WOSSNAME -- Main edition -- June 2013
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
June 2013 (Volume 16, Issue 6, 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, Alison Not Weatherwax, Steven D'Aprano, L.C.
Convention Reporters: Mithtrethth Hania Ogg et al
Staff Technomancer: Jason Parlevliet
Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
Puzzle Editor: Tiff
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Copyright 2013 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
03) HERE COMES THE LONG WAR!
04) ODDS AND SODS DEPARTMENT
05) 2013 PRATCHETT PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED
06) ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
07) THE THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY...
08) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
11) ACTION REPLAY
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
13) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"I also pledge that from this day on I'll slaughter all unruly
dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help."
the newly knighted Sir Baldrick-Crumley, erm, Sir Tony Robinson,
who sounds as if he could do with borrowing Sir Pterry's sword
"It'd be much nicer to think that his mind is not dissolving
it's being pulled into another dimension where turtles play a much
more significant role in geology."
passionate Pterry fan Threenorns
02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
Honeys, I'm home! Or perhaps that should be more like "She's
baaaack!" This was the longest I've been away from home for many
years, and I am indebted to our Newshounds, especially the
indefatigable Asti, for taking up most of the newsgathering duties.
One of WOSSNAME's Newshounds directed me to the blog section of Tor
Books' website, where fantasy author Brandon Sanderson has written a
paean to Pratchett the master writer, under the headline of "Terry
Pratchett's Discworld Might Be The Highest Form of Literature on the
Planet". Sanderson, whose claim to fame is as a pulp fantasist and
picker-up of Robert Jordan's inconsidered trifles, bemoans the
(supposed) fact that Sir Pterry hasn't won any major awards. A quick
shufti at Wikipedia shows that someone didn't do his research:
"Pratchett was the British Book Awards' 'Fantasy and Science Fiction
Author of the Year' for 1994... Pratchett won the British Science
Fiction Award in 1989 for his novel, Pyramids, and a Locus Award for
Best Fantasy Novel in 2008 for Making Money... Pratchett won the
2001 Carnegie Medal from the British librarians, recognising The
Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents as the year's best
children's book published in the U.K... Three of the four Discworld
novels that centre on the 'trainee witch' Tiffany Aching won the
annual Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book in 2004, 2005 and 2007.
Pratchett was the recipient of NESFA's Skylark Award in 2009. In
2010 he received a World Fantasy award for lifetime achievement. He
is the 2011 recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the
Young Adult Library Services Association, a Division of ALA,
recognising a significant and lasting contribution to young adult
literature... I Shall Wear Midnight won the 2010 Andre Norton Award
for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy presented by the Science
Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) as a part of the
Nebula Award ceremony..." And also, "Night Watch won the 2003
Prometheus Award for best libertarian novel.In 2003, BBC conducted
The Big Read to identify the 'Nation's Best-loved Novel' and finally
published a ranked list of the 'Top 200'. Pratchett's highest-
ranking novel was Mort, number 65, but he and Charles Dickens were
the only authors with five in the Top 100 (four of his were from the
Discworld series). He also led all authors with fifteen novels in
the Top 200."
Not to mention the 7+1 honorary doctorates, and of course that
Comment number 62, by a fan called Del, sums it up nicely for me:
"Terry Pratchett has one major flaw. His writing sets such a high
bar that it will ruin you for any other writer."
Sanderson's piece, and a myriad of mostly intelligent comments, can
be found here:
Many Pterry fans are also fans of the oeuvre of Iain Banks and are
mourning his rather premature death, which occurred on the 9th of
And now, the news. And stuff.
Annie Mac, Editor
03) THE LONG WAR NEWS
An official blurb:
"A generation after the events of The Long Earth, humankind has
spread across the new worlds opened up by 'stepping.' A new
'America' Valhalla is emerging more than a million steps
from Datum our Earth. Thanks to a bountiful environment, the
Valhallan society mirrors the core values and behaviors of colonial
America. And Valhalla is growing restless under the controlling long
arm of the Datum government."
A special extract from The Long War is available to read online or
download. It's only a short-ish piece, but it shows that the action
is hotting up. If you haven't pre-ordered, or your local bookshop
doesn't have the book (yet), or you just want a hint of what's in
there, go to:
Pratchett and Baxter's live talk about The Long War at
The Institute of Engineering and Technology in London is set for
this week! There may still be some tickets available..
