us for our annual festive celebration on November 28th --
      29th in Wincanton. Dress as your favourite character, meet like-
      minded folk, and revel in some extraordinary charitable nonsense!
      (the grand Discworld Quiz will be held in the Bear Inn on the Friday
      night for all those early birds who just can't wait). Festivities
      will have a theatrical, old time Music Hall feel -- so dust off
      your shiniest tinsel, don your Discworld glad rags, slather on the
      greasepaint and hurl yourselves into the Hogswatch spirit! NB: Mimes
      are strictly forbidden (of course).

      This year, to give sellers their turn in the spotlight, the Makers
      Market and craft stalls will move to the Dolphin hotel, opposite the
      Discworld Emporium. At the Bear, wonders galore will await. Among
      the attractions, those fine showmen, Lord Hong and Professor Hayden
      will demonstrate their knowledge of Auriental, Discworld themed,
      paper crafts and reptilian exotica respectively, while budding
      crafters will have the chance to produce some exclusive creations
      under the supervision of a glamorous(ish) assistant.

      Extended Grand Costume Parade: this year entrants are wickedly
      encouraged to tread the boards from 2pm in a music-hall fashion with
      short performances! So whether conjurer, contortionist, stand-up
      comedian, or just wanting to show off your Discworld attire, we want
      you to take your spot in the limelight. Efforts will be rewarded
      with a certification of participation, possible heckling, and hearty
      rounds of applause! The winner will take away the 2009 masquerade
      Cunning Cup trophy to treasure for ever more.

      In the evening, the effervescent Dame Trace will host a slot of
      tantalizing entertainment which promises to tickle and tease in all
      the right (and possibly wrong) places. Then begins the great
      tradition of the Sausage Supper, taking place in various eating
      houses around town. Please note that spaces are limited and you will
      need to book and pay for your places by filling in the booking form
      (available to download shortly).

      On Sunday you can empty your wallets for a good cause in the
      traditional Grand Charity Auction. There'll be an overwhelming
      variety of goodies up for grabs, so get your finances in order and
      your bidding arm ready!

      The Cunning Artificer's Discworld Emporium will be open for a warm
      welcome and cake all weekend. So get your costumes ready and your
      ditties polished and we'll see you in November! If you would like
      to join us why not drop us a line and let us know. Attendance is
      free but it's nice to know how much cake to make! So simply email
      us at grannypearson@... "

      http://tinyurl.com/y88zyx8

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      04) TALKING FOOTY WITH PTERRY FOR THE GUARDIAN BOOK CLUB

      The Guardian's Book Club will present "a very special Book club with
      Terry Pratchett, who will talk about his 37th Discworld novel,
      Unseen Academicals", on the 14th of December.

      Tickets are £9.50 online/£11.50 from the box office and can be
      bought direct from Kings Place at kingsplace.co.uk or by calling 020
      7520 1490.

      Venue: Hall One, Kings Place, London
      Date: Monday 14 December
      Time: 19:00
      Price: £9.50

      "Hosted by John Mullan, professor of English at University College
      London and 2009 Man Booker judge, the Guardian's Book Club examines
      a book a month, via a weekly column in the Guardian Review, a live
      Q&A session with the author, and a blog-discussion of the featured
      novel. Mullan's first three columns discuss the book in question;
      his final column consists of a selection of your comments from the
      live event and the blog."

      The Kings Place site offers a seating chart for choice, and notes
      that "tickets can only be bought online up to 1 hour and 30 mins
      before the performance."

      http://tinyurl.com/yc7c87t
      www.guardian.co.uk/books/series/bookclub
      http://tinyurl.com/yao85y3

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      05) TALKING QUESTIONS WITH PTERRY FOR NEW SCIENTIST

      A bit of an interview:

      "'Football is there to carry the plot,' says Pratchett, but the book
      itself is about his crab bucket theory. The idea, he explains, is
      that football evolved during the industrial revolution, when people
      converged on cities from the countryside. 'The old certainties back
      home had gone, they had nothing in common apart from their poverty
      but they formed a clan by supporting the same football team.' And
      crab bucket? Because crabs don't often escape from traps: 'Self-made
      ghettoes are hard to get out of.'..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ydguo8o


      Readers' selected questions, and Pterry's answers:

      http://tinyurl.com/y8t88qs

      [My favourite is the one about the hat. -- Ed.]

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      06) "LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S" WINS A BAFTA AWARD

      Terry Pratchett: Living With Alzheimer's, made by IWC Media, has won
      a 2009 Scottish Bafta award for best factual series.

