I shall wear midnight

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I shall wear midnight

Postby sarahthesax » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:10 pm

This is the most incredible read- touching - laugh out loud funny - utterly comulsive reading. Pratchett is the best
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:17 pm

Welcome, sarahthesax! :D

I quite agree. Why don't you join in the discussion on this thread? :wink:
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I Shall Wear Midnight

Postby PleasedReader » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:21 am

Just this evening, I finished this latest work by Sir Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight.

As with every other of his works that I have read (all the Discworld novels thus far, and a few other works), I feel as though I have just left the company of wise and dear friends too soon, and I have a heart full of hope that I shall see some of them yet again before long.

The British Crown has done itself service to recognize with a knighthood this great and humble man, who has given us a world enough like our own to learn from and laugh at - and laugh with - and yet a world just fantastical and distant enough for us to wonder at, and for us to not take his much needed gentle chidings and kind reproach with anything but the affection and compassion with which they are intended.

He has simultaneously achieved a world more real to the soul than that of The Lord of The Rings, weaved through it stories more humorous and insightful than The Hitchhiker’s Guide series, and befriended his readers with characters richer and more endearing than the Myth and Phule books and Watership Down.

I am and will ever be very grateful to have learned of his work, and I will boldly declare that our world is better for his gifts to us.

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Postby michelanCello » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:40 am

Welcome to the forum, PleasedReader! :D
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Postby Penfold » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:49 am

Hellooo and welcome PleasedReader! :D
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Postby DaveC » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:56 am

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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:30 pm

Hi and Welcome to the forum,sarahthesax and PleasedReader! Image
He willnae tak' a drink! I think he's deid! , on the other hand though A Midgie in yir hand is worth twa up yir kilt.
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Re: I Shall Wear Midnight

Postby raisindot » Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:25 pm

PleasedReader wrote:He has simultaneously achieved a world more real to the soul than that of The Lord of The Rings..


Good lord...is that the sound of a crossbow loading I hear coming from Jansway?

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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:41 pm

Welcome from me too! :D
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Re: I Shall Wear Midnight

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:36 pm

raisindot wrote:
PleasedReader wrote:He has simultaneously achieved a world more real to the soul than that of The Lord of The Rings..


Good lord...is that the sound of a crossbow loading I hear coming from Jansway?

:D

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Nope. JRRT and TP have equal marks in my top 3 favourite authors for sustained and authentic fantasy writing. They aren't even comparable on a stylistic basis, because they are products of completely different eras and so for me it's only a question of mood as to which is better. If I'm going to nit pick I'd say Tolkien has greater depth in terms of realisation of his world as a whole in terms of culture and geographical features (he did his own mapping); whilst Terry does more personal insight and social interpretation with his characters which is more or less what PleasedReader's saying about him.

Jane Austen whips both them in terms of great general characterisation and observational writing. Perhaps because she didn't have a typewriter and had to think (more) at the same time as she wrote. She didn't write anything like as much as either of them but what she did write was exquisitely observed and satirically crafted and very, very funny.
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Postby Bookdweller » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:20 pm

Is it best to begin with 'The Wee Free Men' in this series?
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:31 pm

I would say so as you will know how it all started, best to read them in sequence as she grows up the stories pan out. :)
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:15 am

Bookdweller wrote:Is it best to begin with 'The Wee Free Men' in this series?
In the case of the Tiffany books, I'd definitely say to read them in order. :D
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Postby The Mad Collector » Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:27 am

I agree with Dug and Tony, these really do make more sense if you read them in sequence.
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Postby swreader » Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:10 am

While the Tiffany books do need to be read in order, I rather think that before reading I Shall Wear Midnight (if not earlier), it would be helpful to read all of the witch series starting with Equal Rites.
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