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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion July 2013 (Volume 16, Issue 7, Post 2) ********************************************************************
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      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      July 2013 (Volume 16, Issue 7, Post 2)
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      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, Alison Not Weatherwax, 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, Kevin
      Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet
      World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare
      time)
      Copyright 2013 by Klatchian Foreign Legion

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      INDEX:

      01) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
      02) PTERRY FOR CITY READS IN BRIGHTON
      03) BACK TO BEACONSFIELD
      04) DISCWORLD APP PRICE DROP FOR THE REST OF JULY
      05) THE THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY...
      06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
      07) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
      08) A READER'S LETTER
      09) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH
      10) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
      11) LATE BREAKING NEWS, AND CLOSE

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      01) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

      Back again with some more news, bits, bobs, odds and sods. Like this
      one:

      Fantasy, fiction, philosophy, psychology... what do (or don't) they
      have in common? In this live discussion video, two Terrys – our
      favourite Author and the philosopher Terry Eagleton – and famed
      novelist (and leading Pratchettian) AS Byatt engage in a British
      Humanist Association-sponsored debate about the nature and uses of
      fantasy. This fascinating exchange covers the topics of "fantasy and
      freedom", "fantasy and desire", and "fantasy and fiction", not
      forgetting the psychological aspects of fantasy. The sound quality
      is fairly wretched but the content is fascinating. Many thanks to
      Colin Smythe for pointing this one out!

      http://iai.tv/video/at-the-world-s-edge

      *

      Talk about taking one's cosplay seriously - in the Land of Dog,
      needlewoman The Dreamstress has finished her version of a Polly
      Oliver uniform after five years of planning and execution. From the
      lack of, erm, places to put a pair of socks, we can only imagine
      that this is the uniform Polly might have worn *after* effecting
      reforms post-return to duty, but do have a look because the results
      are truly spectacular! The page includes photos and the history of
      creating the costume:

      http://thedreamstress.com/2013/07/announcing-polly-oliver/

      *
      In other news – or lack of it – seems to be very little text out
      there about this month's NADWCon. If anyone can point me to reviews
      or reminiscences, we'd be much obliged!

      And on with the show...

      – Annie Mac, Editor

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      02) PTERRY FOR CITY READS IN BRIGHTON

      The 2013 Brighton Reads festival is rather Pratchett-centric,
      especially because the headliner is Sir Pterry himself!

      "City Reads is an annual citywide reading festival which aims to
      spread a love of books and ideas to the widest possible audience
      throughout Brighton & Hove. The project is run by Collected Works
      CIC: a Reader Development organisation based in Brighton
      specialising in innovative literature events (large and small
      scale). The concept is simple: selecting one book by one author for
      the whole community to read, discuss, debate and creatively engage
      with in a series of special events, workshops and performances."

      Here be a short hello-Brighton-here-I-come video of The Author
      (followed by the Brighton library staff reading an extract from
      Guards! Guards!):

      http://cityreads.co.uk/city-reads-2013/2644-2

      Tickets for the September-long celebration are now on sale, and
      events include the following:

      TERRY PRATCHETT AND FRIENDS

      "This year's main event sees Sir Terry Pratchett and friends take to
      the stage. Sir Terry is a phenomenon, and despite having a rare form
      of early onset Alzheimer's, he's still writing. Whether you're a
      seasoned Discworld traveller or are just entering the Pratchett
      multiverse, come and celebrate the pleasure of reading with one of
      Britain's best loved writers. Expect conversation, excellent hats,
      readings as well as film excerpts from adaptations.

      "Joining Sir Terry Pratchett will be three friends from his
      multimedia production company, Narrativia. Sir Terry is unable to do
      a signing, but books on sale, courtesy of City Books, will be
      stamped exclusively for this event."

      When: Sunday 29th September
      Venue: Concert Hall, Brighton Dome
      Time: 2pm
      Tickets: £15 (£12 conc) To book by phone, ring (01273) 709709. To
      book online, go to:

      http://tinyurl.com/mqkw3gh


      GUARDS! GUARDS! LIVE (INCLUDES SUPPER)

      "Join us for a lip-smacking interactive live reading from one of
      Terry Pratchett's bestselling titles. The team behind last year's
      sell out production of Tales from the Spotted Dog are reunited: for
      one night only. Join them for a live reading from Stephen Briggs'
      stage adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! Expect
      delicious food, live music, locally sourced ale, fun, frolics and a
      modicum of group audience participation from a discreet distance.
      Possibly."

