The world’s become a little duller today

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Terry Pratchett, Discworld series author, dies aged 66 | Books | The Guardian.

I don’t remember my first Pratchett book, but it didn’t take me long to accumulate pretty much the entire collection.

Like every book nerd, I’ve kept a quotes file that grew over time with tiny bits of text I liked. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a wordsmith like him should figure prominently in it. Here’s one, from Guards! Guards!

It was amazing, this mystic business. You tell them a lie, and then when you don’t need it any more you tell them another lie and tell them they’re progressing along the road to wisdom. Then instead of laughing they follow you even more, hoping that at the heart of all the lies they’ll find the truth. And bit by bit they accept the unacceptable.

And here’s a neat bit of Pratchett trivia: when he was knighted, he forged his own sword, infused with bits of meteorite.

I’m re-reading some old favourites again (starting with Jingo, and moving on to the other Watch novels). Here’s a good reading guide for those getting started.

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