WOSSNAME -- Main issue -- October 2011
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
October 2011 (Volume 14, Issue 10, Post 1)
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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, L.C. Thomas
Convention Reporters: Mithtrethth Hania Ogg et al
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Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
Puzzle Editor: Tiff
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Copyright 2011 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
03) PTERRY ON PTOUR
04) "SNUFF" NEWS AND REVIEWS
05) THE BIG INTERVIEW: PRATCHETT BY GAIMAN
06) BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY AWARD
07) DIGITAL CHAMPION OF THE DISABLED!
08) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
09) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
10) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
11) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
12) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
13) DISCWORLD DISCUSSION
14) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
15) GOING TO COURT FOR MORT
16) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
17) REVIEW: THE UNAUTHORISED PRATCHETT BIOGRAPHY
18) DISCWORLD AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
19) ROUNDWORLD TALES
20) LATE BREAKING NEWS
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"I have three policeman's helmets lined up in my study, gifts from
policemen who are fans of Sam Vimes. I remember when I was touring,
there would occasionally be the copper turning up in the book shop;
they would never come through the front door, but via the staff
entrance, and with a nod to the manager, after the queue had
finished. And what they would say to me was so predictable that I
could have almost said it for them. They would say things like, 'Oh,
yes, [scathing laugh] we certainly have a Nobby Nobbs alright, and
every nick has got a Sergeant Colon,' although I must report that
the policeman who told me that was quite clearly a Sergeant Colon in
his own right..."
Pterry, interviewed on BoingBoing by Neil Gaiman, October 2011
"I hope that everyone in Discworld is a recognisable and
understandable character and so sometimes I can present them with
modern and contemporary problems, such as Mustrum Ridcully getting
his head around homosexuality. In truth, I never have to go looking
for this stuff; I turn to find it smacking me in the face..."
"If he was walking across St. Mark's Square with the Pope people
would ask who was that old guy with Rob."
a tribute to the inestimable Williki-, um, Mr Wilkins from his
employer, October 2011
02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
Wotcha, O readers! This month's issue is so full of news and reviews
and, well, stuff that scary terms such as "action-packed" and
"bumper" spring to mind. It's also a larger than usual issue, so my
plans for a long editorial have been pushed to the side. Instead,
I'll just say "enjoy"!
On with the show...
03) PTERRY ON PTOUR
3.1 Rolling on the river!
Remember last month's announcement of the literal launch of Snuff on
a paddleboat on a river (September main issue, item 4.1)? Here be a
marvellous recap by the Bookwitch:
"But when Commander Vimes requests one's company on a paddle
steamer it's hard to say no. So I said yes. And after I'd read
the book about the Commander's latest adventures I got quite
worried and had to check there wasn't going to be that kind of
action on Wednesday night. Was reassured about the planned
sedateness of it all... After all that praise Terry had to say
something. Not sure he had prepared a speech, and his microphone
technique left some of it inaudible to some. Not me. I was that
close. He asked us to convey his thanks to Mrs P, further down the
boat, for allowing him to go out and play every day. Write. Then he
cried a bit and that was that. We resorted to applause to prevent
ourselves from joining him..."
[Includes many photographs of Roundworld's version of the Wonderful,
um, Francesca, of The Author himself, and of London as seen from the
Thames as darkness falls...]
3.2 Exclusive eye-and-ear-witness reports!
This is from longtime Pratchett fan, essayist and ABP poster Tamar,
who has also sent in some photos from the event to WOSSNAME's online
"I went to the local Washington, D.C.-area SF convention, Capclave,
and heard that Sir Terry was going to be there for an hour
(literally on the way to the airport).
"The 'Talk with Terry' was much like some others that have already
been on YouTube from other appearances, but there were some
different bits, such as Rob saying which lines in Snuff were his
favorites, and two readings Sir Terry wanted to him to do the tea
party and Rob wanted to do the Crockett game again as well. The
Capclave talk is on YouTube already!
"Since much of the talk turned out to be about the experience of
making the death documentary, there were only a couple of audience
questions. I managed to scoot up next to Sir Terry in the hallway
and ask my question about Lord Vetinari getting darker. He said
Vetinari is not getting so much darker as more cynical, and that his
harshness toward Moist von Lipwig is necessary because Moist is a
criminal and it's very hard to make him change. I fumbled with my
new-to-me camera while Sir Terry stopped by a vendor and a moment
later he kindly waited and posed for the close-up picture with the
Crowley-esque hat decorations. He and Rob then left for the
(Tamar also says that Sir Pterry's PCA hasn't affected his public
performance yet: "I hung out with him at the 2000 Worldcon in
Chicago, and at a con or two since then... it's still true that his
speech is just as clear now as it was then.")
3.3 Sympathy for the, erm, evil!
On the culture/current events/critical thinking blogsite Scholars
and Rogues, Gavin Chait, who attended Pterry's October 18th
appearance at Drury Lane's Theatre Royal, has posted an incisive
essay titled "Terry Pratchett and the redemption of the Orcs":
"Pratchett's compassion and tenderness with his characters is what
draws me to them, long after the gags and fantasy have lost their
ability to surprise. As he grapples with Alzheimer's he is also
grappling with literature and life's more intractable problems.
Adventures need villains. If we are to be the hero then we must cast
someone else in the role of monster. We need to cheer on one side to
the detriment of the other...
"Orcs and Goblins were invented so that we could definitively have
something to hate and that we did not need to feel that we should
empathise, that we should understand or to look for their needs and
grievances. If something is of its very nature evil then we have no
complicity or involvement in their becoming what they are. Real life
is never that obvious or simple. Pratchett, even as he grapples with
the worst illness of the 21st century, demonstrates once more that
fearful majorities are capable of terrible cruelty. He does not
condemn, he does not judge. He offers compassion, empathy and the
recognition that we are reflections and interconnections of each
04) SNUFF NEWS AND REVIEWS
The Bookseller reports that Snuff is selling as fast as a fast-
"Terry Pratchett's Snuff (Doubleday) has become one of the fastest-
selling novels since records began, shifting 54,687 copies at UK
book retail outlets in its three days on sale last week. Helped by
extensive pre-orders and a £5 deal at Tesco, Pratchett's 39th
Discworld novel has the biggest opening week sale from a hardback
adult-audience novel since Transworld stablemate Dan Brown's The
Lost Symbol (Bantam Press) in 2009. Along with Brown, only one other
novel has sold more copies in its first week on shelves since
records began: Thomas Harris' Hannibal (Heinemann) sold 58,300
copies in four days after its release in June 1999.