      When: Friday 13th September
      Venue: Marquee, Hove Lawns
      Time: 7pm
      Tickets: £24 (including supper). To book by phone, ring (01273)
      709709. To book online, go to:

      https://www.brightonticketshop.com/Online/default.asp


      SCALES AND TERRIFYING TALES

      "A dragon has been summoned to Jubilee Library. Families are invited
      to come and share the magic of City Reads and add to the dragons
      tail! Join artists to create the terrifying scales for a Guards!
      Guards! inspired dragon. The enormous dragon, by artists Bec Britain
      and Sharon Mee from award winning Same Sky, will take over the main
      hall. Write a message to the Ankh-Morpork dragon, to Terry
      Pratchett, a mini review or add words, phrases and fears!"

      When: Saturday 14th September
      Venue: Jubilee Children's Library
      Time: 11am – 4pm
      Tickets: FREE


      CITY READS BOOK QUIZ

      "This perennial City Reads favourite returns to test your knowledge
      on all things bookish. From genre fiction to literary classics; from
      lowbrow to highbrow to no brow at all, there's conundrums and
      brainteasers aplenty for book lovers of all persuasions. There's
      also a special Terry Pratchett round, so pay attention! Come along
      and join a team or bring your own. This event always sells out, so
      book early to avoid disappointment."

      When: Tuesday 17th September
      Venue: The Latest Music Bar (upstairs)
      Time: 7.30pm
      Tickets: £5. To book by phone, ring (01273) 709709. To book online,
      go to:

      https://www.brightonticketshop.com/Online/default.asp

      For more details:

      http://cityreads.co.uk/city-reads-2013/events-programme

      %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

      03) BACK TO BEACONSFIELD: PTERRY VISITS HIS OLD LIBRARY

      "One of Beaconsfield's best-loved sons, Sir Terry Pratchett, took a
      step back into his childhood this afternoon [17th July] when he gave
      a talk for around 60 fans at Beaconsfield Library. The former
      library Saturday boy and Bucks Free Press reporter spoke about his
      life and works, praising the influence the library had on his hugely
      successful career. And to show his appreciation of the many hours
      spent browsing the bookshelves as a child, Sir Terry donated the
      entire £10 per-ticket proceeds to the library... Sir Terry, who has
      sold over 85 million books worldwide, contacted staff of his own
      accord to arrange the event. Senior Library Assistant Carolyn Ing
      said: 'It has been absolutely fantastic to have Sir Terry here. We
      could have sold the tickets two times over, there were so many
      people wanting to see him. We are so grateful he donated the money,
      it is a major thing for the library and will help a great deal. He
      got in touch and said he would love to visit and it just went from
      there. It wasn't to promote a particular book, so perhaps he just
      felt it was the right time.'... Staff and children from Holtspur
      School were in the audience, and have arranged for Sir Terry to sign
      a book for them. The author attended Holtspur Middle School as a
      child before studying at John Hampden Grammar School in High
      Wycombe..."

      http://tinyurl.com/mkpva3y

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      04) DISCWORLD APP PRICE DROP

      Two days to go...

      "To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Discworld, we've dropped
      the price of Discworld: The Ankh-Morpork app for iPad...

      http://tinyurl.com/lhyu8cf

      "Just to re-cap, this is the first ever Discworld app, allowing you
      to explore a living, breathing animated map of Discworld's most
      famous city, Ankh-Morpork."

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      05) MORE THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY

      Anna Thomas-Valdez says...
      You are one of the best most creative authors I have read you have a
      great mind a great talent and I thank you for sharing that talent
      with the world

      Timothy Doleman says...
      I have just finished reading Dodger and must congratulate you on
      such a fine piece of work, your prose must surely rival that of Mr
      Dickens. You have also introduced me to Miss Angela Burdett-Coutts,
      who should certainly be worthy of a place on an English bank note,
      her achievements outshine those of many who have been proposed
      recently. Many thanks to you.

