01 September, 2011

Announcing: Terry Pratchett Month

Yes, you read that right!

Here on The Eagle's Aerial Perspective, for the entire month of September, things will be centered on Terry Pratchett and his books. The co-host of this event is Deepali at Evolving Books, who runs a great book blog.

Of course, there will be other posts for blogfests, the Third Writer's Platform-Building Campaign, other events, and I am part of the Upgrader: Re-Engineered blog tour (see sidebar button--I post on the sixth with an interview with the awesome Terry Tibke).

But for the rest of the month? Pratchett.



Here's the plan:

Date: September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28 (Sundays and Wednesdays): Book Reviews

These will be of not just Discworld, but include his YA books, along with other non-Discworld novels and a movie they made of his books. Of course, I will start with a review The Color of Magic, the first in the Discworld series. Since I have only read six of his books currently, some of reviews will be coming fresh after I read them in sequence this month.

Date: September 8, 15, 22, and 29 (Thursdays): Discussion Posts

For the writerly, or just non-Pratchett readers of this blog, these posts will be like the usual posts I publish on Thursdays. What will I be covering? Posts will be up on personification of the abstract (DEATH, anyone?), world-building, humor, writing style, and other such subjects.

And, of course, Teaser Tuesdays will continue on, well, Tuesdays.

There will also be a poll on the sidebar, once the current one closes, where you will be able to vote for your favorite book(s) in the Discworld Series, along with a separate poll for his other novels.





Feel free to jump onboard with your own Terry Pratchett thoughts! This is the month for everything to do with his books, after all.

Deepali has also set up a challenge for readers: for old fans, read 4-5 of his books in September, and for new ones, 2-3. Find out more HERE.

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Are you ready?


-----The Golden Eagle

40 comments:

Janet Johnson said...

My husband loves Terry Pratchett, though I haven't read any of his yet. Look forward to learning more!

laughingwolf said...

pratchett has been a long-time fave of mine; was devastated to learn he has alzheimer's, and wants to die! :(

Sue R (Lauracea) said...

Brilliant! You couldn't have chosen a more worthy author. I'll be following :) (and what a fabulous picture of the turtle with the world on his back)

Tere Kirkland said...

Definitely haven't read enough Pratchett!! Love the Hogfather movie, though. And of course, his baby with Neil, Good Omens.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Looking forward to the month! I haven't read Terry Pratchett but I've heard a lot about him, so maybe I'll figure out which book to read first.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like a plan! I've most of my September planned as well, especially the big kick-off of IWSG next Wednesday.

Laura said...

I'm in, I'm in!!! I love this man!
Look forward stalking you for a month :)
Laura x

Jess said...

That's awesome! I haven't read anything by Pratchett but I think I should probably go check it out now

Sarah McCabe said...

Sounds fun! I'm a huge fan of Discworld. I've read all of the adult Discworld books and the YA (?) Tiffany Aching books (which are also Discworld). He's created some of my favorite characters. Maybe I'll spotlight some in September.

Emily Rose said...

Haven't read anything by him, but I'm looking forward to your posts!

GigglesandGuns said...

My heavens you will sure be busy.

Deborah Walker said...

This is going to be fun. I'm a huge fan and have read all the books more than once. In fact just finished re-reading 'Pyramids' a couple of days ago,

That 20 Something Virgin. said...

i have a friend who's really into him, i think, but i haven't ever read him. you'll have to tell me where to start! :)

Liz said...

Love Discworld. I haven't read anything else by Terry Pratchett (I guess I should). Should be an interesting month.

Jules said...

You are just way to organized and prepared for me. I sit down write, post, comment. If I think about it I might confuse folks. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Sarah Pearson said...

It's been so long since I read any Pratchett that this will be a great refresher course for me. I'm really looking forward to this :-)

Old Kitty said...

Me! Me! Me!! *Jumping up and down, waving hands in the air and yelliing* ME! ME! ME! ME! Where do I sign my soul to!??!?! Where's my dragon?!?! I want to play Sam Vimes' mistress! Me, me, me!! LOL!

How exciting!! Yay!!! Take care
x

Marlena Cassidy said...

Love it! I can't wait for this to get started!

RaShelle said...

You're so organized! I'll have to check out some Pratchett!

Carrie Butler said...

I saw this post and said, "Yesssssssssssssssss!" My favorite Pratchett character, of course, is DEATH. *grins*

Alleged Author said...

My sister adores him and has every single one of his novels. Too cool. *runs off to tell sister about this blog*

Trisha said...

Would now be the time to come clean & admit I haven't read any of Terry's books?

Christine Rains said...

That's awesome! Pratchett is a great writer. Death is my favorite character too.

Theresa Milstein said...

Interesting change. I've never seen this done before!

ali cross said...

Awesome! This will super fun!

ali's blog

Donna K. Weaver said...

I've heard so much about his books, and I'm embarrassed to say I haven't gotten around to reading any. I wish I had more time!

Ellie Garratt said...

How absolutely fabulous! I love Terry Pratchett, and even had the honour of chatting with him once!

BornStoryteller said...

