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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion November 2011 (Volume 14, Issue 11, Post 1)
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      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      November 2011 (Volume 14, Issue 11, Post 1)
      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, L.C. Thomas
      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



      04) "SNUFF" REVIEWS
      22) CLOSE



      "She gave a deprecating little chuckle. And if Nanny Ogg had been
      listening, she would have resolved as follows: that no maddened
      cackle from Black Aliss of infamous memory, no evil little giggle
      from some crazed vampyre whose morals were worse than his spelling,
      no side-splitting guffaw from the most inventive torturer, was quite
      so unnerving as a happy little chuckle from a Granny Weatherwax
      about to do what's best."

      – Maskerade, Gollancz hardcover edition, p. 260



      Hogswatch is coming ever closer at this time of year, and for those
      of you feeling whimsical enough to watch the seasonal festive lights
      being switched on in a little seaside town by our favourite author,
      Burnham-on-Sea is the very place you want to be this weekend! The
      lights-on countdown has already started, and attendees are promised
      a big "afternoon of festive entertainment... held from 2.30pm
      outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street ahead of the big
      switch-on by Sir Terry" at 4.45pm. With school choirs and adult
      choirs carolling, and local Music With Rocks In band Vermin
      (presumably not carolling), plus the Hogfath–, um, Santa Claus
      arriving "around 3.50pm on a train specially built by Burnham-On-Sea
      Lions Club", not to mention the town's Mayor and Carnival Queen as
      well as local radio presenter Ian Burrage joining the "Grand
      Illuminator" himself, it's sure to be the best lighting-up ceremony
      in all of Britain! Also, we're told that "Due to time constraints,
      Sir Terry won't be in a position to sign any individual books but
      pre-signed mementos will be handed out during the event". For more
      information, and a link to the local seafront webcam, read all about
      it on the anternet:


      In other random Pratchett news, here be a charming new Twitter icon
      for Pterry and Rob's Tweets page, designed by webcomic-smith Ray


      And it's on with the show. Enjoy!

      – Annie Mac



      The photo:


      As reported in The Scotsman:

      "Science fiction writer Sir Terry Pratchett collected an award for
      the documentary about his struggle with Alzheimers: Terry Pratchett,
      Choosing to Die."

      (Article includes list of all winners)


      In The Atlantic, journalist Maria Popova reviews the documentary:

      "Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die is a powerful and fascinating
      film, in which Pratchett explores the cultural controversies and
      private paradoxes surrounding the issue of assisted suicide, which
      remains illegal in most countries. From the "small but imbalancing
      inconveniences" of the disease's earlier stages to the loss of his
      ability to type to witnessing a terminally ill man peacefully
      choreograph his own last breath in Switzerland, Pratchett explores
      what it would be like to be helped to die, and what it would mean
      for a society to make assisted death a safe refuge for the dying..."




      By C.A. Bridges at Go386:

      "Unlike the other nonhuman races of the Disc, goblins are
      universally considered to be vermin. They're unhygienic, they have
      questionably nasty practices, they look grotesque. They also have
      language, art, families, they create amazingly beautiful pots, and
      when one is murdered simply to get blood onto a crime scene to
      implicate Vimes, he has his work cut out for him to find justice for
      something that no one seems to consider a crime. Vimes is out of his
      element and far out of his jurisdiction.

      "The Discworld books can be broken into categories and I enjoy all
      the Vimes books. This one seemed to lack as much intensity as the
      previous ones, possibly because by this point I'm pretty sure Vimes
      won't lose and 'Snuff' is sadly lacking an exciting villain or a
      real challenge, but his deeply cynical outlook at just about
      everything is always worthwhile and it's great fun to watch such a
      city-based man thrash about in the countryside..."


      By Ian Nichols in The West Australian:

      "Sam has to learn a bit about piloting a river boat, and chasing
      down murderers through muddy fields, while trying to be civil to the
      landed gentry who surround him. And it's here that the book becomes
      more than a merry adventure by Britain's leading satirist. For it is
      also very much a book about freedom and prejudice... Pratchett is a
      self-avowed humanist, and this may be part of an ongoing project to
      show that humanity exists in all creatures, even if their behaviour
      is seen to be repugnant to us. But how far can he go? In this book,
      the goblins do something that is so challenging that it would seem
      to condemn them from the very start. But Pratchett succeeds in
      making even this understandable, in the context of the world of the
      book. He shows us that the goblins have been made slaves, murdered
      and hunted as animals, but that they are not animals; they are
      talented, sensitive and intelligent creatures who do what is
      unthinkable when the hardship gets to be too much. They don't
      deserve to be slaves. For Pratchett, no-one deserves to be a
      slave... I suspect there are going to be divided opinions on this
      book, but it is a vintage Pratchett confection..."


      By Dennis at Lookout Mountain Bookstore, a shop that specialises in

      "You wouldn't want to invite Hercule Poirot to dinner or go horse-
      riding with Miss Marple. And you DON'T want to go on vacation with
      Sam Vimes (AKA His Grace, His Excellency, The Duke of Ankh; AKA
      Commander of the Watch Sir Samuel Vimes; AKA Blackboard Monitor
      Vimes)... 'I laughed, I cried' — literally (and, yes, I do know
      what that word means; Tiffany fans take note). There were several
      moments in the book where I laughed out loud, and others where I
      cried actual tears (small ones). Mr. Pratchett has not lost his
      touch. The characters are interesting, Vimes' views of humanity
      (including Dwarves, Trolls,Vampyres, Werewolves, Gnomes, Golems
      and—now in Snuff—Goblins) and his commentary thereon are
      cutting, Pratchett's love of music is once again beautifully, if
      briefly, expressed..."


