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Subject: Terry Pratchett
Date Posted: 4/24/2008 5:32 PM ET
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I am not huge into fantasy, but I did read one of Terry Pratchetts books (Going Postal) some time ago and enjoyed it, so thought I would check today for others by him.  There isn't ONE book by this author in the PBS system.  This rather surprised me.

My question is... is the author that popular that no one gets rid of his books or is it just the opposite, no one reads them?

Thoughts please...

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 6:36 PM ET
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I won't get rid of any Pratchett. :)
Date Posted: 4/24/2008 8:54 PM ET
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I think there are wish lists for most of his books!


Date Posted: 4/27/2008 12:13 PM ET
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My guess is no one wants to part with his books. 

As a side note: I read on his web site that he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's!  How sad...

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 5:30 PM ET
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Yes, he's very popular--I have a bunch of his Discworld books in hardcover and won't trade those, but the few I have in mass market I do trade off after reading them--but they are almost always either wishlisted or snapped up within hours of being posted!


Date Posted: 4/29/2008 11:16 AM ET
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I see his books posted a lot.  Check the books posted today section and filter by sci-fi/fantasy.  Most of them are already spoken for, though so you'll probably have to wish list them and wait. 

I haven't read any of his discworld books yet, but I want to.  Good Omens (written with Neil Gaiman) was great.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 12:37 PM ET
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The Discworld books are fun, but there's a lot of them. If you want somewhere smaller to start, try the books about Tiffany Aching - I think there's three so far, Wee Free Men, Wintersmith, and a Hat Full of Sky. They're just as fun as the Discworld books but less intimidating, because if you like them there's only three and you're not committing yourself to reading twenty or more books!


Subject: I wish my husband would let me post Pratchett!
Date Posted: 4/29/2008 7:01 PM ET
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I mean, we must have 30+ up there . . . but no!

He's very funny if you like his humor . . . which I'm not wild about, but . . . to each!

Subject: MatchIt For Pratchett.org
Date Posted: 4/30/2008 7:20 PM ET
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VickyJo (Vicky T.) wrote:  "As a side note: I read on his web site that he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's!  How sad..."


A group of fen that know Terry started a web site ..

http://www.matchitforpratchett.org/   that says "Help match Terry Pratchett's $1 million ( £500,000 ) donation to Alzheimer's Research."

I've met Terry, but I have nothing to do with the website. Just thought I'd pass it along. I hear they're raised quite a bit of money!


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Date Posted: 5/5/2008 3:09 PM ET
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I just did a search for his books and found about 5, none were of the discworld series though. I watched the Hogfather a couple weks ago and really enjoyed it. I did a search then and found 2 discworld books at that point, I only ordered one though. I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I would just check once in awhile or wish list a few of them. Maybe look and see which ones are wishlisted for the least??? Good luck


Date Posted: 5/10/2008 5:44 PM ET
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I've read two of his books. Maurice and his educated rodents and the Wee Free Men which was hysterical. 

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 12:18 PM ET
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I looooooooved Good Omens and I refuse to part with it! So I am in the "no one gets rid of him" camp. :)

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 8:41 PM ET
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My Terry Pratchett books are probably the second thing I would grab if my house was on fire, my dog being the first. On second thought I probably wouldn't be able to carry them all, so maybe I would just grab the one he signed for me a few years ago.

My guess is those who have them are not willing to part with them, that's how it is for me anyways.

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Date Posted: 7/12/2008 11:51 PM ET
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I have an unpostable copy of The Color of Magic free with an order from my shelf if anyone is interested.  PM me and post here.  Thanks.

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 7:20 PM ET
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I can truely attest that Pratchett books are one of the few things I would pack if a fire was coming..LOL I made sure they were one of the first few books packed when we had to evacuate the Big Sur Library (sssh dont tell my boss).

I will not give up my Pratchett books or my Rankin Books.. One for a few authors I try to buy new and keep. Alot though I have read thru the library but they are on my list to get.


Date Posted: 7/19/2008 4:49 PM ET
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Not only will I not post my American editions unless I find the hardcovers, but also am slowly collecting the British ones since the American early ones are different. I have the maps. I have the Art of Discworld, I have the 3 Sciences of Discworld.

He is one of the best novelists (and I read about 400 books a year and have been reading since 1954 and 2 orf my 4 degrees are in Lit.)

He is probably the funniest. But he is saying serious things.

He is incredibly re-readable. And a recurring theme is about reading, stories, readers, and libraries. His concept of narrative causality is very, very funny, and may even be true. Certainly true to us biblioopliles and biblioholics,

The wikipedia article will point you to L-Space and to a url which will help with reading order. (BTW, a 4th Tiffany Aching exists, WIntersmith; a 5th is promised.)

I am so tempted to quote and quote.

Subject: Terry Pratchett
Date Posted: 7/24/2008 4:17 PM ET
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I love the discworld books. I think Rincewind is my favorite character next to Sam and the Luggage. They are hilarious.  I think I have every one of his but won't part with any either. I'd go look on the Amazon site and see if you can find any used ones. The Colour of Magic is my fave of them all.

Subject: Good Omens was my fav!
Date Posted: 7/28/2008 8:05 AM ET
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I have been slowly collecting some discworld for my husband to read but so far he has not cracked a cover. Disappointing bacuse I knoiw he likes to delve into long series and would fly thru them if he started. I agree...house on fire...grab Terry's books!! So sad that he is ill. what a mind!!!


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Subject: Terry Pratchett
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 10:56 AM ET
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I have a newly posted paperback copy of Terry Pratchett's "The Light Fantastic" if anyone is interested.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 1:11 AM ET
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i know i'm keeping the Discworld books in my collection!

Date Posted: 9/13/2008 11:11 PM ET
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I see a couple came into the system today, including one of my favorites, "Small Gods".
Date Posted: 9/20/2008 6:19 PM ET
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Terry Pratchett is amazing! ....And I think that sums it up.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 11:57 PM ET
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I am also of the "Will Never Part With my Terry Pratchett Books" club. I have found that people who find Monty Python funny also tend to really like Terry Pratchett. I have managed to post a few duplicate books but they have all been wishlisted. Be patient and wait. These books are worth it. My husband and I tend to read them aloud to each other. There is so much humor that it helps to slow down your reading to catch it all. It also keeps us from fighting over the books.
Date Posted: 10/21/2008 4:18 AM ET
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Hehe, sorry, I'm another "I will never part with my Pratchett's" kinda guy. These are part of a very select few books I will actually go back and re-read once every couple of years. Hilarious from start to finish.

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 1:11 AM ET
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What more can you say about him?  The man made DEATH likable, and let's not forget his rodent counterpart  Death of Mice


As for me, It's creeping closer to the Hogswatch season, I am wishing for the tale entitled Hogfather   

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