Tumblr reminded me of this Terry Pratchett quote and it's really so characteristic of the spirit of his writing. Not holding back when it comes to the injustices of the world, but always with a dose of wit, humour, and openness to hope and kindness, never crossing over into full cynicism.
A great example of how being pragmatic and being misanthropic and nihilistic are two very different things.
Die brummsche Märchenecke, oder: Lesen mit Kindern
Been reading #TerryPratchett to my kids before bed. Right now we're working through "Pyramids", which gets them in stitches. 😄
Starting this legendary series of books again! I didn’t actually read the very last one, because after Terry died I didn’t really want it to be over. Now it’s been a few years, and I originally started reading the series about 30 years ago (!) so it’s about time to reacquaint myself 📖
Happy birthday to Pat Harkin - Lord of the Discworld Über Fans, Convention Auctioneer, and co-Super Sleuth who helped dig out the content soon to be published in "A Stroke of the Pen: The Lost Stories". We hope you have a very enjoyable day!
Just got this, the companion/guide/catalogue for the #HisWorld #TerryPratchett exhibition at #Salisbury a while back. This is a massive illustrated hardback book. It would be a good buy for #Pratchett fans at full price £30. It is currently half that price and on last chance to buy. I got it with some birthday money. Highly recommended. https://discworld.com/products/last-chance-to-buy/terry-pratchett-hisworld-official-exhibition-companion/ #Fantasy #Discworld #Books #Bookstodon
We another new influx of wonderful characters here on Mastodon, what do you get with Pixel Bandits?
I now have a new favourite piece of #FineArt!
The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn - painted in around 1650. It's everything I never knew I needed in a piece of #art... I love it in its own right as a powerful image, but also for the contrast with the surrounding pieces in the gallery.
Happy National Letterpress Appreciation Day! Who owned the letterpress machine that got William de Worde, quite accidentally, into printing and thereby mass producing the Ankh-Morpork Times?
Bonus: What made an impression on his head?
Just finished reading *The Light Fantastic* and taking a brief break from #TerryPratchett to read book 1 of the *Brotherband Chronicles* because it was available at my library. Fun and easy read so far!
@TruthSandwich As Detritus would say, Dat's der bunny!
Showbiz is rough in Ankh-Morpork; you could find yourself dead in an alley with sausages wrapped round your neck. Can Carrot crack the case of the murdered children’s entertainer?
Irish author Caimh McDonnell (aka C. K. McDonnell) chats with us about #TerryPratchett's 1993 #Discworld short story “Theatre of Cruelty” in #Pratchat70!
Reading recommendation question:
#TerryPratchett has not just writen #Discworld books but also a few #books for children. If I wanted to read one/some of them in #Dutch (because I'm currently learning the language), which one should I try first?
Something that is "easy" to read yet still has STPs typical style and character? Or do you think that Pratchett might still be too difficult? (I estimate my level to be around A2/B1 but know German and English very well)
Boost appreciated :BoostOK:
I think Lord Vetinari’s regime is the ideal form of government, including others that have been tried from time to time.
Sadly, it only exists in a city on a world that is on a disc that sits on the back of four elephants that stand on a turtle swimming in intergalactic space.
Who thinks this and where was he when he was thinking it?
“The whole of life is just like watching a click... Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it all out yourself from the clues.”
"People who would not believe a High Priest if he said the sky was blue, and was able to produce signed affidavits to this effect from his white-haired old mother and three Vestal virgins, would trust just about anything whispered darkly behind their hand by a complete stranger in the pub."
Of course that was published in 1995. These days he would probably have added "... or on social media".
Fellow fans of #GoodOmens - the wonderful Discworld Emporium has some fabulous books available whose titles amused me 😁
The Nice and Accurate TV Companion:
https://www.discworldemporium.com/product/good-omens-the-nice-and-accurate-tv-companion/ (marvellous cover design imho)
The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book:
Each year people go to carry out an age old task. With buckets of chalk, protective gloves, and hammers supplied, they scour the hillside to keep this majestic horse showing its glory for future generations.
Will you be scouring this year?