      By Gopal Sathe at Indian financial site Live Mint:

      "His latest novel, Snuff, is set around his long-established
      character Sam Vimes, and is rich in references and callbacks to
      other Discworld books. It is a story about class, about law and
      about justice, and Pratchett manages to be both funny and gripping,
      never trivializing the subjects he makes fun of. You don't have to
      have read his other books to enjoy Snuff, although long-time readers
      might find explanations to past events slowing the book a little.
      Snuff is a police procedural at heart and, like previous Vimes
      books, shows us the darkest parts of the Discworld. Vimes is on his
      family estate on vacation, but as his boss, the beloved tyrant Lord
      Vetinari​, has noted, where there are policemen, crimes
      inexplicably follow...

      "Pratchett makes you laugh, but over the years, as his writing style
      has matured, he's less reliant on one-off gags and wordplay, and
      instead lets the situation itself drive the humour. This means that
      the books have gotten darker over the years, and his characters have
      to earn their happy endings..."




      A now-shareable hint from Pterry's Twitter page (11th Nov 2011):

      "... but before that comes the Long Earth and Dodger - the new title
      for Happy Families — you heard it here first!"

      ...and Sir Pterry is working on his autobiography, but as reported
      here some months ago, he's already written a biography for a
      mysterious someone else:

      "They are mystery figures whose identities have been lost in time.
      But the unknown subjects of these paintings in the National Portrait
      Gallery are to be given new life stories by some of Britain's best-
      known writers. Julian Fellowes, Alexander McCall Smith, Tracy
      Chevalier, Joanna Trollope and Terry Pratchett are among the authors
      who have created imaginary biographies to accompany the works. The
      gallery has a number of paintings which were purchased in the 19th
      and 20th centuries in the belief that they represented famous
      people, only for the identities of the sitters to be disproved or

      "Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People" will open at the
      National Portrait Gallery on 3rd December and continue its run until
      June 2012.


      The National Portrait Gallery
      St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
      Open daily 10:00-18:00, Thursday-Friday until 21:00
      (entry to the gallery is free)



      06) BRITAIN IN A DAY

      In the Radio Times, the "Britain in a Day" project featured The
      Author's description of his day:

      "Oddly enough, Saturdays and Sundays are good days for a writer like
      me; weekdays are so often punctuated with phone calls it's easy to
      forget that you are supposed to be working on a book, and even
      though Snuff, my latest book, is out there and in the public domain,
      there is still some PR activity that I must attend to in the
      strange, postnatal world that an author slides into when the latest
      baby is snatched away..."


      ...and those of you living in the appropriate area can also join in
      with *your* day:

      "On Saturday 12 November, we asked you to pick up a camera and film
      your day. We're getting such a great response that we've extended
      the deadline for uploading until Monday 28 November. By uploading at
      youtube.com/britaininaday you'll be contributing to an amazing video
      portrait of the UK and your film will be considered for inclusion in
      the BBC Two documentary for broadcast in spring 2012..."




      A new and exclusive "Amazon campus" interview on Vimeo:


      Pterry's talk at Capclave:

      As a follow-up to last month's BoingBoing interview, the Author
      discusses Snuff:





      As reported in The Irish Times:

      "'Professor Sir Terry Pratchett's Alumni Lecture' in Trinity
      College Dublin on Wednesday evening, took the form of a
      conversational interview between the writer and Dr Darryl Jones,
      head of the school of English... Pratchett told the guests he would
      support some humans going to Mars, 'so that when we eventually
      destroy ourselves down here, the ones on Mars can come back down and
      start all over again'..."


      A photo be here:


      ...and an absolute necessity when you're a Sir, a Professor, and
      about to lecture again at Trinity College:




      ...or, as Rowan Kaiser puts it in an excellent oeuvre-de-Pratchett
      essay at the Onion AV Club, "Gateways To Geekery":

      "The natural response might be to start at the beginning of the
      Discworld books and work from there, but that isn't necessarily the
      best route to take. Discworld did not arrive as a finished product,
      and the first three novels (The Colour Of Magic, The Light
      Fantastic, and Equal Rites) are all lacking compared to what came
      after. They have much of Pratchett's breezy writing style, his
      creative philosophical playfulness, and his flair for language, but
      they don't have his best works' most important feature: They aren't
      laugh-out-loud funny, so much as mildly pleasant and clever. It took
      Pratchett a few books to get his voice right.

      "Possible gateway: 1987's Mort. Why: Pratchett's style is so
      accessible that there's no bad place to start, although some entry
      points are better than others. The first three Discworld books may
      seem a bit too trifling, and later ones could lose some of their
      impact without previous knowledge of the characters. So it makes
      sense to start with the origin of one of his Discworld series-
      within-the-series. Pratchett's world can be divided into four main
      series, respectively built around the anthropomorphic form of Death;
      a coven of witches; the bumbling wizard Rincewind; and the City
      Watch of Discworld's most important city. There are also a few
      standalones, a later young-adult series, some graphic novels, and
      various adaptations in other media. This leaves four superb gateways
      into Discworld..."





      "World-famous author Sir Terry Pratchett, who suffers from
      Alzheimer's, has backed calls for a day centre that supports those
      with the disease to be saved from closure. The fantasy writer has
      urged Camden Council to 'withdraw the ­proposal to close Netherwood
      Day Centre' in West Hampstead and called on officials to 'safeguard
      the future' of the 'very precious resource'. Sir Terry, who was
      knighted for services to literature and has sold more than 70
      million books, has added his name to an online petition, his agent
      confirmed this week... He was joined this week by playwright Alan
      Bennett and his fellow Beyond the Fringe writer Jonathan Miller who
      have both signed the petition..."



