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Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Sly Boots » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:48 pm

No details yet that I've seen.

I'm gutted about this one, legend :(
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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Sly Boots » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:51 pm

Few details from his publisher:

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett has died aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

"The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Transworld Publishers' Larry Finlay.

Sir Terry, best known for the Discworld series, wrote more than 70 books over his lengthy career.

He was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, but continued writing, completing his final book last summer.

The author died at home, surrounded by his family.

Mr Finlay said he was "deeply saddened" by the news of Sir Terry's death.

"In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: He did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

"Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

"My sympathies go out to Terry's wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31858156
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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Tichinde » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:57 pm

RIP good sir.
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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby DjchunKfunK » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:00 pm

A sad day. I love the Discworld series and have been reading his books since I was a teenager. Some of my favourite books and literary characters are contained within that series.

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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Scrappy » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:02 pm

Gutted. Absolutely gutted. I have never laughed so hard at a book.

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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby STuG » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:56 pm

One of the funniest, insightful, eloquent and affecting voices has been lost to us.

There is a section on my bookshelf that will never get larger from today after being enriched by him for years.

What a terrible loss for British literature, his family and fans.

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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Medicine Man » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:32 pm

Ach. :cry:

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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Jez » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:09 pm

Good bloke.

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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Adalaar » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:16 pm

STuG wrote:One of the funniest, insightful, eloquent and affecting voices has been lost to us.

There is a section on my bookshelf that will never get larger from today after being enriched by him for years.

What a terrible loss for British literature, his family and fans.


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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Dr@gon-UK » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:49 pm

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Got everything he's ever written, funnily enough I'm re-reading one of his old series featuring the character of Death atm and I was thinking "God I wish he'd do another one in this series or the witches", and now he never will.
He once said "I’d rather be a rising ape than a falling angel", well you rose so very high mate. Thank you for some of the best hours of my life reading the fruit of yours.
I've literally got tears in my eyes. :cry:

Just saw this -

"I would like my pudding now nurse. And then I think I'd like to... write... something... I don't remember what."

Standing in the corner, he waits. The sand slowly flows, but it nears it's end. The old man still glows, as thousands of threads spread away from him.

SQUEAK.

I AGREE. IT IS A SHAME TO SEE HIM THIS WAY.

SQUEAK.

NO. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.... BUT I CANNOT WAIT TO ASK HIM HOW IT ALL ENDS.

The old man looks up, through them at first... and then he sees them. For once, the smile on the hooded figure's skull is genuine.

"I... I remember you. The anth... ant..."

ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION.

"Yes, that. We knew each other?"

ONCE. AND WILL AGAIN, SIR.

He so rarely said it, and these feelings... remembering his young apprentice, and beloved daughter. The beautiful child they have.

"There... is a girl, yes?"

SHE IS SPEAKING TO THE AUDITORS, SIR. THEY ARE UNWILLING TO LISTEN.

"Well then. You know what they say, two things you cannot avoid. Taxes and..." He looks into the firey blue eyes, and becomes aware.

SQUEAK.

"Quite right. Is it time already? I have so much left to do."

YOU HAVE GIVEN ALL YOU CAN SIR.

"No, not cancer. Alzheimers."

I AM AWARE.

"So, where is the boy? I remember a boy."

CARRIAGE ACCIDENT.

"Ahh. Never much trusted cars. Or horses."

THEY GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

"Must I?"

SOON. BUT WE MAY SIT HERE AWHILE.

SQUEAK.

DO YOU HAVE ANY BISCUITS?


"No. Shame really."

YES.

"Is it truely turtles?"

ALL THE WAY DOWN. I HAVE SEEN THEM.

"Ahh. I would love to see it. Perhaps a small trip before?"

IT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE.

"The light is slower there... and there's a monkey...."

ORANGUTAN. SAME PRINCIPLE.

"Yes... will they remember me?"

SQUEAK.

"What was that? I could not hear you."

HE SAYS WE WILL, SIR.

"I never much liked the trouble people had with you. You seem like a nice fellow."

I HAVE MY DAYS.

"Don't we all?"

SOME LESS THAN OTHERS.

"Is it quick?"

YES. AND I BROUGHT THE SWORD. CEREMONY DICTATES IT.

"Ahh. How about a cup of tea?"

I WOULD ENJOY IT. DO YOU PLAY CHESS?

"No. how about checkers?"

And so they sat, two old friends regaling each other, though the old man could not remember all of the details, the cloaked man and his rat filled him in, when it was needed.
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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Lee » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:31 pm

Love'd his style of writing. He'll be greatly missed RIP :(

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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Dr@gon-UK » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:26 pm

I saw it on the WoW forums but it seems to be everywhere, apparently it originated on Facebook. It seems to be original, done a search on kindle through all of his works and can't find similar anywhere. It obviously portrays Terry but with a more advanced Alzheimers.
I hope the Death that claimed him lived up to his imagination and his expectations. We can hope. The sword was a nice touch.
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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Quietman » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:42 pm

Genuinely upset about this. Not ashamed to admit I burst into tears when they said it on the news as I was casually putting on my socks.

Terry's books were like a third Grandfather to me, having always been there since I was born, and they definitely had a profound influence on how I grew up, what my interests are and, most importantly, my sense of humour.

I will miss him terribly, but am ever thankful that he was here to begin with.
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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby Dr@gon-UK » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:24 pm

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Three years ago today.
RIP Sir Terry. Never had the good fortune to meet you but you've been with me in spirit for decades, every time I open the page and hear the text in your voice.
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Re: Terry Pratchett has died

Postby STuG » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:46 pm

I never got around to reading his last published work even though it sits on my shelf. As long as I don't I will always have a 'new' Pratchett work, whole and complete in my world.

Maybe, just maybe, I will read it one day...but for now it still isn't that time. Plenty of joy to be had from re-reading his other gems.

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