An interview with Sir Terry Pratchett

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  1. Lodewijk Gonggrijp says:

    Terry became my hero after reading ‘Small Gods’.
    Never stop. Please !

    • flosofl says:

      Small Gods actually made me laugh and cry during the scene when Brutha was bargaining with the Great Om on what his commandments should actually be. And just plain cry at humanity and compassion shown in the final passages.

  2. japester says:

    It was a good read.  There is a lot more visibility into what’s going on inside Sam Vimes’ head this time around, and conversations with other well known cast members, who have only played bit parts until now.  The writing style was also a little different from what I am used to, from pTerry.  Not in a bad way, but different enough to make you sit up and realise that this man’s brain will never stop working, adapting to the ever changing world, and making it a better place.

    If you didn’t pre-order your copy earlier in the year, do so now before they all run out.

  3. capnmarrrrk says:

    I think, all interviews with Sir Terry have to begin and end with genuflection the sword he forged out of thunderbolt iron. Even if it was done by internet or phone, you must bow in the direction of Terry. Heh!  I hope he’s doing well enough (as far as things go).  I’ll always drop whatever I’m reading at the moment to read the latest Pratchett.

  4. Ian Mackereth says:

    One of the (many) things I love about Terry’s writing is its re-readability.  There are many other novels that I loved but have had no desire to revisit subsequently.

    A Discworld novel, however, is one that I can happily re-read or listen to as an audio book every couple of years with enormous enjoyment; almost equal to that of the first experience.

  5. Joshua Ochs says:

    “Terry Pratchett’s latest book, Snuff: A Novel of Discworld, is out now.”

    Or out tomorrow, if you’re in the States. I assume the writer of that comment is well east of New York. And lucky. ;-)

  6. I love interviews between artists, rather than a press-junket talk between two contractually-obliged people. A nice insight into the novelist’s creative process. @Lodewijk Gonggrijp ; SG is a fave of mine too, I find it much more substantial than many other Discworld books. Anyone who hasn’t read Gaiman’s American Gods should do so ASAP

  7. Alanwordguy says:

    I hope his readers haven’t “died in the wool” but are instead dyed-in-the-wool true fans.

  8. KludgeGrrl says:

    Is he respectable?  Sure, it is always easy to dismiss anything that appears to fall into a genre, and that does tend to happen to Pratchett.  But consider that A.S. Byatt, a true doyenne of literary fiction complained that (NYT, July 7, 2003):

    “[T]hey do not now review the great Terry Pratchett, whose wit is
    metaphysical, who creates an energetic and lively secondary world, who
    has a multifarious genius for strong parody as opposed to derivative
    manipulation of past motifs, who deals with death with startling
    originality. Who writes amazing sentences.”

    I think that counts as respectable.

  9. ciacontra says:

    Just a reminder, he’s speaking at Town Hall Seattle tomorrow night. 

    I’ll be there, as will everyone I know and respect.

  10. What irony. One of my favorite authors interviewing another of my favorites. I just wish they would have done the oppose as well, with Sir Pratchett interviewing Mr. Gaiman. That would have made it trice the treat :)

  11. Dewi Morgan says:

    I find it interesting that even great artists and good friends who know eachother’s minds well, ask The Question in interviews.

    “Where do you get you ideas?”

  12. MelSkunk says:

    I was under the impression Mr Pratchett was unable to speak exactly anymore or type.. I assume this interview was done prior to then?

    • Chris Schmidt says:

      I don’t think so. He’s commented that he can tell he’s slipping away and some folks have said that his writing isn’t as tight as it was (though that’s debatable), but he’s still up and about causing trouble. He just did a documentary for the BBC on assisted suicide a month or two ago.

    • He did say he’s lost the ability to type, and I remember him saying somewhere that he’ll forget people’s names occasionally. I don’t know if he’s started having any episodes of complete agnosia yet (I hope not).  But since he’s still touring and speaking left right and centre I assume he hasn’t or they’re very rare. I hope he keeps defying his disease for a long time yet.