      Kelly from Kentucky is a woman with a mission:

      "The Wear the Lilac for Alzheimer's fundraiser started in 2008, not
      long after Sir Terry Pratchett's announcement in March of that year
      that he had donated 1 million USD to the Alzheimer's Research Trust
      UK. Before then, like many fans, I 'wore the lilac' on May 25th as a
      reference to the events in the novel Night Watch. Lilacs are not
      common in my part of the US on May 25th, as it's too hot for them to
      bloom. So I started making lilac pins out of silk lilac blooms for
      myself and other local fans and giving them away.

      "After hearing of Sir Terry's donation, I wanted to do more than
      that. So I approached some online fan communities and asked if they
      would be interested in purchasing a lilac pin if they knew the
      entire proceeds of the sale would be donated to Alzheimer's research
      both in the US and in the UK. The community reaction was very
      positive and so the Wear the Lilac for Alzheimer's fundraiser was
      born, with the first donation taking place on May 25, 2008.

      "In the first year, Wear the Lilac for Alzheimer's donated over
      $1,000 to the Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's Research
      Trust UK..."





      Want a Hogswatch gift that helps Roundworld's Librarians, keeps on
      entertaining, and serves as a permanent reminder that these
      wonderful mon–, ap–, people need our help – by buying a pack of
      "Old Men of the Forest" cards from the makers of the Ankh-Morpork
      board game:

      "Old Men of the Forest is a simple card game for three to four
      players where your aim is to save as many orangutans as possible
      from deforestation. To save one of these great apes you must cash
      in a certain number of prize cards. Game play is a little like
      'whist', where players play one card each and the highest wins. The
      twist here is that not only does the winner win something but so to
      does the player who comes second. When you 'win' a card you take
      one of the cards played to the table, but not your own, with the
      player who played the highest card choosing first. You can then
      cash in the cards you have won up to now for one of the orangutan
      cards. The second twist is that you must cash in all of your cards,
      and any surplus ones count as points against you. Thus you have to
      consider whether you cash in early for a low point card or collect
      more cards for a high point card but run the risk of penalty

      "All of the profits[1] from the sales of Old Men of the Forest will
      be donated to the Orangutan Foundation UK. Some of you may be aware
      that Sir Terry Pratchett is on the board of trustees, which is a
      clue as to why Treefrog is producing such a game..."

      [1] yes, *all* of the profits. Did I mention that Martin Wallace and
      the rest of the Treefrog folk rock?[2]

      [2] not to be confused with tree frog folk-rock, which presumably
      has fewer lyrics than the average Dwarf mining song

      (price to Fourecks or Merkia is a mere $15 plus $3 p&p)

      For more information, and to order online, go to:



      The site My Board Game Journal features a very long, detailed review
      of "Ankh-Morpork" by someone who might be anonymous or might be
      called Screw You! (no,seriously). The article's writer is admittedly
      unfamiliar with Discworld, and the writing itself is somewhat
      clumsy, but the game seems to get a definite thumbs-up:

      "With light and easy rules, everyone can play this game and have fun
      with it. I think it's appropriate to call this one a family game.
      I know it can be brutal and mean, but as long as the players are
      playing it easy and simple, this could be a fun game for the family.
      Well, if you take this game to the competitive level (but still
      enjoying with dark and gloomy humor) with you friends, this could be
      proven brutal and chaotic. This card driven game really applied the
      take that mechanic, which let people play cards and other people
      take the bash. And once again, this also a secret personality with
      hidden objective, the word 'hidden' should be hidden, which mean you
      must complete your objective secretly. If someone successfully
      ratted out your personality, there is a big chance you'll lose the
      game. The game plays really quick, from 30-60 minutes and it isn't
      a brain burner, so yo can have some laugh and fun to share along
      with your fellow players. In each game, you have random personality
      card and different cards to be played, which gives you enough replay
      value even the initial setup doesn't change..."


      Remember, Treefrog Games' "Ankh-Morpork" can be ordered online as a
      superb Hogswatch present:


      [Editor's note: as promised in last month's issue, the WOSSNAME
      house copy of "Ankh-Morpork" went out on loan to a number of
      experienced Fourecksian gamers among the dreaming spires of Mel's
      Bourne, and the verdict was overwhelmingly "This is a good game!"
      Unfortunately, none of the promised written reviews from said gamers
      have surfaced yet...]



      Conn Iggulden, co-author of that delightful modern adventure primer
      The Dangerous Book for Boys, puts the Nomes trilogy at the very top
      of his ten-best list of children's books that feature "tiny people"
      -- even above Gulliver's Travels and The Borrowers:

      "With a sense of awe and wonder, they slowly discover that the world
      around them is greater than Haberdashery and Kitchen Appliances. As
      always with Pratchett, the dialogue cracks along, peppered with wit
      – while incidentally exploring our own ideas of reality. Pratchett
      is loved by millions for very good reason."

      In fact, there are two more Pratchetts on that list: The Wee Free
      Men at no. 7:

      "A completely different type to his first little folk, as these are
      blue and say "Jings!" and "Criminy!" a lot, while attacking anything
      that moves. Small people with a bit of bite – or at least the
      danger of running straight up your trouserleg. The Nac Mac Feegles,
      as they are known, are another wonderful creation – and a way into
      the Discworld series for younger children."

      ...and The Carpet People at no. 9:

      "Yes, it's the third one of his in the list and it's definitely not
      in order of greatness, because this is a first-rate, charming and
      funny story of truly tiny folk, who must journey across the vast
      landscape that appears to be the carpet in a single human room. As
      small as they are, they have only hints of the reality of the world,
      much as we do ourselves. An instant classic and suitable for
      children of 10-14 and up."


      [Editor's note: "Jings"? "Criminy"? Um, is this some different
      translation of Feeglespeak?]




