Are Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin related?

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Postby Quilpusha » Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:57 am

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. . . his website http://www.thegoldensprout.com/ has 2 (two) members.

Enough I would imagine.

His Titles do not have an original idea - vergeing on plagiarism.

And he writes about Brentford. Pah!
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Postby poohbcarrot » Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:40 am

That's his NEW website.:roll:

This is his old website 8)

It has 509 members and 19,634 articles posted.
This site has 604 members and 12,099 articles posted.

http://www.sproutlore.com/forum/
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:04 am

The old Rankin forum site has been going since 2006 (or thereabouts) hence the high numbers of articles published, so stats yet again can say what you like.

Anyway this isn't a competition to see who's best or most popular, but the similarities in the writing styles (isn't it?).

I can't comment, but Terry obviously like Rankin's books which is a huge compliment in itself. He's obviously a well-read chap and I would imagine that reading a book by someone other than yourself is something of pleasure for an author - after all you know what's coming next in your own work don't you? :wink:
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Postby poohbcarrot » Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:11 am

(BTW I only started this thread coz I just noticed that Josh Kirby had done a couple of Robert Rankin early covers)
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Postby Dotsie » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:26 pm

poohbcarrot wrote:(BTW I only started this thread coz I just noticed that Josh Kirby had done a couple of Robert Rankin early covers)


AHA so you're the cover judger? The artwork is very nice, but I still maintain that the titles are pants :lol:
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Postby poohbcarrot » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:29 pm

Dotsie wrote:AHA so you're the cover judger? The artwork is very nice, but I still maintain that the titles are pants :lol:


No I'm not! :roll:

I read the two books in question years ago. It was only two days ago that I discovered the original first editions had Josh Kirby covers, that's why I started this thread!

Anyway, I think the titles are funny and just another of his running gags. How can anyone NOT want to read a book called "The hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse" or "Sex and drugs and sausage rolls" or "Nostradamus ate my hamster" ?:lol:

The first one I read was "Web Site Story" and the only reason I bought it in the first place, was because on the front of the book was the Terry Pratchett endorsement.

Married woman to sexy single woman
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Postby Quilpusha » Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:13 pm

. . . if that is an example of Rankin humour, for sure I will not be reading anything by him any time soon.
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Postby poohbcarrot » Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:34 pm

They're funnier in context when you're not expecting them :D
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:28 pm

lol - so what you're saying in a nutshell is - you had to be there? :P
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Postby Dotsie » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:31 pm

Aaww bless! You've tried so hard, I promise I will at least look at one :D
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Postby Tiffany » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:35 pm

Tonyblack wrote::lol:

Oh I'd certainly recommend him to people (and have). Yes I've read about three or four of his books - some were pretty good and at least one (The Antipope I think) I didn't find particularly funny at all.

Would I go out of my way to read his books? Probably not - but if I saw one in a charity shop for less than a Pound, I'd probably buy it and read it. :P


That's what I'll do then. :D
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Postby poohbcarrot » Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:11 am

...well how about (last try);

"To understand your enemy, walk a mile in his shoes. He might still be your enemy but at least you're a mile away, and he hasn't got any shoes" :lol:

You don't think that's funny?
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Postby chris.ph » Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:59 am

didnt rincewind come out with something like that :)
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Postby poohbcarrot » Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:31 am

Shh! I'm trying to catch them out!
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Postby TheMole » Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:25 pm

:D I thought Rincewind used to run a mile without his shoes, while his enemy was still staring at them

anyway, it also reminded me of Maskerade:

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