30 September, 2011

Terry Pratchett Month: Wrap-Up Post

It is the end of September and therefore, Terry Pratchett Month has come to a conclusion here at The Eagle's Aerial Perspective.

Throughout the past month, there were book reviews of The Color of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Nation, Good Omens, Mort, Thief of Time, and The Fifth Elephant. There were discussion posts on Humor and Parody, Anthropomorphism, and World Building. There was a movie review of The Color of Magic.

There were old fans who got to comment on their favorites and share their thoughts, and potential new readers got a taste of what Discworld is like. And I'm sure there were newer-ish readers of the series, too, who--like me--love his writing but haven't read all of his books yet.

Terry Pratchett is a master at creating amazing worlds that combine humor and reality at the same time. He turns those little things we don't notice into important details, combines the deadly serious with the funny.

Final note:

At the time when I announced this series of posts, I did not know that Terry Pratchett had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and wants to die an assisted death. As one of the most well-known Fantasy and Humor writers of today, he will be greatly missed by readers.

But there will always be his books, with their trademark humor, lovable characters, and detailed worlds, from the streets of Ankh-Morpork to Great A'Tuin, from the anthropomorphic personification of DEATH to the Monks of History.

Hope you enjoyed this series, everyone! Thank you all for coming by and reading/commenting on the Terry Pratchett Month posts. I know I had a lot of fun in September.

In fact, I'm thinking I might do this again sometime, not necessarily for Terry Pratchett, but perhaps for another author who's written a series of novels . . . what do you think of the idea, bloggers?

(And an aside: I'm still taking questions as part of my 800 Followers Celebration, so if you've got any of them, please ask away!)

-----The Golden Eagle


Sarah Pearson said...

Good grief, that month went by fast! I've really enjoyed this series, thank you. I'd be more than happy if you decided to do another :-)

Christine Rains said...

I love your celebration of Pratchett. You should definitely do another one.

L.G.Smith said...

I haven't read any of his books yet, but I will soon. Thanks for the wrap up.

I had not heard about his Alzheimer's. Very sad news, but he will leave behind a great volume of work to be remembered by.

Donna K. Weaver said...

He's an author I haven't read yet but is definitely on my list. I've heard so many good things about his work. That Alzheimers is such a horrible thing.

KarenG said...

I've heard so much about him. I really must try one of his books because his fans are CRAZY about him!

Marsha Sigman said...

I didn't know that about him either. Really sad.

He is an awesome writer!

Misha said...

That's so sad, that someone so famous for his talent must live through it crumbling away...

Sun Singer said...

Nice to see the posts about Terry Pratchett. I saw the sad health news somewhere on line and felt bad about it.


Heather said...

He will be greatly missed indeed and your tribute to him is monumental. :)

Old Kitty said...

He's not dead yet! Yes he has alzheimer's, yes he's signed up for the assisted death programme but by golly his next book Snuff is out soon!

I wish him well, I wish him all the best, I wish him many many many more books to come and I wish people would get past their prejudice against fantasy fiction and see universal truths, the complexities of humanity and profound philosophical debate thrown up in a joyful mix in his books and stories.

Thank you Golden Eagle for allowing this Discworld convert and apostle to let rip! LOL!

Off I go! take care

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I hadn't heard about the Alzheimer's, that's so sad. He is a great author, and his books will still be read in the future, I know it. Because, let's face it, they're hilarious and still somehow manage to capture human nature. It's great. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Oh that's sad!

M Pax said...

September flew by. That's sad he has Alzheimer's. I hope they find a cure soon.

And what a wonderful tribute you've done.

Josh Hoyt said...

I love the color of magic. The movie was well done and is one of our families favorites. Great job on the month.

Sofia said...

800 followers question--

Do you have a favorite fantasy story setting/country? (As in, Middle Earth, Discworld, etc.)

I've read two of the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett, and they're so good. I knew he had Alzheimers, but I didn't realize he wanted to die an assisted death. He certainly will be missed!


Carrie Butler said...

I'd heard about the Alzheimer's. Such a shame. :(

That said, this was a great series, Eagle! I'm all for you trying it again sometime. :)

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

I read about, Terry Pratchett's, illness some time ago. Very very sad.

Clarissa Draper said...

