I been crazy busy this last month and haven’t made time to post, but this news definitely requires a pause in my normal schedule.
Sir Terry Pratchett died this morning. Here’s a link to the BBC article.
I’ve been reading his works since high school, and he really taught me a lot about satire and making a setting feel real through use of the familiar. He was wonderful at creating entirely fantastical characters who were both humorous and real – often, humorous because they were real. And I absolutely adored his sense of humor. I’m very glad that I decided to write my capstone project on one of his novels (in collaboration with another author). It can now be something of a personal tribute to him.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to read his works, and, while I know he had been struggling with his health, I had greedily hoped to have a chance to read more of his work. I hope his departure was peaceful and that his family is coping well.
If you haven’t read Sir Terry’s books, I highly recommend you try them. They’re hilarious and insightful, and I’ve always found myself flying through them. Watch for his innumerable references to real world people, events, and organizations; I’ve been reading his books for years and I’m still discovering new things.
Here’s a list of some of my favorites, including links to Amazon (these are not affiliate links – I don’t make any money from them):
- Good Omens (in collaboration with Neil Gaimon)
- Witches Abroad
- Interesting Times
- Carpe Jugulum
- The Fifth Elephant
- Night Watch
- Monstrous Regiment
- The Wee Free Men
But, of course, don’t limit yourself to these. There’s a huge body of work available, and reading them in order isn’t strictly necessary.