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June 1, 2016

Remembering Terry Pratchett

Last week, four tweets were sent from author Terry Pratchett’s account that summed up so much about the man and his work. They told a brief and poignant story, and even without clicking the link in tweet number three, his fans everywhere knew exactly what the tweets meant.

  • Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.
  • http://bit.ly/1b4HFM6 
  • The End.


The “embuggeration” (his own term for Alzheimer’s disease), which the author had faced head-on in a public battle, had ended his life.

Terry Pratchett was best known for the Discworld series, which takes place on a world consisting of a flat disc balanced on the backs of four giant elephants who stand on the back of an enormous turtle who swims through space. The 40-volume fantasy series encompasses and parodies just about every cliché you could imagine. Quests? Witches? Wizards? Magic? Unruly magic? Epic battles? Talking animals? Fierce six-inch-high blue men? Yes, on all counts. But there are also reflective moments, relatable characters, complicated allusions to our world, and innumerable quotes that are repeated and treasured by his readers for their insight, humanity, and humor.

Though the bulk of his books were written and published for adults, the Tiffany Aching story arc was written with younger readers in mind. (Look for The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky.) Two of his stand-alone novels were even honored with Printz Honor Awards (Nation in 2009, and Dodger in 2013) in acknowledgement of his incredible storytelling skills.

There is little to do at this point but to thank Sir Terry Pratchett for introducing us to brave hearts and smart comebacks, and to accept his challenge to to rewrite the stories of our own lives.



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