I don't know Terry Pratchett but if you do it again and I know the author, or if you give us advanced warning of the author, maybe I can read and join in.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love your celebration of Pratchett, and I think it's a great idea for you to do again!!!

Melissa Bradley said...

This was an awesome celebration of a truly great writer. I am heartbroken to hear of his diagnosis.

I would love for you to do a tribute to another author.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Golden Eagle .. I tried one of his books years ago & couldn't get into it - sometime I'll give him another go.

Just endorsing Old Kitty's comments - he's able to talk about his Alzheimers and is contributing to research into the disease .. I think I recollect that his communicative skills aren't deteriorating so quickly as the Alzheimers is affecting other parts ..

It is very sad - but he's realised his ability to help and is funding some of the research .. and by giving interviews etc - opening the door to people who haven't come across the disease (yet) ...

An amazing man - thanks for highlighting his penmanship and the fact that he has a cruel disease ..

We never know what will strike us (our dear ones) or when ..

Thanks - Hilary

Flying high in the sky.... said...

Terry Pratchett - i will read his book... assisted death.... saddens me and makes me feel good that he has made the ultimate choice... all of us do not get that luxury... i will google him and get further updates...thanks for educating me ..

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BornStoryteller said...

As Old Kitty and Hilary mentioned: he's not gone yet. Yes, it's affecting him.

Don't forget: in a few weeks, his NEW Discworld book, Snuff, is being released in the US (not sure when it is in the UK: I think it's earlier).

I have the play adaptations: anyone in the Hudson Valley (NY) want to create a Discworld Theater Group? :) I'm serious.

Tale Spinning

mshatch said...

what sad news! I had no idea. He's one of my favorite fantasy authors - altho I've put him in the category of 'satirical fantasy' due to his amazing ability to write with such wit.

thanks for celebrating him :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Sarah: It felt like it did for me, too. Maybe the Monks of History are up to something. ;)

You're very welcome!

I'm thinking about it . . .

Christine: I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

L.G.: You're welcome. And you really should read one of his book sometime!


Donna: I hope you enjoy his books, if you get the chance to read one of them. :)

It is.

KarenG: LOL. I count myself as one of them. :)

Marsha: Agreed!

Misha: Though he's still got that wit and humor to him. :)

Malcolm: I didn't know about it until someone mentioned it at the start of the month.

Heather: Thank you!

Old Kitty: I'm looking forward to reading Snuff, too. :)

I completely agree!

You're very welcome. I really appreciated your comments throughout this month!

And we all need to get the chance to let rip every so often! :D LOL.

Bethany: It is. :)

Alex: Though he's still out there publishing new books in the series.

Josh: It's a great movie. :)

Thank you!

Sofia: Thanks for the question--and that's a tough one. There are so many worlds to choose from. :)

I have yet to read a Tiffany Aching book; though I have one out from the library right now and am looking forward to reading it!

Carrie: Isn't it?

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Might just . . .

Clarissa: I was thinking about reading another author for another month; there are a lot of people who've written a lot of books, either in the same world or in another.

That would be fun! :)

Tyrean: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Melissa: I was, too, when I found out about it. He's an amazing writer.

Any suggestions? :)

Hilary: It certainly seems like it. I read an article on him, and the writer said he had little trouble speaking or communicating.

You're very welcome!

Sadly, we don't.

Sushmita: I hope you enjoy his novels, if you read them. :)

You're welcome.

Stuart: I'm excited for it--though I still have a lot of the Discworld books still to read!

I would definitely join your Theater Group if I was in the area. :)

Mshatch: That's what I think of him as, too--though if I had to list my favorite Fantasy authors, he'd be on it.

You're welcome! I had a lot of fun doing it. :)

Paul Tobin said...

This was a really good idea to celebrate such an author. I have followed the blog with interest as the month has unwound.
If you are interested the BBC made a programme about Terry Pratchett's wishes, you can see it on youtube:

The Golden Eagle said...

Paul: Credit for the idea goes to Deepali at Evolving Books. :) She sadly wasn't able to post for the month, but she proposed the idea.

I'd heard about the BBC program--I didn't know it was on YouTube, though! I'll have to check it out.

=Tamar said...

The UK tv-movie of Pratchett's "Going Postal" has now been released in the USA from Acorn Media, and it has English captions for the hearing-impaired (with two hilarious typos).
I strongly recommend it.

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