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Postby Jinx » Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:20 am

silverstreak wrote:Surely Jinx,you're forgetting Binky.

I just don't trust that horse. A horse's hooves belong firmly on the ground. Not because they know they should be, but because they shouldn't know they don't have to be! :|
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Postby silverstreak » Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:45 pm

Hmm,you,ve got a point there.
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Postby GritTypeThynne » Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:42 pm

I've been a TP fan since "The Colour of Magic" and have met Terry on a couple of occasions at book signings. I have long admired his insight and perception of everything that makes up our world and how they would have to be on the DiscWorld.

"Nation" is so different. Considering that this is a children's book, it tackles some huge and often very sensitive subjects head on. In fact, I suspect that there will be some adults who will find it challenges their acquired beliefs and understanding, which is no bad thing.

There is sufficient humour there, placed expertly to offset some of the horror and pain, to make the story eminently readable and one of those stories you cannot put down.

I shall read it for a second and probably a third and fourth time.

I think this may be one of Terry's Great Books.
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:28 pm

I couldn't agree more about Nation. It's an incredibly thoughtful book and I'll certianly read it again and again.

Welcome to the site GritTypeThynne. :D
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Postby Roger » Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:24 pm

just picked up my copy today
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Postby GritTypeThynne » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:16 am

Tonyblack wrote:I couldn't agree more about Nation. It's an incredibly thoughtful book and I'll certianly read it again and again.

Welcome to the site GritTypeThynne. :D


Thank you. I used to be very active on alt.fan.pratchett in the old days, but I eventually gave up when it became swamped by Merkins. Originally it was a fantastic forum with TP himself contributing on a regular basis. Lots of good natured banter and Newbie bating :D

I watched the interview by TP about Nation and I found that I was really in tune with a lot of what he said. The skill with which the ideas are assembled and expressed and the overall balance is extraordinary. I can see why he felt that it had to be put on paper.

I fear that Nation will not receive universal recognition and praise it deserves. It does require a certain open-mindedness and self searching which is not widely present in the 'Great Unwashed'.
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:38 pm

Hmmm... speaking personally, I see nothing at all wrong with a site having a lot of Americans - but then I'm married to one. :wink:
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Postby Dotsie » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:46 pm

Is that what you meant by merkins? You know it has another meaning? :oops: :shock: :D
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:50 pm

Dotsie wrote:Is that what you meant by merkins? You know it has another meaning? :oops: :shock: :D


Does it? :shock: I've always been led to believe it was slang for Americans.

Dare I ask what else it means? :?
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:07 pm

I just looked up 'Merkin' online (and had a PM from Dotsie :wink: ).

The definition was:

A merkin (first use, according to the OED, 1617) is a pubic wig, originally worn by prostitutes after shaving their genitalia to eliminate lice or disguise the marks of syphilis.


In that case I'm not at all surprised you left alt.fan.pratchett. I think I would have if I'd been swamped by them as well. :shock:
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Postby Jinx » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:25 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Wait a minute... a seamstress wouldn't have any part of the manufacture of said 'Merkin', would she? :shock:
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Postby chris.ph » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:10 pm

come on then i dont know what it means either somebody please pm me the answer :)
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Postby Jinx » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:18 pm

chris.ph wrote:come on then i dont know what it means either somebody please pm me the answer :)


Uh.. Tony posted it in this thread, scroll up just a little bit. :P

Or just look at the quote below :wink:

TonyBlack wrote:A merkin (first use, according to the OED, 1617) is a pubic wig, originally worn by prostitutes after shaving their genitalia to eliminate lice or disguise the marks of syphilis.
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Postby chris.ph » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:40 pm

oops but i did just wiki it nice pink wig on there :lol:
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Postby Catch-up » Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:21 pm

Still waiting for Nation to come out here. Five days to go! :D
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