      Chris Lane says...
      Thank Sir Pratchett for helping me realize even at 35 there are a
      bunch of food groups I am no longer friends with.

      Jandri Sonskyn Mulder says...
      Mr Pratchett please come to south africa!!! I have every book you've
      ever written and every book written about you.I know you won't be.
      Able to sign all of them but its my ultimate dream to meet you

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      O6) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

      6.1 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN TRURO, CORNWALL

      Veryan Players of Truro's production of Wyrd
      Sisters, directed by Father Douglas Robins, continues in August.

      When: 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@...


      6.2 MASKERADE IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

      Chesham Theatre Company presents their production of Maskerade in
      November.

      When: Wednesday 6 November to Saturday 9 November
      Venue: The Elgiva Theatre, St Mary's Way, Chesham, Bucks
      Time: evening performances at 8 pm, matinee (Saturday) 2.30pm.
      Tickets: from The Elgiva Box Office (tel: 01494 582900) or on
      line at www.elgiva.com

      http://www.cheshamtheatrecompany.org.uk/


      6.3 WYRD SISTERS IN LINCOLNSHIRE

      The St Peter's Hill Players will present their production of Wyrd
      Sisters in time for Halloween!

      "Celebrate Halloween with Wyrd Sisters – Terry Pratchett's hilarious
      Shakespearean tale. The story includes a fool, a wicked Duke and
      Duchess, the ghost of a murdered King, dim soldiers, strolling
      players, unionised robbers, a land in peril and of course, not
      forgetting the three witches who stand between the kingdom and
      certain destruction. Will the witches defeat evil? Hubble, bubble,
      we smell trouble! This is a fun theatrical comedy for all the
      family. As a treat for Halloween SPHP have reduced ticket prices for
      all performances!"

      When: Wednesday 30th October to Saturday 2nd November 2013
      Venue: Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter's Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ,
      "parallel to the High Street in the centre of town. It is instantly
      recognisable, located beneath the clock tower which dominates the
      green."
      Time: 7:30 pm
      Tickets: £7.50. To purchase tickets online, go to:

      http://tinyurl.com/kuootf2

      The Box Office is open from Mon to Fri 9.30am to 4.30pm, Sat 9.30am
      to 1.00pm and 45 minutes prior to events. Discounts are available to
      Artscene Members, unemployed, senior citizens, students, children
      under 16, those in receipt of income support, invalidity, benefit or
      disability allowance, and to a carer accompanying a disabled person.
      Please bring proof of status when making a booking.

      Student Standby tickets are available to anyone in full-time
      education for all Guildhall promoted shows for just £2.00, 15
      minutes prior to a show, provided it is not sold out.

      Paid-for tickets should be collected at least 15mins before the
      start of a show to avoid a last minute rush.

      Note: Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and will
      only be admitted unaccompanied to events deemed to be age
      appropriate. Children under the age of 18 months are not admitted
      into the theatre. Any child brought to see a performance must have a
      ticket and an allocated seat due to Health and Safety regulations.

      http://www.guildhallartscentre.com/shows/wyrd-sisters


      6.4 MORT IN NORCROSS, SUNNY GEORGIA

      Lionheart Theatre will present their production of Mort, directed by
      Jason Caldwell, in November.

      When: 1st-17th November 2013
      Venue: Lionheart Theatre, 10 College Street (at the corner with
      Britt Avenue), Norcross, GA 30071
      Time: Friday and Saturday nights 7:30pm, Sundays 2pm
      Tickets: $15 for Adults $12 for seniors and students. Groups of 10
      or more $10 each. Please call to arrange. All ticket prices include
      dessert and beverage

      For more information, ring (770) 885-0425

      http://www.lionhearttheatre.org/

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      07) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

      Several blog reviews of The Long War this month...