Find more details on the event here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/oxfordshire-buckinghamshire-berkshire/white-horse-hill/events/c48bd919-77da-4d2a-9e46-500ef63fcd9b
@rhipratchett and Gabrielle Kent will be talking about their new book Tiffany Aching's Guide to Being a Witch at The British Library.
Date: Fri 27 Oct 2023, 15:00 - 16:15
Online and in Person.
Get tickets from https://www.bl.uk/events/tiffany-achings-guide-to-being-a-witch
Rob Wilkins will be in Bath talking about, and signing the book, Terry Pratchett: A Stroke of the Pen
Date: Wed 22nd November 2023 Doors Open 7pm
Location: Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath, York Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 1NG
Tickets from https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/bath/rob-wilkins-for-terry-pratchetts-a-stroke-of-the-pen-2023
Here are a few sketches of older women main characters. Some day I want to do a #ChildrensBook or #Comic about an #old #adventurer who has lived #TheQuietLife for a few decades and goes on another #quest. Mh, that sounds like a #TerryPratchett #novel doesn't it?
The Colour of Magic #1 in the Discworld series.
“Rincewind is the world's worst wizard who has just been handed a very important job: to look after the world's first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, their journey across the Disc includes facing robbers, monsters, mercenaries, and Death himself
And the whole thing's just a game of the gods that might send them over the edge…”
You know what I did today?
Nothing. Nothing at all.
I spent most of the day in a hammock reading #terrypratchett, and then went for a swim.
I’m wearing my Resting Beach Face ☺️
Terry Pratchett - The Discworld
“Every once in a while I come across an author that catches my imagination and my love on a great many levels. Terry Pratchett is one such author. He imbues his stories with his love for his craft along with the great talent that he has shared with others ever since he was a young boy…” #discworld #terrypratchett #books #blog
One of the great things about #Discworld is the depth and subtlety of the writing. It touches on many problems in society, but it doesn't hit you over the head with them and say "do better!". #TerryPratchett masterfully weaved them into an enjoyable story, with relatable characters, and by the end of a book all but the most resistant to change will be thinking, at least a little more, like a better person.
Society needs more of his kind of storytelling. He was gone too soon.
Anekdote aus »#TerryPratchett. A Life With Footnotes« von #RobWilkins die mich überaus beeindruckt und berührt. Kurz nach Alzheimer-Diagnose dotzt Herr Pratchett sein Auto gegen ein Mauerstück. Er steigt aus, bestellt Rob den Assistenten ihn abzuholen. Zuhause packt er dann sofort seinen Führerschein in einen Briefumschlag und schickt ihn zurück zum Amt.
Schrecklich, wenn das statt einer Mauer ein Kind gewesen wäre, sagt er. Habe Autofahren noch nie gemocht, sagt er … 💗
Wusste gar nicht, dass es neben den BBC-Dokus zu Alzheimer, selbstbestimmten Sterben und »Back in Black« als vorletzte auch eine über Borneo/Orang-Utans/bedrohte Tierarten gibt.
Die gönne ich mir nun als Bettfupferl.
@Ruth_Mottram @BBCRadio4 @neilhimself
FWIW, the #BBC adaptation of Good Omens is probably my favourite. I have read the book & seen the TV version, but the radio adaptation wins for painting mind pictures & humour. If you are a fan of #TerryPratchett and haven't heard it, do listen.
I have been massively enjoying this rerun of the radio series on @BBCRadio4 of the much missed #TerryPratchett + @neilhimself 's genius book #GoodOmens.
It's been wonderful to introduce a whole new generation to both Pratchett and Gaiman's work.
A big recommend if you haven't read/heard it.
(Have not seen TV series so can't compare to that)
Schwelge in #TerryPratchett-Bio. Sooo viel Idyllik kommt ja selten bei mir vorbei. So schön: junges Selbstversorger-Ehepaar Terry & Lyn am Land mit Ziegen, Hühnern, Tauben, Schildkröten, Katzen, Gewächshäusern, schließlich Bienen. Und Herr Pratchett in weißer »Hell’s Beekepper«-Imkerkluft auf ner klotzigen MZ zwischen Haus und Bienenfeldern unterwegs, Beine ausgestreckt, weil die braucht er um mit Hilfe von Tank Bienenwaben zu balancieren.
