WOSSNAME -- main issue -- August 2011
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
August 2011 (Volume 14, Issue 8, Post 2)
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
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 2011 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
03) "SNUFF" NEWS
04) PTERRY'S NEW SCOUT BADGE
05) DISCWORLD STARS IN ANIMAL RESCUE
06) PTERRY JUDGES DOG (BUT NOT PONY) SHOW
07) THE BEST DISCWORLD PUB IN ROUNDWORLD
08) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
11) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
12) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
13) REVIEW: ISWM
14) ACTION REPLAY: BANANANA DAIQUIRIS
15) THE INESCAPABLE AGNESSNESS OF AGNES NITT
16) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
17) FROM THE FANS: SNUFF TEASER THOUGHTS
18) DISCWORLD AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
19) DISCWORLD DIARIES ROUND-UP
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"Um. The Nac Mac Feegle are not Scottish. There is no Scotland on
Discworld. They may, in subtle ways, suggest some aspects of the
Scottish character as filtered through the media, but that's because
"Terry Pratchett taught me you can say far more with a dragon and a
magic sword than you can with a human alone. Before I got into his
Discworld series I left sci-fi and fantasy alone, thinking it had
nothing much for anyone over the age of 16. Now most of my favourite
books have a little bit of magic in them somewhere!"
Dani Solomon, Australian bookseller
02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
Book covers: often controversial things that can make or break a
potential first-time reader's interest. Over the years I keep coming
across people who either were first drawn to try a Discworld novel
because they were so taken by Josh Kirby's cover art, and people who
found the Kirby covers so repellent that they refused to so much as
consider what might be between them. I've always made it clear that
I was (and remain) in the second category, even though I find most
of Kirby's *non*-Discworld work fantastically appealing. In some of
the posts featured in this issue's Discworld Around the Blogosphere
section, as it happens, you'll find Pratchett fans on both sides of
the Kirby covers divide. I'm sure that goes to show something, but
I'm hedgehogged if I know what...
I do have to admit that I'm quite taken with the "black cover"
reissues of Discworld (and other Pratchett) novels, but then this is
no great surprise; whenever I buy or am given a book, one of the
first things I do is remove its dust jacket and consign it to the
recycling bin (or in the case of each Paul Kidby Discworld cover,
store it safely for occasional viewing delight). I like my book
covers to be as plain as possible. My Dearly Beloved and I have been
at quiet war over this for many years, since he's the sort of book
owner who not only keeps dust covers but also mummifies them in
protective plastic (I tend to make sarcastic comments about these
being the pleasure-killing equivalent of wearing several, well,
let's say the word 'sonky' enters the conversation now and again).
Anyway... earlier this week I came across an image of the old (Josh
Kirby) and new (black cover) Colour of Magic covers side by side,
which I present here:
I'm not trying to convert you to my own tastes, O Readers, but
seriously, can you say "less is more", eh?
Now if I could only find someone who can explain the mystery of why
the USA cover art for Unseen Academicals has what looks rather like
a basketball surrounded by reaching hands rather than reaching
03) SNUFF NEWS
3.1 OFFICIAL SPOILAGE FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE
Have some Snuff! The opening pages are August's official teaser:
3.2 SNUFF AUCTION RESULTS
The recent charity auction of a signed bound proof of Snuff (as
featured in this month's early edition on 1st August) raised nearly
a thousand pounds for wildlife rescue organisation Secret World! The
winning bid of £920.00 was entered by Dr Per Stalby of Sweden.
PJSM Prints say:
"Commiserations to everyone else, but at least you still have a
signed copy to look forward to!"
Remember, Snuff will be out on 13th October, but you can pre-order
now. Signed copies are now available for pre-order from PJSM Prints:
04) DIB DIB DISC, OR PTERRY'S NEW SCOUT BADGE
Here's a different sort of award for our favourite author:
"Actress Emma Watson, British funnyman Stephen Fry and beloved
author Sir Terry Pratchett have been honoured by the British Scout
Association for their inspirational charity work. The trio was among
the group of heroes who received special Scout badges as the
traditional boys' organisation celebrated its 104th birthday..."
05) DISCWORLD STARS IN ANIMAL RESCUE
No, not Pterry and company, but some other familiar names we all
know and love:
"A five week old abandoned otter cub is receiving comfort from two
orphaned kittens at the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near
Highbridge. The cub, which has been called Otto Chriek, is lucky to
be alive after he and another baby otter were found abandoned in
Lincolnshire. Secret World founder Pauline Kidner said both tiny
animals were in a very cold and dehydrated state and Otto's sibling
died within a few hours. 'Then four tiny kittens found near their
dead mother in long grass in Cossington were brought in so we put
two of them in with Otto for the mutual warmth and comfort so
desperately needed by orphans in the early stages of their lives,'
"Pauline said the kittens will remain with Otto for the next week
and then go to new homes. The kittens: Lily Weatherwax, Cheery
Littlebottom, Adora Belle Dearheart and Lord Haverlock [sic]
Vetinari and the otter Otto Chriek have all been named after
characters from Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld book series. This is
to show thanks for the support that Sir Terry Pratchett has shown
the charity this year.
"Visitors will be able to view the otter cub on a webcam when Secret
World holds its Bank Holiday Animal Bonanza Open Weekend at New
House Farm, East Huntspill on August 27,28 and 29 between 10am and
Also, here be a wonderful iconograph the cover of Secret World's
latest online newsletter features Pterry, with a lovely owl, taken
(the photo, not the owl!) during his recent visit to the rescuers:
[Do read the 'zine while you're there! Ed.]
Oh, and according to Secret World's Twitter page, Pterry now has
some new garden residents:
"Sara went to see Terry Pratchett today and took some hedgehogs for
their garden. Wonderful wildlife gardens and surrounding area."
"The hedgehogs are doing fine thank you but we feel it's time to
name them. There's two boys and two girls..."
"And as @lizzieloubi suggested it, one of the girls is Loubi."
"Spikey Norris is too good to miss and so he's a definite for one of
06) PTERRY JUDGES DOG (BUT NOT PONY) SHOW
From the Salisbury Journal:
"With 700 entries in the dog show, a famous guest, £7,000 raised
for charity and more than 1,500 visitors, Broad Chalke flower show
and fete on Saturday can rightly be described as a resounding
success... The first Broad Chalke dog show was also held with 11 fun
classes. There was stiff competition for the Best in Show class
which was judged by local resident author Sir Terry Pratchett. After
much deliberation, this was awarded to Joyce Jones and her Sheltie,
Holly. All the money from the dog show, and half the profits from
the flower show and fete, will go to Salisbury Hospice, with the
other half going to local charities and clubs."
