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Sir Terry Pratchett: Le Morte D’Author
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Remembering Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the “Discworld” book series, who has passed away at the age of 66.

It is with a heavy heart and teary eyes that I write this article about the life and loss of Sir Terry Pratchett. Writing an obituary is always a sad time but in this case, it’s akin to the end of an era. I first read The Colour of Magic in late 1983, shortly after it was published. I was fairly new to the fantasy genre, having read the first book or two of David Edding’s Belgariad and the first book of Raymond E. Feist’s “Riftwar Saga.”

What I found in that first “Discworld” novel was something that not every author, regardless of the genre, understands. What I found was a wit so cutting that you were almost taken aback. The book was pure, unadulterated fun! Lots of novels are good, but not many will keep you smiling throughout the entirety. And that fun never ended, not once in the forty “Discworld” novels that he produced for my enjoyment. Well, it never ended until today, that is.

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Because Awesome: Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld,’ In Lego Form!
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Terry Pratchett's Discworld

As some of you might be aware (but I was not) there is a Lego site where you can go and vote for your favorite themes/characters/shows/etc. to hopefully be one day turned into a Lego set. But before you go dragging your thirty-year-old building blocks out and attempting to build a massive homage to whatever it is you feel deserves to be immortalized, know this: there are A LOT of ideas out there. Some are approved, while others are not. There are so many that it’s difficult to choose just one that I would want to highlight. Oh wait, no it isn’t. I know exactly which one I want to show you: Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld!

Not only did GlenBricker submit the idea, he also managed to create a pretty awesome Discworld resting on the back of four elephants who are standing on the shell of a giant turtle called Great A’Tuin. Of course, if you are a Pratchett fan you already knew that. But this is a worthy endeavor, in every sense of the word. How better to pay tribute to one of the finest fantasy authors of our time than by building his world and characters out of legendary Legos? Check out the photo below for a look at the mock up.

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Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Novels: A Guide To The Proper Reading Order (Image)
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Terry Pratchett's Discworld Novel Snuff

Maybe you are a newcomer to the wondrous writings of Terry Pratchett. Or maybe you’ve been reading Discworld novels since the 1980s, like yours truly. Either way, at some point you have probably wondered which book is next in the great timeline of all things Terry, or maybe you’re curious how they all tie in together. Well, friends, have I got a treat for you!

The Discworld Reading Order Guide 2.21 is newly updated and features virtually every book in an easy to understand chart. Krzysztof Kietzman is credited with creating the chart, though it seems that others have contributed to it as well.

Check out the chart here below!

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eBook Deal: 5 Terry Pratchett ‘Discworld’ Titles For $2 Each
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Terry Pratchett Discworld books

Part of today’s Kindle ebook deal is a sale on 5 of Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld titles for only $1.99 each.

The Color of Magic
The Light Fantastic
Mort
Equal Rites
Sourcery

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$2 eBook Deal: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Novel ‘Snuff’
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Terry Pratchett's Discworld Novel Snuff

Part of today’s Kindle ebook deal of the day over at Amazon today is the 2011 Discworld novel Snuff by Terry Pratchett for only $1.99 (that’s 80% off the regular price of $9.99.) If you’d like to purchase a physical copy of Snuff, the book is also available in paperback.

Note – this deal is valid only for today, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, until 11:59pm PST.

Be sure to check out this month’s Kindle deals: 100 Kindle Books For $3.99 or Less, which includes two novels by Joe Hill: Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

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$2 eBook Deal: ‘The Color of Magic’ (Discworld)
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The Color of Magic Discworld

Part of today’s Kindle ebook deals is The Color of Magic, the first book of Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld series, for only $1.99 (that’s a 75% discount!). The book also comes in trade paperback and hardcover.

From the product page:

Terry Pratchett’s profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett’s maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins — with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind.

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Royal Mail Releases Harry Potter, Chronicles Of Narnia, Discworld & King Arthur Stamps
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An exciting new set of stamps have been released by the UK’s Royal Mail that should have collectors and fans of fantasy itching to pick them up.

The stamps include many characters of fantasy lore from books and movies and legend, known for their abilities as witches, wizards, and enchanters. Featured is Albus Dumbledore and the Dark Lord Voldemort from J.K. Rowling’s juggernaut Harry Potter books and movies series, Aslan and The White Witch from C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia books and movies, Nanny Ogg and Rincewind from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld book series, and finally, Merlin and Morgan Le Fay from the legend of King Arthur.

You can see all of the stamps by clicking on over to the other side now!

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Geek Craft: Crocheted Amigurumi Discworld
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Crocheted Amigurumi Discworld

June Gilbank of Planet June, a crochet pattern designer and craft book author, created a spot-on adorable crocheted Amigurumi Discworld.

Visit June’s Flickr page to see more pictures of the Amigurumi Discworld, which is based on the popular books series Discworld by Terry Pratchett. She made this back in 2008 and contacted Pratchett’s agent hoping the author would see her unique Discworld creation. Pratchett’s response was, ‘Well, if you’re going to crochet Discworld then that’s the way to do it!’ Nice!

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Book Review: ‘Night Watch’ By Terry Pratchett
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By ScarletScribe

Night Watch
Discworld series
Mass Market Paperback
By Terry Pratchett
HarperTorch
Published: September 30, 2003

Time travel, as a story premise, can be a slippery slope. While some creators go to great lengths to describe how the Grandfather Paradox can be overcome, others find themselves backed into a corner, waving a magic wand at logical thinking and asking the audience to take it on good faith that the hazards of time travel can be easily overcome.

Meanwhile, Terry Pratchett‘s comic fantasy Night Watch — the 29th novel within his Discworld series — takes it at face value and has everyone run with it. When Sam Vimes, commander of Ankh-Morpork’s police force, is thrown back through time while chasing a psychopathic killer, there’s hardly a moment to spare for either Vimes or the reader to ruminate upon the logistics of it all. Instead, Pratchett’s time-travel is a set-up for much larger questions — and we’re talking more than just, “What would happen if he killed his grandpa?”

That’s where the subtle strengths of Pratchett’s writing come in. Though written in the third-person, Night Watch‘s story unfolds more like a stream of consciousness. Rather than being bogged down in thoughtful monologues, the story actually takes off as Vimes spends his time observing other people and contemplating how he can play to their emotions and instincts. The novel is less about asking what one would do with time travel, and more about how you would have to do it. For his part, Vimes is forced to go through the motions of the past while still hunting down a notorious killer that no one in the past has even heard of — without upsetting the reality they’re used to or the future he came from.

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