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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.


Apr. 11th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
That's the beauty of it...
I suspecty they will, and a fair chance Pratchett and Gaimen will be among them.