"Transworld managing director Larry Finlay said: '[Pratchett] is now
firmly established as one of the nation's most important and
widely read authors, with so much to say about the world in which we
live. I couldn't be more delighted that with Snuff, Terry now
joins a very select band of record-breakers'..."
...and the update confirms Snuff as the fastest-ever hardcover:
"Terry Pratchett's Snuff (Doubleday) was narrowly the bestselling
book in the UK last week, outselling Martina Cole's 18th novel, The
Faithless (Headline), by just 768 copies. Snuff, which last week
became the fastest-selling hardback novel by a British novelist
since records began, sold 31,904 copies in its first full week in UK
bookshops, while Cole's The Faithless (Headline) scored sales of
31,136 copies in its opening week in stores..."
In The Independent, a moment or more exactly, a minute from
Pterry's book tour:
"What distracts you from writing?
"Everybody. It's a very unusual day that isn't more or less shredded
by demands on my time. In my heart I ought to be home writing, but
the rest of my body is doing the US tour for 'Snuff', the latest
"What are your readers like when you meet them?
"Far less strange than journalists would have you imagine..."
A delightful BBC live interview, in which The Author discusses
Vimes' inner Watchman, and the relationship between a verbal-by-
necessity storyteller and his Hex. This video is not region-locked
and can thus be enjoyed by WOSSNAME-ers around the world:
By AS Byatt in The Guardian:
"Pratchett has written several stories set on the Discworld in which
ill-treated, unconsidered species are described and explained and
admitted to society. In Feet of Clay, and Making Money, Miss Adora
Belle Dearheart runs the Golem Trust, and golems develop from being
clay automatons to beings with thoughts and language. In Unseen
Academicals Mr Nutt is an orc, a creature capable of great violence,
who has become an erudite and resourceful hero. In the early books,
Captain Vimes was capable of easy 'speciesism' at the expense of the
dwarves and trolls, gargoyles and zombies who make up the Watch...
In Snuff it is the goblins who are the centre of attention: they are
a dim, feeble collection of creatures who smell very bad and live in
a mess in dark holes, stealing chickens and other things. They are
not classified as human, or sentient beings, and so can be bought,
sold and enslaved. Predictably and agreeably, Vimes takes up the
cudgel on their behalf... One advantage of a continuing world full
of people and creatures is that they can develop in a leisurely way.
The character who does that in Snuff is Willikins, the Vimes's
butler, who when he first appeared was stiff and very formal, trying
to shave Vimes, who forbade him. In Jingo, one of the best of the
series, he joins Lord Rust's army to fight the Klatchians in the
desert, and bites off an enemy nose. In this book he turns out to
have the same streetwise background as his employer, and a
collection of hidden and unusual weapons. He can deal with the
villain in ways his employer, inhibited by professional rules,
By Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing:
"Snuff, Terry Pratchett's latest Discworld novel is an absolute
treat, as per usual. It's a Sam Vimes book (there are many recurring
characters in the Discworld series, whose life stories intermingle,
braid and diverge Sam Vimes is an ex-alcoholic police chief who
has married into nobility) and that means that it's going to be a
story about class, about law, and about justice, and the fact that
Pratchett can make a serious discourse on these subjects both funny
and gripping and never trivial is as neat a summary of why we love
him as much as we do..."
By Kerry Fried in the Washington Post:
"A full-on Vimes vehicle, 'Snuff' begins with a shock as our hero is
chucked out of his office. Happily, this is only a matter of a two-
week stay at his wife Sybil's stately home. Unhappily, he loathes
the countryside. If only some crime would crop up amid all the
'allegedly glorious fresh air.' There's certainly enough suspicious
behavior around, and yokels and aristos alike get noticeably shifty
every time the conversation swings around to goblins. Foul-looking
and worse-smelling, these creatures have an off-putting religion
'founded on the sanctity of bodily secretions' and are resigned,
their only champion laments, 'to undeserved and casual death.' One
such murder leads Vimes to uncover a vast, twisty conspiracy. As he
tries to bring the villains to justice, 'Snuff' daringly links the
demonization of goblins to two of the worst crimes in human history:
slavery and the Holocaust. Some might be offended, but Pratchett
doesn't make such connections lightly. His first Discworld book may
have been a frolic, but his magic has long since been set in strong
By Farren Miller in Locus:
"Over the course of Terry Pratchett's long career in humorous
fantasy, the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork has gone through its own
changes, rarely as slapstick as the titles of books like Thud! and
now the equally-monosyllabic Snuff might suggest. The traditional
hatreds between dwarves and trolls, werewolves and vampires, etc.,
don't immediately die down when they come together in the supposed
melting-pot of urban life, any more than English and Irish, or rich
and poor, come to view enmity as old-hat in Victorian London. And
only the most starry-eyed idealist would expect things to be better
in the countryside. Samuel Vimes, still head of the Watch despite
the marriage to Lady Sybil that brought him wealth and social status
as well as true love, grew up a street kid with very little patience
for ideals of any kind... In Snuff he is supposed to be enjoying the
idleness of a family holiday on her estate, though he mistrusts
leisure. But how can he put his instincts as a city cop to use amid
all this unfamiliar greenery, herds of tame animals, and mysterious
bursts of birdsong?
"While not officially YA, Snuff revels in jokes about snot, poo, and
pee to an extent that should delight most boys, exasperate the more
finicky sort of girls, and dismay some grannies (if their last
name's not Weatherwax). But it's all in good fun..."
By Francis Spufford in the London Evening Standard:
"Watching Pratchett grow his characters, over 39 novels, has been
like seeing recombinant narrative genetics running with almost
magical efficiency at almost magical speed. Where other writers are
delighted if they come up with just a handful of comic figures with
self-sustaining life in them Don Quixote and Sancho, the three
men in the boat, Pooh and Piglet and Eeyore Pratchett breeds
them by the score. All those who live, he adds to the permanent
cast. There's never been anything quite like it. Even Dickens didn't
keep carrying forward his successes till Edwin Drood was rubbing
shoulders with Oliver Twist and Mr Pickwick. Terry Pratchett does...
"Snuff is a Vimes novel. Reviewerly protocol demands that I not give
away any of its contents in detail, so I'll just say that it
features the countryside, Jane Austen, slavery, river boats, snot,
tobacco and a lot of fisticuffs. It also features a Vimes who, for
the first time, feels as if he has acquired more indestructibility,
more elaborated superlative Vimes-ish-ness, than can be kept in
harmoniously plausible balance with his setting..."