"Two giants of Science fiction come together to discuss their new
collaboration The Long Earth series, parallel world theories and
what's next for Datum Earth! Don't miss their only UK event. The
event, which will be held at The Institute of Engineering and
Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL, will run for
approximately one hour and books will be on sale courtesy of
Forbidden Planet these books will be stamped exclusively for
this event. There will be the opportunity to purchase signed books
by both authors but these will be strictly limited and ticket
numbers for these will be drawn fairly out of a hat on the evening!"
Event: Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter: The Long War
When: 25th June 2013
Venue: The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place,
London WC2R 0BL
Time: 7pm (event will last for about an hour)
Tickets: £10.00, can be purchased online by going to this page:
For more info, and to purchase tickets:
A special offer for Waterstones (UK) customers:
"Along with the standard hardback, you can also get your hands on a
slipcased numbered edition bearing Terry Pratchett's personal stamp
or a metallic edition featuring a conversation between the authors,
both exclusive to Waterstones."
A review by Siraj Patel in The Express (UK) online:
"As you turn each page, there is a sense of approaching excitement
and action that never actually materialises. In a book called The
Long War you would expect a sequence of battles but the war that is
fought in the novel is the phoney war of a world refusing to accept
the rule of dominant America. The humans live with intelligent
trolls who are made to work for them. Fed up with being mistreated,
the trolls begin to leave worlds with high human populations and it
is Sally Lindsay who embarks on a mission to persuade them that
humans are capable of treating them well. While she at first enlists
the help of Joshua Valiente, the hero of The Long Earth who has
settled down with his family on a quiet world, they become separated
after Sally frees a troll who has been unjustly imprisoned after
attacking humans... the nagging feeling that Joshua has his own
secret agenda does not come to fruit as the story culminates in a
party hosted by the only person who has some control over him: his
dead sister, Agnes, who is resurrected by Black Corporation and
Lobsang to be a check on his unbridled power... While the novel
contains excellent and engaging descriptions of the different
worlds, there is a sense that as you reach the culmination of the
book where everything ties in peacefully, one can't help
wondering: Is that it..."
04) ODDS AND SODS DEPARTMENT
Our favourite author has received the British Humanist Association's
2013 Services to Humanism award:
"Sir Terry Pratchett OBE this weekend received an award in
recognition of his services to Humanism at the annual conference of
the British Humanist Association (BHA) in a ceremony held at the
Leeds City Museum... The Services to Humanism award was established
to highlight the work of individuals who campaign, who support our
work in education, who extend thinking in the field of Humanism, and
who challenge the privilege that religious organisations hold in
society... Through his extensive body of work [Pratchett] has
challenged and changed the way a generation thinks about the
universe, heroism, and story-telling. It is for this but also for
his personal fortitude and the example he has set very publicly
of how a humanist deals with life's darker times that the BHA
recognises Sir Terry with the 2013 award for Services to Humanism.
He has turned his personal suffering into a positive campaign:
firstly to fund greater research into Alzheimer's disease and
secondly for the right to die with dignity. He has had an enormous
impact on the public debate around that issue and showcased humanist
values in doing so..."
The next five re-jacketed Discworld reissues are now available:
Interesting Times, Maskerade, Feet of Clay, Hogfather, and Jingo.
The new covers feature updated versions of the famous or
infamous, depending on your views Josh Kirby artwork as seen on
the original publications.
The "black edition" of Snuff [a simple but quite attractive cover
design Ed.] is now available in paperback.
Also, let's not forget the new editions of the Johnny Maxwell
trilogy Only You Can Save Mankind, Johnny and the Dead and Johnny
and the Bomb, all featuring cover art by Paul Kidby.
