Posts Tagged: Terry Pratchett

First Lines: Shaking Hands with Death

In 2010, Sir Terry Pratchett gave the 34th Richard Dimbleby Lecture from the Royal College of Physicians in London. Titled Shaking Hands with Death, it dealt with his ‘embuggerance’ — a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s — and our right to a dignified death. Terry Pratchett — Shaking Hands with Death (transcript) Following his… Read more »

First Lines: The Wee Free Men

Many a moon ago, several people suggested that Terry Pratchett’s Discworld would be right up my alley. Even then, the size of the series was daunting. Eventually, I started at the beginning—and those weren’t the most captivating volumes. A few books in, I got the hang of it. For people who face the same problem,… Read more »

First Lines: Eric

Eric is the Discworld’s only demonology hacker. Pity he’s not very good at it. All he wants is three wishes granted. Nothing fancy—to be immortal, rule the world, have the most beautiful woman in the world fall madly in love with him, the usual stuff. But instead of a tractable demon, he calls up Rincewind,… Read more »

First Lines: The Fifth Elephant

The Fifth Elephant is the twelfth Discworld novel I read, and my first foray into The Watch series. (Due to it’s size, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld-series could seem daunting to the uninitiated. It was to me. I started with the first few in chronological order, which drove me to the brink of giving up. When I… Read more »

First Lines: The Witches Trilogy

The Witches Trilogy bundles the first three Witches stories from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Equal Rites still deals with magic, witches, wizards, why men can’t be witches and women can’t be wizards, and all that. Wyrd Sisters examines how the power of words can affect reality, how such power doesn’t always turn out the way… Read more »