By Mark Lawerence in the Daily Express:
"Terry Pratchett has a way with words. Like the children's
entertainer with the balloons he can take a familiar phrase and with
a few deft twists create a new plaything better than all the
contents of your party bag. To perform that trick once or twice is
good. To sustain it throughout a whole book is remarkable. To keep
it fresh into the 39th volume of a series deserves a knighthood...
It is not unusual for Pratchett to hold the Discworld up as a mirror
in which he can satirise everything from the iniquitous to the
innocuous in our own world. In Snuff, the critique is perhaps more
heavy-handed. We learn that oppressing minorities (goblins) is bad
and that the class system, along with the uneven distribution of
wealth, are neither big nor clever..."
In case you'd miss it, Reader Japester's lovely short review, in the
comments section of Gaiman's interview of Pterry (item 5, below):
"It was a good read. There is a lot more visibility into what's
going on inside Sam Vimes' head this time around, and conversations
with other well known cast members, who have only played bit parts
until now. The writing style was also a little different from what I
am used to, from pTerry. Not in a bad way, but different enough to
make you sit up and realise that this man's brain will never stop
working, adapting to the ever changing world, and making it a better
(second comment in the Oldest replies)
...and from Russia with Discworld love, on the Book Haven site, the
review by OV20, kindly translated for all you non-Russian speakers
out there by WOSSNAME's roving reporter L.C. Thomas:
"Of all the heroes from Terry Pratchett and his Discworld, I love
Sam Vimes the most. It isn't that the others aren't great, but it's
only Vimes that you can reread and reread and love completely.
"In the new novel (39th in the Discworld series, eighth in the
stories about the Guard and its commander) Sam Vimes is finally sent
to the countryside for a well-deserved holiday. A fortnight. In the
idyllic pastoral country estate, Ramkin Manor, he will enjoy the
view, take the air, go to balls, hear about Young Sam's latest
obsession (different kinds of poo) and otherwise enjoy life. And no
work allowed. Vimes of course, suffers, and instinct suggests that a
peaceful and quiet holiday is doubtful...
"You know, considering my love for Sam Vimes, a plot isn't even
necessary for me he can just wander here and there, eat bacon
sandwiches, curse social stratification and raise his son. But
there's also quite a detective story, concerning questions of human
rights and non-human rights, which I squealed most of the way
through. And a few genres other than detective are touched on - for
instance, Pratchett mocks books about English villages in the 19th
century (there is a family with five daughters, four of whom are
waiting around for suitors, and the fifth of whom became a
woodcutter), and even his own work, a little (for example, the
Patrician's main storyline concerns a crossword he is unable to
solve). And all of this is done with his eternally subtle humour,
with at least every second line being quotable.
"I always feel awful translating Pratchett, it's a Sisyphean task,
it's a futile and thankless job, because it does not translate well,
and the fans are likely to mock the results. And in this case the
translation hell begins with the title, which by itself has more
than one meaning. [There follows a sentence that I can't quite work
out that seems to be about the Russian title being a pun based on
some old Soviet cartoon... not sure though... L.C.T.]
"Only because there is already one book of genius in the Discworld
cycle (Night Watch, of course) does this get less than five stars."
05) NEIL INTERVIEWS PTERRY!
In which Mr Gaiman puts assorted questions about Snuff and other
things, and gets assorted answers:
"NG: How has the Discworld changed over the years?
"TP: I suppose the simple answer is that there is still humour, but
the gags are no longer set up; they are derived from characters'
personalities and situations. These days the humour seems to arrive
of its own accord.
"NG: How has writing the Discworld novels changed how you see the
"TP: I think it more true that getting older changes how you see the
world. There is stuff in Snuff, for example, that I couldn't have
written at twenty-five. Although I had written things before
Discworld, I really leaned writing, on the job as it were, on
Discworld. I think that the books are, if not serious, dealing with
more serious subjects. These days it's not just for laughs. My
world view had changed; sometimes I feel that the world is made up
of sensible people who know that plot and bloody idiots who don't.
Of course, all Discworld fans know the plot by heart!
"NG: How has writing the Discworld novels changed how the world sees
"TP: Has it? My agent pointed out one day that I had been quoted by
a columnist in some American newspaper, and he noted with some glee
that they simply identified me by name without reminding people who
I was, apparently in the clear expectation that their readers would
know who I am..."
To read this excellent interview in its entirety, go to:
06) BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY SPECIAL AWARD
The British Fantasy Society have chosen Terry Pratchett for their
2011 Karl Edward Wagner Special Award in recognition of his lifetime
contribution to the genre of fantasy:
07) CHAMPION OF DIGITAL ACCESS FOR ABILITYNET
"National disability and e-accessibility Charity, AbilityNet, is
delighted to welcome Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox and
bestselling fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett OBE as Patrons,
announces Chairman Dr Michael R Taylor. Martha Lane Fox, whose Race
Online 2012 campaign aims to facilitate internet access for all UK
citizens and Sir Terry Pratchett, himself a keen user of adapted
computer technology, are both enthusiastic supporters of the
Charity's work with disabled people and those with accessibility
needs. Says Martha: 'Nearly half of the 8.7 million adults in the UK
who have never used the Internet are disabled... For those with
limited mobility, the internet is a vital link with the outside
world as I discovered for myself when recovering from a serious
"'Discworld' creator, Sir Terry Pratchett, has become a devotee of
voice recognition technology since losing his ability to type
effectively a symptom of his Alzheimer's diagnosis. He said
recently that should his dexterity return he would have absolutely
no interest in returning to the keyboard: 'I'm on my third book
using this technology it's my right hand now!'..."
To read the rest of the press release:
To learn more about AbilityNet, go to:
08) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
8.1 PTERRY NAMED CHARITY CHAMPION OF 2011
Third Sector, "the UK's leading publication for everyone who needs
to know what's going on in the voluntary and not-for-profit
sector", has chosen Sir Terry Pratchett as Celebrity Charity
Champion BMAC (which stands for Britain's Most Admired Charity) of
2011. The runner-up was newsreader and youth charity advocate Jon
Snow, and the Beefster (legendary cricketer and cancer research
fundraiser Sir Ian Botham) took third place:
"Sir Terry Pratchett is somewhat uncomfortable about winning an
award as a 'celebrity'. He simply doesn't view himself as a
celebrity. 'A celebrity is someone sitting in a jungle, eating
worms,' he says. It's not him. The author found international fame
for books including the Discworld fantasy novels, but it's his work
on behalf of dementia charities that has landed him the celebrity
charity champion prize... Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the
Alzheimer's Society, says that Pratchett's willingness to speak
about his experience has created a greater sense of openness about
the disease. 'Somebody in the public eye saying `look, I'm going
to tell you about it and how I'm going to live my life as a result'
was really significant,' says Hughes... perhaps the most public
statement Pratchett can make is to carry on writing: his new novel
Snuff has just been published. 'One of the things I thought I should
do is to continue doing my job,' he says. 'You're up there as a kind
of figurehead.' Hughes appreciates the example. 'What Terry has said
is that, with the right kind of support, he can live with his
dementia,' he says..."
