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Why Terry Pratchett?

So I've just picked up my unread copy of The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld because I have read and own every Pratchett book out there, some in British release, most in American, a few from the Science Fiction Book Club back in the day, a number of them autographed by the author, so why read a compilation? Because I'm a completist, I suppose.

If you've not been paying attention, or if you've forgotten along the way (forgivable), I wrote my master's thesis on PTerry. But when did this start? Quite by accident, actually...When I was an early teen, or somewhere thereabouts, my Aunt Carolyn took my cousins, Tina and Tanya, and me to the smaller library near their home. I could check out three books, perhaps? I don't remember, but I do remember VERY clearly looking through the science fiction shelves and stumbling upon Douglas Adams. The cover made me pick up Hitchhiker's and Restaurant, which I quickly devoured. I might have gotten Life at the same time, but can't remember. I've read those books so many times along the way, after all.

A few months later, I was debating joining the Sci Fi Book Club, and I had a slight sci fi bond with a church member's fiance, a sci fi geek who brought the order form I could use to sign up, and he recommended several, but he insisted on Pratchett's The Colour of Magic. From the moment I picked it up, I had lost the battle, or perhaps found a deep love. PTerry led me to Neil Gaiman, indirectly, though I kinda knew who Neil was by that point, thanks to Sandman.

I don't know where I'm going with this train of thought, other than to be grateful to have found a writer who has kept my attention for so long (though I grew fatigued of his writings as I got through my thesis), and not just because he's funny (though he truly is), but because he knows how to write a thoughtful and meaningful series of books but doesn't have to rely on that series.

I hope my children can find authors who are equally meaningful to them.

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babbott
Apr. 9th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
Yes, we did talk about them, I'm sure. I talked about everything at some point on Jay Street.

Nikki, I miss you and the whole rest of the Dayton "scene" that we were. Dayton kinda sucks without all my old friends still being here.

And yeah, we did the water guns and scavenger hunts and all sorts of things at that college. We were bored.