      By blogger Vera:

      "It's fun to play with 'what ifs,' and this series is a doozy.
      What if there were an infinite number of Earths, with an infinite
      number of evolutionary permutations? What if (almost) anyone could
      go to them, with minimum effort? Watching Pratchett and Baxter spin
      out the ramifications of these two relatively simple ideas is a pure
      joy. How would different countries react? How would individuals
      react? How would parallel Earths be worked into pre-existing
      national structures and conceptions? And that's when the book's
      focused on our Earth. Once you get out into those evolutionary
      permutations, there's all kinds of new questions..."

      http://tinyurl.com/lb29nv7


      By blogger Carrie S:

      "The premise is an interesting one, but the story is so fragmented
      and slow-paced that it never seems to go anywhere. From a cerebral
      standpoint, the book is a triumph. From a story-telling standpoint,
      it tries to do so much that it doesn't fully succeed with
      anything... I do have a bias against books that jump from plot to
      plot, but I'm pretty sure even more flexible readers will find it
      frustrating that each plot line deserves its own book, and all of
      them get short shrift. I love it that the authors try to figure out
      all the implications of stepping, but I think the book would have
      more emotional impact if it stuck to one or two implications and
      looked at them in closer detail. Fans of Terry Pratchett should know
      that this book doesn't have the zany quality of the Discworld
      books. It does share a certain dry wit and the general worldview is
      similar. Terry Pratchett loves protagonists with good common sense,
      and he has several in The Long War. Readers should also know that
      although there are many characters, and most of them are enjoyable
      to spend time with, this isn't a character-driven novel. That's
      not a criticism, just a fact..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ltzynsg


      By blogger mobewan:

      "This book picks up a decade or so after the first and similarly we
      see the Long Earth through the eyes of various characters, some
      familiar, some new, but all of whom are worth spending time with,
      well written, relatable, sympathetic, funny at times, yadda yadda.
      In fact it's all well crafted. These guys are obviously at the top
      of their game (one exception – when describing Sally, a character
      who steps a lot to escape 'life', they always, always describe
      her as 'wearing her usual many pocketed coat, as though ready to
      leave at any point.' Always. It's slightly bizarre. Anyway, I
      think it's that polish that lets this book down slightly. The
      characters are so good, so strong, and you want to spend time with
      them whilst they explore; the trouble is what they seem to be
      exploring for is an actual story... On balance it still comes out as
      a worthy read, and it is fun spending times with the characters from
      the first book I just wish it didn't feel so much like a middle
      book. I'm all for strong characters, in fact they are a necessity
      for any good book. But they need to have a purpose, they need to be
      involved in more than just a good premise. They need to be in a
      story..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ksmvrkk


      By blogger skepticaltechnophile:

      "The best part of the Long War is the chance to explore more of the
      parallel Earths and see how mankind has adapted to having seemingly
      infinite room to expand... Unfortunately, The Long War has a problem
      with its pace. There's lots of build up, but the resolution comes
      far too late in the book. It seems rushed and contrived. I expect
      more from experienced authors like Terry Pratchett and Stephen
      Baxter. I was also a little disappointed with their prim, somewhat
      condescending critique of humanity's failings. I understand that
      man screws up more times than not. If a country discovers oil
      reserves or diamonds, the result is often corruption, violence and
      misery. Unfortunately, Pratchett and Baxter handle this issue with
      all the subtly of a sledge hammer..."

      http://tinyurl.com/l8zydqh


      Blogger montsamu reviews the audiobook of The Long War, read by
      Michael Fenton Stevens:

      "It's a strange synthesis of Pratchett's humor — c'mon, a potato
      device to reach alternate worlds, and everyone vomits after each
      'step' — and Baxter's deep/hard sf worldbuilding and strange,
      step-wise biologies, but it works. It's not often laugh- out-loud
      Discworld guffaws, nor long exposition on the micro- chemical
      underpinnings of evolutionary shift, but rather, well, to put it as
      one character: Lobsang is a distributed strong AI who also claims to
      be the karmic reincarnation of a Nepalese motorcycle repairman...."

      http://tinyurl.com/l8nxzx2


      Blogger Lisa Spiral happened upon The Long War and was impressed
      enough to want to find The Long Earth:

      "It wasn't what I expected. This is clearly meant to be a series,
      and the timeline between books is sequential and the characters
      repeat. But, I was entirely engaged in the world as it was
      presented in this novel alone. There is a lot going on, and I'm
      sure it would be easier with the first book under my belt. However,
      I must admit that this book stands on its own. (But darn it now
      I'm going to have to go back and read the first one anyway.) The
      Discworld is written as a fanciful tongue in cheek commentary. The
      books comment on our dearly held institutions like the Post Office
      (Going Postal), religions (Small Gods), and hot button issues (Equal
      Rites). Discworld doesn't even take itself seriously (The Wee
      Free Men). The Long War is more classically science fiction. It
      still has social commentary themes (environmentalism and racism) as
      is common in the genre. It isn't lacking internal humor, but it
      is not the comedy many Pratchett fans expect... I do think that with
      this kind of expanded universe it's not long before a series
      becomes dependent on the reader having familiarity with previous
      books. Pratchett and Baxter haven't hit that point yet, and maybe
      they won't..."

      http://lisaspiralreads.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/the-long-war/

      And the rest...

      Blogger Wyrd Smythe (no, really), reviews Soul Music:

      "Think of music as a living thing that exists on its own, a thing
      with life and will and the desire to be. In some sense, we only
      discover music. The notes existed long before the first one was ever
      struck. We only find them in the universe of possibilities... The
      entire novel is a fabulous read, but some parts were so tasty I
      bookmarked them... That man can sure turn a phrase. Or a concept.
      The richness of his imagination, and the depth and power of his
      writing, make him my favorite science fiction author, bar none..."

      http://logosconcarne.com/2013/07/28/sunday-soul-music/


      Blogger karma2000 gets to grips with Going Postal:

      "I do not think I can write enough in superlatives about the
      Discworld series that is any different from all the praise that has
      been heaped upon it already. `Interesting Times' continues to be
      my no.1 favourite among the Discworld series but no.2 is difficult.
      `Going Postal' would be by no.1b... I do seem to have a
      preference for slightly grey characters in the books I read. No,
      don't even think about Christian Grey- read my `About Me'
      before you even get that dirty idea! What I mean by grey is –
      these are practical men who know the difference between right and
      wrong and stay mostly on the right side. Mostly... This is why I
      love `Going Postal', it has not just one but two such characters
      in it- Lord Vetinari and Alfred Spangle (a.k.a) Moist von Lipwig.
      `Going Postal' also beautifully melds magic and technology and
      makes a semi-geek like my heart soar in happiness..."

      http://tinyurl.com/mr2vhqb


      Blogger Vacuous Wastrel is back with a paean to Pyramids:

      "One problem with the earlier books was a frequent feeling of
      rushing, of not being able to pay enough attention to things as they
      passed, of things being left unpolished, unfilled, because time did
      not allow; 350 pages still isn't a big book, and Pyramids does
      still now and then feel a little hasty or a little rough, but it's
      enough of an expansion that the story really feels as though it has
      a good deal more room to breathe, and the ending has more time to
      put all the crampons in place, so to speak. One thing the greater
      length allows is a really effective introduction. Most of
      Pratchett's characters so far have been given cursory
      introductions sketched in bold colours and little shading, because
      the demands of the plot have not permitted otherwise. In Pyramids,
      Teppic gets a lengthy introduction, an entire book (the novel is
      given some more rigid internal structure by being split into four
      `books'), showing his training as an Assassin in Ankh-Morpork,
      skillfully combining the `present' of his exciting final
      examination (lots of people fail the Assassin's exam, but you'll
      never meet any of them…) with flashbacks to moments in his
      education and to leaving his homeland, as well as flashsides to his
      father back in Djelibeybi... in the end we get the best finale so
      far – not only exhilerating, but beautifully wrapping up every
      loose end, and leaving tantalising threads to dangle as the lights
      go down. This time, Pratchett gets it right. And what a closing
      scene..."

      http://tinyurl.com/m2ob7gm


      Blogger Ciara reviews The Long Earth:

      "I've never read anything by Stephen Baxter before – I'm not
      even convinced I've heard of him before – but, from what I can
      tell, his science fiction is more `serious' than Pratchett's
      Disc World series. This mix of the `serious' and the mental
      makes The Long Earth an interesting book: the concept is brilliant
      and the tone is less jokey than I'm used to from Pratchett but the
      craziness still comes through... Unfortunately, the brilliant
      concept (there are alternate Earths just a 'step' away and
      people have learnt to step across universes and explore along the
      many Earths. There is, quite literally, a long way to go with that
      concept) flags a bit by the end. The central action is the
      exploration of the Long Earth by Joshua – a young man with the
      ability to 'step' unaided – and the aforementioned Tibetan-
      man-who-is-now-a-computer. They are aiming to go as far along the
      Earths as they can, however there isn't really a solid reason for
      this exploration other than just to see what's out there.
      Curiosity can't quite sustain the suspense in a novel. The Long
      Earth is a good book however the balance between Pratchett and
      Baxter is too heavily in Baxter's favour: I would have preferred
      Pratchett-heavy prose..."

      http://tinyurl.com/kd9l423


      ...as does blogger Andrew Knighton:

      "I'm a huge Pratchett fan, and was really looking forward to
      reading this, but it's left me with mixed feelings. I don't know
      how much that stems from my experience of writing, or how much I
      just understand it better because of that... This is a great piece
      of world building. Or worlds building, given that it's a story
      about travel across multiple worlds. We get flashes of exotic
      settings, chases with boar-riding chimps, forests as vast as the
      imagination. The social and economic consequences are well thought
      through – of course large parts of England would become
      depopulated if you could just step into another world. Who'd
      choose Hackney over Eden? There are some interesting characters –
      Lobsang the computer reincarnation of a Tibetan Buddhist being the
      stand-out example. The writing is clear and un-fussy, really letting
      the story flow, though that does make the occasional Pratchettism
      feel out of place.

      "But the bit I struggled with was the plot. After the initial set-
      up, not a huge amount seemed to change. Different worlds and places
      were introduced, but they didn't significantly shape events. The
      main character, Joshua, went along for the ride with Lobsang but
      lacked any sense of purpose himself. They seldom seemed in real
      danger of being thwarted in their mission of exploration. Meanwhile
      small sub-plots popped up in the background, almost entirely
      detached from the main story. And while they came together in the
      end it was in a fairly token way, with the three strands not
      affecting each others' outcomes. The end result was a pleasant
      read, but one that left me feeling dissatisfied..."

      andrewknighton.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/reading-the-long-earth/


      Blogger Melissa Nemitz discovers Pratchett by way of Dodger:

      "I love anything that is set in London, so that was instantly a plus
      and Pratchett's physical descriptions of the city are gritty and
      real. Secondly, the character of Dodger is an irresistible hero.
      Dodger is the underdog and despite his life as a tosher (he roams
      the sewers collecting money and anything of value) he is virtuous
      and loyal to those he trusts... Along the way Dodger meets Charles
      Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, Sweeney Todd and Queen Victoria herself!
      Although at times ridiculous and unrealistic, Dodger keeps readers
      on their toes wondering what could possibly happen next. Happy
      ending? Check. Love story? Check. Adventure? Check. What more could
      a reader ask for? Although Dodger cannot really be considered
      historical fiction, Pratchett did his research and it shows. Dodger
      is a fun book, but Pratchett doesn't neglect the grave social
      concerns plaguing London during this time. Despite all of the
      fantastical elements of Dodger's adventures, the grim reality of
      many people's lives always remains in the foreground of the
      story..."

      melissanemitz.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/dodger-by-terry-pratchett/


      Blogger Nadine hails Nation:

      "When Terry Pratchett says in interviews that he gets better with
      every book, he is not lying. He seems to pour his heart and soul
      into his fiction, and while the writing has always been good, it
      became nothing short of remarkable in these last few books I've
      read. Whatever else you may think of Sir Terry and his sense of
      humor, nobody can dispute that he is a master storyteller who truly
      understands people and translates real humans onto the page... There
      is so much beauty on these pages and I am not sure where to begin.
      Daphne and Mau are wonderful protagonists. Mau's self-doubt –
      for he is not a boy but never went through the proper manhood
      ritual, so he believes himself to have no soul – and Daphne's
      keen scientific mind are not really all that different. The themes
      in this book may be obvious, but the characters are still at the
      center of the story, and I continued reading as much for Mau and
      Daphne as I did for the valuable life lessons. Pratchett doesn't
      hit you over the head with a hammer of science. In this alternate
      Pacific Ocean nation (and it is alternate), neither Daphne nor the
      author find Mau's culture and belief to be ridiculous or
      primitive. Yes, Daphne likes proof for the supposed miracles she
      sees – such as poison turning into beer – but she takes Mau's
      gods seriously. This is a wonderful story that shows that different
      isn't inferior – and to wrap this message in a wonderful,
      emotional, and funny story is the best way to deliver it..."