      Pratchett always struck me as a very cool and down to earth dude. When my dad first brought home a humble 33.6kbps modem 17ish years ago, one of the first things I did was discover the Usenet group devoted to his books. Imagine my surprise when I realised that, despite being richer than Zeus and having such unnumbered swarms of fans that their stampedes leave entire savannahs barren of all vegetation, he was there, on Usenet (posting as pterry), taking part in all sorts of pointless conversations and being all chummy with his fans, completely oblivious to the fact that he was basically our living god. The internet was a very wild, scary and unregulated place back then (full of not just trolls, but also Balrogs winged AND unwinged!), and it was astounding that someone as successful as he was even back then took so much time to talk to his fans. (AND still publish 2 books a year!) He’s truly one of the most likable and humble celebrities on Earth.

      He’s also got a lot of profound wisdom and common sense though, which people who dismiss him as just a comedy writer tend not to realize, and it’s fantastic that he’s getting the recognition he deserves. 

  13. Doc_S says:

    I’ve realized that I’ve been reading Pratchett for over 20 years now. Over two decades worth of smiles, smirks, out-and-out laughter, as well as poignant moments and quotable turns of phrase. I don’t think any other author has brought me as much sheer pleasure as Sir Pterry over that amount of time. And yes, like a previous commenter, I frequently re-read my stacks of Discworld novels – they never seem to lose their charm.

  14. MrShineHimDiamond says:

    I discovered Monty Python in 8th grade, Douglas Adams in college, and Terry Pratchett as an  adult and I’ve passed my love of these geniuses to my two teenage children. At the heart of Sir Terry’s work is that to be weird does preclude you from being good, to look beyond the surface to the wonder underneath. 
    Thank you, Sir! 

  15. ab167 says:

    Terry Pratchett is a wonderful writer and human. And I say this as an utter snob seeking an advanced degree in literature.

  16. Fantastic. Thank you for publishing this, mutants. Pratchett’s books have made me so happy.

  17. Sir Terry Pratchet has given so many , delivered so many to the fantasy world , and God knows we all hope, I hope he, continues to do that, and it’s just simply amazing how his books inspire people to read, people to create, to expand their knowledge and fantasy, and hell even write their own stories,inhabit their imaginary worlds ! Thank you Sir, it’s a journey through your magnificent mind and talent that no one can ever replace . 

  18. Nicholas Higgins says:

    As always, when Terry is bought back to my life (Thanks NG) I have to go read something by him again.

    Much love for his work.

  19. Nathan Camp says:

    What a fun interview! If Sir Terry is losing things around the edges, this interview is only another sign of how much more he had to start with than the rest of us. He uses witty in pursuit of humble, which isn’t normally how it’s used.

    I used to look forward to each Discworld novel with unfettered glee, but now my glee is tempered by the realization that each one could be the last — something I can’t quite fathom even as I type it. I wept while listening to his Alzheimer’s announcement, and I’ll certainly do so again when he’s gone. In the meantime, however, it’s sex, drugs, and Music With Rocks In.*
    *Well, one of out of three ain’t bad.

  20. Rondo says:

    I was interested in some of the comments about Sir Terry’s abilities and the advance of his Alzheimer’s.  He said in one of his interviews – possibly the documentary he did exploring dementias or possibly the recent assisted suicide one, that Rob does most of his typing now, and the book that followed that comment was dedicated to Rob (another cool dude). 
    I work with people with a dementia every day, and even right at the end stages, living in care homes, there is a huge difference in how each individual experiences their dementia.  I have one lady who describes herself as ‘confused dot com’ :)  People can retain their essential humour and world view right the way through their experience of the disease, if supported well, even if they are unable to express this coherrently.  I hope maybe this helps?
    Also, re-reads every few years?! Sorry, every few months for me!  And as a lesbian, it cracked me up to read his comment about research for Monstrous Regiment!  Oh gods! Long may it continue, Thankyou Terry!

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