I am envious of you...to discover all the Discworld books for the first time. I've read them all, his YA stuff (love the wee men), Good Omens, AND I have the play adaptations and a few of the animations (not all)...still need to get Hogfather movie. So..ENJOY!!!

Yeah...I kinda like him. I'll follow with interest.

Stuart
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Talli Roland said...

Wow, sounds like an exciting month! Can you believe, I've never read anything by Pratchett?

Charles Gramlich said...

I have a hard time getting into humorous fantasy, which I think most of Pratchett's stuff is. I've actually never read anything by him. I don't think I even own any of his works.

....Petty Witter said...

Funny you should mention Death, I did a post on this very subject a week or so ago looking amongst other things at TP's version of Death. You can find it at the below address if you are interested.

http://pettywitter.blogspot.com/2011/08/grim-reaper-aka.html

Anyway, I'm looking forward to your reviews - I hope you take a peek at WinterSmith, one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.

The Golden Eagle said...

Janet: Hope my reviews inspire you to read something by him!

Laughingwolf: I didn't know he had Alzheimers! That is sad. :(

Sue: Hooray!

Glad you like the pic.

Tere: I haven't seen the movie yet; but Good Omens was awesome.

Shannon: Great! :)

The Discworld books, all set in the same world, start with The Colour of Magic; it's a good book, too.

Alex: The Insecure Writer's Support Group sounds awesome--I'm not sure I'm going to be joining in for this month, though. As you can see, there are these planned posts and I'm not sure if I'd be able to get around to all the other writers.

Laura: Looking forward to seeing you around in September. :)

Jess: He's a great writer.

Sarah: I plan to read some of his YA books, too; gosh, there are a lot of novels to cover this month. LOL.

Emily: Hope you enjoy them! :)

Gigglesandguns: I know . . . but I'm going to pre-write and schedule some posts just so I don't have to cram every day.

Deborah: That's a lot of reading!

That 20 Something Virgin: The Colour of Magic, which is the first book in the series, is quite good. :)

Liz: I've only read a couple of his books outside the Discworld series, but they're excellent.

Jules: LOL. You should have seen me before I wrote the post: "Oh, right, Terry Pratchett Month! It's only . . . erm, tomorrow? Today? You must be joking."

Sarah: No time like this month! And you can always join in on your blog with your own thoughts if you want to. :)

Old Kitty: I had a feeling you'd be onboard with this event, since you mentioned Terry Pratchett before! :D

I know! We need dragons. Lots of them. Shall we move to the Wyrmberg?

Marlena: Neither can I. First book review, coming on Sunday!

RaShelle: You should. He's a great writer. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Carrie: At the risk of sounding morbid--yeah, I like DEATH, too. ;)

Alleged: Thanks for spreading the word! :)

Trisha: Well, you can always read some of his books this month. It is, after all, Terry Pratchett month!

Christine: LOL. He's quite the . . . character. :P

Theresa: I hope readers enjoy it. :)

ali: Agreed!

Donna: Hope you get the chance to read something by Pratchett; his books are a lot of fun. :)

Ellie: You got to chat with him? That's so cool!

Stuart: Those are a lot of books to read! I hope to get through all of his novels sometime.

Thank you! :) I get the feeling I will.

I look forward to seeing you around this month!

Talli: Well, it's not to late to start. :)

Charles: He's a great writer--though comic fantasy is very different from usual Fantasy, or other more serious genres.

Tracy: I remember reading that post! :)

I have it on hold from my library; I'll see if I can fit it into one of the eight upcoming reviews.

Suz Korb said...

Aw, I think Terry Pratchett is great. I'm not a fan of his books, but he has other programs on TV that I love to watch.

I'm stopping by from KarenG's BBQ blog, by the way. Thanks for commenting on my Bang Out the Prose blog about the book: Paranormalcy. I really loved that novel too! :)

Delia (Postcards from Asia) said...

Hi,
I've only read one Terry Pratchett novel - The Nation - so I can't really vote for a favorite. It was ok. I have heard The Discworld series is quite good, maybe I'll give it a try at some point.

Naina Gupta said...

Looking forward to this month. I haven't read Prachett either, so I'm looking forward to learning more.

The Golden Eagle said...

Suz: I've never watched any of the TV programs; they sound like something I'll have to find out about, though. :)

You're welcome! It's great to meet you.

Delia: It's a great series--I agree, though, that Nation isn't one of the best novels.

Naina: You should read some of his books; they're quite funny. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi The Eagle's Perspective .. I know somewhere there was a conversation re Terry Pratchett and his Alzheimers ..

This post just came out .. and you might be interested in listening .. the video is an hour long .. but .. I'm sure he will have some wise words .. he's a very erudite man .. and has been interviewed quite often on his condition ..

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/11/17/terry-pratchett-choosing-to-die/

You may wish to highlight it somewhere else ..

With thoughts .. Hilary

The Golden Eagle said...

Hilary: Thank you so much for sharing the video!

I will have to check out that link.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Golden Eagle .. I'm sure you will 'enjoy' / appreciate his thoughts in this video ..

I will try and make a plan to watch too ..

Thanks for acknowledging - Hilary