      Includes a full list of the winners:

      http://tinyurl.com/yb44k4w

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      07) SIR PTERRY LAUNCHES SALISBURY CIVIC SOCIETY BOOK

      From the Salisbury Journal:

      "Author Sir Terry Pratchett signed more than 70 copies of Salisbury
      Civic Society's book, Salisbury in Detail, at a special book
      launch held at Salisbury library. The author, who lives in the
      Chalke Valley and is best known for his comic fantasy Discworld
      novels, also has an interest in architectural detail and has written
      the foreword to the book. Salisbury in Detail, containing more than
      500 colour photographs and text, offers an unusual insight into
      buildings in the city, both public and private, highlighting obvious
      details such as doors and windows as well as the more unusual
      carvings, plaques and sundials. In his speech, Sir Terry commented
      that the book was a remarkable mixture of building design and
      architectural details that contributed to make Salisbury such an
      attractive place to live and work..."

      http://tinyurl.com/y9cwrbg

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      08) BRINGING NATION TO THE STAGE

      Nation director and co-designer Melly Still on creating the
      production:

      "Terry (Pratchett) was very busy elsewhere during rehearsals, but he
      came in for a workshop and was an absolute fountain of knowledge. It
      was great for us and the actors to ask him all our burning
      questions, and he talked to us for three hours. He was very
      generous, and he just sort of handed it over to us in a way you have
      to hand a novel over to the imagination of a reader..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yat6tkd


      Also, a piece in The Telegraph:

      "Invited by the NT's artistic director Nicholas Hytner to root
      around for a story that might serve as a follow-up to her acclaimed
      staging of Jamila Gavin's Coram Boy four years ago, Still, 47, was
      instantly taken by Nation's fearlessness in the face of difficult
      subject-matter. 'I liked that its challenging themes weren't
      remotely simplified for younger readers. The novel encourages a lot
      of questions and curiosity rather than laying down black-and-white
      answers. That appealed to me very much.'"

      http://tinyurl.com/ydqohhz

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      09) REVIEWS OF UNSEEN ACADEMICALS

      In The Independent, reviewer Nicholas Tucker assures us that
      Alzheimer's has not visibly diminished Sir Pterry's wordsmithing
      skills:

      "His writing remains as spry as ever, with the humour coming thick
      and fast in every paragraph. This hectic rate of waggery can only
      succeed if the jokes are really good, and once again they are...
      Greater claims can be made for Pratchett's work other than that it
      is unfailingly good fun. Magic realism does not have to be solemn.
      In his hands, it comes over as a sharply satirical take on many
      current realities from an author seemingly incapable of penning a
      bad joke."

      http://tinyurl.com/yc5dgsy


      In The Irish Times, a review by University College Dublin history
      professor Edward James:

      "Those who have not read a Discworld book, presuming there are such,
      must be puzzled by Pratchett's extreme popularity. It is not easy
      to explain. There is the humour, of course -- word play, parody,
      comic excess, satire -- much of it arising from making his fantasy
      world a distorting mirror of our own. There is the serious moral
      core, common to all good satire. And there is the fascination in
      watching Pratchett's slow world building, as we gradually get to
      know Discworld and its inhabitants..."

      http://tinyurl.com/y9nqnyp


      The author Cory Doctorow weighs in as a UA supporter at BoingBoing:

      "The novelist's best trick is to make you care about stuff you don't
      care about. It's what Fever Pitch does. And it's what Unseen
      Academicals does, too. Pratchett shows us how sport is part of the
      emotional life of a city, and how its significance resonates across
      generations, across regional parochialism, across social strata,
      uniting us behind something that transcends the mere game. What's
      more, Pratchett shows us how fragile a thing this is, how vulnerable
      it is to greed and thuggishness and venality, and how those who
      defend the game do so for the best reasons imaginable..."

      http://www.boingboing.net/2009/11/11/pratchetts-unseen-ac.html


      From the Muskogee Phoenix newspaper, in the heart of Oklahoma:

      "The novel might be described as Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy
      meets Harry Potter at Unseen University over a game of football. A
      strange neo-medieval combination, but Pratchett's farcical humor is
      wonderfully strange... Themes of love, rivalry, racism, self-deceit,
      tolerance, self-worth and loyalty to one's team crisscross over an
      underlying plot..."

      In addition to the review, columnist Melony Carey includes several
      pages of Unseen Academicals-inspired recipes! Follow the links at
      the bottom of the first page...

      http://tinyurl.com/y8v5grk


      A lengthy, fairly spoiler-filled review by Professor Crazy at media
      review site bscreview.com:

      "Besides the humorous, often Monty Python-like humor (as evidenced
      from the situations described above) and the author's clever use
      of wordplay, I liked his skills at characterization... I really
      liked a theme that runs through the book about people being trapped
      in the social and economic class they were born into, by society in
      general, but also by one's own family, friends, and peers, and
      largely by one's own self. They're afraid that if they strive
      for something better -- a better job, more money, a better life --
      then some invisible hammer will knock them back down for having
      tried to live above their stations. The author has an eloquent
      metaphor for this... I admit I have only read two other novels in
      the series previous to Unseen Academicals, but I'd like to read
      more of them, because Terry Pratchett is a funny and skillful
      writer..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yeu8fua

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