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I ordered The Shepherd's Crown from Amazon.co.uk around April. It came on Monday. I finished on Tuessday. After having to put it down for an hour or so because I was crying too hard.

I think in the last few books of Sir Terry's he was doing his best to give us a decent goodbye, having older characters come out and wave hello, as it were, but this book was really a goodbye.

More thoughts and spoilersunder the cut )

I'm glad I can revisit the DIscworld any time I like, but it's sad to know nothing more will ever be added to it.

I'm just hoping that the rumoured talk of a 'Night Watch' television series is a thing that will actually happen.
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This is most distressing news.

Terry Pratchett has such an amazing mind, and such a fantastic ability to retain information about so many different things, it just seems so unfair that his mind would be attacked by a disease that takes all that away from him.

And of course, only Terry Pratchett could post an announcement like that and still be amazingly witty.
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This is most distressing news.

Terry Pratchett has such an amazing mind, and such a fantastic ability to retain information about so many different things, it just seems so unfair that his mind would be attacked by a disease that takes all that away from him.

And of course, only Terry Pratchett could post an announcement like that and still be amazingly witty.
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So I'm reading Thud! by Terry Pratchett and once again he has, what to me, are some very profound insights right along with some side-splitting humor.

This line caught my eye last night, because I think it sort of sums up the whole Abu Gharib debate.

You couldn't say 'we're the good guys' and do bad guy things.

In other news, the Sally/Angua dynamic in this new book is sticking all sorts of femmeslash plot bunnies in my head. Naughty.
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So I'm reading Thud! by Terry Pratchett and once again he has, what to me, are some very profound insights right along with some side-splitting humor.

This line caught my eye last night, because I think it sort of sums up the whole Abu Gharib debate.

You couldn't say 'we're the good guys' and do bad guy things.

In other news, the Sally/Angua dynamic in this new book is sticking all sorts of femmeslash plot bunnies in my head. Naughty.
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Just got back from the book signing, and I did gather my nerves, and ask Terry if he thought Rowan Atkinson would make a good Patrician. He said that he thought he could do it as long as he didn't 'camp it up, and say things like,' here he paused, and, in a perfect Blackadder voice said, 'Bob.'

I then mentioned Hugh Laurie and he said 'As in 'House'?' and I said yes and he said that he would be a good Vimes, but not if he were doing any of his earlier characters. Then he mentioned someone called Peter something that sounded a bit like Pettigrew would have been good 10 years ago.

To the guy in line in front of me, Terry, when he learned the guy's name was Brandon, mentioned the movie Galaxy Quest, and how one of the fan boys in the movie was called Brandon and Line Brandon had no idea what Terry was talking about. Terry was gobsmacked that the kid never saw the movie, and encouraged him to see it ASAP. 'One of the best SF films ever,' he said. He said he envied Line Brandon, as he still has the movie to look forward to.

And, for the record, he didn't seem to like the Hitchhiker's movie very much.

And he laughed at my seriously falling apart and dog-eared copy of Good Omens, and I was pleased as I brought that book for that specific purpose. He sniffed it to see if it had fallen in anything.

He's awesome. That is all.

Off to read Thud! now! Hurrah!

PS I asked if he saw Phantom of the Opera movie, and told him he ruined it for me, as everytime I saw a note from the Phantom I burst into laughter, and he said that it was a great play, not so much a good movie.

Oh! And also - they're working on a musical version of Only You Can Save Mankind and he has a bunch of tracks for it and one of the songs is Call Me Sigourney.

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] discworld
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Just got back from the book signing, and I did gather my nerves, and ask Terry if he thought Rowan Atkinson would make a good Patrician. He said that he thought he could do it as long as he didn't 'camp it up, and say things like,' here he paused, and, in a perfect Blackadder voice said, 'Bob.'

I then mentioned Hugh Laurie and he said 'As in 'House'?' and I said yes and he said that he would be a good Vimes, but not if he were doing any of his earlier characters. Then he mentioned someone called Peter something that sounded a bit like Pettigrew would have been good 10 years ago.

To the guy in line in front of me, Terry, when he learned the guy's name was Brandon, mentioned the movie Galaxy Quest, and how one of the fan boys in the movie was called Brandon and Line Brandon had no idea what Terry was talking about. Terry was gobsmacked that the kid never saw the movie, and encouraged him to see it ASAP. 'One of the best SF films ever,' he said. He said he envied Line Brandon, as he still has the movie to look forward to.

And, for the record, he didn't seem to like the Hitchhiker's movie very much.

And he laughed at my seriously falling apart and dog-eared copy of Good Omens, and I was pleased as I brought that book for that specific purpose. He sniffed it to see if it had fallen in anything.

