For me Terry Pratchett was an integral part of my teen years. The amount of times my friends and I uttered the words "I WAS AT A PARTY" from The Light Fantastic or giggled about Death in general. The discussions we had about Wizards with cork hats or the turtle. I suppose it is fitting though that I found out about his passing from my best friend in high school, Mel, with whom most of those discussions to place, often over a cup of tea and our favourite cafe.
Those teenage years are the years when one tries to make sense of the world, only to realise that the world does not make sense, and never will. One of the most influential people in my coming to realise that was Sir Terry Pratchett. His books were filled with great wisdom and I was an eager student. One of the things that has staid with me is the following quote from Interesting Times:
“Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order, because it is better organized.”
As I grew older I discovered the Tiffany Aching series and I was once again hooked. However my favourite character will always be, rather ironically, Death, with the Grim Squeaker in second place.
And now I am sad.
My reviews of several Pratchett books on my old site (I'll be moving them over here shortly)
The Last Hero
Tiffany Aching Series
Wee Free Men
A Hat Full of Sky
I Shall Wear Midnight
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