      sffbookreview.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/terry-pratchett-nation/


      A six-blogger committee – Maritza Arteaga, Wendy Hernandez,
      Brittany Markham, Krista Pohl, Iolani Sciacca, and Gabby Wilson –
      reviews TAMAHER:

      "Terry Pratchett uses allusions, religious references, and
      characterization to teach the reader about the possibility of the
      afterlife. The rats believe in the Grim Squeaker, an animal version
      of the infamous life taker, the Grim Reaper. Two of the rats
      constantly question their new-found ability to think and develop a
      curiosity about what happens to them in their dream-like states. The
      rats also question the existence of life after death, and discuss
      the bright light that they believe they will see during death, and
      the rat god that will take them on. There are many references to God
      throughout the book, but Pratchett portrays the elements of an
      afterlife in a rat-like way..."

      http://tinyurl.com/lr59qsk


      Gamer thebackblogger digs out and reviews a classic-era Discworld
      game, "Discworld II: Missing, presumed...":

      "This brilliantly ludicrous story is made up from a hodgepodge of
      plotlines from the first few novels, with appearances from a number
      of favourite characters, not least of all Death himself. His role in
      this game had me in stitches (though I should point out I don't
      mean the kind that would hasten our meeting, in case he starts
      getting any ideas). The game was also littered with other pop-
      culture references, from Lethal Weapon to The Beatles, whilst not
      suffocating under them or ever seeming too heavy handed. The
      game's introductory sequence was honestly one of the funniest
      I've seen in a game. I know I've said this before but the 2D
      graphics of this era really seem to have aged well. Discworld's
      eclectic locations are all brought to life through the detailed and
      colourful backgrounds and characters. The sounds too are excellently
      handled, with Rincewind himself voiced by Eric Idle. He is the
      perfect voice to deliver the wryly witty lines that just keep
      coming. Dialogue trees give you a range of options to choose from,
      including my favourite, the sarcastic response. This is usually
      functionally useless for progressing the game forwards, but provides
      humourous anecdotes or insights into the characters and situations
      at large. Where the game did become slightly less impressive was in
      its occasionally incredibly obtuse puzzles. Much of the game is
      straight-forwards in a completely bonkers logic kind of way, and I
      especially liked how earlier solutions would crop up in the game
      later down the line..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ne9ja4p


      ...and finally, Blogger Casey Karp has discovered something quite
      astonishing:

      "I heard recently that the Texas School Board had banned Terry
      Pratchett's books from schools. As a big fan of his work, I was
      disturbed to hear it. Also rather surprised, as I hadn't thought
      there was anything in his works that was likely to lead to a ban.
      Granted, the Texas School Board is notorious for banning books on
      little provocation, but if they were going to start banning
      Pratchett, they'd almost have to ban the entire SFF canon... So I
      went online and did a bit of digging. Given Pratchett's ardent
      large and vociferous fanbase, I didn't figure it would take much
      digging to turn up the details. I spent rather longer at it than I
      expected. After a couple of hours of digging over two days, I could
      only find one mention of a ban on Pratchett's work. It *is* in
      Texas, but it's not a blanket ban, and it has nothing to do with
      schools. The single book 'The Last Hero' is banned from Texas
      *prisons*. The reason for the ban isn't stated in the report, but
      presumably it has something to do with the plot which features an
      attempt to destroy the home of the gods with a sled load of
      explosives..."

      http://koiscribblings.com/2013/07/22/pterry/

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      08) A READER'S LETTER

      Mr Byrd of Toronto writes:

      As someone who has been a lover of fiction since I was 15 years old,
      I was amazed when I picked up my first Terry Pratchett book many,
      many years ago. I was blown away by the Disc and it's inhabitants. I
      have loved every one since then. I estimate I have read all the
      Discworld books at /least /10 times over. Other related and non-
      related books by Sir Terry have also been read many, many times as
      well.

