>TERRY PRATCHETT, by a strange coincidence, chose the H*rry P*tter launch
>day to issue a stern warning about his next Discworld novel: `Now that
>the bound proof copies of _Thud!_ are out, and will no doubt be winging
>their way to an e-bay near you, I would like to say that ANYONE WHO READS
>A WORD OF IT before publication day will be MADE TO SIT IN THE CORNER and
>their ENTIRE COUNTRY will be given DOUBLE DETENTION until every single
>person SAYS SORRY!!!!!' So there.
>AS SHE SEES HER. Shallow readers think Harry Potter is fantasy, but _The
>Sunday Times_ (24 July) knows better: `J.K. Rowling's books seem like
>fantasy, but she is tackling the dark heart of the real world.'
>Interviewed under this headline, Rowling confesses to never finishing
>_The Lord of the Rings_ or the Narnia series, and not realizing she'd
>written a fantasy until after her first was published: `I really had not
>thought that that's what I was doing. And I think maybe the reason that
>it didn't occur to me is that I'm not a huge fan of fantasy.' Mr
>Pratchett observes: `Well, of course not: that's the stuff with all those
>wizards and witches and magic schools and wands and other such nonsense
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