A review of Dodger, by serial Pratchett reviewer Michael Cheang in
Malaysia's The Star:
"This may not be one of Pratchett's books from the more popular
Discworld series, but the world it occupies is also a fantasy world
of sorts, populated by well-known literary names and characters co-
existing in an early Victorian-age London that somehow reminds one
of Discworld's sprawling Ankh Morpokh metropolis (with cleaner
sewers, if that is even possible). It's such a wonderfully warped
yet artfully constructed little world that I wouldn't have been
surprised if some alien tripods showed up and blow up London only
for the city to be saved by the Nautilus, emerging from the depths
of the Thames River... Dodger is a main character who is instantly
likeable and whom you will immediately want to root for. His rise
from street urchin to the upper echelons of society is a journey you
desperately want him to complete, even though it sometimes feels as
though Pratchett is making it way too easy for him. While the author
admits in his acknowledgements that 'certain tweaks were needed to
get people in the right place at the right time', probably only
historical nitpickers will begrudge him this artistic license. This
is, after all, a 'fantasy based on a reality', a 'historical
fantasy, and certainly not a historical novel', which Pratchett
wrote to get people interested in that fascinating era. If that was
his main objective, then he certainly succeeded. While reading the
book, I was constantly researching names that popped up, just to see
what their real-life counterparts did. And while the Victorian slang
he uses in the dialogue was a little challenging at times, it added
to the authenticity of the era and made the story that much more
Anyone for cabbage hurling? here is a report on a new Roundworld
pastime that sounds like it would go well on the Sto Plains:
"The hurlers are based on trebuchets, weapons used to fling
projectiles in the Middle Ages. Inventor John Ward made a pair for
the World Cabbage Hurling Championships, being held in Lincolnshire.
It is part of the two-day Holbeach Town and Country Fayre, which
started on Saturday. The hurlers, named Spotted Hen and Spotted
Dick, threw cabbages over a distance of 230ft (70m) in tests. Mr
Ward then adapted them so they are less dangerous and only hurl the
cabbages about 98ft (30m)... Mr Ward said the hurling championships
promoted Lincolnshire products, with more than 200 cabbages being
supplied free of charge by a local farmer. 'Most fresh vegetables
found in shops and supermarkets will have come from Lincolnshire,
plus those to the frozen food industry as well,' said Mr Ward.
'We've got cabbages in Lincolnshire and what better way to get them
to your customer than using a trebuchet...'"
If an extended and very x-rated version of the Hedgehog Song lyrics
is your thing, Christine Stromberg can oblige you. Don't say you
05) 2013 PRATCHETT PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED
As announced by Lynsey of Transworld:
"The Winner of the 2013 Terry Pratchett First Novel Award is...
"Alexander Maskill with The Hive!
"Terry had this to say: '2013's shortlisted novels were of an
exceptionally high standard. It was remarkably difficult to choose
just one winner but we felt that Alexander Maskill's The Hive was a
unique and original take on Man vs. Technology in an altered future.
Alex has a promising future for one whose first attempt at writing a
novel has won him the prize!'
"Congratulations to all short-listed authors and to Alex!"
From the SFX blog:
"The winner is 21 year old Alexander Maskill with his entry The
Hive. The prize is a £20,000 publishing contract (wow!) and the
lad, who's in the middle of his exams at the university of
Leicester, had this to say: 'I'm incredibly thankful for the
opportunity the folks at Transworld have given me. I was up against
some amazing writers on the shortlist and I'm still reeling from the
fact that my story was chosen for the award. I'm really looking
forward to working with such a great team to get The Hive published
and out into the world.'... Sir Terry Pratchett was joined by a team
of judges including Rob Wilkins, Alex Veasey from Forbidden Planet
and an editor and publicist from Transworld. Alexander Maskill's
book takes us to New Cairo, a city built on technology, as it deals
with a computer virus spreading through the poorest districts
shutting down the life-giving implants..."
The page features a photo of Sir Pterry, in a fetching coachman's
hat, presenting the award.
06) ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
A (the?) molecular trigger for Alzheimer's has been identified. It's
"For the first time, scientists at Cambridge's Department of
Chemistry have been able to map in detail the pathway that generates
'aberrant' forms of proteins which are at the root of
neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's. They believe the
breakthrough is a vital step closer to increased capabilities for
earlier diagnosis of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and
Parkinson's, and opens up possibilities for a new generation of
targeted drugs, as scientists say they have uncovered the earliest
stages of the development of Alzheimer's that drugs could possibly
target. The study, published today in the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences, is a milestone in the long-term
research established in Cambridge by Professor Christopher Dobson
and his colleagues, following the realisation by Dobson of the
underlying nature of protein 'misfolding' and its connection with
disease over 15 years ago.