(The page includes a video of Pterry's "acceptance speech" at home,
as he wryly polishes his shiny new award. The six-minute video is
sweet, often funny, and deeply moving rather like a certain
series of satirical fantasy novels we all know Ed.)
...and here be a piece by Stephen Cook, a former colleague, about
the man and the award:
"My visit with our cameraman Tas was to record him receiving his
award as Celebrity Charity Champion in Third Sector's Britain's Most
Admired Charity Awards: he wasn't able to come to the awards night
because he was doing An Evening with Terry Pratchett in the theatre
that night. It wasn't my first meeting with him: in the seventies,
four young journalists including him and me did the 40-mile Lyke
Wake Walk across the North York Moors together. As we slogged for
seventeen hours across the boggy expanses of Fylingdales and
Goathland, Terry moaned a lot. So did the rest of us...
"Perhaps the most impressive thing about him now is the way he faces
his predicament. He recalled coming back from his diagnosis four
years ago wondering "who shall I tell?" and deciding "everyone." He
mused about whether it takes greater courage to be open about your
illness or to keep it to yourself, but, either way, he has chosen
not to shy away from it. He said he plays a game of sorts with
interviewers: he knows they want at some stage to talk about
Alzheimers, and watches them circling round it. And sometimes he
puts them out of their misery by raising the subject himself..."
8.2 PROFILE OF THE AUTHOR AS ADVOCATE
A feature on "Sir Pratchett"** in Varsity, the online magazine of
Brazene-, erm, Cambridge University:
"Anyone who has read any 'Discworld' novels knows that they
contain many neologisms, so he has had to `teach' his computer
some of his vocabulary, in order for the software to be useful. He
also experiences difficulties in reading, particularly with page-
turning, and has needed other people to read his speeches on his
behalf. For someone whose livelihood for the past forty-six years
has depended on writing, losing the ability to write must be
** Emily Smith, the article's writer and therefore presumably a
student at a cream-of-the-crop institution that's been going almost
as long as the peerage itself, really ought to have researched the
proper etiquette for titles. Ah, these youngsters today, hmm...
09) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
ANKH-MORPORK: THE FIRST PLAY
By Annie Mac
This is going to be a very, very, very short preliminary review,
owing to 1) lack of space (see Editorial) and 2) no sign yet of the
typed reports promised by the other players. So I will just briefly
say that four of us (myself, Moggrat, the Dean, and Lipwigzer)
played a long and delightful inaugural round of "Ankh-Morpork",
great fun was had by all, and the game was won by Lipwigzer, despite
his being the least familiar of us with the source material.
In brief: "Ankh-Morpork" looks wonderful. It's a very classy
production, with well-made pieces, luxurious-looking and -feeling
cards, and a beautiful board. The rules are quite complicated but
not overly dense or arcane, and figuring them out (and making
mistakes, accidentally or, um, less accidentally) is a large part of
the fun value. Play goes fairly rapidly, keeping the interest up,
and to judge from our experience, the game can be enjoyed by players
at all levels of Discworld familiarity. All of us are looking
forward to playing again a big plus, that! and will do so
More to come. WOSSNAME thanks Treefrog Games for their kind gift of
a "test drive" copy of Ankh-Morpork, since it's not officially on
sale in Fourecks yet!
Remember, Treefrog Games' "Ankh-Morpork" is available from retailers
including Eclectic Games. Priced at £29.99, it can be ordered
online as a superb Hogswatch present:
10) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10.1 SADWCON NEWS
THE SADWCON EVENT 2011
"There is so much to say, everything turned out great! As the
organising lot we managed to jump some scary last minute hurdles,
managed to get a drop of sleep and definitely managed to have a
fantastic time. A big thanks to the team; no team, no event! We had
a bunch of fans, a HAT full of fans, more fans than we had
realistically expected. The turn-out was great; in total (off the
top of my head) there were 88 ticket holders through the door! An
enthusiastic bunch, many dressed up, took part in the pub-quizz, the
auction and the raffle. In the end we raised around R6000 for our
two charities... Graced as we were by the presence of Rob's mug on
the screen, he face was there too. He read to us from Snuff, he
answered questions and he raffled off his cups. Possibly the most
envied person about, I for one know, I'd give my left leg to hop-
about as Sir Terry's assistant..."
And the ever-ebullient Laura Kitty-Cat Shortridge, initiator and
organiser of this Event, made a long, thorough blogpost about it
(including a very impressive iconograph of the lady herself as a
very impressive Angua, accompanied by some also-impressive very
small Feegle impersonators, and then lots and lots of other
impressive iconographs of many people who really put their hearts
into the costuming):
"The next few weeks involved frantic and confused emails being sent
back and fourth between about 4-7 people at any given time. With a
two month deadline and one of our most important committee members
living several hundred miles away, I privately suspect Sir Terry and
Rob must have thought we were over-ambitious lunatics. But we didn't
do too badly after all. Between work, studies and sorting out our
own costumes, we organized pamphlets and tshirts, mugs, keyrings,
post-its and post cards, all with the the official SADWE logo on
them...And none of which arrived. Thankfully some things did not get
lost in the famous South African Postal Service, possibly because
they were hand-delivered by Chris Boote himself about a week before
the event. Pin badges, figurines and board games were sorted. One
hundred special issue SADWE stamps courtesy of Cunning Artificer
Bernard gave us minor heart failure as we discovered we couldn't
find them the night before the event..."
As for the convention itself next year, here's what's planned so
To register, and for further info:
10.2. GERMAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION 3
Some photos of last month's convention, apparently posted by Death
10.3. DWCON 2012 NEWS
Hotel rooms are going fast!
"Hotel rooms at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham are rapidly
selling out, if you wish to book a room at the Metropole please
don't delay. Details of pricing and how to book are on the
Convention website on the hotel information page. No payment is
taken when booking your room (although you will need to provide card
details to secure the booking), So why wait? If you have any
questions about your room booking please email hotel@...."