07) THE BEST DISCWORLD PUB IN ROUNDWORLD
The Bear in Wincanton, long the mainstay of Discworld events, has
come first in a nationwide "best pubs" poll!
In This is Somerset:
"A 300-year-old pub in Wincanton has been added to a list of 100
famous British inns and given a commemorative plaque to put on
display. The Bear in Market Place is one of the oldest pubs in the
area, dating back to the early 18th century and has been placed on
the list by sponsors Famous Grouse. The top 100 pubs were picked out
for their history and quirkiness in a celebration of unique drinking
dens across the country.
"Landlord Ian Wainwright said: 'The low beams and original features
make this a special place to come for a drink in Wincanton and I
think this plaque has recognised that. It will be going up behind
the bar. We have had customers from America and Europe come and stay
and they love the history of the building. The great fire of
Wincanton that destroyed much of the town was said to have started
in this pub and it was also an important stop off for travellers on
their way to Cornwall from London... The history of this pub is
great but it is the customers that make it such a special place,'
said Mr Wainwright. 'It is very welcoming here and the open fire
certainly helps attract people in for a drink in winter. They can
walk in and feel comfortable and we have customers visit us from all
over the world for the Discworld conventions, they love it...'"
08) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
8.1 GUARDS! GUARDS! NEWS
Game designers David Brashaw and Leonard Boyd discuss the
genesis of the Guards! Guards! game in a BBC video:
News of the Guards! Guards! launch next month:
"Belfast digital agency, Gravity has joined forces with the world's
leading fantasy novelist Sir Terry Pratchett and Backspindle Games
to devise an e-commerce platform and social media strategy for the
release of a board game based on one of his best-loved novels.
Gravity, based in the Cathedral Quarter, will ensure fans throughout
the US and Europe are able to buy the board game based on Sir
Terry's novel, Guards!Guards!, from his popular and long running
"Gravity is the digital partner for Backspindle Games which has
designed the new game. Gravity Director Draven McConville said: 'We
are very excited about this. All of us are great fans of Sir Terry
and are looking forward to doing our part to get this game out to
the thousands of Discworld devotees throughout the US and Europe.'
It is also developing a mobile app so that fans can enjoy strategy
tips and background on the Guards!Guards! game at any time, check
out the Guards! Guards! App! page for more information..."
For more information on Gravity, visit www.creategravity.com.
"Gravity's three directors are brand strategy expert Draven
McConville, web developer Terry Kernan and software engineer Kevin
Lewis. All three are highly respected in the digital media field and
have brought existing customers with them to their new enterprise."
Guards! Guards! will be released at Titancon in September:
In the Belfast Telegraph:
"Northern Ireland firms are bringing fantasy land Discworld to life
with a board game version of one of cult novelist Sir Terry
Pratchett's novels... David Bradshaw and Leonard Boyd of Backspindle
Games Ltd took almost 20 years to bring 'Guards! Guards!' to market.
They've now teamed up with a Belfast digital agency to sell the
product based on the eighth Discworld book which is proving
a hit at big gaming conventions all over the world... Keeping local
links, Belfast firm Gravity was selected to run a website, online
shop and smartphone app for the game. The site will market and sell
the board game to the US and Europe and will also sell related
promotional material such as T-shirts and bookmarks. Gravity will
also carry out a social media strategy to use sites such as Twitter,
Facebook, blogs, podcasts and online forums to market the game...
'Guards! Guards!' was premiered at a Discworld convention in
Madison, Wisconsin, three weeks ago and is expected to get a UK
launch at Belfast's own TitanCon in September. 'It's been a long
road but we are so glad it is finally coming to life and it has
Terry's blessing,' said Leonard..."
More information can be found on:
8.2 ANKH-MORPORK NEWS
Deluxe Edition update, looking good:
"We've had a number of folks asking about the pieces for the
deluxe version of Ankh-Morpork. Ideally I would have shots of the
final pieces, but they are still being cast. Here is a shot of the
original sculptures that the resin pieces will be cast from. Note
that that means the final pieces will be coloured."
Remember, the UK launch will be on Saturday 3rd September at
Eclectic Games in Reading:
"Dripping with Discworld flavour, boasting gorgeous artwork and fun,
compelling gameplay, Ankh Morpork more than lives up to the high
standards associated with both Discworld and Treefrog Games. Martin
Wallace will be here all day to demonstrate the game, explain the
finer points of what the differences between the Thieves Guild,
Fools Guild and Seamstress Guild cards mean from a design point of
view, and will probably deface your copy of the game with his
signature if you ask him politely. There will be cake, a small prize
for the best Discworld fancy dress, and of course, the game will be
available to purchase."
8.3 AND IN THE OLD SCHOOL CORNER...
Discworld 2: Missing, Presumed...
"The first Discworld game was a rough adaptation of the events of
the book Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett, but replacing the
protagonist Sam Vimes with the 'Wizzard' Rincewind, probably the
most recognisable figure in the Discworld books due to the sheer
number of books based on him. Rincewind (voiced in both games by the
brilliant Eric Idle) was faced with the task of dealing with a
rather large dragon that was terrorising the city of Ankh-Morpork.
While many people praised the story-telling and acting, the game was
criticised for technical issues. Discworld 2 is a direct sequel to
the first game... I started playing Discworld 2 when I was 11.
Determined to beat it without cheating, I completed the game a mere
9 years later at the age of 20. How many games these days can boast
9 years of gameplay? I'll be amazed if the next Call of Duty
offers 9 minutes..."
"The script is perfect, distilled Pratchett throughout, and the
games get across the atmosphere of the books extremely well. The 2D
animated looks crisp and smooth even today, in a time when everyone
was trying very hard to make 3D games that weren't ugly pieces of
crap. While Discworld 2 is hard to find, and even harder to play
unless you have an old PC or Playstation lying around (Alas, it was
never really popular enough to warrant a PSN re-release), if you can
find it, and if you're a fan of Terry Pratchett, you cannot go
8.4 DISCWORLD GURPS: BACK IN THE GAME
"It should come as no surprise to many of you that I am a huge fan
of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of novels. I was really
disappointed a few years back when Steve Jackson Games published
GURPS Discworld. But it's grown on me. Not a lot, mind you, because
I'm not a fan of GURPS. I have a number of their sourcebooks and
the (3rd Edition) core books. Since it was first released, I've been
trying to find a better system for the series.
