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Discworld meets Harry Potter (fwd)

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  • David Bratman
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    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 2, 2005
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      >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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