"The good people running next years Discworld Convention have
announced the following price rise: From the 31st October the
membership price rises, from the current bargain rate of £53 (£36
concessions), to £58 (£39 concessions) which is still a bargain
for all the fun and frolics you will have. Please note memberships
are going quicker than a witch chased by a familiar so don't be
scared, come and buy now while you still have a chance."
To buy your membership:
10.4 IDWCON NEWS
As Pterry can't make the Irish Discworld Convention this time,
primary Guest of Honour will be Bernard Pearson Cunning
Artificer, storyteller par excellence, and a well-loved appreciator
of, erm, Irish refreshments. Rod Brown, executive producer of the
three extant Discworld telefilms, will also be attending this year.
11) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
11.1 REMINDER: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN BRISBANE, FOURECKS
The Brisbane Arts Theatre continue their production of Monstrous
Regiment in October and November 2011.
When: Thursday 27th-Saturday 29th; Sunday 30th (Halloween night
special); Thursday 3rd November- Saturday 5th November
Venue: Brisbane Arts Theatre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane QLD 4000
Time: 8pm all performances except the Halloween night special on
Sunday 30th October, which starts at 5pm
Tickets: Adults $31, Concessions & groups of 10+ $25, Members $20,
Halloween night $40
Bookings: 3369 2344 / bookings@...
To book online: http://www.artstheatre.com.au/index.php?page_id=20
11.2 GOING POSTAL IN GRANTHAM
The Grantham Dramatic Society will present their production of Going
Postal in November and December.
When: November 30th, December 1st to 3rd 2011
Venue: Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
Time: 7.30pm nightly
Tickets: Wednesday 30th November £8.00/£7.00 concessions
Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd December: £9.00/8.00 concessions
"SPECIAL OFFER! Group discount: book 8 tickets or more and get £1
off every ticket. Please note, group discounts are not available
when booking online!"
For more information, contact info@...
11.3 MASKERADE RAISED MONEY
Harleston Players' recent production of Maskerade raised £265 for
the Alzheimer's Society:
"The money was raised through audience donations when the Players
performed Terry Pratchett's play Maskerade in May, as well as a
raffle for one of the cast members a cat puppet which played the
part of Greebo. Mike Davison, director of the show, said: 'We chose
the society for our fundraising as Terry Pratchett suffers from
Alzheimer's. Helen Farrar, who produced the show, also works for
Studio Landia day centre, which provides day care for the elderly,
including those with Alzheimer's.'..."
11.4 WYRD SISTERS IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA
Walterdale Playhouse will be performing Wyrd Sisters in
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from 30th November to 10th December 2011.
Tickets are $12.00 CAD to $16.00 CAD. To book, and for more
information, go to:
12) 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 27th
October. 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 7th November 2011 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 7th November 2011. 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 7th November 2011 at The
Vic Hotel, 226 Hay St, Subiaco. For more information contact:
Daniel Hatton at daniel_j_hatton@...
13) DISCWORLD DISCUSSION
Editor's note: all discussions below are from LiveJournal's
"Discworld" community, except for the last one (item 13.6).
13.1 SNOGGING IN SCOONE AVENUE
Snuff Observation: Woah, His Grace sure has lightened up about how
he interacts with his wife! I'd been wondering how in hell Young Sam
managed to get conceived....
Yes! I wondered the exact same thing too, that Sam's interactions
with his wife seemed markedly different! :)
I haven't read anything beyond the preview, yet, but I thought he
really started lightening up about being affectionate (at least in
private) in Jingo. It's just that pre-Klatch, he didn't seem to
actually understand why in the heck his wife would even *want* to
spend any time around him.
I always thought it was particularly cute that when he got back from
Klatch, he kissed her repeatedly, almost like he didn't realize
quite how much he missed her and needed her until he wasn't in the
city and couldn't just stroll home.
I always assumed he was just a bit dense about how marriages
functioned because he didn't get to see his parents together while
growing up and his only other marital role model was Fred Colon and
his wife, who deliberately work different shifts. He seems to labor
under the misconception that "if we aren't actually arguing,
everything's okay, isn't it?" up until Sybil has that talk with him
in Jingo. And keep in mind, if Watch business hadn't interrupted,
there would have been a makeup *cough* "evening in" in the works
right after that talk.
I have still squeed repeatedly while reading the online preview,
"I always thought it was particularly cute that when he got back
from Klatch, he kissed her repeatedly" Wait, was this an explicitly
stated scene in Jingo? I don't remember coming across it in my
reread last month.
He kissed her twice before having his bath.
In Jingo I thought it was because the Disorganiser had shown him an
alternative trouser leg where he would never go home and kiss her -
and where she too probably would be killed soon after, if not
before, him, because I can't see Sybil not resisting the invasion.
Yep, those two things definitely aren't mutually exclusive to my way
of thinking. He was, for the first time in his marriage, forced to
be away from his wife for a period. Whether he consciously thought
about it or not, as long as he was in Ankh-Morpork, even if he was
working overnight or distracted by police work, he could just decide
to walk X number of streets home or to the Sanctuary and see her, so
he kind of takes that for granted.
Even without the Disorganizer showing him the alternative(s) if he
failed to prevent an invasion, he still had to know, on some level,
that he might die in Klatch or on the boat and never make it home.
The Disorganizer's alternate trouser leg was probably an explicit
way of raising the stakes, though, because... well, if The Fifth
Elephant proves anything, it's "If you want to make Vimes go totally
thermonuclear, threaten his wife. Would you like the pieces we can
find to be cremated or buried?".
Personally, I'm kind of mystified when people aren't convinced he
loves Sybil after reading Men At Arms. I mean, the man is a solid
copper, he eats, breathes and sleeps being a copper. Being a copper
is who Sam Vimes is. Keep in mind he has zero clue that anyone is
going to create the office of Commander of the Watch and that he's
going to fill it. He marries Sybil knowing full well that part and
parcel of marrying her is that he retires from being a copper. In
other words, he was willing to give up being a copper. Giving up
drink was one thing, but giving up being a copper is like giving up
the oxygen habit for him. He's willing to try that. For Sybil.
I always assumed that Sybil sort of managed everything.
Well, she *is* one of the Ladies Who Organize.
I thought it was because he's on holiday. In the other books, he's
on the job 24/8. Especially in the sorts of situations we're reading
about, there are many exciting and important things going on, any
quiet moments with Sybil wouldn't get any screentime, for want of a
I think by the time of Snuff they have been married at *least* 7+1
years. That's plenty of time for Vimes to 've sussed out how to
lighten up, LOL!
