WOSSNAME -- August 2010 -- Part 1 of 5
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
AUGUST 2010 (Volume 13, Issue 8)
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====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
03) UPDATE FROM PJSM
04) THE "MIDNIGHT" SPECIAL: NEWS AND REVIEWS
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS, ODDS AND SODS
05) I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT FOR KINDLE
06) CHISWICK FESTIVAL: WRITE YOUR WAY IN
07) GOING POSTAL NEWS
08) DISCWORLD FANS MAKE GREAT EXTRAS IN MY MOVIES, PTERRY SAYS
09) DEATH: A FAVOURITE AMONG HEROES
10) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
11) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
12) ACTION REPLAY: PTERRY ON YOUTUBE
13) OYCSMtM NOW MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE
14) TRUCKERS: ON AGAIN...?
====Part 3 -- ...AND MORE...
15) CONVENTION AND MEET NEWS
16) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
17) WHAT THE VINTNERS...UM, READ
18) ...AND WHAT THE LITERARY SNOBS *SHOULD* READ
19) BLOG REVIEWS OF DISCWORLD BOOKS
20) ORANGUTAN MIMES
21) IMAGE OF THE MONTH
22) IN JOURNALISM: PRATCHETT REFERENCES FOR THE WIN
====Part 4 -- ODDS, SODS AND HOROSCOPE
23) BE YOUR OWN SMALL GOD
24) ABP NEWSROUND
25) AROUND THE BU CAMPUS
26) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE, MAR > SEP
====Part 5 -- HOROSCOPE, CONTINUED, AND CLOSE
27) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE, SEP > MAR
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"In our house, TV is something you watch when you haven't got
anything else to do."
-- Pterry, interviewed on Sky TV
"At the same time as I began exploring the wonderful Kingdom of
Dementia, which is next door to the Kingdom of Mania, I was also
experiencing the slightly more realistic experience of being a 59
-year-old who finds they have early onset Alzheimer's... And so now
I'm a game for real."
-- Pterry again, quoted in India's Express Buzz
02) A VERY SHORT LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
The DVDs of Going Postal are out. Buy one! I'm certainly going to.
I Shall Wear Midnight is coming out very, very soon. It's a
wonderful book (see my review, below). Buy one! I'm certainly going
Oodles of interesting and exciting things in this month's issue.
There, that was easy, wasn't it? On with the show...
-- Annie Mac, Editor
03) UPDATE FROM PJSM
If you're in or near London, or expecting to be there on the first
day -- and night! -- of September, keep an eye on the PJSM website
for the next couple of days. The event, as featured in this month's
WOSSNAME extra, is:
Random House Children's Books and Waterstone's are delighted to
announce that Sir Terry Pratchett's new Discworld Novel will be
launched at Waterstone's Piccadilly in London at midnight on 1st
September. For tickets to the launch, which will include a talk
between Sir Terry Pratchett and his friend the actor Tony Robinson,
followed by Sir Terry's only bookshop signing for SHALL WEAR
MIDNIGHT please contact Waterstone's on 020 7851 2419 (lines are
open Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm only) or visit
"Tickets -- the event is limited to 300 ticket holders. Tickets cost
£9.50 each and will include a copy of I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT. Only
ticket holders will be able to gain access to the store that
evening. The store will shut earlier in the evening, and then reopen
for this event. Ticket holders to arrive no earlier than 10.30pm.
Signing -- We are limiting the signing to one copy of I SHALL WEAR
MIDNIGHT per person, there will be no dedications at all, and no
other books will be signed.
Please contact Waterstone's directly with any queries you may have
regarding the signing.
Signed copes can be bought HERE (with a chance to win a UK bound
Check back shortly as we are going to be giving you a chance to win
a pair of tickets to the signing!
Also, the DVD and Blu-ray versions of Going Postal are available to
purchase from the site.
The single disc DVD (£19.99) features an intro from Pterry.
The two-disc edition (£24.99) features deleted scenes, a blooper
reel, cast interviews, an interview with Pterry, an image gallery,
production stills, and director audio commentary.
The Blu-ray edition (also £24.99) includes the same features as the
two-disc DVD set, plus "director picture-in-picture audio
All versions are signed by Terry Pratchett.
Remember, the deadline for submissions for the Terry Pratchett Prize
(ANYWHERE BUT HERE, ANYWHEN BUT NOW) is 31 December 2010, and a
shortlist of six entries will be announced by 31 March 2011. The
calendar is ticking, people! As it were.
Thanks to www.pjsmprints.com for the info. Originally posted on the
-- go there for more details, and for oodles of collectable goodies!
[And no, they're not paying me to say that -- Ed.]
04) THE "MIDNIGHT" SPECIAL: NEWS AND REVIEWS
The official HarperCollins blurb:
"It starts with whispers. Then someone picks up a stone. Finally,
the fires begin. When people turn on witches, the innocents
"Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and
now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the
bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve
any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does
the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.
"But someone -- or something -- is igniting fear, inculcating dark
thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue
allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this
unrest and defeat the evil at its root -- before it takes her life.
Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.
"Chilling drama combines with laugh-out-loud humor and searing
insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the
high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between
good and evil."
The Bookseller blurb:
"I Shall Wear Midnight is to be the final novel in Pratchett's
Tiffany Aching series for younger readers and is being described as
'a bridge between Terry's younger books and the adult world of
Discworld.' The launch event will begin at 11pm with a talk between
Pratchett and close friend actor Tony Robinson, followed by the
author's only bookshop signing for the title.