"I occasionally make the mistake of mentioning this to people. They
inevitably ask me, 'Why don't you use Toon?' The answer to this
question is surprisingly simple: Because Toon is for wacky games.
The Disc is comical, but it's not wacky. The characters on the Disc
sometimes seem to be aware of the fact that they are characters.
What they're not aware of is that they are in a comedy..."
But it seems the game is currently under scaffolding and undergoing
"Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels have become classics in
their own time. Their influence on modern fantasy has been profound;
they have entire conventions dedicated to them, and they've
inspired spin-off media that include art books, TV adaptations, and
games. One of those was the Discworld Roleplaying Game, for GURPS
Third Edition. The time has come to update it to GURPS Fourth
"For over a year, Phil Masters has been hard at work doing exactly
that. He has merged the Discworld Roleplaying Game with GURPS
Discworld Also. He has expanded that content to cover Sir Terry's
writings over the decade since we released those books. And he has
updated all of the rules to GURPS Fourth Edition. The result? A
manuscript for a 400-page standalone RPG..."
Sean Punch says:
"I am reviewing the first draft of a new edition of the Discworld
Roleplaying Game. Phil Masters took the original, folded in GURPS
Discworld Also, updated everything to take into account Terry
Pratchett's tireless efforts since the previous edition (for
instance, Going Postal, Thud!, and Unseen Academicals), and switched
the rules over to GURPS Fourth Edition. As a result of all this
folding in, updating, and switching over, the first draft is large.
We're aiming for 400 pages, and as is customary in the RPG
business, the first draft is considerably beefier than the target
length. Thus, the review alone is going to take me a while! So
that's where I've been. I cannot give out more details on dates
right now. I must finish the review, and then Phil will want to make
whatever changes he feels should be made before the playtest..."
The playtest (20-25 preselected testers) has already begun and will
run from 19th August to 30th September 2011.
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
9.1 SOUTH AFRICAN DISCWORLD: THE EVENT BEFORE THE CONVENTION
For the first time ever, South Africa is going to get its own
Discworld Convention! But long before SADWcon comes SADWE: the South
African Discworld Event. Organiser Laura (Kitty-Cat) Shortridge, aka
The Kitten of Discworld, writes:
"With bright ideas and cunning plans September 10th 2011 should see
a gathering of Pratchett Appreciators and Discworld Aficionados
come-together to celebrate these works in a day-long convention-type
event, besides celebrating there will be a small presentation on how
to come together to start planning a full-blown Discworld Convention
"Do you know what a Discworld Convention is? It's an entire weekend
dedicated to all things Discworld and Pratchett, and it tends to
happen in far off countries like Australia, lucky bastards that they
are. Sir Terry himself is usually there, not to mention hundreds of
Discworld fans, and, as fans go, Discworld fans are the most awesome
types of fans in the world. True story... South Africans are about
to become those lucky bastards that get to go to Discworld
conventions... As it is, I'm one of the people setting up the event
and, I've gotta say, it's going to be bloody brilliant..."
For more details:
"I discovered Pratchett's books at the not-so-tender age of
thirteen. It was during the tail end of a holiday with my parents to
America and England. At the time, I was just old enough to be filled
with teenage angst and not nearly old enough to see the joke that is
a thirteen year old girl wearing a ridiculously furry and huge black
coat, glaring all the way through an overseas trip due to the
embarrassment of actually having parents..."
Laura also sent further word to WOSSNAME:
"The very first South African Discworld Event will take place on
September 10, 2011 at The Bistro Garden Restaurant in Milnerton,
Cape Town. If you're an SA fan who loves Pratchett, you want to be
at this. Besides the screening of Going Postal, the reading from the
unpublished Snuff, free gifts and amazing Discworld collectors
items, this event offers the opportunity to be on the committee to
organize our first ever SA Discworld Convention, which, by all
appearances, Sir Terry will be at, or at least really wants to.
"Bring an appetite to eat food inspired by CMOT Dibbler and Nanny
Ogg, an outfit for the costume parade, all your Discworld knowledge
for the quiz and spending money for books and merchandise."
SADWcon on Twitter:
9.2. GERMAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION 3
It's only a month and a bit until Scheibenwelt 3, the 2011 German
Discworld Convention, which runs from 30th September to 3rd October
at Castle Bilstein.
For ticket prices and to order:
Get your Assassins' Keep or Igor t-shirt:
http://shop.discworld-convention.de/ (page 2-3)
9.3. IRISH DISCWORLD CONVENTION 2
"In November 2011 we will be hosting the Irish Discworld Convention
(IDWCon for short) at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. This
will be the second Irish Discworld Convention (as some of you will
know, having been at the first one!) and we're hereby promising to
make this one bigger and better than the first! We have the
committee wrangled, the guests are currently being notified of their
guest status, and the programme is being assembled, the art work is
being worked and the bar is being stocked... with drinks of every
colour! There will be talks, interviews, panels discussing anything
you would like (send in your suggestions now!), as well as games and
quizzes, a chéilí, a maskerade and disco and of course the Oswald
Awards and Posh Dinner on the Sunday night, followed by dancing..."
Apparently, this year's theme will be a package holiday to the Disc.
Expected Guests of Honour so far include Professor Sir Pterry, Rob
Wilkins, Colin Smythe, Jack Cohen, Ian Stewart, Bernard Pearson, and
9.4 NADWCON 2: MORE REPORTS
Sarah the Mad Crafter took several weeks to make her blogpost about
this year's NADWcon, but it's very comprehensive and full of
pictures and thus worth the wait:
"The convention was fantastic. It pretty much had to be. You put a
thousand other Discworld fans in one hotel, and then run into
friends you haven't seen in five years (we knew we were all going to
be there, but I had no idea how we'd find each other, and then we
find each other before we'd even registered) and wander around and
talk to people and admire costumes and discover you can buy a tin
labeled Dried Frog Pills, and that there are people trading stamps
for countries that don't exist (the stamps are pretty awesome), and
listen to authors talk about books Patrick Rothfuss was there
and listen to bits of the newest Pratchett book being read, and hear
Sir Terry tell funny stories, and talk to other fans, and go to
panels, and discover what Morris Dancing is, and, well..."