They're definitely more outwardly affectionate. Which is great,
because they're my Discworld OTP of OTPs.
He's a practiced daddy, now, which might have a lot to do with it,
too. While the wife might understand "Not now, dear, I'm busy being
Commander and I'm afraid I might look silly in front of the Watch if
I admit I have a personal life." but the kid is just not going to
understand that you currently have worries about looking a fool in
front of your employees if you're making silly faces at them and
I think after ~7 years of marriage, Sybil and Sam have realized that
(gasp!) sex can be fun and not just procreation. I've heard this
occasionally happens to some* married people.
*They are lucky and blessed, and never tell their friends how happy
they are, in fear of Something Terrible Happening.
13.2 CASTING COUCH: THE NEW DYNAMIC DUO?
If there's a, aha, 'Snuff' film... They MUST cast Fry and Laurie as
Willikins and Vimes. MUST, DAMMIT
Oh, I wholeheartedly concur! It would be brilliant!
My God, that would be perfect.
I second that. Wholeheartedly. It was my first thought at the
"gentleman's gentleman" comment.
:D YES. If not, we could have BBC drama with them too.
Why? Is Sam Vimes totally and utterly out of character in 'Snuff'?
No, Speaker, absolutely not. It's more that the interplay between
Vimes and Willikins is an exact parallel between Hugh and Stephen in
their earlier works.
Now I've got Fry as Vimes, and Laurie as Willikins, in my head.
You know what? The reverse wouldn't be bad either :D I don't know, I
can see Fry as Willikins ;D
I think Hugh Laurie would be even better as King Verence! He has the
perfect look. But I agree Stephen Fry would make a perfect
Willikins. Even better as Willikins than he was as Jeeves IMHO :-)
13.3 COVER ART
"Snuff" cover Is this the first time that the US and UK editions
of a Pratchett novel got the same cover illustration?
Yes. And I dearly hope it will not be the last. (After all, it's
just freakin' sensible.)
And given that it's Kidby doing the cover, just plain more awesome.
I'm not a huge fan of the boring U.S. paperback covers, for example.
Evidently there's been at least one Snuff cover variant, with Vimes
peeking out of a porthole, but it was on a version that was
exclusive to a U.K. seller and had a copy of A Collegiate Casting-
Out Of Devilish Devices included. Or so I read. I almost want to
frame the standard Snuff cover. The colors alone are gorgeous.
The first I purchased the 2 books (The Light Fantastic and Color of
Magic) from the Science Fiction Book Club in the 80's and they have
the original Kirby art work. Every other edition has featured
"alternative" art work. I am glad they have finally given us the
I hope the reprint all of them with the "correct" art.
Probably won't happen, but it'd be SO AWESOME if it did. And I'd be
out a LOT of money... :)
13.4 INTERVIEW THOUGHTS
[mentioned the Guardian interview (see Late Breaking news, item 1,
Thanks so much for linking us to this! It's a wonderful interview.
It makes me love him more than ever. Narrativia bless him.
I think I want a statuette of Narrativia for when the Muse is
His list of planned books, none of which are Discworld novels, is
Pratchett is writing a book set in Victorian London?? GIMME!!!
PTerry is a national treasure :-)
I disagree. World treasure :-P
I want him to stay around forever ;_;
I think we all do.
I absolutely need a statue of Narrativia...though I think she should
be holding a martini rather than a cigarette. Or a daiquiri, that
would be okay, too... I always think of Lela/Anoia when I think of
goddesses with cigarettes.
Oh, yes. Maybe some sort of vessel of mysterious content - could be
caffine to give you a kick or wine to relax the concious mind or
indeed a daiquiri if that's your personal taste :D Agreed, Anoia
seems to have that covered - her and the mortal but kickass Spike.
13.5 UNSCHEDULED STOP
So my local SF club puts on Capclave, our annual convention
(_http://capclave.org/_). pTerry happened to be in town this weekend
during the convention. He had a free hour, so he came to the
con. We rearranged programming and he gave a talk/reading (OK, his
assistant did the actual reading) during his hour. Both my daughter
and I got about 10 seconds with him after his talk. Still so
I said, "You do know we all love you?"
He said, "But only platonically."
I said, "Oh no, if I weren't too old, I'd have your baby."
Unfortunately, his voice is too soft and I am losing my hearing, so
the only word of his response that I caught was, "tonight". Since
he was on his way to catching a plane, I don't think it was
serious. My daughter was all, "Motherrrr!"
I'd have his babies too! He's one gorgeous man...as is Rob. I could
listen to Rob reading for hours.
Hell, *I* would have his babies.
13.6 SNUFF REPORTS
Having now finished Snuff myself I think its very good in parts
and generally good overall. It will probably improve with re-
reading when I am no longer trying to anticipate where the story is
going. More thoughts later as they say...
Reader in Invisible Writings
Likewise, the only negative criticism I'd give it is that it has
slightly too much in, I felt that the story didn't quite have room
to breathe. Or that may be because I was reading it too fast!
Indeed. Unusually I have decided upon an immediate re-read and have
picked up two 'gems' that I missed (because I would not recognise
them until later). Also I reprised what we had learnt about Goblins
in UU when mention of them was a misdirection from the Orc, and it
ties in so beautifully!
Reader in Invisible Writings
Going too fast on a first-read of a new Pratchett story? *I'd* never
do that (yeah, right!) My usual practice is to read it twice, the
second time a little slower, to make sure I catch anything I missed
on the first go-round. That's planned for next week I like to give
books a little time to settle.
As I said, already re-reading and enjoying it even more...
Reader in Invisible Writings
14) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
Really, this should be in the Discworld Games section, but as it's
both crafty and artistic...
THUD! For your own home!
"Thud, the Great Game, began in 2002 when a very clever man, Trevor
Truran, developed a system of play which allowed combatants to use
their guile, cunning and skill in a tactical game based on the
ancient struggle between Dwarf and Troll. The game itself has grown
in popularity over the years becoming the central theme to the
Discworld novel 'Thud!', enjoying a cameo appearance in Sky Ones
adaptations of Discworld Novels and most importantly, being enjoyed
by thousands of fans across the world. A game can last from half an
hour to gruelling day-long battles. You can learn to play in a
matter of minutes and hone your skills over years...
