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The Sir Terry Pratchett Reading Challenge 2012

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January 18th, 2012

Yes my fellow bookworms I have ‘ummed’ and ‘ahhed’ about this one long enough and have decided I should give it a go. The Sir Terry Pratchett Reading Challenge is hosted by Hannah on her lovely blog Once Upon A Time, and here is how Hannah describes her challenge:

The Sir Terry Pratchett Reading Challenge

‘I have been thinking about this challenge for a few months now and it seems that this is the perfect time to get it out there. You see, I need to read more Pratchett. I adore the man, I adore Discworld, yet everytime it comes up in conversation, “I’ve only read as far as Guards, Guards and I can’t even remember what happened, I definitely need to read more.” So I have been dutifully collecting Pratchett books when I’ve spotted them in the charity shop in the hopes that I’ll finally live up to that. But I haven’t. Thus the Pratchett reading challenge 2012 is born.’

Read more on The Bookworm Chronicles blog.

 

Terry Pratchett’s ‘Hogfather’ Review: A New Christmas Classic

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January 3rd, 2012

In a world that logically should not exist, a space turtle brings us a new Christmas movie. This isn’t your typical Christmas film, however. This one has Death himself in it. Grab a glass of brandy and a meat pie because you’re about to be transported to the Discworld.

This is “Hogfather,” a two-part BBC movie based off of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel of the same name. The story is that it’s Hogswatch night (Discworld’s equivalent to Christmas Eve) and somebody (rather, something) wants the Hogfather (Santa Claus) dead.

 

Read the full article here.

 

Entertained but not wowed by Discworld on stage- Grantham Journal

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December 6th, 2011

READING the prologue for Going Postal, I was promised “excitement, entertainment and lots of laughs” – and the Grantham Dramatic Society did deliver.

Although not wowed by their latest show at the Guildhall, I was certainly entertained, although it did take a while to get going. But when it did, it drew you in and the cast had me and the rest of the audience laughing away at times. I’ve reviewed a number of the society’s productions, and am always pleased to see some familiar faces who always entertain. One such face belongs to Chris Dakin, a regular leading man who plays Moist von Lipwig. He shows a real confidence on stage and his lines are always read in an easy manner which gives his character realism.

To read the full article visit www.granthamjournal.co.uk

Can it be true? Wyrd Sisters plays at the Walterdale

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December 5th, 2011

Photo by Rad Grandpa photography

You are at the Walterdale Playhouse on a cold and snowy Wednesday evening. Imagine three witches, assembling around a huge kettle: Magrat Garlick, the young naive one, Nanny Ogg, the middle aged goofy one and Granny Weatherwax, the old cynical one. Imagine the room turns dark once they murmur an important and very difficult spell. Lightning appears and a demon head pops out of that kettle: green, ugly looking, mischievous eyes, sharp tongue. He allows them three questions: ‘What is going on in the castle? What are Duke Felmet and his wife up to? What are their plans?

Read the full article at www.thesoundandnoise.com

Sir Terry’s mindful of his novel future – The Express

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December 4th, 2011

TERRY Pratchett leans across the dinner table and fixes me with a steely gaze.

“Would you have known I had Alzheimer’s Disease unless you’d been told?” I answer truthfully: “No,” but I think it was a rhetorical question.

He barely paused for breath before he’s off again, talking 19 to the dozen, any question prompting a torrent of considered, articulate, well-informed opinion peppered with facts and jokes and stream-of consciousness digressions that usually, eventually, relate in some form to the original question…

 

To read Charlotte Heathcote’s full article, visit Express.co.uk.

Washington Post's review of Snuff

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October 18th, 2011

Terry Pratchett published his first Discworld romp, “The Color of Magic,” in 1983, and his newest satirical fantasy, “Snuff,” is his 39th. Bounding between a wealth of settings and scenarios, Pratchett has forged a wicked roster of heroines and heroes, including several members of “the occult community” and Sam Vimes, a policeman who has risen from the slums of Ankh-Morpork to a dukedom without ditching his street smarts.As they do their best to extricate themselves (and sometimes the entire multiverse) from disaster, Pratchett’s players offer up droll takes on matters both serious and absurd. In “Snuff,” for example, Vimes can acknowledge the bravery of a braying “fierce old warhorse” while remaining aware that “this would have been absolutely tickety-boo were it not for the suicides of those poor fools who followed him into battle…”

Visit the Washington Post website to read the full review by Kerry Fried.

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One Minute With: Terry Pratchett (Telegraph)

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October 18th, 2011

Where are you now and what can you see?

I am sitting in the W [hotel] in Seattle and I can see Rob [Pratchett's assistant] just beyond a lovely fluffy omelette and those delightful little potatoes they serve.

What are you currently reading?

For about the fifteenth time, ‘London Labour and the London Poor’ by Henry Mayhew, and I am looking forward to its arrival on my Kindle.

Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him

A favourite since my teens has been the late Paul Jennings, who used to have a slot in the ‘Observer’. I think I admire him because of the curious lopsided but delightful way he looked at the world.

Describe the room where you usually write

The Chapel. Once a stone stable, now renovated with stone floors, a mezzanine for the games computer so work and play can be kept apart. A lot of thought went into its design because I spend so much of my life there. Known as the Chapel not because of its huge mullion window but because of rumours there was once a chapel somewhere on our property.

What distracts you from writing?

Everybody. It’s a very unusual day that isn’t more or less shredded by demands on my time. In my heart I ought to be home writing, but the rest of my body is doing the US tour for ‘Snuff’, the latest Discworld book.

What fictional character most resembles you?

James Dixon as in ‘Lucky Jim’ by Kingsley Amis. Failing that, Rincewind [from Discworld].

What are your readers like when you meet them?

Far less strange than journalists would have you imagine. One who stopped me for my autograph this morning was an airline pilot.

Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?

Kneejerk? Nelson Mandela. But I like the guys who change the world from their sheds, like James Dyson and Clive Sinclair.

Source: The Guardian – Friday 14th October 2011

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