"I Shall Wear Midnight, published by Doubleday Children's, brings
the young witch Tiffany to the age of 15. Pratchett said it was 'the
last book in which Tiffany Aching could still be considered a
children's character,' adding that he considered it to be 'young
adult literature with the bonus that this book doesn't have any more
bloody vampires in it'..."
.2 REVIEWS OF I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT
I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT: TIED-UP ENDS, HAPPY CONTINUINGS AND A WITCH
FOR ALL SEASONS
By Annie Mac
Times change. People forget. And sometimes, they remember...
Tiffany Aching is a new kind of witch, forged by the frying pan and
finished by the fire. Still very much "Weatherwax: the Next
Generation", she's now coming into her own. I Shall Wear Midnight,
fourth and final instalment in the Tiffany Aching series, brings her
story to an end -- or more properly, leaves her at the right point
in her long journey from Maiden to... well, who knows?
As the story opens, she is nearing her sixteenth birthday and is now
the official witch of the Chalk: "the witch", as she reminds herself
and as people now realise. The old Baron is dying despite all her
welcome ministrations, Roland has been sent off to be educated in
the ways of nobbery, and something dark and dangerous is abroad in
the land. People -- and things -- are not what they seem. It seems
Tiffany didn't quite pay the full price for her mistakes in the
matter of the Wintersmith: as it turns out, her actions had a
further unexpected and deadly result that is finally coming back to
haunt her, and Tiffany will have to leave her beloved Chalk yet
again and learn new ways of dealing with old evil in order to save
I Shall Wear Midnight is about remembering who you really are,
finding out where you truly belong, and learning who your peer group
actually is... and who you can trust as your true friends. Oh, and
when to trust your own heart above all. In this tale of the Chalk
and beyond, you'll meet old characters in new settings, new
characters who aren't what they seem, and some not quite new and old
characters who may surprise you. It's beautifully written as always,
and the famed Pratchett humour pops up when you least expect it.
Nearly sixteen is still quite young by modern Roundworld standards,
but Tiffany's responsibilities are very much those of an adult. She
has to "speak for them as has no voices". She has to guard the edges
and the spaces in between. To her fall the duties of helping new
life into the world and ushering out lives at their end; she has to
do the dirty jobs and watch things no gentler soul should ever have
to see. She has to watch over the Chalk, to put the needs of other
above her own -- and to learn when ignoring her own needs is not the
wisest choice. Tiffany may be a new kind of witch, but never forget
that she's also an old kind; she has been learning the traditional
witching ways from traditional witches, and now must integrate old
knowledge with her new talents and outlook in the course of her
personal rite of passage.
All of Pratchett's main characters tend to evolve. Sam Vimes, once a
mere embittered copper, has gradually gained deeper and broader
insight and learned to re-think some of his prejudices. Granny
Weatherwax has come to terms with parts of her personality she would
once rather not have admitted. Even Lord Vetinari seems to have
grown more forgiving and willing to relax sometimes to a certain
extent. And so it is with Tiffany Aching and her friends and family.
Her father, in particular, has grown more sure of his role in Chalk
society and of his relationship with the old -- and new -- Baron. Mr
Aching would never try to fill the late Sarah Aching's turf-scuffed
shoes, but he has come to accept that he has a part to play that is
every bit as vital in its way as his daughter's role. The Chalk
needs its witch, but it also needs the wisdom of elders.
Speaking of the wisdom of elders, another recurring thread in I
Shall Wear Midnight is that the master can still learn, and the
apprentice can teach. This is shown in the exchanges between Tiffany
and the Lancre witches (what, you didn't expect them to be there?),
between Tiffany and the redoubtable Mrs Proust, between Tiffany and
the kelda, even between Tiffany and -- ah well, I can't reveal
(Oh, and speaking of characters evolving, the Feegles of the Chalk
would seem to be evolving from hunter-gatherers -- all right,
hunter-pilferers -- to... um, you'll have to read I Shall Wear Midnight
to find out!)
I Shall Wear Midnight is full of surprises. A lowly castle guard can
possess unexpected hidden depths; a powerful witch who is exactly
what she seems to be might also be far more, and far other, than
that; a foolish, incompetent person can possess real power; an
intolerant monster might hide an inner nervous social climber;
blondes aren't always dumb; people who appear to be "made for each
other" might well actually be made for someone else.
Another wonderful surprise is the return of someone oddly familiar.
As always with WOSSNAME's pre-publication reviews, I won't spoiler
you any more than the blurbs already have done, so let's just say
that I Shall Wear Midnight involves some -- in the words of another
very famous ~cough~ fantasy series -- wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey
stuff. And fine wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff it is!
I Shall Wear Midnight is a lovely book, and yes, I cried at the end.
If this is all the Tiffany Aching we get, Pratchett is certainly
leaving us in style! Highly recommended.
I Shall Wear Midnight
Released 2nd September (UK), 28th September (USA)
A glowing review from the often snobbish and humourless Kirkus:
"It can't be easy being Terry Pratchett, either, an author known
foremost, perhaps, for his screamingly funny Discworld novels, of
which this is the latest. Beneath everything he writes, however,
even as he has readers howling helplessly with laughter, is a
fierce, palpable love for his fellow human beings, however flawed
they may be. A love that causes Tiffany over and over to square her
shoulders beneath her pointy black hat and do what's needful..."
End of Part 1, continued on Part 2 of 5.
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