"The research is likely to have a central role to play in diagnostic
and drug development for dementia-related diseases, which are
increasingly prevalent and damaging as populations live longer.
'There are no disease modifying therapies for Alzheimer's and
dementia at the moment, only limited treatment for symptoms. We have
to solve what happens at the molecular level before we can progress
and have real impact,' said Dr Tuomas Knowles, lead author of the
study and long-time collaborator of Professor Dobson. 'We've now
established the pathway that shows how the toxic species that cause
cell death, the oligomers, are formed. This is the key pathway to
detect, target and intervene the molecular catalyst that
underlies the pathology'...
"The new work, in large part carried out by researcher Samuel Cohen,
shows that once a small but critical level of malfunctioning protein
'clumps' have formed, a runaway chain reaction is triggered that
multiplies exponentially the number of these protein composites,
activating new focal points through 'nucleation'. It is this
secondary nucleation process that forges juvenile tendrils,
initially consisting of clusters that contain just a few protein
molecules. Small and highly diffusible, these are the 'toxic
oligomers' that careen dangerously around the brain cells, killing
neurons and ultimately causing loss of memory and other symptoms of
O7) THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY
Dan Carver says...
Pratchett's pages are full of warmth, magic and wonder whereas mine
revel in science-gone-wrong and human corruption. However, I rate
the man both as a writer and as a decent bloke. His books brim with
wit and a colossal level of invention. I admire his energy and I
wish him well with his current health problems.
Dionte Ross says...
Dear Sir Terry Prattchett. I love your work and think you are easily
one of the bets writers of the ages. Your book offer a new,
interesting world away from our dull 'normal' world. But I have only
one protest. In your Series of the Wee Free Men, you frustratingly
led me to believe that Roland and Tiffany would end up marrying!!
Although I admire the way that you strayed away from the normal
matchmaking that other authors use, this thoroughly annoy me and I
hope that if you ever write another book for that series that you
have the decency to have Tiffany and Preston to end up being
married. Ok now that, that's off my chest I would just like to
finish by saying your a great author and you have been my
inspiration for writing ever since I read your first book -
coincidently "Wee Free Men".
Hanraa Haa says...
So much praise for long earth, I'm reading it currently and have
been swept away... can't wait to read the next one!
Alice Fretkowiak says...
Thank you for all books, for your philosophy, which helps me dealing
with my life and my depression. You are my master, my teacher and
I'm grateful for that. All my family and me, of course, love you so
much! Take care of yourself!
Michal Sliwinski says...
My name is Aleksandra, writing from Poland ( I'm using my son's
facebook) Thank you for three witches - I absolutely love Gytha Ogg,
Esmeralda Weatherwax and Magrat. They are so real - the best woman
characters ever. And of course Sam Vimes and his team - excellent
idea !!! Best Wishes from Poland
William Duncan says...
I wish to thank you for your writing. I grew up reading your books,
I carried them to war in Iraq in a footlocker (worth the effort).
Later, I carried them in Afghanistan and once more as I head
overseas I find myself making sure that I have your books loaded on
my nook. When times are at their worst and stress at its height, I
find immersing myself is another world to be like a glass of cold
water on a hot day. Refreshing and relaxing with plenty of chuckles,
Megan Lavin says...
My partner who doesn't really know Terry Pratchett, but knows I
listen to his books all the time, was one day looking for a movie
for us to watch. As he likes westerns, he chose one and asked: "Do
you know 'Death Rides a Horse'? I said "Yes, he's white and his name
in Binky". I laughed on my own for ages.
08) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
8.1 WYRD SISTERS IN TRURO, CORNWALL
Veryan Players of Truro will present their production of Wyrd
Sisters, directed by Father Douglas Robins, in July and August.
When: Thursdays and Fridays, 25/26 July and 1/2 August 2013
Venue: Portscatho Memorial Hall, Truro, Cornwall, UK
Time: 8 pm.
Tickets: £6.00. Tickets can be reserved by phone 01872 501670
or by emailing fatherdougrobins@...
8.2 WYRD SISTERS IN CHICAGO
The MorBacon Theatre Company is putting on a production of Terry
Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters in July, having made their $5,000
Kickstarter goal for the project. Watch this space for updates!