      Our roving Newshound Bruce Not Bruce reports the following
      announcement from the Cunning Artificer:

      Hogswatch is a comin', no goose will there be found, it's time for
      ale and sausages to make our bellies round. The Hogfather will be
      flying, o'er rooftops crisp and white, to visit little boys and
      girls – he knows when they've been nice. So gather up your
      suitcase, your wife and children too, come join us in Wincanton,
      there's lots of things to do. Let's raise a glass of scumble,
      sherry, port or hot mulled wine, or any other beverage from apple
      tree or vine, for it will indeed be Hogswatch, and fun is to be
      found, in jolly old Wincanton, Ankh-Morpork's own twin town!

      Our annual festive celebration will take place on the 26th and 27th
      November. Held in and around the hostelries of Wincanton, Hogswatch
      is an informal and somewhat relaxed gathering of like-minded folk
      and Discworld fans. Enjoy the company of some notable Discworld
      names, participate in lots of nonsense in the name of fun and
      charity, and celebrate the man in the hat!

      It's our birthday! This year the Discworld Emporium celebrates it's
      tenth year, and with that in mind it's carnival/mardis gras time! So
      rummage in the dressing up box and go Gogol with a Genuan get up, or
      don your most mysterious mask for an elegant Brindisian flavour.
      Think sequins, feathers, pox doctors and voodoo! Those of a
      theatrical persuasion can take to the stage for the traditional
      maskerade, with appropriate party pieces to entertain, mesmerize,
      bewitch or confound. All manner of fevered lunacy accepted.

      The traditional Sausage Supper will be served from the cauldrons of
      various hostelries around town on Saturday evening. This communal
      feast costs a small fee and meal tickets can be purchased online
      from the 'New Products' section of our site here:


      There'll be talks, entertainments, cake, games room, dealers room
      and of course the Grand Charity auction in aid of Alzheimer's
      research on Sunday. The Emporium will be open all weekend for moral
      support and retail therapy. Keep your eyeballs peeled for updates on
      Facebook, our website, email newsletters and forum pages!

      Hogswatch is free to attend, but if you're brave enough to stay the
      whole weekend you'll need to source your own accomodation. Suggested
      places to stay can be found here:


      The stylish full programme can be read here on ye webbe:



      From the office of Mustrum Ridcully, Archancellor, Unseen University

      Dear People of the Discworld; and Students,

      We would like to invite you, one and all, to attend the Unseen
      University Convivium 2012, to be held at University of Adelaide,
      Adelaide, South Australia, Roundworld, on July 6-8 2012.

      This will be a celebration of all things Wizardly and Discworldly,
      for afficionados [sic] of the ouvre [sic] of Professor Sir Terry
      Pratchett. The weekend shall include lectures, seminars, games,
      performances of an artistic nature, and much more.

      Of course, there will be a chance to experience one of UU's famous
      big dinners at Gaudy Night, and for those able to stay an extra day,
      on July 9th there will be a Winery and Gourmet Tour. After all,
      there's nothing wizards like more than dining and whining.

      Young Stibbons told me to include the following nonsense:

      You can find out more information and purchase tickets by
      – Looking on the website: http://ausdwcon.org
      – Liking us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/UnseenUni
      – Following us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnseenUni
      – Sending enquiries via email to: UnseenUni2012@...

      Yours academically,

      Mustrum Ridcully,
      Archancellor, Unseen University

      View this memorandum as a video at:

      13.3 SADWCON NEWS

      Remember, it's not too early to register for next year's inaugural
      South African Discworld convention!

      To register, and for further info:


      13.4 DWCON 2012 NEWS

      "The Discworld Convention is a four-day celebration of Sir Terry
      Pratchett and his glorious astrochelonian-riding pachyderm-borne
      creation. The 2012 event will take place from the 24th to the 27th
      of August (the UK Bank Holiday weekend) at the Hilton Metropole
      Hotel, in Birmingham. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Man
      Himself will be in attendance.

      "This is your chance to spend a long weekend in the company of ...
      errr ... 799 or more fellow fans[1], get to know them, learn
      interesting things, take in a show, spend all your money at an
      auction, and incidentally have a great deal of fun whilst doing it.

      "Convinced? Click this link and buy a membership.


      "[1] Not all of them are fellows."





      The Grantham Dramatic Society are presenting their production of
      Going Postal in November and December.

      When: Wednesday 30th November and Thurs 1st–Sat 3rd December 2011
      Venue: Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, Lincs NG31 6PZ
      Time: 7.30pm nightly
      Tickets: for Wednesday 30th November, £8.00 (£7.00 concessions);
      for Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd December, £9.00 (£8.00
      Group discount: book 8 tickets or more and get £1 off every ticket.
      Offer may not be used in conjunction with concession rates or any
      other offer.
      To purchase tickets online:

      "There's still time to get involved! Want to get involved? The show
      is now fully cast, but you could get your first taste of performing
      by being a citizen or postman – no lines, but plenty of fun. We
      also need people to get stuck in backstage, helping with costumes,
      sets and promotions. If you like to have a laugh and want to express
      your creativity, please come along. Graphic Designers particularly
      welcome! A warm welcome and a nice cuppa await you!"

      Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.30pm at the Green Room.
      Please contact us before you come, so we know to expect you.

      Contact information:





      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:




      Perhaps they should go to a hiring fair...

      "Youth Music Theatre UK is looking for actors, singers, dancers,
      musicians and stage managers aged 11 to 21 for performances next
      year. Auditions will take place at The Junction, Cambridge, on
      February 18, a two-and-a-half hour session of dance, drama and
      singing workshops led by a professional director, choreographer and
      musical director. The theatre's 2012 programme includes performances
      of Terry Pratchett's Mort The Musical and Macbeth."

      To book a place for an audition and workshop, go to:


      For more information contact Katherine Camps Kilgour on 07958 649502
      or email katherine@....