Here be blogpost by mega-talented dollmaker Judy Skeel, who attended
the con and went to the Maskerade as Sybil Vimes, along with her
sword-collecting son Shawn and her wonderful Errol the Swamp Dragon
doll. Includes iconographs:
"Shawn helped me char up my apron for Lady Sybil Vimes, who is an
Aristocrat but thinks that's hogwash and would rather raise swamp
dragons, which she does and lets the estate get over grown. My hair
is a mess, I have charcoal rubbed all over my clothes and face and
the apron is burned and torn. There is actual blood splattered on
the apron from where I had cut myself in the hotel room so I flicked
blood all over it when the bleeding wouldn't stop. This added not
only color but nice character since swamp dragons are notorious for
periodically blowing themselves up when they hiccup and such. We won
an award for workmanship, and were quite thrilled since it was our
"I took a group of dolls to NADWCON made by different artists from
members of DOLL STREET representing characters from any of the 40
books in the series and 1,000 attendees voted for peoples choice.
There were some fabulous representations there. I felt quite honored
when my Errol got the most votes. Needless to say getting that and
the masquerade award helped me to enjoy NADWCON even more, but it
was awesome all by itself. I suggest that you check out the books if
you like humor and don't mind a parallel universe that may include
wizards, witches, trolls, werewolves, vampires, and other human
variations. It's a great way to talk about things such as racism
when the group for dwarves is called the "league for equal heights."
No one is offended and yet the point gets across to all the readers
10) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
10.1 WYRD SISTERS IN GATA, COSTA BLANCA: AUDITION TIME!
Long-serving Spanish theatre company Javea Players, now in their
35th year, will be presenting their first-ever Discworld play in
November and December this year. The play will be directed by
Christyn Nossell. Auditions are to be held on the 1st of September
at the company's new Studio Theatre (which as far as your Editor can
determine is an adjunct of the Union Musical Theatre in Gata):
"There are 37 characters in the piece as Blackadder meets Brothers
Grimm for the production set to open on Monday 28th November.
However, auditions are scheduled to start at the Javea Players
Studio Theatre on Thursday 1st September at 7.30pm, a date for the
diaries of anyone interested in getting involved.
"Christyn said: 'This is an extremely funny, fast moving play with
many scenes there are 23 in all! In addition to the main parts
there are many smaller ones which represent an ideal opportunity for
anyone to make a first appearance on stage. I am therefore inviting
non-members, experienced or beginners, to audition without
obligation to become members.'"
Interested parties who wish to read for a part or become involved as
a backstage or front of house crew person should contact Lynne on 96
64 3024 or 616 692 103, or Christyn on 96 579 3593
Contact email: styn11@... or info@...
Tickets will be 10 and can be pre-ordered at:
10.2 MORT, THE MUSICAL: A FEW SAMPLE BITS
Have a listen! It's certainly musical theatre. Very traditional
musical theatre, in fact. And at least as good as a rather more
publicised Discworld musical of recent times... Your Editor's
favourites are "Beautiful" and "I Feel Alive"; also "Dear Son, Dear
Mum", and there's even a fine, cheerful rendition of the Hedgehog
(the page also features a number of photographs of the superb Death
puppet, as played by Derek the Skeleton)
11) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
The City of Small Gods Terry Pratchett Fan Club meets on the last
Thursday of the month from 6.30pm at the Ed Castle, 233 Currie St,
Adelaide (South Australia). The next meeting will be on Thursday
25th August. Details, discussions and organisation of extra events
(such as play outings) are held on their email mailing list, so do
sign up at
The next meeting of the Broken Drummers, London's original Discworld
meeting group, will be from 7pm on Monday 5th September at the
Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London W2 1JQ.
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 be on Monday 5th September. For more information, contact
Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax) on kenworthys@...
Perth Drummers meet on the traditional of first Monday of the month.
The next meeting will be from 6pm on Monday 5th September at The
Vic Hotel, 226 Hay St, Subiaco. For more information contact:
Daniel Hatton at daniel_j_hatton@...
EDITOR'S NOTE: start times have now changed for most of these
12) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
For once, not an item from PJSM Prints or the Cunning Artificer, but
hey, your Editor likes this one anyway! From the geek clothing
company Spread Shirt comes a raglan long-sleeved t-shirt with the
text "DEAR TERRY PRATCHETT, YOU HELP US TO SEE OUR WORLD THROUGH
OCTARINE COLOURED GLASSES". Each shirt is priced at £17.90 plus
shipping, is available in black and white, navy and white, or red
and white, and comes in sizes M through XL.
The design is also available on a plain white t-shirt (£10.90),
raglan short-sleeved tee (£13.90), or sleeveless hoodie (£30.90).
For more information, and to order:
But fear not, there are some excellent goodies in the usual place!
Starting with the 2012 Discworld calendar, "an inspired collection
of paintings by Paul Kidby", signed by The Author and now available
to order! Priced at £15.00, this one looks like one of the great
years. And here be a teaser Paul Kidby's "Greebo as a man",
painted exclusively for the calendar:
I'm definitely ordering one for the WOSSNAME cubbyhole!
Another excellent household item: the Mended Drum Tea Towel,
featuring artwork by the one and only Stephen Briggs. Each towel is
100% cotton, measures 82cm wide x 48cm high, and is priced at
£6.95. In addition to the usual architectural Disc-ness, there's
text: "Purveyors of the Fynest Ales, Wines, Spyrits and Genuine
Lancre Scuble Good Food Available at Some House of the Day and
Night. Comfortable Accomodation at Reasonable Rates", it says.
And not forgetting the official in Roundworld, at any rate
Unseen University scarf. "100% Saxony wool these scarves measure
10" x 72" and are striped in navy, crimson, yellow and purple. The
UU crest is embroidered in colour at one end. Made in the UK by the
leading Oxbridge scarf maker," according to the page.
At £34.95 each, they're a bit pricey, but still...
To view all three items, for further information, and to order:
13) REVIEW: ISWM
In South African newspaper The Citizen, Bruce Dennill writes:
"Terry Pratchett continues to amaze. Dozens of books into his
career, he maintains his phenomenal creativity (he specialises in
fantasy, remember his subjects aren't available for study at
the local library) and considered approach. There can be a handful
of references in a single sentence and Pratchett is handling all
of this while suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.