When: last two weeks of July 2013
Venue: Side Project Theatre, 1439 W. Jarvis Avenue, Rogers Park,
Chicago IL 60626
Tickets: "will go on sale as it gets closer to the performance"
8.3 REMINDER: CARPE JUGULUM IN CARDIFF
Monstrous Productions Theatre Company, "A Cardiff based theatre
company that solely performs plays by Terry Pratchett to raise money
for Alzheimer's Research UK", will be presenting their production of
Carpe Jugulum in the last week of this month.
When: 26th29th June 2013
Venue: The Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch Street, Cardiff (on the right-
hand side on the corner of Plasnewydd Square)
Tickets: £8 (£6 concession), now available. "There is a booking
fee for online transactions- this is just to cover PayPal fees so
that the full cost of your ticket can be donated to Alzheimer's
Research UK. If you wish to reserve one of the limited amount of
tickets that will be held on the door, or pay by bank transfer or
cheque please email monstrousproductions2012@...". To buy
tickets, go to:
Remember, all proceeds from the performances will be donated to
Alzheimer's Research UK.
Finding the venue, parking, public transport and other info:
8.4 AFTERWARDS: WYRD SISTERS IN WARSAW
As you may remember from last month's Discworld Plays News section,
the University of Warsaw's theatre group "The Cheerful Hamlets" were
on course to present their production of Wyrd Sisters on the 1st and
15th of June. And indeed they did, and it went very well. Here is a
review of the opening night. Apparently, the play was performed in
English; the review, sadly for those of us who don't know Polish, is
not. So get your translator-bots out, but if you don't have a
Polish-English translator handy, you can still enjoy the many photos
of the production. Looks like it was great fun!
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
9.1 GERMAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION POSTPONEMENT
Owing to a lack of castle, the 2013 German Discworld Convention has
been cancelled, which is to say postponed:
"The castle that we booked has a new management and recently
communicated its new, drastically altered conditions to us. Sadly
these leave us with no other option than postponing the convention
to 2015 and move to a new castle. The good news is that we have
found a new, way better castle with an obliging management. Pictures
of the new castle will be posted on our facebook page."
9.2 DWCON 2014 NEWS
Again, the posted prices:
Early Bird price, valid to 30th June 2013
Full Price £54, Concession £39
1st July - 31st Dec 2013
Full Price £59, Concession £43
From 1st January 2014
Full Price £65, Concession £50
Supporting Membership £25
Children under 13 at time of Convention Free of Charge (membership
9.3 NINEWORLDS INCLUDES THE DISCWORLD
There is a "Discworld track" at the Nine Worlds Geekfest 2013, with
special guests Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen:
"Eunice Hung fell in love in books, in particular the works of Terry
Pratchett, at a young age and hasn't stopped consuming them
voraciously since. So much so, that she later decided to drop
Psychology to do a Creative Writing degree (against the sage advice
of her mother) and has been steadily absorbed into geekdom at a
rapidly increasing speed ever since. If you love to geek out, she's
happy to listen!"
About the convention:
"Nine Worlds is a new convention in London, UK, 911 August 2013.
It's about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek
culture, meeting people and having a really big party.
"So, you might be wondering, what's this 'Nine Worlds' thing people
are talking about? Well, we're a group of sci-fi convention fans
putting together a weekend-long, multi-genre, residential GeekFest
in London next summer, on August 9th-11th. We've named it Nine
Worlds GeekFest. The idea behind Nine Worlds is to create a large
fan-run multi-genre geek event in London. For years we've been going
to huge US sci-fi cons like Dragon*Con and GenCon and SDCC, and we
got to wondering why nothing like that exists in the UK. France can
drum up over 20,000 sci-fi fans for Utopiales, even Finland can find
15,000 fans for FinnCon. But when it comes to large fan-driven
residential multi-genre sci-fi cons in the UK, pickings are pretty
slim... Some of our GeekFest Tracks are being run as mini-cons in
their own right under the Nine Worlds umbrella, and some are run as
discussion streams hosting conversations on aspects of particular
Ticket sales deadlines:
June 1-July 30, £85 (Regular rate)
Aug 1 - Aug 8, £95 (Late rate)
Aug 9 + 10, £99 (Door price)
9.4 WADFEST 2013
Wadfest 2013 happens from 9th - 11th August 2013 at Wood Green
Animal Shelter, King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester,
Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH. Tickets are £20 each.
10) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
The Pratchett Partisans are a new fan group who meet monthly at
either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to "eat, drink and chat about all
things Pratchett". For more info about their next meetup, go to
or contact Ula directly at uwilmott@...
The City of Small Gods Terry Pratchett Fan Club is a group for fans
in Adelaide and South Australia. TCoSGTPFC meets on the last
Thursday of the month from 6.30pm at the Ed Castle, 233 Currie St.
Their next meeting will be on Thursday 27th June. Details,
discussions and organisation of extra events (e.g. as play outings)
can be found via their email mailing list; to sign up, go to:
The Broken Vectis Drummers meet on the first Thursday of every month
from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. The next
meeting will probably be on Thursday 4th July 2013, but do email
(see below) to check. All new members and curious passersby are very
welcome! For more info and any queries, contact:
The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) meets on the first
Friday of every month at the famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards.
Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome! The next WOTS meeting will
(probably) be on Friday 5th July 2013.
The next meeting of the Broken Drummers, London's original Discworld
meeting group, will be from 7pm on Monday 1st July at the Monkey
Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London W2 1JQ. Note the new web
Here be their June 2013 meet report:
"We had a good turnout, including 3 Americans who had deliberately
scheduled their holiday so that they could come to Drummers. Tere
informed me that she got into Discworld after attending a signing
with a friend who went to school with Terry Pratchett. We also had
another new member, Mark. Chris and Eunice are preparing for the
Nine Worlds Geekfest, which sounds great (I only wish it didn't
clash with Wadfest). Chris is also preparing for a whole host of
Discworld events around the globe that I didn't even know existed.
There was a brief period of hilarity when Lord Vetinari was spotted
leaning out of the window of one of the flats opposite using a
mobile phone. The resemblance was uncanny and a couple of attempts
were made to take a picture but sadly the camera phones didn't have
a good enough zoom. You'll just have to take my word for it. Tim W
was unable to make it with a quiz but Eunice did bring Discworld
Fiasco. There was much speculation about Tim's whereabouts,
including the suggestion that he was unable to make it because he is
the new Doctor. He did attempt to email me the quiz but we were
unable to open the file so we will save it until next time."
For more information write to BrokenDrummers@... or
The Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of
Flatalists, a Pratchett fangroup, have been meeting on a regular
basis since 2005 but is now looking to take in some new blood
(presumably not in the non-reformed Uberwald manner). The Flatalists
normally meet at The Narrowboat Pub in Victoria Street, Skipton, N
Yorks, to discuss "all things Pratchett" as well as having quizzes
Details of future meetings are posted on the Events section of the
Discworld Stamps forum:
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 (probably) be on Monday 1st July 2013. For more
information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax):
Perth Drummers meet on the traditional date of first Monday of the
month, from 6pm at The Vic Hotel, 226 Hay St, Subiaco. The next
meeting should be on Monday 1st July 2013. For more information
Daniel Hatton at daniel_j_hatton@...
11) ACTION REPLAY: THE ANKH-MORPORK ANTHEM
The Ankh-Morpork national anthem, sung by soprano Clare Rutter
backed by the BBC Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis, never gets old:
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
A feast for the eyes this month.
Moving pictures of a picture! The making of Paul Kidby's
fabulous giant Great A'Tuin painting, as a video:
Granny takes a trip...to a Roundworld witching supplies shop:
A simply amazing Luggage cake from fan Juliet Taylor's Discworld-
themed BBQ party:
...which looks equally delicious on the inside. No lavender-scented
laundry (or dead villains and such) in sight though:
Death stalks the opera!
Warning notice from the forthcoming Clacks boardgame:
Very good tattoo interpretation of a certain Feegle chieftain:
I Can Has Cheezburger goes Discworld:
13) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
Blogger Dab of Darkness hails the Tiffany Aching books and aHFoS in
"I truly believe that these books, the Tiffany Aching saga, are
Terry Pratchett's best Discworld books. In fact, you don't
really need to know anything about Discworld in order to enjoy these
books. The Feegles, or Wee Free Men, that we met in Book 1 are back
in Book 2, causing mayhem, misdirection, and the occasional
questionable humor. I believe the humorous and serious notes of this
book are even better balanced than Book 1, The Wee Free Men. Tiffany
is 11 in this book, and her grandmother has been dead and buried for
some years, yet she still has a strong presence in Tiffany's mind.