      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). 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 5th December 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 5th December 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 5th December 2011 at The
      Vic Hotel, 226 Hay St, Subiaco. For more information contact:
      Daniel Hatton at daniel_j_hatton@...



      At Roundworld's Bugarup University, aka the long-serving Discworld
      discussion group ozdw, the "university's" resident werewolf
      librarian (Libwolf) makes some criticisms about Snuff and is
      rebutted by Steven, keeper of the campus 50-foot-tall nanobots.
      WARNING: there's a certain amount of spoilage here, so if you
      haven't read the book yet and don't want to know too much in
      advance, scroll down very quickly *NOW*!!!

      Libwolf proposes, Steven disposes:

      The villain? We barely meet him, let alone get an idea of his
      motivation. Lord Rust is about honor, glory, prestige and breeding!
      Rust junior just seemed to be out to make a buck in a very morally
      ambiguous way. From memory, there's no real confrontation between
      Vimes and Rust Jnr — Vimes just throws monkey wrenches into his

      I would have thought "making a quick buck as fast as possible
      without giving a damn who suffers" was a very *realistic* motive for
      a villain.

      And again, the lack of confrontation is very true to life. In real
      life, and despite the fantasy elements, Discworld does often reflect
      real life, the *real* bad guys don't get thrown into their own pool
      of piranhas no matter how much they deserve it. Instead, they often
      become a "motivational speaker" and earn half a million dollars a
      shot to tell self-serving lies about how great they are and what
      clever decisions they made while running the country (into the
      ground), or retire quietly to enjoy their ill-deserved wealth.

      Gravid Rust has his father's sense of entitlement and arrogance, but
      lacks his honour, bravery and sense of duty. He is, in a word,
      decadent. I don't know if that's *actually* realistic about the sons
      of arrogant aristocrats, but it *feels* realistic. Presumably, if
      William de Worde had been the first born son, he too would have
      inherited all of Lord de Worde's evilness but without whatever good
      points he may have. If any.

      Speaking of Lord de Worde, his decision in "The Truth" to leave
      Ankh-Morpork for a while instead of hanging around to explain
      matters to Vetinari isn't that much different from Gravid Rust being
      sent to Fourecks without his supper. Privilege has it's privileges.
      Reacher Gilt only ended up where he did because he didn't have a
      wealthy, privileged family to protect him.

      Characters acting oddly: Sibyl is oddly passive — the Rusts have
      intruded onto her family land and harmed the helpless — but she
      doesn't stand up and shout, she waits until Sam has done something
      about it. Long way from the Nightgown and Broadsword Sibyl or
      Operatic Dwarf intimidator Sibyl.

      I've only read the novel once, perhaps I should read it again, but
      as I recall it, Sybil (note spelling) doesn't *know* what has
      happened until Sam did something about it. You can't really blame
      her for not charging in with guns blazing when she wasn't aware
      that there was any reason to do so.

      Perhaps you are confusing her for a sibyl, in which case she would
      have known all about it before it happened. *wink*

      Nobby & Colon — Fred being greedy and snatching something shiny and
      unknown? The grab would be Nobby, Fred has always come across as
      more cautious.

      I think that's a fairly dubious criticism. It wasn't a sudden
      snatch, as Nobby might have done when no-one was looking. It was
      Colon claiming something valuable that he considered his. Anyone
      might have picked up the Soul of Tears, or at least anyone who
      wasn't an Igor or a Dwarf who had heard stories about the strange
      mystical powers of goblin unggue pots, particularly if they weren't
      bright enough to think that something that could make a cigar weep
      could possibly do other things as well.

      But still, it can't hurt you if you just pick it up, right? It's not
      like it will bite...

      Willikins In his other appearances, he's been polished, reserved.
      In Snuff, he comes across as a street thug — more Jason Stratham
      than Stephen Fry. 'you're a possible threat to my family, so I'm
      gonna kill ya' attitude is new.

      Are you talking about the same Willikins who bit off someone's nose
      in "Jingo", knifed a dwarf assassin with an ice pick in "Thud", and
      followed up by firing a flame thrower down the tunnel the dwarfs
      came up from? Yes, I can see why you might think Willikins seems
      out of character to you in "Snuff". *wink*

      If I had a (mild) criticism, it is that PTerry has used the same
      trope at least twice now, first with Pepe in "Unseen Academicals",
      and now with Willikins: just when you think the bad guy is going to
      escape to cause trouble, the badass sidekick gives him a lecture
      about morality and then gives him his just deserts.



      Seasonal miniatures from PJSM prints! The two newest Discworld
      miniatures are "Death as the Hogfather" and "Pixie Albert". Each is
      a "30mm scale, high quality, metal cast miniature" provided with a
      "30mm premium plastic round base" and, as always, requires assembly
      and preparation.

      Hogfather Death is priced at £8.50. Pixie Albert is priced at £7.50.


      PJSM Prints asks their customers to take note of guaranteed last
      ordering dates for merchandise for pre-Hogswatch arrival:

      UK and Europe 9th December 2011

      USA/Canada 2nd December 2011

      Rest of the world 26th November 2011



      "A Russian toddler got a big surprise when a huge orangutan tried to
      plant a kiss on him. Russian photographer Olga Dmitrieva captured
      the incredible moment when the giant mammal leant forward to mimic
      the boy's pose at Moscow Zoo, the Daily Mail reported. 'It was an
      amazing thing to witness,' Ms Dmitrieva said. The little boy
      wasn't fazed by his close encounter with the orangutan, looking it
      straight in the eye and kissing it back..."


      The photo on its own:


      A lovely moody shot of a well-chilled (or slightly frozen) Author:


      Combining two famous Discworld references, a humorous vegetable –
      called Kevin!