"This edition, with its thick natural cotton board and carved bone
effect gaming pieces, has been designed for visual impact to sit
beautifully in any home as a piece of craftsmanship in its own
right. The materials have been selected and used to make this
artifact as tactile as possible, a battlefield of bone and cloth
laid out in your living room is a sure cause for conversation. The
gaming pieces have been sculpted by Bernard Pearson, the Cunning
Artificer himself, with his usual level of attention to detail. He
wanted to create a Thud set drawing from the runic imagery of the
dwarfs, pieces that could have been carved out many years ago and
have been polished by of generations of play. After all, games have
been a part of human history from the very dawn of time, they are
indeed, a little part of what makes us human.
"This set is presented in a thick cotton game bag, screen printed
with the Thud glyph, inside you will find the game piece bag
comprising of 32 dwarf pieces, 8 troll pieces and the all important
Thud stone. Along side the screen printed Thud board you will find
the rules to the game, a Thud presentation sheet with ancient poetry
and a very rare piece of Sir Terry Pratchetts writing on the History
"In the rule book you will find all you need to pick up the main
game including strategy guide as well as the rules for Koom Valley
Thud! a speed version of the game which has an entirely different
dynamic but is equally as playable as Thud itself. Effectively this
is two games in one.
"The Board measures 47cms X 47 cms and has been professionally
screen printed onto thick, hemmed, natural cotton. The pieces have
been resin cast and finished to give the effect of carved bone then
polished with natural beeswax. The dwarfs stand 35mms tall and the
Trolls stand at 62mms.
Prices, including postage:
UK £33.50; Europe £36.50; Rest of world £42.50
For more information, and to order, go to:
[Dear Hogfather, may I *pleasepleaseplease* have one for Hogswatch?
15) COURT TO KEEP THE INTEGRITY OF MORT?
In The Telegraph, via Richard Eden, "Mandrake" has some news about
Pterry and the film rights to Mort:
"Sir Terry Pratchett may be suffering from early onset Alzheimer's
disease, but the author is determined to stay in control of his
legacy. Mandrake can disclose that Sir Terry is headed for a High
Court battle over plans to make a film of his book Mort. The 63
-year-old novelist is suing Paul Bamborough and Camel Productions,
who had an option on film rights for the fantasy. Sir Terry argues
that the rights ran out and is seeking a legal declaration to that
effect. If he is successful, it would open the way for another
company to make a film based on Mort, the fourth title in his highly
successful Discworld series... The writ appears to have been issued
as a tactic. 'At this stage, we hope to negotiate,' his spokesman
tells me. 'We do not wish to go to court who wants to waste
money? But writs get issued sometimes it works.'..."
16) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
During the Seattle leg of his book tour, Pterry seems to have
received an autographed iconograph from Mr Fusspot:
A photo of the beautiful stamps Pterry uses at book signings:
Rob Anybody MacFeegle by Paul Kidby, in monochrome:
A wonderful sign at Roundworld's only A-M Consulate:
17) REVIEW: TERRY PRATCHETT THE SPIRIT OF FANTASY
On fansite The Morporkian, John Bullock reviews the new Pratchett
tribute book, "Terry Pratchett The Spirit of Fantasy", by Craig
"At the beginning of this review, I pointed out that Craig Cabell
calls The Spirit of Fantasy a tribute to Terry Pratchett rather than
a biography, but I would go so far as to say that this book is
almost a character study on the man behind the Discworld. Rather
than detailing Pratchett's life, from school to his career as a
best-selling author, or from The Carpet People to I Shall Wear
Midnight, Craig Cabell goes into the things that make Pratchett
write what he writes. He goes into the things that influenced (and
influence today) Pratchett and why they influence him..."
[Remember, this is *not* an authorised biography Ed.]
18) DISCWORLD AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
Blogger Bardsworld's long and informative recap of Pterry's recent
talk at Washington D.C.'s National Press Club:
"Then the first 100 people to order tickets for the event were
ushered out a different exit, into a line for a 'book stamping' and
opportunity to meet Terry Pratchett himself, one to one. The stamps
are two unique images, specific to Sir Terry, which are used when he
is not able to sign personally, but he stood throughout this, and
posed for photographs and a few words with every one of the 100
guests! As you can see in the photograph at the start of this
article, I was exceptionally honoured to get to share a few words
and be photographed with one of my favourite authors. A truly
inspirational night, and I am still grinning and in giddy fan shock
"...and what did I say to them? Well Rob had spoken to the American
in front of me with his best fake American accent, so I mentioned
how no accents were needed as I understood English. We talked
briefly about life in America, Stratford-upon-Avon, and I
congratulated him on a wonderful evening and wished them all the
best for the rest of the tour. To Sir Terry, I thanked him for
entertaining me since The first novel in the early eighties, and
told him how he'd always made me smile through his writing..."
Blogger Princess Alyeska was going Librarian-poo waiting for a copy
of Snuff to arrive in Fourecksian bookshops:
"The new Pratchett novel 'Snuff' has been released by the publisher
and should be dispatched in the next few days. Now I spend the next
week beating myself up for going for the cheaper option from the UK
rather than a local option. Admittedly I would have to wait for a
local copy until I could get to Melbourne, but anyway
"When Making Money was released I was working in Adelaide. The day
it was released I walked the mall to every book shop until I found
one that had received their shipment. They opened the box for me.
First person in Adelaide to buy a copy.
"Now I have to wait another week. Of course, I could buy the book on
Amazon, but can't quite bring myself to do that yet. There is
something about holding the new release in your hands..."
...and has further excited thoughts as she prepares to read it:
Over the years I have fallen in love with Sam Vimes for his wisdom,
admired Granny Weatherwax for her strength, loved Nanny Ogg for her
compassion and humour, wanted to be Susan Sto-Helit for her
sensibility and practicality, adored Death and the Death of Rats,
pitied Ponder Stibbons and Agnes for being the only sane people in
the asylum and been constantly amused by the various `guest stars'
who appear briefly and make such an impression. Sam Vimes is the
featured character in Snuff. Watching his character develop from a
washed up alcoholic in Guards Guards to the Duke of Ankh, Commander
of the City Watch. The interaction between Vetinari and Vimes is
Blogger Bookwitch *has* read Snuff, and is swooning over Vimes...
I tend to think of there being two kinds of main characters in
Terry's books. One is where we are introduced to a brand new person,
and the other is where we return to someone we have met before.
There is something very reassuring about meeting up with old
friends. And Sam has been mentioned once or twice in the past...
