Terry Pratchett


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I’m not sure I can adequately put into words how important Terry Pratchett’s writing is to me, but I’m going to try nonetheless.

When I was very young, my father would tell us about books he’d read – ones too complicated for seven-year-olds to tackle, but snippets of which could be retold in bedtime stories.

My favourites of these were always the ones about Pratchett’s Death. I was enamoured with the idea of a Grim Reaper who loved kittens, went out for curry, and rode a horse named Binky; but who was all the same practical, sagacious, and very good at his job. So when I was eight years old, my father handed me Mort, the first Discworld novel starring Death.

I don’t think I read anything else for the next three years.

Discworld was one of the greatest influences of my childhood. Sir Pratchett’s writing made me laugh, of course, and I learned then how deep my thirst for satire really ran. It also made me cry, smile, blink hard at genuinely unexpected twists. It taught me to write my own stories, crude though they were then. But above all, those grim, witty, wonderful words shaped the way my mind works. They helped build the fundamental patterns of my thoughts and made me who I am today. And I know the same is true for so many others out there.

So thank you, Sir Terry Pratchett. Thank you for making us who we are, and for everything else along the way.

-Isla

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Posted on March 15, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You couldn’t have picked a better teacher than Sir Pratchett. For so many of us, he made us realize we’re not alone in the world, that others — really interesting, smart others — see and feel what we do. That was one of his best gifts.

    He’s been a key figure in my world probably longer than you’ve been alive! (And as I write this, I realize that amounts to about 30 years!) So sad that he was only 66.

    There’s another blogger who wrote a very nice post about him and Discworld:
    https://mawanthology.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/falling-in-love/

    And there’s my post today, but words are so inadequate:
    http://logosconcarne.com/2015/03/15/death-and-life/

  2. Isla,

    I think your great Grandfather Laurie Mckechnie would be very proud of you.
    Aunt Judy

  3. Wow, that’s gorgeous artwork!
    This is so sad. I have friends who love “Discworld”, and I remember how I felt when Brian Jaques (who wrote the “Redwall” books and “Castaways of the Flying Dutchman” trilogy) passed away.
    Along with our parents, it’s the books we read while we’re young that make the greatest impact on us.

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