      ...and lastly, a hedgehog can never be, you know, but it *can* be
      given a bath. Daww!




      Blogger Micah Griffin, reviewing Snuff, completely *gets* it:

      "The way Terry Pratchett treated goblins in this was awesome. There
      are some super deep and nuanced social commentaries in there as well
      as some awesome culture building. The goblins are treated here like
      they are the low rung of the social fantasy race ladder. The idea
      being that they're vermin, and have been treated so poorly for so
      long by absolutely everyone else on Discworld that they have
      developed a culture around the very idea that they deserve every bad
      thing that happens to them. The way this plays out is a special kind
      of magic...

      "Young Sam. I defy you to find me a better written six year old...
      Pratchett totally nails the complete arrogance of a six year old.
      Not only this but he nails the complete lack of self awareness that
      six year olds can have at times. He also just nails six year old
      smarts. Young Sam is a super genius child. He's a very smart six
      year old with a very particular interest. He knows a lot about this
      particular thing and is more than willing to talk to you about like
      you could give even half a damn...

      "Class Struggles. This book has some extremely smart ways of
      discussing class issues in what is a clearly defined class society.
      It puts out all the archetypes for you to look at and examine. Terry
      goes about this with clearly skilled precision and nuance. I guess
      it's one of those things where it's just clear that Terry spent a
      lot of time ironing out all the pieces he wanted to use. Nothing
      here is shallow. One of my favorite examples is the hot headed
      working class man who openly speaks out against the idea of a class
      system. What makes him great is that, while played for laughs, he
      isn't made a joke of. He voices real concerns and those concerns are
      addressed. It looks at what could potentially be wrong with where
      that righteous indignation is pointed. The more important part, for
      me, is that he's never made to lose his fire..."


      Blogger The Heretic loved the Hogfather DVD:

      "Although I loved The Color of Magic, Hogfather has to be my
      favorite of the two made for tv versions of the respective Discworld
      novels. Especially since Susan Sto Helit (played by Michelle
      Dockery) is my favorite character of Discworld. Another cool thing
      was seeing the inclusion, even though it was rather short, of the
      Death of Rats, the Grim Squeaker. Another thing I love is seeing
      Death trying to fill the role of the Hogfather, trying be and act
      jolly, while shouting 'Ho! Ho! Ho!' with that emotionless skull of


      Blogger Siany, aka Two Scones and a Milkshake, still hasn't read any
      Discworld *books* but counts herself as a major Pratchett and
      Discworld fan by way of having played Discworld games for years and
      then having discovered Discworld on the magic box:

      "My Discworld discovery then continued two years ago, now out of
      University, when I finally came to find myself settling down in
      front of the TV at Xmas time to see The Colour of Magic just
      starting on BBC1. Here is where it got good for me. The humour is
      one of the things I love the most; the bizarre, amazing, peculiar,
      brilliance of the world that is Ankh Morpork, the flying turtle, the
      elephants, the people, the wizards and everything else under the sun
      – it all just enchanted me in a way that I haven't been enchanted
      since The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The humour in it all is
      the best and I can fully see now why Mr Pratchett has achieved the
      fame that he has – he simply has one of the most amazing
      imaginations in the universe. Period...."


      Blogger Kate Paulk reviews Snuff and admits to "fangirl squee":

      "As usual I finished up awed by the man's skill and wondering why I
      bothered when I can't hope to ever get close to that. Then all the
      layered bits started clicking together, which means I'm even more in
      awe, especially as the man freely admits he's an extreme pantser (he
      doesn't exactly use those words, but that's what it comes down
      to)... This is one of Pratchett's best, possibly even his best so
      far, and it had me between laughing and reaching for the kleenex. A
      word of warning. Don't start it in the evening unless you're
      prepared for a very late night..."


      Author and blogger Devon Ellington has written a paean to a
      Discworld character we all know and love:

      "Death is quite a character — thoughtful, resourceful,
      intelligent, kind when appropriate, gets the job done. AND HE ALWAYS
      SPEAKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. One of my favorite novels in the series
      is HOGFATHER, where Death steps in to take over when the Hogfather
      (a Discworld variation on our Father Christmas) disappears. His
      genuine puzzlement when he sits down and takes small children on his
      lap to hear their wishes for Hogfather Night and how that does not
      go well, is both touching and hilarious.

      "Death is logical. Death knows when our time is up. Death likes a
      good conversation as much as the next fellow. Death does not suffer
      fools gladly. Death is practical. Death has a sense of humor, albeit
      a (ahem) deadly one.

      "Personifying Death the way Pratchett does makes the inevitable more
      palatable, somehow. The method of your personal death may not be
      particularly pleasant, but Death is there to give you a hand up to
      your next destination. The destination is determined by the way
      you've lived your life, and what you BELIEVE you deserve, but you
      are not alone..."


      Blogger Princess Alyeska is back with her review of Snuff:

      "Vimes is definitely my favourite Discworld character. Watching him
      develop from the broken, drunken man in Guards Guards to the
      reluctant Duke in his later stories has been a privilege. However,
      as some other reviewers have written of Snuff, it does make it
      difficult to develop the character further. So, if we assume that
      the character is as he is and this is just another episode in his
      life, this is still an interesting story...