Mistress Weatherwax, who showed up at the end of Book 1, has a much
greater role in Book 2, and there is even bonding over pickles and
Blogger Rosemarie Cawkwell was transported by TSoD4:
"I thought 'I'll just read a bit, I need to finish it before
Thursday'; the afternoon disappeared. If that's not the best
compliment to a book I don't know a greater one... With wizards,
gods, fractious priests and angry librarians, the short story is a
very entertaining addition to the Discworld canon. However it is the
joint author's use of this allegory to illustrate the workings of
the real world that makes this book such a worthwhile read. They
make difficult concepts, if not simple, then easier to understand,
are open about the uncertainty inherent in science and explain how
different ways if thinking, analytical, universe centred versus
faith based, human centred thinking, causes so much conflict. The
writing style is accessible and the authors try to explain technical
terminology, crediting their readers with enough intelligence to
make the necessary mental leaps..."
Blogger JR Barker was very pleased by The Long Earth:
"I wasn't blown away by this book, not in a sense that it wasn't
brilliant, because I did absolutely love it, just that it was an
incredibly gently paced story. It took its time and matured like a
fine wine or cheese. As a result it was actually a very relaxing
read. It started off in a bit of a disjointed fashion, depicting
scenarios and snippets of information from certain walks of life,
which gradually gelled together to create a more detailed image of
what the world might be like if there suddenly endless earths. I
found it to be extremely readable and (without giving too much away)
refreshing to have an ever present evil that turned out not to be
evil at all..."
On the Everyday Reader blog, Sarah J Lisle reviews A Blink of the
"A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction offers real die-
hard Discworld fans a chance to see some of the more obscure odds-
and-bobs he's produced, while the rest of us can soak in some
really quite good non-Discworld short fiction. A Blink of the Screen
shows that Pratchett's flair for the written word doesn't end
with the Discworld. The short pieces come in a variety of forms
from poetry to board game write ups. Although I think some of the
included pieces, especially in the Discworld section, were really
just fluff (such as a 1 and a half page speech written from the
perspective of Lord Vetinari on the twinning of Ankh-Morpork and
Wincanton) it's not necessarily bad fluff and the gems make the
whole book worth it...
Blogger Sarah's loving and articulate review of Dodger:
"From the off, it is obvious that this novel was set in Dickensian
London a fact which should be obvious given the title and main
character, who was one of Dickens' many creation and I
resolved not to search for the outlandish, farcical elements of
Discworld in Dodger. It is important that any previous fans of
Terry Pratchett become comfortable with this idea before they dive
into the murky sewers and shadowy corners of Dodger's London,
because this novel is quite different from Pratchett's hilarious
fantasies, though it does retain his warm humor and wry view of
humanity... Occasionally the main character seemed a little too
smooth and unnaturally lucky, but the somber and often enlightening
presence of his wise landlord Solomon served well to keep the tale
from losing its grip on the reader. While the book is an enjoyably
easy read, it makes gentle observations of poverty and misery which
would make Mayhew proud; and indeed, it is to Henry Mayhew that
Terry Pratchett has dedicated his book.
