Terry Prachett's very, very bad news.

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  1. Rabbit

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    http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/12/13/terry.pratchett/index.html

    This makes me sick to my stomach.

    Buggrit. I misspelled 'Pratchett'. I am a huge fan; he's my favourite author. I can't imagine Discworld coming to an end.
     
  2. Sycia

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    Not really a fan of his books, but I do admire his quirky take on the Universe of fantasy.

    "In a PS he adds that "I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else."

    ^ I respect the man after reading this. Taking it in full stride, with head held up high.
     
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    :cry 

    Awesome, yet sad.
     
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    Hey, even if he's read it, it's still new to him!
     
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    My ex-wife works in a nursing home. She loves the alzheimer's floor, "Where Every Day is a New Day!" :lol 

    That was the only joke of hers I ever liked.
     
  6. Rabbit

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    Tis true, he 'Aint'nt Dead' but man, the very likely possibilty that Discworld will wind down breaks my heart. When someone truly creative and with such insight suffers somethig like this, it's brutally unfair.

    I remain postive but holy smokes...
     
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    I assume his next book is his last.
     
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    According to the original announcement the next book is well under way and notes are being laid down for the one after. Considering Mr Pratchett has been known to deliver several books a year and his condition is still in early stages I expect (hope) he has a few more books to come.
     
  9. flamepanther

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    He says it's a rare form of Alzheimer's, not the more common one we're used to, so without more detail, we don't really know how fast it progresses or how bad the impact will be in the near future. His next couple of books might be his last, or he might have only mild or moderate memory problems for several years before it progresses too far to write. With the help of good note-taking, he may also be able to keep writing for a very long time, or possibly switch to short stories. It seems like his main concern was being able to handle conventions. I wouldn't consider his writing carreer over until he says it is, or the books stop coming.
     
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    Regardless of what form of Alzheimer's he has, I don't see this being beneficial to his writing. Poor guy. I hope any frustration as a result of this disease doesn't push him away from writing or anything like that.
     
  11. Lance Halberd

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    Damn.

    He's my favorite author :( 
     
  12. Aaron

    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    Millenium hand and shrimp indeed. :( 
     
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    At least he knows what's ahead, and can lay the groundwork for the series to come to some kind of conclusion.
    The I ain't dead yet statement is so much more gratifying then when I heard the news of Douglas Adams passing so many years ago. That one was sudden and it sucked that we wouldn't hear from him again.
     
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    I bought The Fifth Elephant, but about 4 pages in I got the feeling that unless you read Discworld as a series from the start, a lot of it won't make any sense.
     
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    I believe he once said he wanted to be found dead sprawled over his keyboard, with a long continuous line of 'r's on the screen.

    Hope he gives all he's got to whatever final books he may write.
     
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    That's a rough book to start with. Most of the Discworld books are written to be stand aloneish. An in depth knowledge of what goes on on the back of the Great A'Tuin is not necessary, but will enrich your experience when a thread gets pulled in from another story.

    You should go and get Guards Guards, Small Gods, Soul Music, or Going Postal. My favs, and 3 are "starters" for the various groups that Prachett writes about.
     
  17. Lance Halberd

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    *nods head*

    Also, Mort and Wyrd Sisters.
     
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    I liked Mort, but many of the Witches stories don't pull me as much as the rest. I'm more of an Ankh-Morporkian. Give me Vimes and Death and Susan.
     

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