      Blogger The Incurable Bluestocking isn't unreservedly in love with
      Carpe Jugulum:

      "This is a book that I always feel like I should like better than I
      do. It has the right ingredients — the Lancre Witches, mythical
      creatures, general snarkiness — and yet something about it always
      falls flat for me. I suspect in some ways it's because this book
      bears too many resemblances to Lords and Ladies — which I love,
      but I'd rather read something with new themes than a re-hashing.
      There are a lot of similarities... Nothing's wrong with any of it,
      but you do get a bit of a feeling of having been there before... The
      book picks up once Granny comes out of her sulk, and then out of her
      coma, and spends some time wandering about with Omnian preacher
      Mightily Oats. The entire dynamic between Mightily Oats and the
      witches is pretty great, actually, largely because of how Esme's and
      Gytha's respective prejudices bounce off of milquetoasty Mightily...
      The story picks up even further when the citizens of Uberwald
      finally steel themselves to revolt against their vampire masters
      (with a little inspiration from Agnes/Perdita). The re-emergence of
      the old Count, a classic vampire who'll have none of this modern
      nonsense, is one of the best scenes in the book..."


      ...but blogger Blogging Mary gives Night Watch 5 out of 5 stars:

      "Night Watch is an expertly constructed book that writes time travel
      — a notoriously difficult story element — very well. The basic
      crux of the book is that, through very interesting circumstances
      (Ankh-Morpork is a very interesting place, after all) Sam Vimes is
      sent back through time to a year he knows quite intimately. Yes,
      Vimes finds himself in the year during which he first started
      working for the Watch. I remember reading this on the back cover
      synopsis of Night Watch several months ago when I'd just finished
      and put down The Fifth Elephant. It's just one of those things that
      blows you away, as a reader. I mean, to send Vimes back in time is
      one thing, but to send him back to a time where he most definitely
      will encounter his past self is fantastic. Not only does that mean
      the story will be carefully crafted and and complex, it also has the
      potential for absolutely catastrophic results. In other words:
      woohoo!... This book was utterly enjoyable thanks to Vimes' just
      being his awesome self, the mystery of why lavender is so meaningful
      to so many members of the Watch, and the cast of characters that we
      meet all over again in a different time..."


      Blogger Malle Vallik loves Pratchetts, especially as audiobooks:

      "He was one of my summer reading discoveries (on my 2 week cottage
      vacations I like to read an author's oeuvre) perhaps about 5 years
      ago. It has to be before digital reading became my primary
      experience, because I own his books in print. They take up an entire
      bookcase shelf. I love him because he is funny, smart, clever and he
      likes people. He is a gifted satirist, but his books are
      overwhelmingly hopeful... His stories are meant to be read out loud,
      and the narrator, Stephen Briggs, is outstanding. He captures a wide
      cast of characters with specificity and accuracy. (There's nothing
      worse than when the voice sounds wrong; not at all like the voice in
      your head for the character..."


      Blogger Mike Finn reviews ISWM:

      "What makes this an exceptional book, even for Terry Pratchett is
      the development of the young witch of the Chalk, Tiffany Aching. I
      confess to having fallen a little in love with Tiffany Aching in the
      previous books. She is brave, selfless and determined to do the task
      in front of her even when the task is immeasurably bigger than she
      is. This is the book where Tiffany grows up. There is almost a sense
      that Pratchett is saying goodbye to her and launching her into her
      adult life. In this book, Tiffany comes to understand that doing the
      right thing is a choice that may set her so far apart that she may
      have no route to a normal happy life. She also starts to see the
      danger that what starts as setting yourself apart can become setting
      yourself above... The title of the book "I shall wear midnight"
      highlights another strong theme in the book: doing things in their
      right season. Tiffany Aching pushed herself to be a witch of the
      Chalk when she was still a child. Her childhood was the price she
      paid for that. Yet Tiffany declines to wear black, Tiffany wants to
      join in the dance of life, Tiffany is willing to die to protect what
      needs to be protected but she'd rather live and love and grow..."


      Blogger Tophat reviews Snuff:

      "This is the first DiscWorld novel I've read where the action
      isn't central on Ankh-Morpork, and honestly I didn't think I'd
      miss the city as much as I did when I started reading the novel.
      It's chaotic there, and interesting to boot, with different races
      of people and monsters coming together to eke out an existence in an
      unusual world. I can see why Vimes would miss the place... As a
      Vimes Novel, I actually prefered Thud! and Night Watch more, though
      that may be because Ankh-Morpork is a fantastic setting for any
      book. Snuff is a bit slower paced, which is fine, but the real
      action in the novel is in watching Vimes systematically tear apart
      the argument of everyone around him just through sheer force of
      will. Vimes is an avatar of justice, and at this point in his life
      he's good at what he does, even if what he does skirts the
      boundaries of what's legal or not..."


      Another Snuff review, by blogger Morgan Lewis:

      "Snuff builds on the already-complex foundations of Sam's
      character established in the earlier novels by putting him in a
      situation where he has to choose between being lawful and being
      good. How does a man who has always taken a hard stance against
      vigilantism react when faced with something that, while monstrously
      wrong, might not, technically, be illegal? Making this particularly
      challenging is that Sam's stance against vigilante action has
      always been driven largely from his fear, not of what others would
      do, but of what he himself would do without the restraints of the
      law... One aspect of the book that's a bit of a mixed bag is the
      heavy racial themes in the novel. The goblins are subjected to
      confinement, slavery, abuse, genocide, basically every evil that has
      ever been perpetrated in the name of racial domination. It makes
      Snuff a markedly darker book than most in the series, even compared
      to those that also deal with heavy issues and/or racial issues..."


      Blogger Brian Jane has come to the Discworld by way of Mort:

      "Death's interview with the employment agent provided one of the
      funniest scenes of the book, and the gem of a line: "It would seem
      that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever… Have you
      thought of going into teaching?" Pratchett doesn't often let his
      comedy get in the way of telling the story. From chapter to chapter,
      I never was sure what I'd read next..."