"I Shall Wear Midnight sees the development of the character of
Tiffany Aching, the teenage witch from The Wee Free Men. She's a
brilliant protagonist, feisty but possessed of doubts; incredibly
capable but slandered by many. As you read about her day-to-day
schedule, you realise that in Pratchett's world, witches are not
disfigured hags, but rather nurses, counsellors and holders of
14) ACTION REPLAY: BANANANA DAIQUIRIS
From the millennienniennium year, a lovely interview, "A
Conversation With Terry Pratchett", by Claire E. White in Writers
Write. It includes a photo of Pterry from back when his beard was
still dark, and of course the (in)famous banananana daiquiri story:
"Let me tell you about banana daiquiris. Years and years ago, there
was a world science fiction convention in New Orleans. It had been a
really hard day. I'd driven all the way from Pensacola and was quite
tired. The hotel had done the usual: "Sorry, sir, we have no record
of your reservation at this time." When I showed them the fax
confirming my reservation, they denied the existence of the fax.
Finally, after being ever so unpleasantly English about it, I got a
very, very nice room on the top floor. An American friend said, 'I
know. I shall take you out to the All-Night Frozen Daiquiri Shop on
Bourbon Street!' By that time, I wouldn't have known if we were
heading to the All-Night Bourbon Shop on Daiquiri Street. I didn't
know that there was alcohol in a daiquiri. I thought it was a
pleasant fruit drink. So I had the liter size. I thought, 'It's been
a long day, and I need a refreshing pick me up.' I will say this for
the Americans: In England, if you'd ordered a drink that was twice
the normal size, they'd water it down. But in New Orleans, a liter
daiquiri has twice as much alcohol as a half liter daiquiri. It was
so delicious that I had another one. Then I thought I'd try a liter
of the peach daiquiri, and I had about half of that one. In the
1950s comic books, sometimes a character would have a nuclear
reactor fall on him. Then he'd become 'Mr. Atomic'. I drank so much
banana daiquiri that night that I think every cell in my body was
full of banana daiquiri. I became Dr. Daiquiri. I think that's the
only way I survived. I couldn't feel my upper lip for quite awhile
after that, though. The point is, if you make a real daiquiri,
according to a real recipe, you don't feel well again until tea time
the next day. If you make it with real cream and the two types of
rum and all that, it is seriously bad for your head. The Bourbon
Street daiquiris were a lot of fun. But when I'm in Australia I
drink beer, because if you are in Australia and you don't drink beer
you are prosecuted."
The full interview:
15) THE INESCAPABLE AGNESSNESS OF AGNES NITT
Once upon a time, discovering a Discworld reference anywhere outside
of the Pratchett fan community was cause for comment, but in recent
years Brand Pratchett has become so well-known around the world that
there's no longer anything unusual about seeing or hearing Discworld
references quoted in op-ed (and even hard news) articles or spoken
by scientists, shamans and politicians. However, every once in a
while such references can crop up in unexpected places such as
this one, from a column about horoscopes in a Pensacola, Florida
"My best friend and I discovered Agnes through Terry Pratchett,
author of the popular Discworld series. Agnes, a budding witch, is
reluctantly dependable and sensible... To paraphrase Montrachet,
there are the girls who faint and those who fetch the water. Agnes
fetches the water. But inside? Inside she is Perdita, a bold and
confident creature. Willful. Flirtatious. Nary a thought of water
"My BFF and I identified with Agnes immediately. Just as quickly, we
used the name as a code. Doing your work plus someone else's? Agnes.
Going out of your way to help scores of delicate Perditas? Oh,
Agnes. Just recently, I was whining about my house mate's tendency
to abandon her tiny laundry scraps in the dryer. BFF asked if I'd
tossed the wee delicates to the floor, as a warning. 'No ...' I
began, guiltily. 'But I did fold them for her.' 'Agnes, Agnes,
Agnes,' my friend sighed..."
16) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
Does he index books too? Orangutan Azy is one clever ape:
Several of Tom Steyer's official German Discworld covers:
Mort (Alles Sense):
Moving Pictures (Voll im Bilde):
I Shall Wear Midnight (Das Mitternachtskleid):
This last one is my personal favourite. Even though Paul Kidby and
Stephen Player remain *the* Discworld artists for me, I do love the
way Steyer captures the delicate, playful-yet-severe sensuality of
To view more of Steyer's work, go to:
...and last up, an interesting piece of fanart from Jamelia
Nobby Nobbs working undercover in the Shades. Scroll down below the
initial sketch to see the finished piece:
17) SNUFF TEASER THOUGHTS
The opening scenes of Snuff are now available here:
There's also a rather longer section including this section
available as a booklet from Waterstones.
I hope the copy'n'paste was better in the Waterstones edition...
Thanks for posting the link!
Thanks for posting that. I think I'm going to like Snuff unlike
UA. The first time I started reading UA I got to page 80 then gave
up; the second time I got to page 96.
I've read UA through twice and there are things I do like about the
book, but it is my least favorite of all the Discworld series.
Although I know where you are going with that sentiment, I am not of
the same opinion. It is different to many of the others and its
humour is more laconic (I think that's the word I want) I has its
good points and improves on re-read(s) once you know where it is
going*. In contrast I find TAMAHER and Eric! less rewarding as is
TLC (a YARB)** compared to S! or IT. YMMV etc!
*I often find that at the first read Terry's books are hard for me
as I don't know what is the plot and what is the furniture.
**Yet Another Rincewind Book
Reader in Invisible Writings
"I hope the copy'n'paste was better in the Waterstones edition..."
Looked almost like it was taken from some sort of a not finalised
version where, for example, the decision hasn't been made
whether to use "Vimes tore" or "He opened"
I'm sure some of our literary bods will let me know if this sort of
document floats around in the pre-printing process.
...and from L(J) Space, Livejournal's leading Discworld community:
So for those of you who aren't fans of Pterry on the facebooks, they
posted an extract out of the beginning of Snuff today! Yay! My
feelings: COLOR ME AMBIGUOUS. :/
I'm excited for Vimes again
The Patrician talking uncharacteristically to himself was rather
unexpected. Usually, it's Vimes' inner dialog that gives background
info about the story. The spelling errors and typo's irked me. But
other than that, I can't wait to buy the book! (Gotta catch 'em
So excited to see this! Looks like a bit of a follow-up to Unseen
Academicals as well as a City Watch book. It's always good to see
Vimes & Co., not to mention our favorite despot and his dedicated
Oh, I've missed them!