Typischer Früh-70er MZ: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/MZ_ETS_250
It’s the Disc, Kin, but not as we know it!
There’s a giant turtle, but no elephants. There’s a Broken Drum, but it’s in space. And there’s something wrong with the sky - but that one’s on us, we crashed our spaceship into it...
Endlich gibts die #TerryPratchett-Biographie von Rob Wilkins als normales Taschenbuch.
Beim Reinblättern weiter hinten zufällig gleich Stelle gelesen, die erklärt, warum Heyne Pratchett in den 90ern verloren hat: a) wegen falscher Cover und irreführenden Sammelausgaben und vor allem schließlich b) wegen Werbung für Maggi-Fertigsuppen in »Pyramiden«.
Allen (Lokal)Journalisten ans Herz gelegt, weil Sir Terry war zuerst mal Journalist und Redakteur und das erzählt Buch auch schön.
Loving these new #TerryPratchett #Discworld stamps from Royal Mail, illustrated by the fab artist Paul Kidby who did many of the modern book covers sitting on my bookshelf. https://boingboing.net/2023/08/03/royal-mail-issues-discworld-stamps.html
3rd August, 2023
ROYAL MAIL CELEBRATES #TERRYPRATCHETT’S FANTASY DISCWORLD SERIES WITH SPECIAL STAMPS
Discworld.com - https://discworld.com/press-release-royal-mail-discworld-stamp/
The rumours are true, we've (finally) joined Mastodon! Thank you for the very warm welcome!
Did you know, today marks one year until the 2024 Convention! We will have some exciting news to share with you soon. Until then, make sure you're signed up to our newsletter and following us on our socials to keep up to date: https://2024.dwcon.org/contact/
Was reminded of this Discworld quote and it holds so much truth. Not because the uber-privileged aren't heavily to blame, they are. But the inclination to mentally place the issue far away from us is also real. We want it to be some other men, some other white people, some other communities that are "bad", not ours, not here, so we are safe from the problem and free of the responsibility. But a major part of change and growth is self-reflection.
Historical superheroes! Explicit Jesus allegories! Big Dumb Objects!
Just another typical adventure in the Long Earth.
If anyone heard two batty people screaming:
"5 4 3 2 1... AGGGHHH. BUY BUY BUY! CLICK BUY NOW NOW NOW! DO YOU HAVE THE CREDIT CARD INFO? WHY NOT?! GET THE BLOODY INFO! PUSH THE BUTTON! PUSH THE BUTTON! HAVE YOU PUSHED THE BUTTON? AGGHHHH DO WE HAVE THEM? OH GOD! IT WORKED! BAHAHA IT WORKED! PUT ON THE KETTLE. I NEED CRUMPETS!"
from a little village in England today, to the accompaniment of two genteel lady cats meowing loudly to ask what this peasant-like fuss was about. That was us getting our Discworld Convention 2024 tickets today.
Mother Mary and her Holy Crocheted Knickers, I need a cup of tea and a lie down now.
Is anyone else going? If so, was your ticket buying experience just as barmy?!
I'm interested in:
🧶 #FiberArts such as #crochet, #spinning with a #DropSpindle, #LoomKnitting, and #PunchNeedle embroidery.
🎨 #Sketching and #painting.
📚 Reading, particularly #SciFi and #Fantasy. I especially love #Discworld by #TerryPratchett, and the #Cosmere by #BrandonSanderson.
:FountainPen: #Writing, mostly stories for children, and #AutoEthnography for me.
🐙 Octopuses! Squids, cuttlefish, and nautiloids are fun too but I have a special love for learning about the #octopus family.
#TerryPratchett #StanisławLem #UrsulaKLeGuin #NaomiNovik #AnnaleeNewitz #KatherineAddison
#SeananMcGuire #IainMBanks #TamsynMuir #SarahGailey #SarahReesBrennan #BeckyChambers #TKingfisher #MarthaWells #AlixEHarrow #CatValente #ArkadyMartine #WilliamGibson #BruceSterling #NKJemisin #AmalElMohtar #MaxGladstone #MurLafferty #KimStanleyRobinson #JamesSACorey #PeterWatts