      Blogger manytoomany enjoyed Thief of Time:

      "I'm pretty sure I've liked all of his Discworld stuff (all of
      his non-Discworld stuff too, actually), and this one was no
      exception... Someone is trying to make a clock that's so accurate,
      it'll cause the world to end (that sounds a bit silly now that
      I'm typing it [and some of the characters thought so too], but
      Pratchett sold it pretty well). Meanwhile, hubwards, Lu Tze (an old,
      wise, and ridiculously kick-ass monk) has picked up an apprentice
      who seems suspiciously good at the kind of time manipulation that
      novice monks are supposed to have to spend decades to be able to do.
      Things race towards a suitably epic conclusion (Pratchett pulls out
      all the stops here, introducing us to two new and mighty
      anthropomorphic personifications – Time and Chaos); there's a
      fan-service (but warranted) guest appearance from Nanny Ogg, and the
      reappearance of Igors; and there's humour galore (some of it based
      on particularly deft and witty observations of the kung-fu genre)...
      I don't know if what I read here was new, but it definitely felt
      fresh. I don't know how he does it, but this book was as much fun
      to read as the ones he wrote two decades ago..."


      At Fantasy Book Review, Joshua S. Hill gives Snuff 10/10:

      "I had Snuff finished in just over a day from when it arrived. I
      took it slowly, because you don't want to rush good things like
      Terry Pratchett. While there is an almost infinite amount of re-
      readability to Pratchett's works, the first time is always
      special, and you want to savour it... I was a little wary because
      the blurb pretty much told us [Vimes] wouldn't be hanging around
      Ankh-Morpork, as he would be on holiday with his wife, Sybil, and
      his son, Young Sam. But I should never have worried, as Pratchett
      has once again provided us with a book that, in all honesty, leaves
      me unable to rate it very well. At this point, I can pretty much
      only rate Pratchett books against other Pratchett books... The
      underlying political and moral alignment of Pratchett is very
      obvious, but it never comes across as preachy. The lessons learned
      and the insights gained are ones that we can either take on board,
      or we already have..."


      The Labyrinth Librarian loves Carpe Jugulum:

      "First of all, we get a better look at Perdita/Agnes Nitt. Yes,
      she's the Third Witch, but she's more at home being a witch than
      Magrat ever was. Perdita is two witches in one, and they don't
      like each other very much – a volatile combination. And as the
      newcomer, Agnes has the unenviable role of being the stand-in for
      the reader. She gets a lot of explanation that seems redundant to
      loyal followers of the Discworld series, but I guess new readers
      have to come in somewhere. Secondly, we get to play around inside
      Granny Weatherwax's head again, which is always fun... Another
      really neat thing about this book is that we finally get to revisit
      the Omnians, who were introduced as a fanatical theocratic people in
      Small Gods. Time has tempered the Omnians, who are now the Discworld
      equivalent of the Jehovah's Witnesses. An Omnian missionary has
      come to Lancre, and he gets caught up in the battle against the
      vampires as well, and it turns out that, well, the Omnians aren't
      that bad anymore. Since the Prophet Brutha gave them permission to
      think for themselves, the Church has schismed so many times that it
      finally comes down to a schism in one member, Brother Oats. Like
      Agnes, he's of two minds about the world, and neither of them
      really get along..."


      ...and blogger Zoya was won over by Making Money:

      "The story was a bit too long with a tendency to describe the
      mundane stuff but the humor was so good that it kept me going.
      Lipwig tries to blend it as smoothly as a wallpaper but ends up
      standing out due to his ability to entertain people and his love to
      flirt with danger. The book also brings out the humor and patience
      from Lord Vetinari. The unsung hero/victim of the book though is
      Mavolio Bent or Mr. Bent the chief cashier with a dark past which is
      unravelled at a gradual pace. I previously resisted reading 'Going
      Postal' simply because it seemed boring but I've added it back
      to my TBR..."




      Many a native of Ankh-Morpork will wax lyrical about the joys of a
      dessert known as clootie dumpling. But how many of you knew that
      this dessert exists in Roundworld?

      A Clootie Dumpling is "a rich dark fruitcake served as a dessert,
      like a Christmas pudding. It is boiled or steamed in a cloot (or
      cloth). Until the recent past, clootie dumplings were made as a
      birthday treat for children and, like Christmas Puddings, were often
      made containing sixpences. The dictionary definition doesn't explain
      that a clootie dumpling has a major difference from a Christmas
      pudding in that it has a 'skin' around the outside when steamed and
      dried properly. The clootie dumplings I remember, which my
      grandmother baked, only ever had one sixpence in them and it always
      mysteriously managed to be in the pudding bowl of whichever
      grandchild was having the birthday at the time..."

      This page even includes a recipe for a thoroughly modern clootie
      dumpling that you can make in your microwave:


      Clootie Dumpling is traditionally served warm with custard. It's
      also traditional to fry any leftovers the next day as part of a
      cooked breakfast. Not surprising, as the Scots also traditionally do
      this to Christmas cake!

      A more traditionally-prepared recipe can be found here:




      21.1 The Author, chatting with the excellent Simon Mayo on Drivetime
      at the BBC:


      21.2 "This is just a tribute..." For the Quirmophiles among us, a
      new Death-centric collection of stories in homage to Sir Terry
      Pratchett's oddly lovable anthropomorphic personification is being
      released this week courtesy of the French site fan2fantasy. "Hommage
      a Sir Terence" features eleven stories, and the beautiful
      commissioned cover art is by Paul Kidby himself:



      22) CLOSE

      It's action replay time again! Here be some wonderful iconographs
      from the 2008 NADWcon, well worth revisiting:

      Best Cosmo Lavish impersonator in Roundworld?

      Mad Hamish and charming young, um, assistant:

      The lovely ladies Emily and Anna fear not the glom of nit:

      And that's all from us for the moment. Stand by for your monthly
      horoscope – Fernando assures me it will be a good one!

      – Annie Mac


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