I can't read it because the formatting is weird and it's difficult
for me to read things without proper paragraph breaks/indents, but
WHATEVER, it's a new Vimes book and I am so happy. Also I've liked
his last few new books (apart from Making Money)* tremendously, so I
trust this one to be excellent.
*Yes, even Thud and Unseen Academicals which, as I understand it,
some people weren't fond of. Phhhhbth.
*high fives* I love Unseen Academicals. After a long line of dark,
serious Discworld stories (not that I don't enjoy it) Unseen
Academicals is like a breath of fresh air. I think of reading Unseen
Academicals as the literary version of drinking a hot mug of cocoa.
Exactly! Although I like that he's tackled darker themes than usual
lately, because it matches my current mood. There were darker themes
in Unseen Academicals too, but mostly it seemed to me like a happy
callback to everywhere we've been and everyone we've met so far.
Exactly! I've missed Ridcully and the wizard's antics since The Last
Continent and to have a character who isn't Rincewind (poor guy has
been through a lot) to act as a plot device to visit them again?
18) DISCWORLD AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
An excellent essay by author and blogger Karen Miller lauding the
women of Pratchett (erm, shouldn't that be "females"?):
"Much has been said and written about the inclusion, or exclusion,
of female characters in speculative fiction. A common observation
made is that, so often, too often, women in fantasy, science fiction
and horror fiction are reduced to objects of desire, sexual adjuncts
to men, rendered pathetically helpless so they can be rescued, or
are killed off as soon as possible in order to provide motive for
the male hero's journey, or pretty much airbushed out of the
narrative altogether. Unfortunately there is merit in these
criticisms of the genre, but one thing I can say without hesitation:
you simply cannot point that particular finger at Terry Pratchett.
Throughout the course of his Discworld novels, Pratchett has created
some of the most fantastic, three-dimensional and iconic female
characters to be found in the realms of speculative fiction... Some
writers of fantastic fiction fail to create even one memorable
female character. Pratchett has created nine, at least, and many
others in a secondary or one-off guest starring role. So, what is
this wonderful writer's secret? For me, I think the key is that he
never writes women characters as women..."
In the Books on First blog, Carolyn Chin discusses Making Money and
how the Glooper could have shown in advance the USA credit crises:
"Making Money was first published on 1 October 2008. That means he
must have written it at least one year before, at least six months
before the cracks in the world economic system began to show
(although predicted by contrarians skeptical of the "new
paradigm")... [Moist] learns all about the Royal Bank of Ankh-
Morpork and the Royal Mint how it costs more than a penny to make
a penny, how everyone believes gold is the basis of the Ankh-Morpork
currency and is what keeps the Banks honest, how most people rather
put their money in a sock under the mattress rather than trust the
Banks, how almost anything, say potatoes, could be more valuable
than gold, and how Topsy's nephew Hubert is close to perfecting the
Balance of Payments system or affectionately, "the Glooper," an
apparatus of water, glass pipes, valves and tipping buckets which
can be used to predict possible economic futures, given scenarios.
"Hubert demonstrates with the Glooper what would happen if people
lost all confidence in banks the flow of money moving out of
banks and into the Old Sock Under the Mattress, resulting in banks
ceasing to lend money out and business expansion slowing,
foreclosures, job losses, and ultimately, the economy at a total
standstill, with people with no or insufficient savings going
hungry, farms reverting to wilderness and trolls rampaging down from
the mountain. Sound familiar? This is the scenario that TARP
(Troubled Asset Relief Program) and QE II (The United States Federal
Bank's Second Quantitative Easing) are meant to avoid, but the banks
are not cooperating that is, not doing what banks by definition
do, giving savers no reason to put their money in the banks and
seeing no reason expose themselves to risk by lending to businesses
when they can earn more income garnering interest on Treasury bills
and charging fees to each other and to consumers. The Royal Bank of
Ankh-Morpork also was not taking in deposits or lending out money
when Moist arrives on the scene. He quickly changes all that..."
In Review Haven, Adam Bourke talks about Pratchett in general and
Night Watch in particular, giving it (or perhaps the entire series)
ten out of ten:
"It's read by Tony Robinson, and although it's abridged, I would
recommend listening to it. Robinson's voice perfectly fits the
spirit of Discworld... I would recommend nearly every one of Terry
Pratchett's books to anyone who likes fantasy. He's the only Humour
Author I've ever really enjoyed, and has an almost unique way of
making people laugh..."
Blogger Charlie aka CC grumbles a bit about Unseen Academicals:
"I've been a big fan of Terry Pratchett ever since I was introduced
to his works back in 1990... Over the years, I've noticed that the
tone of Sir Pratchett's writing has changed considerably; no longer
is he simply the ribald uncle telling hillarious tales to his
rolling nieces and nephews; instead he has become the kindly
grandfather, who uses sublety and wit to convey his points while
still entertaining. Wry chuckles take the place of outright guffaws.
The audience has grown older and wiser, and so has the storyteller.
"I read 'Unseen Academicals' with mixed feelings... whereas before
the author had displayed a rather deft hand at preventing epic plots
from collapsing in on themselves, there is something about this
storyline involving a football (or soccer, depending on where
you are from) game that feels both less than epic and
overwhelmed towards the end..."
More Disc poetry! "Dawn on the Disc", by Geektastic Pentameter:
Yolk pricked out from a half-done egg,
yellow morning creeps across a white sea,
rolls like a stroll along a still river
where the daylight isn't pitched enough
to strike the other bank,
hangs like bitumen in the longest experiment
while the world waits for the fall,
without enough elephants
to shoulder it all.
[Editor's note: you may remember the previous featured Discworld
poetry, the sonnet "Pan Narrans" by Jim Tait, at
featured in this section in our March 2011 issue.]
Pyramids, reviewed by blogger The Ink Slinger:
"Having steeped myself in several volumes of rather bleak fiction
(ala Lord of the Flies), I felt I needed a break. I wanted a funny
book, one that didn't take itself so seriously. Somehow or other,
Terry Pratchett's name appeared on my list of to-be-read-authors.
I did a bit of research, dropped by the library, and borrowed
Pyramids. It fit the bill perfectly...
"Who should read Pyramids? Everyone... over a certain age, that is.
While most of the humor is quite clean, there are several instances
of sexual innuendo/suggestive dialogue..."