He's awesome. That is all.

Off to read Thud! now! Hurrah!

PS I asked if he saw Phantom of the Opera movie, and told him he ruined it for me, as everytime I saw a note from the Phantom I burst into laughter, and he said that it was a great play, not so much a good movie.

Oh! And also - they're working on a musical version of Only You Can Save Mankind and he has a bunch of tracks for it and one of the songs is Call Me Sigourney.

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] discworld
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So today is the 25th of May, which means nothing to anyone who hasn't read/loved Terry Pratchett's book Night Watch, but I am enjoying using my Lilac icon and seeing all the other people that have something similar. It's one of the things I love about the interweb. We're honoring the memory of something that is entirely fictional. Go us.

I am also enjoying reading people's synopsis of the Star Wars movies. Some of the comments people make are so funny I know if I ever do go see the movie, I'll be giggling the whole time just remembering them.

My friend gave me this cute candy bowl shaped like a pig (I collect pig things) and we were talking about her collection - cows, and she said she heard somewhere that a person will either mention a cow or hear/see the word cow at least once a day. And this morning when I woke up there was a commercial on the radio for some dairy or something, and sure enough they mentioned a cow. And anyone who is reading this has just seen the word cow, so I think there must be something to it.

Right. Back to work.
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So today is the 25th of May, which means nothing to anyone who hasn't read/loved Terry Pratchett's book Night Watch, but I am enjoying using my Lilac icon and seeing all the other people that have something similar. It's one of the things I love about the interweb. We're honoring the memory of something that is entirely fictional. Go us.

I am also enjoying reading people's synopsis of the Star Wars movies. Some of the comments people make are so funny I know if I ever do go see the movie, I'll be giggling the whole time just remembering them.

My friend gave me this cute candy bowl shaped like a pig (I collect pig things) and we were talking about her collection - cows, and she said she heard somewhere that a person will either mention a cow or hear/see the word cow at least once a day. And this morning when I woke up there was a commercial on the radio for some dairy or something, and sure enough they mentioned a cow. And anyone who is reading this has just seen the word cow, so I think there must be something to it.

Right. Back to work.
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My car broke down on Friday, and is still broken. V. sad. V. annoying. Am not thinking about it.

It is really funny, this LJ thing. I don't think I realised how many times I would say 'oh, can't wait to share that in my journal' until I couldn't do it any more. I mean, yeah, I have RL friends, and they were amazingly helpful this weekend sans car, and they are always there to go to and share stories, but I've really come to rely on the journals and opinions of all my FList.

My friend and I rented and watched Pride and Prejudice this weekend. Nothing like Colin Firth and a 1st rate love story to cheer a girl up.

Jane Austin speculation and other rantings cut so space isn't taken up )
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My car broke down on Friday, and is still broken. V. sad. V. annoying. Am not thinking about it.

It is really funny, this LJ thing. I don't think I realised how many times I would say 'oh, can't wait to share that in my journal' until I couldn't do it any more. I mean, yeah, I have RL friends, and they were amazingly helpful this weekend sans car, and they are always there to go to and share stories, but I've really come to rely on the journals and opinions of all my FList.

My friend and I rented and watched Pride and Prejudice this weekend. Nothing like Colin Firth and a 1st rate love story to cheer a girl up.

Jane Austin speculation and other rantings cut so space isn't taken up )
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Terry answered my actual question on the B&N thingy! With a footnote! I got a Terry Pratchett footnote in my answer! I <3 him so very much.

I asked him 'May I ask if you are an affectionado of he 30's and 40's romance/comedies? Just because two of your more recent couples - William DeWorde and Saccirissa Chrisplock and Moist and Adora both seem to be modeled after those types of films.'

here's what he said )

How freaking cool is that. Shall treasure it forever.

Gonna cross-post this to [livejournal.com profile] discworld I'm that proud.
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Terry answered my actual question on the B&N thingy! With a footnote! I got a Terry Pratchett footnote in my answer! I <3 him so very much.

I asked him 'May I ask if you are an affectionado of he 30's and 40's romance/comedies? Just because two of your more recent couples - William DeWorde and Saccirissa Chrisplock and Moist and Adora both seem to be modeled after those types of films.'

here's what he said )

How freaking cool is that. Shall treasure it forever.

Gonna cross-post this to [livejournal.com profile] discworld I'm that proud.
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Thought I'd post some Christmas pics. Charlie on Christmas Morning )

Opening Presents )

In the continuing spirit of my last post, and the 'happy' stories people sent me links to, here's another survivor story.