      There are insufficient words to express my gratitude to Sir Terry
      for all the books, and even more importantly, the people his writing
      has touched. It has, on more than one occasion, brought tears to my
      eyes when I read of the unselfish actions of his fans in raising
      money and awareness of Alzheimer's not only in England, but all
      around the world. His work on raising awareness of the plight of the
      orangutangs has given them legions of new & passionate supporters,
      and will hopefully be in time to prevent their extinction.

      I could easily go on and on... suffice to say, I believe Sir Terry
      to be the most read and influential author of the modern age. He is
      a true hero and inspiration to this generation, and hopefully
      following ones as well.

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      09) MORE IMAGES

      A nice iconograph of Sir Pterry "inspecting the troops" of the Ins-
      and-Outs – aka the cast of the Sturminster Newton Amateur Dramatic
      Society, who performed their production of Monstrous Regiment in
      June 2013 – at this year's Wincanton Spring Fling:

      "The Regiment were in full regalia and chatted to the author about
      their uniforms and how excited they were to meet him. The theatrical
      adaptation of the book is by Stephen Briggs. There is a full cast of
      35 Snads members directed by Nicky Dimmer & Alan Mash."

      http://tinyurl.com/n7zet7e


      ...and here he is outside an old beloved library:

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BPYuxH8CQAIAUx4.jpg


      Complete crochet Discworld, with Elephants and Star Turtle!! A very
      serious and very impressive – and accurate – effort:

      http://tinyurl.com/lvrk75y


      ...and finally, fantastic costumes! Marti Sterin and Vicky Vagg
      doing a simply perfect impersonation of Agony Aunts Dotsie and Sadie
      at NADWCon 2013:


      http://tinyurl.com/n2wa99j

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      10) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

      GUARDS!GUARDS! UPDATES

      From David Brashaw, co-creator of the popular Discworld boardgame
      "Guards!Guards!":

      Just to let you know that US distributor Game Salute, took delivery
      of approximately 100 copies of the 2012 Revised Version of Guards!
      Guards! A Discworld boardgame this week. Last year the revised
      version with updated rules, a 'what a player can do on their turn
      page' and The Luggage confronting Dragons was not dispatched in the
      US, so these 100 will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
      Game Salute are doing FREE shipping to customers in the United
      States. Their order page is: http://shop.gamesalute.com/products
      /guards-guards

      For Discworld fans in Europe, we will have a limited amount of
      copies athttp://www.internationalespieltage.de/e000.php4, Germany
      from 24-27 October. We will also have a demo of our Clacks game and
      be based at: Hall 1, Booth 1-F142

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      11) LATE BREAKING NEWS, AND CLOSE

      For those of you who fancy a Pratchett-y camping weekend to catch
      the best of the English summer, remember that Wadfest is on from
      9th-11th August. Tickets are £20.00 for the weekend, including
      Camping and Events, and children can attend free of charge. This
      year's Wadfest is at the new venue of Wood Green, The Animal
      Charity, King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester,
      Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH.

      And there's a late (appropriate, in this case) message from Guild
      Hostess Britney Weatherwax about the official Wadfest cocktail
      party:

      "Expecting the zombie apocalypse to start the following morning, The
      Wadfestian Guild Of Drag Artistes & Gender Impersonators, has
      decided that's no reason to be drab, or miserable. And has declared
      this years party to be a taste free celebration of all things glam,
      shiny and colourful, think 1970s and 1980s bad fashion as just the
      starting point. As usual there will be a Ms Wadfest competition for
      the gents and a Prince Wadfest for the ladies. Bring your own drinks
      and dress to give those zombies a colour blinding headache they will
      never forget! Please share this as there is not much time to prepare
      for this last stand against the drab and dreary!"

      http://www.wadfest.co.uk/

      *

      On Wednesday, August 7th, the Grand Junction Barnes & Noble Sci Fi
      Book Club will discuss The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen
      Baxter. Barnes & Noble Booksellers Grand Junction are located at
      2451 Patterson Road Grand Junction, Colorado 81505 United States.
      The event starts at 7pm.

      *

      And that's the lot for July. See you next month!

      – Annie Mac

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