green_dreams: (lilac 25th may)
Was talking to a woman at stitch'n'bitch tonight, and it came up that she didn't know Pratchett. Which I thought was very odd (she being the one I can talk to about Doctor Who and Connie Willis and Neil Gaiman), and she thought was very odd, she said she'd just never really gotten a chance at them. She picked up the first Discworld book, it didn't grab her, and--

Well. Love Pratchett dearly, but I gotta say, I don't think the first two or three Discworld books were the really good ones.[1] So I was thinking, if you had to introduce someone to Pratchett, and you knew she'd already read and liked Good Omens, what would you suggest she start on?

Poll #5368 Pratchett introduction
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Your first choice for introducing someone to Pratchett!

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Hogfather ('tis the season!)
0 (0.0%)

Jingo (we have two copies)
0 (0.0%)

Feet of Clay ("Just clay and magic words.")
1 (100.0%)

Small Gods (a classic introduction)
0 (0.0%)

Another Pratchett book, which I will identify in the comments.
0 (0.0%)

Your second choice for introducing someone to Pratchett?

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Hogfather ('tis the season!)
1 (100.0%)

Jingo (we have two copies)
0 (0.0%)

Feet of Clay ("Just clay and magic words.")
0 (0.0%)

Small Gods (a classic introduction)
0 (0.0%)

Another Pratchett book, which I will identify in the comments.
0 (0.0%)


Thank you all! :D
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[1] I mean Vimes didn't even show up until the eighth book yes I am wildly partisan hush.
green_dreams: (lilac 25th may)
...you know, Hogfather was what started me really reading Pratchett. In the "oh look, twenty paperbacks on the shelves now" kind of way.

Acceptable.

Possibly even ACCEPTABLE.

Production underway. In Britain. Pratchett to make a cameo.
green_dreams: (lilac 25th may)
Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI suppose the fact that I have a lilac sprig in my cubicle despite my allergies is saying enough right now.

(Forgot lunch. Must pick up a hardboiled egg from the cafeteria.)

Anyway. Should you be looking for icons, [livejournal.com profile] howdotheyrise is a hotbed of them right now. Should you be tipping your hat to the day in your own way, enjoy. Should you think truth, justice, freedom, reasonably-priced love, and a hardboiled egg are good ideas, I suggest picking up Night Watch if you haven't already. Should you not have any idea what I'm talking about... uhm... well, you could ask or you could write it off as a weird little quirk that comes around once a year.

On the Glorious 25th of May.

Pratchett

May. 14th, 2006 01:41 am
green_dreams: (lilac 25th may)
Got Thud! eleven hours ago. Finished it.
EDIT: Ah, sorry. Closer to eight hours. My mistake.

Spoilers not permissable, as [livejournal.com profile] theweaselking has not read it yet.

As always, love Vimes. And Willikins is quite impressive.
green_dreams: (lilac 25th may)
I have just spent close to three hours attempting to filk, and have a new appreciation for the people who actually write the damn stuff. I'm sure it's easier with beer.

(And *now* I remember the wildberry coolers... oh well.)

End result: perhaps thirty tortured lines, and a very strong desire to run around somewhere waving lilacs and yelling something motivational about dragons.

I should go to bed before I start mixing pale purple paint. Have a ton of stuff to catch up on tomorrow.

(Squee.)

Oct. 27th, 2005 06:11 pm
green_dreams: Books, and coffee cup with "Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book" on the side. (Default)
I know this is wrong.

Still makes me happy. Look, I have a Vimes picture.

Outraged innocence. )

Because sometimes he does things the Patrician does not expect, and sees things in people that even Carrot misses.

May 25th

May. 25th, 2005 07:27 pm
green_dreams: (lilac 25th may)
Went to Bridgehead today. There was a sprig of lilac in a water glass next to the front counter. I asked the server why it was there, and she said one of the other employees had left it there, she wasn't sure why.

It is probably just coincidence.

I like to think it is not.

How do they rise up?
green_dreams: Books, and coffee cup with "Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book" on the side. (Default)
By the way, a bunch of German fans made a movie out of Terry Pratchett's Lords and Ladies. Trailer and assorted downloads available here. I love Magrat.

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You ran for your life from the fireball
While death rained down and the skies did fall
Cities wrapped in a fiery shroud
And the land beneath a mushroom cloud

How can you live you twisted thing
Once the great uranium king
What life now in your nuclear bog
You're a twisted wreck, a strontium dog
- Drifter, Strontium Dog

Right. Strontium dogs are (short version) mutant bounty hunters doing the dirty scut work you wouldn't ask a real human to do[1]; one of the long-running 2000AD series. 2000AD references show up a couple of other places if you're looking; I suspect the "Big Jobs!" quote that shows up in Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men ([livejournal.com profile] harald387, do I have that reference right?) is a passing reference to the Terra-Meks, bad guys who were mainly from the Ro-Busters series, though Mek-Quake showed up again in the Nemesis books[2]. Hell, even The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets's 20 Minutes of Oxygen echoes Joe Dredd's brother Rico showing up to murder him, though that's really too broad a similarity to argue it's a reference.

So. Yeah. I really really doubt anyone reading this is going to be able to point me towards more plays off Yon Venerable B&W Weekly British SF/F/H Comic, but if you can, way cool.
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[1] I have completely given up on Marvel comics ever doing anything new with the X-Men, since this is apparently their latest rewrite, a fresh new take that's only been around since the late 1970s, already.
[2] Continuing his endless quest to find and punish Ro-Jaws and Hammer-Stein. Heh.
green_dreams: Books, and coffee cup with "Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book" on the side. (Default)
Cheery!!
Discworld: Which Ankh-Morpork City Watch Character are YOU?



I confess I was kind of hoping for Vimes. I like Vimes. On the other hand, I can see the resemblance.

(I found it kind of odd that they included the Patrician in there, but I guess he's a member of the City Watch in sort of roughly the same way that Agent Skinner was part of the Dana/Scully team on X-Files or Satan is a significant figure to Jack Chick.)

"I've always thought you had a definite anti-authoritarian streak, Vimes."
"Sir."
"You seem to have managed to retain this even though you are authority. Practically Zen."
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