I was idly wondering if, during WWII the Germans called the French Resistance 'Insurgents'.

And finally, Barnes and Noble University is hosting an exclusive opportunity to discuss Going Postal, the latest Discworld novel, with the author, Terry Pratchett.. It's free, and starts the 10th. I've signed up already.
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Thought I'd post some Christmas pics. Charlie on Christmas Morning )

Opening Presents )

In the continuing spirit of my last post, and the 'happy' stories people sent me links to, here's another survivor story.

I was idly wondering if, during WWII the Germans called the French Resistance 'Insurgents'.

And finally, Barnes and Noble University is hosting an exclusive opportunity to discuss Going Postal, the latest Discworld novel, with the author, Terry Pratchett.. It's free, and starts the 10th. I've signed up already.
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Many years ago when Charlie was still just a little baby, my mother and I were at a garage sale, where a children's bedroom set was being sold for $100. It was one of those loft bed things with a desk and dresser/bookshelf to hold up the bed part of the bed. Charlie's room is small, and I said that would be perfect for his room someday, and since it was really inexpensive, I bought it, even though he was still in a crib and was going to remain there for at least another year. When he was around 2 and ready for a 'big-boy' bed, we bought a mattress and boxspring, but at 2 he was not ready for a loft bed, so the loft bed remained in the garage for several years until finally, today, we got it out, dusted it off, and installed it in his room! My friend came over and I was talking about how I have been wanting to get the bed out, as Charlie is really ready for it and it might actually keep him in his own bed at night if he had it, but my husband didn't want to get it out of the garage because it was 'behind too many things'. To be fair I think every time I brought it up it was kind of a last minute thing, but nonetheless my friend, who is a very no-nonsense, take charge sort of person said 'let's go look at it'. It really wasn't that hard to get out, and with the help of my husband who was, I think, shamed into coming out by the fact two 'girls' were doing this, we got the bed up. It fits perfectly in the room, really frees up space, and Charlie loves it. So hurrah. I am now very tired and dusty though.

In other news I got my copy of "Going Postal" by His Wonderfulness Terry Pratchett and it is excellent. It is all I can do to keep myself from reading it all in one go. I try to savor his books.

I find his books need to be re-read because there is so many things in it you just don't get it all the first time. This book, so far, is just brilliant. He is re-exploring the world of Golems, which is nice, and the whole mystical world of the postman is just wonderful.

And the adoption party was fun. I was the only one to bring something with the child's new name on it, which I thought was interesting. I was worried everyone was going to get the same thing I did, since there is a limited amount of things to engrave that would appeal to a 6 year old boy. I went to Things Remembered and got this keepsake box that has different sports balls on the top and is decorated in primary colors. His name is in a star in the middle of the lid. It is very cute.

I finally figured out a way to explain adoption to Charlie. I said D. didn't have a family to love him, and M. and J. didn't have a little boy to love, and so they found each other. Charile thought about it and then said, "M and J and D are a family." It was very sweet. And I think he doesn't want to change his name any more!

My goal for this week, now that I am on shortened hours, it to clean up my house. Wish me luck!
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Many years ago when Charlie was still just a little baby, my mother and I were at a garage sale, where a children's bedroom set was being sold for $100. It was one of those loft bed things with a desk and dresser/bookshelf to hold up the bed part of the bed. Charlie's room is small, and I said that would be perfect for his room someday, and since it was really inexpensive, I bought it, even though he was still in a crib and was going to remain there for at least another year. When he was around 2 and ready for a 'big-boy' bed, we bought a mattress and boxspring, but at 2 he was not ready for a loft bed, so the loft bed remained in the garage for several years until finally, today, we got it out, dusted it off, and installed it in his room! My friend came over and I was talking about how I have been wanting to get the bed out, as Charlie is really ready for it and it might actually keep him in his own bed at night if he had it, but my husband didn't want to get it out of the garage because it was 'behind too many things'. To be fair I think every time I brought it up it was kind of a last minute thing, but nonetheless my friend, who is a very no-nonsense, take charge sort of person said 'let's go look at it'. It really wasn't that hard to get out, and with the help of my husband who was, I think, shamed into coming out by the fact two 'girls' were doing this, we got the bed up. It fits perfectly in the room, really frees up space, and Charlie loves it. So hurrah. I am now very tired and dusty though.

In other news I got my copy of "Going Postal" by His Wonderfulness Terry Pratchett and it is excellent. It is all I can do to keep myself from reading it all in one go. I try to savor his books.

I find his books need to be re-read because there is so many things in it you just don't get it all the first time. This book, so far, is just brilliant. He is re-exploring the world of Golems, which is nice, and the whole mystical world of the postman is just wonderful.

