You can thank me later.

Terry Pratchett was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. If this news doesn’t mean anything to you, I’m going to assume you’ve never read one of his books. If that is the case, you are missing out.

I remember when I first caught wind of Harry Potter. One of the common praisers given to Rowling’s masterpiece concerned her off-the-wall imagination and sense of humor. If you’re one of those readers who couldn’t get enough of silly wizard terminology, hilarious creatures, and brilliant set pieces, then you owe it to yourself to read Terry Pratchett.

I’m going to do you a favor. Here are a few quick plot synopsis from several of Terry’s books. You’ve got over 30 book to choose from. You can thank me later.

Mort

Death comes to Mort with an offer he can’t refuse — especially since being, well, dead isn’t compulsory.As Death’s apprentice, he’ll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won’t need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he’d ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.

Soul Music

Death’s granddaughter picks up the scythe when the Grim Reaper takes a vacation. Trolls, dwarves, magicians and rock music music played with rocks figure in this amusing but overlong romp, which begins with the formation of a band by aspiring musician Imp y Celen (aka Buddy).

Reaper Man

They say there are only two things you can count on …

But that was before DEATH started pondering the existential. Of course, the last thing anyone needs is a squeamish Grim Reaper and soon his Discworld bosses have sent him off with best wishes and a well-earned gold watch. Now DEATH is having the time of his life, finding greener pastures where he can put his scythe to a whole new use.

But like every cutback in an important public service, DEATH’s demise soon leads to chaos and unrest — literally, for those whose time was supposed to be up.

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Published in: on February 4, 2010 at 11:47 am  Leave a Comment  

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