"In his acknowledgements Pratchett describes Dodger as 'a
historical fantasy, and not a historical novel,' and while there
is no magic of the hocus-pocus variety to be found, the fantasy
comes in a form I can only describe as a historically-minded
literature nerd's daydream. Characters from Victorian legend,
literary giants, and historical figures all mingle together in this
atmospheric mystery story. It's got adventure, romance, and a
wink or two from the author to his readers as he sends his hapless
protagonist to Fleet Street for a shave or places the young vagabond
next to Sir Robert Peel at a dinner party. I was so fully absorbed
into the story as it twisted through the sewers and streets of
London that I didn't have time to miss the oddities of the
Discworld novels; Dodger may not be as funny, but on a dark October
night it is the perfect book for history and literature
Blogger Nadine was won over to Discworld as a result of reading The
"It took me a while to warm to Pratchett's humor, or rather I
never really liked the earlier Discworld novels. With The Last Hero
I found myself chuckling on every page and reading random passages
to my boyfriend out loud because they wanted to be shared and
laughed about. What I enjoyed was the range of humor. You get silly
one-liners, clever wordplay, and most of all jibes at the job of
being a Hero. This is Discworld doing what it does best, subverting
the fantasy genre by turning it on its head, laughing at it, and
sometimes just rolling with it because, hey, we all love the genre
with all its tropes and bumps and problems... especially the
storyline about Cohen the Barbarian and his gang, all old men by
now, wearing the gear and garments of their younger selves (which
makes for hilarious images, as you can imagine), talk about what
being a hero means. After they got everything they ever wanted,
ended up rich, with families and comfortable lives to lead, there is
still something missing. It was these scenes that gave the book a
nice balance between silly and serious, and it is for this balance
that I have come to love Discworld to death. Speaking of which
of course he makes an appearance, in text as well as art. There
wasn't a single page I didn't thoroughly enjoy and even though
Rincewind and Captain Carrot are well-known characters with their
own sub-series, I would say this is a good novel to start if you
haven't read any Discworld yet..."
Blogger vacuouswastrel is back with a critique of Sourcery:
"Well, to me, Sourcery seems like Pratchett wanted to go back to The
Light Fantastic and apply some of what he'd learnt in the
meantime. It's able to capture some of the anarchic joy of The
Colour of Magic, while still having some of the greater depth and
emotional resonance of Equal Rites and Mort. Unfortunately, this is
also the book's biggest flaw. Nobody thinks of this as their
favourite Discworld book, because it's so completely forgettable
it's basically just the same story as The Light Fantastic,
only a good deal better. It feels entirely familiar in plot, in
character, and in style... The big plus of this book, though, is
that it's fun. It's not quite as out-of-control as The Colour of
Magic, but it's bursting with wit, erudition, literary references,
and genuine humour. It's not hilarious maybe not even as funny
as Mort, with much of the humour aiming at sly and witty chuckle,
rather than laugh-out-loud but it's still a joy to read. By
the standards of Pratchett, though, this book is a failure. It's
not his best, and to be honest it's probably a step down from
Blogger Andre thoroughly approved of The Long Earth:
"The Long Earth, a novel with 'hard' SF author Stephen Baxter
about a chain of parallel Earths, is not as knockabout as Discworld
and yet it has one of Pratchett's most hilarious characters.
Douglas Adams would have been proud to have created Lobsang, the
artificial intelligence who claims to have been reincarnated from a
Tibetan motorcyle repairman... The co-writing between Pratchett and
Baxter feels smooth as the authors adroitly handle quantum theory
while focusing on individual families as they seek out new
frontiers. The impact is also being felt on the original Earth
now known as Datum Earth as people leave or step back into
places they shouldn't. No doubt certain newspapers would bemoan
the effect on house prices. While the authors enjoy creating these
parallel worlds and exploring the consequences, they don't forget
to create an engaging hero..."
...and blogger Alex Willging has mixed feelings about Soul Music:
"For the most part, I liked the parts of this story that had to do
with Susan, being her debut novel. She's a very logical person
trying to deal with all the irrational and mythical elements of her
grandfather's world. Her conversations with the Death of Rats and
the raven are always engaging, with her as the straight man to their
wisecracks. Even Death's assistant Albert gets a semi-heroic role
near the climax, though he's mostly a cynical housekeeper with
sardonic commentary. That said, when it came to musician characters
like Imp and his band mates, I wasn't that drawn in. Yes, Cliff
the troll is pretty articulate and thoughtful (for a troll), but
Glod is a one-note dwarf character about gold and poor bargaining
skills. Implater known as Buddyis less of a character and
more of a walking plot device. Their conflict with the Musicians'
Guild is a little interesting at first, though it gets old pretty
quick. As much as I enjoy Mr. Pratchett's wit, I found myself
groaning at the sheer number of puns and allusions in this book..."
And that's all for the moment. Fourecks, the Land of Fog and Tezuma
are having their longest winter nights, and everywhere else is
celebrating the passing of the summer solstice with very late
evening drinks and other summery pastimes. Wherever you are on
Roundworld, enjoy your significant change of season! We'll see you
again at the end of this month or soon after that...
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