An interesting forum thread about UK and USA editions of Discworld
novels, started by user Burkshifter:
"One strange thing I've noticed with discworld books along with
a lot of other books by non-American authors is that the editions
published in the author's country tend to read better. Being
American, I started reading discworld with the American books, but
then when I was on a trip to London I picked up a few UK editions.
The ones with the Josh Kidby covers. The difference is huge.
Something about Americanizing the spelling, punctuations, and
colloquialisms really takes a lot out of the books. I couldn't
imagine if, say, Tolkien or Lewis or Dickens were Americanized. Has
anybody else noticed this? Does this stand true for other authors?"
One long, thoughtful answer was from user Jan van Quirm:
"As I got CoM and LF around 1983 so when they were first out, there
was nothing around like Josh Kirby's coverwork and they really did
match the spirit of Terry's writing at a time when SF&F was still
v.influenced by heavy duty fantasy. So Discworld needed something as
different and innovative as the 'fun' art that Josh was brilliant at
and Terry loved his work anyway and for that reason.
"But times change and I can see the attraction of the black covers
'cos they're beautifully photographed but they don't 'match' the
tone of Terry's writing that well, although they're visually
attractive and look slick on a rack. Terry's work is slick but it's
also and more importantly multi-layered and rich in texture of all
sorts with the humour threading through the lovely sea-chest
with the coins on top may say a bit about the Luggage and Twoflower
with all his dosh, but says nothing about the chaos and naked greed
of the Broken Drum burning down or the adventures at Wyrmberg or in
the Temple of Belshamaroth. Kirby's illustration of the riot at the
Drum caught the spirit of that mayhem and playfulness and because,
at the time, it looked fun as well as different and new for that
genre, it did the writing justice.
"In the US the market is different perhaps so different cover art is
needed and that's evidenced by the reaction of some people over here
to Unseen Academicals for instance. As 'soccer's' a minority sport
over in the States the nuance and beauty of Paul Kidby's cover is
completely lost on most US fans so you get the truly naff (to UK
eyes) US version with the arms in the air and the round ball
(thankfully they got that right!) which perhaps doesn't do much for
them either but at least says something about the content even if
not particularly accurate of the gameplay.
"Horses for courses and times change but for fans who've been there
from the start Josh's covers are inextricably linked to the pleasure
we all felt when we first discovered Discworld and for that reason
he'll always be my favourite Pratchett illustrator."
To read the entire thread:
A long and relatively extensive overview of (most of) the Discworld
novels by mathematician and blogger Florian Kaferbock, covering
(most of) the novels with a description of and brief opinion on
"Having been one of Britain's foremost top-selling authors for
decades Pratchett has written more than 30 novels of his famous
series of books which for want of a better word must be described as
satiric fantasy literature. I am proud owner of 23 of them and have
read many others rented from libraries, so I think I am qualified in
judging them. In the few cases where I don't know a book well
enough to warrant an opinion I clearly say so...."
Kaferbock has some odd opinions, but at least he took the time to
commit them to the pages...
Part 1: http://tinyurl.com/3bp86bt
Part 2: http://tinyurl.com/44tpggv
Part 3: http://tinyurl.com/42ru2gc
...and another Discworld series overview, this one by self-described
"opinionated Scotsman" Chris, who lists Discworld as his favourite
"The real draw of Discworld, however, is the characters. Populating
this land are some of the finest fictional characters, fun and
cartoonish and larger than life yet complex and compelling...
Pratchett embues the stories with a rich vein of references to fairy
tales, modern culture, classic literature and more. Such
proliferation could easily have overbalanced the stories, yet
Pratchett somehow strikes the right note, allowing for the stories
to be enjoyed on a shallow level whilst more diligent readers get a
reward for their effort. If this sounds all very intimidating, it
...and a third, from blogger Pili, with explanatory diagrams:
"You might be thinking that a series comprised of so many books can
be too daunting to even try to start, or that it would get boring
and dragging for so many books, but I can assure you nothing is
further from the truth! ...they are not the kind of books you need
to read one after the other, they're actually divided into different
story arcs, so they can be grouped into smaller series if you may,
and even so, each book can be read as a story on its own, though of
course, there are references to previous novels here and there...
chock full of references to world history & events, fantasy books,
superstitions, fairy tales, and even Shakespeare! They're the kinda
books that make you giggle and laugh out loud..."
Blogger Shaun M. Coates, already a Discworld fan, was delighted to
discover The Wee Free Men:
"Pratchett does a brilliant job balancing the main character's youth
and 'at times' innocence with the 'Stealin', Fightin', Drinkin''
ways of the Feegles. In fact, I can't imagine the book being as
successful, if it was just one or the other. The Feegle's language
takes a bit of getting used to. Having lived in England for three
years and hearing very different dialects from the American English
dialects, you would think I would have been prepared. I was not. By
the end of the book though, 'Ye begin tae kin whit they ur
sayin''!... I really enjoyed this book. In fact probably my fav of
the Discworld so far. Moving forward I hope to see the Nac Mac
Feegles ability to jump between dimensions explored further. I would
also like to see Tiffany eventually leave Chalk and explore the
Discworld at large. I think that I will stick with this series
moving forward (I believe there are presently 4 books). I am curious
to see exactly what Tiffany's true powers are. If nothing else, she
is definitely one sharp cookie..."
Blogger David Hebblethwaite couldn't give Wintersmith his total
adoration. And he doesn't think the Nac mac Feegle are funny:
"My experience of the later Discworld novels has tended to be that
they're OK, but don't match up to the best of the series not in
terms of their humour, conception, or the incisiveness with which
they treat their themes. Wintersmith continues that trend...
Pratchett has a story literally affecting the lives and the world in
the way that Tiffany has become caught up in the story of the
Wintersmith and the Summer Lady; but the theme is also there in the
way that, although witchcraft is shown to be more about things like
observation than magic per se, it's important for witches to
cultivate an air of mystique, because that's what the people need
their witches to have... it doesn't have the spark of his best
work. And the disparate elements of Wintersmith don't seem to me
to come together into a successful whole. The Nac Mac Feegle (the
warrior-like fairy folk who have become Tiffany's 'protectors'
over the course of the series) feel rather awkwardly inserted into
the story; and, despite being the main comic-cut characters, don't
raise much more than the odd smile..."
Blogger Just Jill read tCoM and just didn't get it. Although quite
how someone can say that whilst claiming in the same post that the
book made her laugh out loud repeatedly is, um, a lovely example of
our species' penchant for cognitive dissonance...