And the adoption party was fun. I was the only one to bring something with the child's new name on it, which I thought was interesting. I was worried everyone was going to get the same thing I did, since there is a limited amount of things to engrave that would appeal to a 6 year old boy. I went to Things Remembered and got this keepsake box that has different sports balls on the top and is decorated in primary colors. His name is in a star in the middle of the lid. It is very cute.

I finally figured out a way to explain adoption to Charlie. I said D. didn't have a family to love him, and M. and J. didn't have a little boy to love, and so they found each other. Charile thought about it and then said, "M and J and D are a family." It was very sweet. And I think he doesn't want to change his name any more!

My goal for this week, now that I am on shortened hours, it to clean up my house. Wish me luck!
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Anyone remember the bit in the movie Wayne's World where Wayne and Garth bow down to Alice Cooper saying 'We're not worthy! We're not worthy!' Was very tempted to do that on more than one occasion last night during the hour Terry Pratchett spoke.

He speaks just like he writes. He is so interesting and amusing. His voice was a bit scratchy having been as he said in too many rooms with air-conditioning and speaking too much. He said when he wakes in the morning he sounds like "Jack Sparrow". People laughed and he said, in a dead-on impression, "I didn't deserve that." Which of course made people laugh and applaud and he said "I did deserve that."

I didn't get a chance to ask a question during the Q&A session, but when it was my turn for the book signing I asked if I could ask the question I wanted to ask and he said yes. So I asked him if the soldier's song in Nightwatch was a real song. Short answer, yes, at least his version of a real song. He talked to me about it for several minutes. I was very happy.

He signed everything brought to him but would only 'dedicate' one, in the interest of time, so in my "Johnny and the Dead" book it says "To Carol, Not dead? Good!" and in my falling apart copy of Reaper Man it just has his "loop and squiggle". I cheated a bit, my friend came with me, and isn't a rabid fan as the rest of the assembled people were, so she held my copy of The Unadultrated Cat, and got that dedicated to "Carol" when it was her turn. In that it says "To Carol, a real cat person".

He also mentioned he is working on a new Vimes book, as well as a new Tiffany Aching book.

Finally, I posted a brief account on [community profile] discworld if anyone wants to see what I said there.

In other news, I had a job interview today. Hopefully it went well, because I really don't think the job I'm in is going to last much longer. At this point I don't even care. I'd rather be on unemployment for a little while then deal with feeling tense every day, wondering if I was going to get fired any minute. That's why I took today off. I need a break from the tense.
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Anyone remember the bit in the movie Wayne's World where Wayne and Garth bow down to Alice Cooper saying 'We're not worthy! We're not worthy!' Was very tempted to do that on more than one occasion last night during the hour Terry Pratchett spoke.

He speaks just like he writes. He is so interesting and amusing. His voice was a bit scratchy having been as he said in too many rooms with air-conditioning and speaking too much. He said when he wakes in the morning he sounds like "Jack Sparrow". People laughed and he said, in a dead-on impression, "I didn't deserve that." Which of course made people laugh and applaud and he said "I did deserve that."

I didn't get a chance to ask a question during the Q&A session, but when it was my turn for the book signing I asked if I could ask the question I wanted to ask and he said yes. So I asked him if the soldier's song in Nightwatch was a real song. Short answer, yes, at least his version of a real song. He talked to me about it for several minutes. I was very happy.

He signed everything brought to him but would only 'dedicate' one, in the interest of time, so in my "Johnny and the Dead" book it says "To Carol, Not dead? Good!" and in my falling apart copy of Reaper Man it just has his "loop and squiggle". I cheated a bit, my friend came with me, and isn't a rabid fan as the rest of the assembled people were, so she held my copy of The Unadultrated Cat, and got that dedicated to "Carol" when it was her turn. In that it says "To Carol, a real cat person".

He also mentioned he is working on a new Vimes book, as well as a new Tiffany Aching book.

Finally, I posted a brief account on [community profile] discworld if anyone wants to see what I said there.

In other news, I had a job interview today. Hopefully it went well, because I really don't think the job I'm in is going to last much longer. At this point I don't even care. I'd rather be on unemployment for a little while then deal with feeling tense every day, wondering if I was going to get fired any minute. That's why I took today off. I need a break from the tense.

SQUEE!!!

Sep. 1st, 2004 10:51 am
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I just got an email from Harper Collins Book Tracker. Terry Pratchett is coming to Philadelphia! He'll be at the Free Public Library on Wednesday. And it's free. I'm so very very excited.

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