This is a moral story about equality for all, and about how some
people use their wealth and position to abuse others, and how you
can grow with your task, and about seeing in the dark. It is also,
as Terry told me a year ago, about poo. And snot. And that's not as
childish as it sounds, although Young Sam is extremely fascinated by
poo... It feels to me as though there is less of the laugh-out-loud
humour in Snuff, and more of the warm, quiet kind of humour that I
associate with Terry himself, and the novel is all the better for
it. Terry Pratchett might actually be Sam Vimes. And I couldn't help
noticing that the book is dedicated to Rob. I wonder if he really is
Willikins, the lovely Commander's gentleman's gentleman.."
On the Bricks and Books (Lego and Discworld, remember!) site,
Richard "RJH" Hayes reviews Snuff. Ignore the dodgy spelling and
grammar this is a heartfelt review from a "man in the street"
"I am not one of those who will put every word and every character
under the microscope and pick it a part, as it takes away the
enjoyment of the novels. Earlier today I was reading people who call
themselves 'fans' who where moaning about the ending and I had to
refrain from replying as it was annoying to have to read it. Vimes
is the main character and is still the Vimes we all love. I like how
in each book he has been in, he has grown as a character and the way
he sees the world is still that of a street copper and that is what
I like about him as a character as he has all theses titles and
roles and money, but take it all away and he is still Vimes of old
and he never forgets where he comes from nut he has learnt to use
his title and power to his own advantage... I do warn you this book
will pull at your heart strings and you read parts with lumps in
your throat. It is that well written and when Wee Mad Arthur kicks
ass you can't help but smile to yourself..."
Blogger Cheryl Mahoney gives Discworld the highest marks, in a piece
that covers the entire series:
"Discworld is one of those big sprawling series with over forty
books in it. If that sounds intimidating, don't worry the books
are interconnected, but very few directly follow each other plot-
wise, so you can read as many or as few as you feel like. And you
can probably start almost anywhere. I've bounced all over the
series, and while with some it was clear that there was a previous,
related installment it might have helped to read first, I don't feel
like it severely hampered my enjoyment of whatever I was reading..."
Blogger Polygonwrangler, on SciFi4Me.com, gives a long, detailed and
very approving review of the Going Postal DVD:
"Despite the setting of the film, you will find many aspects of
Going Postal are completely modern in context. Finally, I imagine
that many of you are already cringing about the fact that a book has
been translated into a movie. That hardly ever works out as planned,
apparently. Fortunately, not only has the author collaborated on the
teleplay, he also has a cameo in the film... Ultimately it is in the
Victorian age only instead of gunpowder and steam it's crossbows
and magic. Having a television budget has taken nothing away from
the production or the story, in fact it could be argued that
television is a better venue for this particular piece as far too
much would be lost in the compression of the story arc for sake of
cinema timing... The highlight of the special features was an
introduction by Terry Pratchett on the first disc and an interview
on the second disc. It's always nice to hear an author's insight
into what they were writing and why. The features with Sir Terry
weren't overly long; however, the context he provides for the film
and his, for lack of a better word, immersion he has in all of his
stories is well worth watching. Lastly, the director's commentary
was consistent and informative..."
Blogger John Purcell, aka The Booktopia Book Guru, shares an almost-
TMI memory of taking possession of new Pratchett novels:
"I used to live with a woman who became seriously addicted to the
Discworld novels. I used to come home with a new one and she would
bound to the door, then circle about my legs until I extracted it
from my bag. Once it was in my hands I always felt a little nervous,
as she would try to snatch it from me, leaping about like a
madwoman. I would hold it aloft, out of her reach and squeeze past
her until I got to the door of the lounge room. By this time she
would be drooling and grunting. Then I would toss it across the room
onto the couch and she would dash over, seize it and scurry off to
her room. A few hours later she would re-emerge, burp, and then
behave in a manner more befitting an adult with a degree in
Blogger deepseapearl find something to ponder on in Unseen
"The first half of the book contains a handful of encounters between
fans of rival teams, all of which carry the threat of street
violence... I'm the first to admit that I've lived a sheltered
life. Growing up in a quiet neighborhood, I'dperhaps unwisely
and certainly to my parents' distressnever though twice about
walking alone at night until around the age of 20. Even after
spending last year volunteering at a sexual assault hotline, I've
never felt seriously afraid of or threatened by someone coming
around a dark corner (fact: you are far more likely to be assaulted
by someone you know in a private setting). Now, (obviously) the dark
corner type of danger is not confined to the works of Shakespeare
and Sondheim, and you might just see this as the ramblings of a
naïve girl with too much time and security on her hands. But this
is why I love to read (and watch movies)! So that I can see what
living with the daily threat of physical harm must be like...
"In the second half of the book, these football-(s0ccer)-playing
street toughs get a little more human when they're blindsided by
the government and university's decision to regulate their
favorite pastime. The toughs are drunk, illiterate, and frankly have
no idea what's going on. As a football (real football) player
myself, I understand the need to get a little violent on the playing
field. It's satisfying. It makes you feel like you're doing
something worthwhile. And to have that taken away from you by a
self-proclaimed tyrannical government? I mean, sure, Ankh-Morpork
was dealing with civilian injuries and deaths at practically every
football (soccer) match. But they signed up for it, right? Even the
fans! And the players who died young of head injuries and the
like they still had the glory, didn't they..."
Blogger laurapakora82 is delighted to encounter some vintage early
Pratchett in the form of Truckers:
"I love the Nomes different thoughts and explanations for different
aspects of life, and their dismissal of Humans as dimwitted slow
creatures. This book has all the wit of the other Terry Pratchett
books, and I forgot I was reading a children's book. That's not
to say that the book would not be good for kids, it is fantastically
well written. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next two books in
the series, and to go back and re-read some more Pratchett a
Blogger Jennifer Payne gives Mort high marks:
"With Pratchett's trademark tongue-in-cheek wit, Mort is a gem. I
loved Death's gentle side & booming voice his love of cooking
and shelves filled with life stories yet to be finished. We meet up
briefly with a few characters from the earlier Discworld novels &
make some new friends. For a light-hearted, death rattlin' good
time pick Mort up and dive into a quirky adventure..."
Blogger Cultural Afterthoughts reviews Snuff:
"Snuff is probably the most Vimes-focused novel in the entire
Discworld series (though I suppose you could make an argument for
Night Watch), as it follows him as he leaves his beloved city and
job for a holiday in the country. Of course, Discworld being
Discworld, the quiet countryside soon throws up a crime or two for
him to solve, and in true Pratchett style the trope (often referred
to as a `Busman's holiday') is acknowledged by the character of
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