How did you discover Discworld/Terry Pratchett?

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Postby Penfold » Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:22 pm

Hellooo and welcome from me too, Roid. :D
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Postby The Mad Collector » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:57 am

Roid wrote:My dad heard about them and that I might like them, and got me TCoM - this would have been 9 years ago when I was 10. Good days...


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Postby deldaisy » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:49 am

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Postby deldaisy » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:51 am

The Mad Collector wrote:
Roid wrote:My dad heard about them and that I might like them, and got me TCoM - this would have been 9 years ago when I was 10. Good days...


Welcome Roid :)


So that makes you 19?

............ good days :wink: :D :D
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Postby Roid » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:35 am

Aww thanks everone, what a welcoming lot!
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:39 pm

Welcome to the forum, Roid :)
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How did you discover Discworld/Terry Pratchett?

Postby NickPretzel » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:29 am

I was in a bookshop in Haverstock Hill, round about 1991, looking for a book of poems by e. e. cummings for a friend. I was a fan of Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman' comics and spotted 'Good Omens' on the shelf, bought it and never looked back. I did have all the Discworld books, but they got stolen (along with all my records and CDs :cry:). I'm gradually rebuilding the complete set. My favourite is 'Thief of Time' and before that 'Wyrd Sisters' and 'Reaper Man'. I used to get strange looks on public transport for laughing out loud so much and even more so when I was waiting in A & E with a broken nose (I tried to break up a fight). His books aren't just funny though; I find them deeply human and often very moving. I've been trying to persuade my German friends to read them for years, but get the 'I don't like fantasy' response. One of them finally found a second-hand copy (I think it was 'Mort') in a charity shop about two years ago and now she's hooked too. And she's got her kids into them. I read 'The Amazing Maurice...' to my son when he was 7 and he absolutely loved it (he's fifteen now).
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:38 am

Welcome to the site, NickPretzel! :D

Ah - the old 'I don't like fantasy' thing. I think a lot of us have come across that one. It usually translates as - it looks weird and I might not like it. As you point out, once someone has made that initial step, they tend to get hooked.

The books are, I think, more about satire than fantasy. it's just a case that Terry uses a fantasy world to play out his satires. Jonathan Swift did the same with Gulliver's Travels. :wink:
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Postby The Mad Collector » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:45 am

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Postby NickPretzel » Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:26 am

I keep trying to tell them that. Well, it's their loss. I quite agree about the satire; the fantasy is almost incidental and is really a metaphor; the humour disguises his depth and wisdom.
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Postby DaveC » Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:06 am

Welcome Nick! :D
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:06 am

Welcome Nick.
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:10 pm

Welcome to the forum, NickPretzel shame about your books though.
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Postby Penfold » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:41 pm

Hellooo and welcome Nick! :D
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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:31 pm

Welcome to the forum NickPretzel. :D
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