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(YouTube)   "As I recall, they used to sing it after battles," he said. "I've seen old men cry when they sing it," he added. "Why? It sounds cheerful." They were remembering who they were not singing it with, thought Vimes. You'll learn. I know you will   (youtube.com) divider line
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2020-05-25 11:54:04 AM  
Ty, subby.  It is 25 May, after all.  And I am having a hard-boiled egg for breakfast.
 
2020-05-25 1:44:45 PM  
How do they rise up?
 
2020-05-25 1:53:11 PM  
Cool Opinion, Bro: Night Watch is the best Discworld novel.

When Pratchett wrote it, he was at the top of his game.  He knew his world, he knew his characters, he could put Vimes in that situation and knew nobody would blink an eye, as we trusted him to write Vimes out of it.

I'm not saying that what came afterward wasn't good (though Monstrous Regiment is not my favorite), since Pratchett on his worst day was still better than 99.9% of what's out there.  I enjoyed the Moist books extremely, but you can see the quality go down from Going Postal.  Again, it's not a large drop, but it's somewhat noticeable.  Yes, I know, Alzheimer's. 

May I be as good on my best day as Terry Pratchett was on his worst.
 
2020-05-25 2:45:20 PM  
Pollen in the air.

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2020-05-25 3:54:20 PM  
We who think we are about to die will laugh at anything.
 
2020-05-25 4:08:37 PM  
 still waiting for the reasonably priced affection.
 
2020-05-25 4:38:17 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Pollen in the air.

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They're already gone around here. But coincidentally I'm re-reading Night Watch.
 
2020-05-25 5:17:50 PM  

Twonk: Cool Opinion, Bro: Night Watch is the best Discworld novel.

When Pratchett wrote it, he was at the top of his game.  He knew his world, he knew his characters, he could put Vimes in that situation and knew nobody would blink an eye, as we trusted him to write Vimes out of it.

I'm not saying that what came afterward wasn't good (though Monstrous Regiment is not my favorite), since Pratchett on his worst day was still better than 99.9% of what's out there.  I enjoyed the Moist books extremely, but you can see the quality go down from Going Postal.  Again, it's not a large drop, but it's somewhat noticeable.  Yes, I know, Alzheimer's. 

May I be as good on my best day as Terry Pratchett was on his worst.


I agree with just about all of this, which is interesting because Monstrous Regiment is probably my second-favorite.  I also liked Small Gods.  One thing these all have in common is a protagonist who's in real danger, on unfamiliar ground, and constantly has to think his/her way out of trouble (even though the final resolution involves some unexpected outside help).   I didn't enjoy the later Vimes books as much, because he gradually turns into Batman, and then Superman, and you can foresee exactly how he's going to save the day.

Holy moly, though, even late in his Alzheimer's, that guy could write.  The last book, _Snuff_, has easily the worst of the predictable Vimes-fights-and-saves-the-day plots, but every page that introduces and describes Goblin culture, and the ways that humans react to it, is downright brilliant.
 
2020-05-26 7:45:06 AM  
And a hard-boiled egg.

/Found this thread a day late and yet somehow it's still dusty in here.
 
2020-05-26 10:23:40 AM  
CSB:
A few years ago a brewery opened across the street from the library I frequented (before I moved away). It had a great sunny patio out front, where I enjoyed reading graphic novels I had checked out. Quite a few others were also reading books on the patio.

One day when I showed up I noticed that everybody there was reading a book by some feller named Terry Pratchett. I made some comment about that. Everybody was surprised I had never heard of him, and the bouncer said he would bring in a sackful of his books for me to enjoy. He said, "I want them back, but take as much time reading them as you need." I finished them all in a week. Sometimes I finished one in a day and nearly finished a second.

I was surprised that with all the people I knew who enjoyed books that I had never heard about Pratchett before. And it was odd that I discovered his books by people at a brewery reading them. So it goes.

And don't get me started on how I discovered Frank Herbert.
 
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