"I expected to give this book a rather dismal review. And while I'm
not about to give it a glowing one, it's going to be better than it
originally would have been... I have to say, I laughed out loud
multiple times while reading this book. It's definitely funny at
times. There are some eye-rolling puns, but you can't help but smile
at them and the way Pratchett delivers them. My problem with this
book was that it never really took a hold of me... The main
character is a wizard called Rincewind. And I have to say, I find
him altogether rather unlikeable. He's not terrible, but he's a
bit of a whiner. All he wants to do is not be in whatever situation
he's in... I get the feeling he'll be a recurring Discworld
character, so hopefully I don't find him too annoying should he make
an appearance in whichever book I pick next..."
Blogger Tophat has fallen for Moist von Lipwig in a big way:
"I came to the party a bit too late here. By the time I was browsing
Pratchett's work for the first time, most of his books were
sporting a mark that said 'Celebrating 25 extraordinary years of
Discworld!' on them... Today, I'm amassing quite the collection of
Pratchett's work. If I had to pick a favorite, Going Postal would
take the top spot by a landslide... The city exists on the knife's
edge between fantasy and technology. A lot of the things that we
take for granted in our world are huge developments in Discworld.
On the other hand, we don't often have to worry if the vampire
across the room is a black ribbon wearer who has sworn off blood or
not, or if the guy who is employing an Igor is insane, dangerous or
simply overly rich. Some things stay the same, however... Enter
Moist von Lipwig. He's just exiting, really. We're introduced
to Moist as he's awaiting his execution in an Ankh-Morpork prison
under the assumed name of Albert Spangler for doing a large variety
of Bad Things. To call Moist a petty thief is like calling the Pope
slightly religious... This is my favorite Pratchett novel so far,
mainly because it contains Moist von Lipwig at his finest..."
In a long, analytical essay, blogger Incurable Bluestocking (who
gave Witches Abroad 4.5 stars in last month's review) goes all the
way to five for Lords and Ladies:
"This isn't just my favourite Pratchett book; this is one of my all
-time favourite books. One of the books that will make the list if
someone asks me for my Top Five... This book treats the Fae
properly. Which is to say, as terrifying creatures who are the
reason iron horseshoes are considered lucky, because we once needed
it to protect us; as hypnotizing, merciless, pitiless, and
unfeeling; as dangerous and carelessly destructive, thieves of
children, slayers of cattle, ruiners of crops, who steal everything
and leave nothing and take and take and take; as the dark truths
behind a hundred nursery rhymes where, as Pratchett puts it,
protective charms and cautionary warnings are passed down 'from
grandmother to grandchild in little bits of nonsense they won't
bother to forget.' In a way, the book is a nice satire of the
transformation the Fae have undergone in the last two hundred years
or so... All these disparate pieces weave together so beautifully
that you hardly notice until they've collided into each other in
perfect orchestration. Lords and Ladies is, apart from hitting so
many of my favourite buttons, one of the more beautifully
constructed books I've ever read mostly because you don't even
think about how beautifully constructed it is unless you really
pause to step back from it and consider..."
Blogger Randomize Me reviews ISWM:
"And so we reach the end... the last book in the YA fantasy series,
and I just didn't want it to end I really strung out reading
this one as long as I could. Now, I'm one of those people who delete
all the books after I've read them on my Kindle (since all the
books are in the Archive anyway), but this one? I'm keeping it (for
sentimental reasons). I just felt this sense of complete
satisfaction after I'd read it felt so good and happy inside,
and even though I was sad to say goodbye to Tiffany and the Nac Mac
Feegles, I was also content at where Tiffany and her friends were at
when I reached the last page (and that's a sentiment that I usually
don't feel about many series' finales that I've read!)... There are
so many things to love about I Shall Wear Midnight the always
irreverent Nac Mac Feegles, the castle guard Preston (a funny new
character who will totally grow on you the way he did on Tiffany
I kept on wondering when Tiffany would get over Roland and just see
that more interesting boys were around!), and to up the
sentimentality quotient, so many of my favorite characters showed up
here too Commander Vimes, Captain Carrot, Granny Weatherwax,
Nanny Ogg, etc etc. Tiffany's brief visit to Ankh-Morpork actually
made me home-sick for it and I suddenly felt this urge to re-
read my entire collection of Discworld books..."
Blogger Kate Shrewsday discusses Discworld "science" as it could be
applied to the current Roundworld cinema craze for ever more
"Pratchett is one of the great geniuses of my formative years. To
me, he is simply superlative. No-one will ever take his place. His
perfect sense of irony means that even in this semi-mediaeval flat
world, devices exist to do many of the jobs our electronic gismos
achieve in our world: but through means magical or mythical. Much of
the technology from Twoflower's neck of the woods watches,
razors, eventually even movie cameras is imp-powered... Imagine,
then, the possibilities for fourth dimensional thinking. We could
sit in the auditorium while imps wafted us with fixed-leaf fans or
held half-full colanders over our heads to simulate downpours. They
could wheel in tiny imp-proportioned portable kitchens and create
sumptuous baking smells, and pelt us with mini-missiles during
warfare scenarios. The possibilities are endless..."
Blogger mymumsanenglishteacher makes a short observation about the
delights of Pratchett addiction:
"Any fan of the Discworld series will know what it's like to be
addicted to Terry Pratchett's writing. I only recently discovered
it, (even though his writing has been around for over 20 years) and
I think it is absolutely brilliant... Pratchett's humourous style
makes you want to read more, along with his wordplay and outstanding
characters. He has succeeded in creating a well rounded universe
which makes you feel as if you are actually there. Pratchett is one
of those authors who really make you wonder where they got their
inspiration from. It defies all cliches in the most admirable
19) DISCWORLD DIARIES: A ROUND-UP
On the "Lego and Discworld blog and fansite" Bricks and Books (now
there's an unusual combination...), RJH writes about the 1998-2008
Discworld Diaries, with images, descriptions, and typical prices at
which these change hands:
"The first diary was published in 1998 and called the Unseen
University Diary, to get this one it will set you back around £110,
as all diaries were printed with a limited run so finding good
copies are rare and the series has become one of the most
And that's it for the moment. Your monthly Discworld horoscope, plus
any late breaking news, follows later in the month. But just before
I close, let me leave you with a link to a lovely Discworld-themed
image as sent in by roving reporter Llin Thomas:
Happy harvest to all, or happy almost-spring to our readers in
Fourecks and the Land of Fog!
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