Okay, before I go on, I need to point out that I by no means intend to step on any toes in here or that I am aiming at bringing down anyone else's opinion, views or feelings on the matter of Terry's illness.
As with everyone else in here, I also hope that Tez checks up on this page occasionally and sees what we all write - You're an absolute bloody legend mate, and it cuts us all, deeply, that you wont be writing for us throughout all eternity.
Right. What is happening to Terry, in my mind, is completely and utterly outrageous! It is wrong, it is unjust and it is simply a universal load of bollocks. If he were somewhat older and whatnot, then yeah, fair enough. Such is life (and death). The old bugger had a fair stint blah blah etc. But no. he isn't that bloody old and it should not be happening at all. It just ain't right. Why is it that these horrible and ridiculous afflictions always seem to happen to the best of us? Occurring well before said person's rightful amount of time in this world? I'm done with the upbeat and positive outlook on such. I'm really bloody mad. It is exactly this kind of thing that puts me off the idea of there being a greater and all powerful spiritual manifestation (i.e GOD), kicking back and calling the shots. If it turned out that this were, in fact, the case - I'm coming gunning for you, you infinite bastard!
Terry had a huge impact on me. Not only on the quality of my literature intake, but also to my core outlook of that big ol' nasty world that we live in. Very much due to his books, I have learnt to relax and even laugh at the grim reality that is the nastiness, fear, confusion and hate that exists within so much of todays society. He has proved to me that sometimes the rules CAN be broken, and you CAN get away with it (e.g. his writing format). He gave me books that i could, do and always will read over and over.
And here's a thing Terry, mate, there is only one set of books that i don't mind my big brother stealing from me, and they are oddly all of my favourite ones. Your books, of course (yeah, bro's a big fan too). Big bruv has spawned a whole tribe of boys, and I probably wont have any of my own. So, I rest easy knowing that all of those books will undoubtedly be passed onto said tribe of lads eventually, and through such, you will live on.