Pratchett Read-Along Update

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Last week I announced a read-along of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.  At the time, I wasn’t sure when I’d be finished the first book, The Color of Magic.  I can now safely say that despite reading something like three or four other books at the same time, I will have this first novel done soon.  So, let’s say there will be a review post for this Friday, April 3rd at 9:00 AM Central Time.  If you wish to follow along with your own reading, you have until that time.  See you all back here then…or see you here for other fine articles and stories.  You know, do what you want.

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Announcing A Terry Pratchett Discworld Read-Along

Terry Pratchett, author of Discworld
Terry Pratchett, author of Discworld

In light of the recent death of fantasy-humorist writer Terry Pratchett, of whom I have had plenty to say, I am announcing here a read-through of the 40 (soon to be 41) books in the Discworld series.  Many I have read before, though some I have not.  Plus, I think I may be the only one of the Gabbing Geek contributors whose read any of his work before, but I could be wrong about that.

We’ll start at the beginning, when he was writing straight parody humor of writers like JRR Tolkien and still finding his eventual voice for the series.  The first book is The Color of Magic, one I actually have not read before, so this will be a new experience for me as well.

On a side note, while many of these novels are short, and most of them are a good, quick, fun read, I’m also an English teacher currently working my way through Infinite Jest, Shakespeare’s Othello and King John, A Canticle for Leibowitz, and the first of the Harry Bosch mystery novels, so I have no idea how often this column will appear, but for now, let’s see if we can get through the first one and go from there.

RIP Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett. 1948-2015.
Terry Pratchett. 1948-2015.

British humor author Terry Pratchett had died.

Pratchett, best known for his widely successful Discworld series, was 66 and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.  More after the break. Continue reading RIP Terry Pratchett