Friday, 13 March 2015

Goodbye and Thanks for all the Laughs - A Tribute to Terry Pratchett

It was January 1998 and I'd just started a new job.* The computer had Internet access, I'd never seen the Internet before. I'd used computers for documents, spreadsheets and letters, but this World Wide Web was totally new. I was lost.
"What do I do?"
"Well, start with a search, type something in the search box, maybe your favourite author"
I typed....Terry Pratchett

Can you remember the first Internet search you made?

Yesterday the round world lost a great author, a man who could make you laugh out loud when reading his books. He wrote about things so familiar yet in unfamiliar ways. His world was pure fantasy.

"Humans need fantasy to be human"
I began reading about the Discworld when someone** loaned me The Light Fantastic. Then I had to go and read the first book The Colour of Magic. I was hooked straight away. I can't tell you my favourite book, I can't tell you my favourite character, I love too many.

I love Death, everyone has a fascination with the Grim Reaper and the Death in Terry Pratchett's books is just doing his job.

“DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.” ― Terry PratchettGood Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

I always had a soft spot for Carrot Ironfoundersson the six foot six inch dwarf (he was adopted).
Then there is the patrician Havelock Vetinari, "if it ain't broke don't fix it"

There was a time when I felt quite attached to the witch Magrat Garlick because I had a passion for magic charms and jewels (and lots of bad hair days)

Of course, having been a librarian myself, I can't help but have a connection with The Librarian, Ook, who was turned into a monk....Orang-utan. Until you've visited the library stacks it's hard to get a real impression of L-space.***

The Discworld is a whole world of characters to explore, from humans to witches, to vampires and trolls and many more. There are even other dimensions to discover like Death's Domain or Valhalla. My heart breaks to think that it will grow no more, but there is plenty to read over again.

"I believe everyone should have a good death, You know, with your grandchildren around you, a bit of sobbing. Because after all, tears are appropriate on a death bed. And you say goodbye to your loved ones, making certain that one of them has been left behind to look after the shop." Terry Pratchett
Reading this, I believe Sir Terry met my nan.

This is how his friend Rob made the announcement on Twitter

Apart from being a fantastic author which a huge fan base Terry also campaigned for Alzheimers Disease and he was the Patron for Dignity in Dying.

Fundraising for RICE in Terry Pratchett's memory.

" is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away..." The Reaper Man

During my single years I went out on a date and we were chatting in a bar...

Me:    "Do you read much"
Date: "yes, a bit, there is this one author that has me laughing out loud"
Me:    "Terry Pratchett" (Said as a statement, not a question)
Date:  (laughs) "only a true fan would be so presumptuous"
Me:    "I'm right, aren't I" 
Date:  "of course"

I'm sorry if this post is a little all over the place, or if I'm not making complete sense. I feel real grief, like I've lost a true friend. Writing this is both easy and hard at the same time. 

Goodnight Sir Terry, Rest in Peace. I will keep reading. I will keep remembering just like I was there.

*In a library
**my apologies 'someone' I really can't remember your name, I can remember your face but not your name. When it comes back to me I will replace the someone.

Starting 28th April (Black Hat Day) I'm opening up this tribute linky in memoriam of the Great Sir Terry Pratchett. (RICE fundraising Page in Sir Terry's Memory)
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  1. A very fitting tribute to a great author (my favourite also).

  2. I have to be honest that I only got to read Good Omens as I am a big Neil Gaiman fan. But that book is good and fun! Fun books are hard to find. He is a great loss. #pocolo

  3. It isn't all over the place at all. It is diverse and fitting. I am ashamed to say that I don't know enough about Sir Terry - but I did watch the lecture that Tony Robinson did on his behalf when it was on. Simply brilliant. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo




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