He has Alzheimer’s. . I _Tolkien' s Dead K Rowling said no. god damnit. the discworld series made me who i am today they touched me in ways the local catholic priest never could. terry Pratchett Shirt
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#3 - worldofwarcraftdog
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god damnit.   
   
the discworld series made me who i am today   
   
they touched me in ways the local catholic priest never could.
god damnit.

the discworld series made me who i am today

they touched me in ways the local catholic priest never could.
#73 to #3 - rakoom
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In that case I hope that we can take use of the moment.

I haven't read a single one of his books and haven't heard of him before now (location and circumstance has prevented me from hearing about him I guess).

So I would love it if you, and anyone else, would take a moment to vent your thoughts about him here. I know nothing, and you can tell me anything from personal experience, personal thoughts, and/or a more professional viewpoint on him and his works.
User avatar #98 to #3 - ugottanked
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what am i missing out on?
User avatar #8 to #3 - flyingoat
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That's dirty I'm a Pratchett fan too
#4 to #3 - backerxii
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I own the first book, but haven't got around to reading it yet... Sounds like I should.
User avatar #5 to #4 - sonsofsol
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GET ON THAT ****!
User avatar #6 to #3 - spearpwi
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Terry Pratchett is the biggest inspiration in all things ethical. He has taught me lessons in ways that no one else ever could. I wish he was my grandfather.
#9 - cheppy
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'I know about sureness,' said Didactylos. Now the light irascible tone had drained out of his voice. 'I remember before I was blind, I went to Omnia once. This was before the borders were closed, when you still let people travel. And in your Citadel I saw a crowd stoning a man to death in a pit. Ever seen that?'
'It has to be done,' Brutha mumbled. 'So the soul can be shriven and — '
'Don't know about soul. Never been that kind of a philosopher,' said Didactylos. 'All I know is, it was a horrible sight.'
'The state of the body is not — '
'Oh, I'm not talking about the poor bugger in the pit,' said the philosopher. 'I'm talking about the people throwing the stones. They were sure all right. They were sure it wasn't them in the pit. You could see it in their faces. So glad that it wasn't them that they were throwing just as hard as they could.'

TL;DR. Well, your loss! Even if he didn't write anything but "Small gods", it would still be a great writing carrier.
User avatar #18 to #9 - axlebacon
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if you like pratchett read his book called good omens. its really good
#22 to #18 - thatonenerd
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Good Omens had to be the best book ever written. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are amazing.
#47 to #9 - ohfudgemyballs
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Epic quote
User avatar #1 - the fuzzball
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Tom Clancy is dead too now.
#2 to #1 - konstantinosm
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your profile pic fits perfectly
User avatar #108 to #2 - Mortuus
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****! I was just about to say that... 11 hours too late.
#92 - unbelievable
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Comparing Tolkien to J K Rowling?
User avatar #94 to #92 - realbaddude
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what are you trying to say
User avatar #96 to #92 - Hydrocircuit
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you're right she has had no influence on current writing whatsoever.
/sarcasm/
User avatar #119 to #96 - unbelievable
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Dude, that's like comparing Freddie Mercury to Justin Bieber. Sure, Bieber has a huge fan base, and plenty of influence on current music (a lot of singers copy his style), but that doesn't mean he can be compared to someone who is immensely more valuable than him.
User avatar #124 to #119 - grasman
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Why is Tolkien "immensely more valuable" than Rowling?
I'm curious.
User avatar #130 to #124 - Hydrocircuit
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Exactly. Their is undeniable proof of her influence yet this mythical knowledge about her being 'less valuable' comes outta nowhere. Her books are fantastic:Cuckoo, Casual Vacancy, and the HP series was a phenomenon! Not some damn fad.
User avatar #97 to #92 - ferrettamer
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le lel, hp is ****** and 2childish, lotr all the way XDDDD
User avatar #122 to #97 - grasman
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Have you even read the books?
Or just watched the movies?
User avatar #123 to #122 - ferrettamer
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Yea, I've read both HP and LotR. I haven't seen all the HP movies though and I haven't watched the LotR movies in years (like, since I was 8)
User avatar #125 to #123 - grasman
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Then you should know that harry potter isn't just childish stuff.
Maybe the first two books but starting with book three it gets mature pretty fast.
User avatar #126 to #125 - ferrettamer
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I know, I much prefer HP over LotR, I was being ironic and mocking the first dude
User avatar #99 to #92 - therealdiscord
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No I don't think he is.
They're both immensely famous authors.
User avatar #104 to #92 - pulluspardus
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You realize that Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett are literal masterminds as well?
User avatar #111 to #92 - theguywhoaskswhy
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Not necessarily comparing, but they are both authors who created tiny, singular, intricate worlds beloved by millions. Same goes for Pullman and my personal favorite, Prattchet.
User avatar #114 to #92 - orkoapprentice
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Yeah, Rowling kicks Tolkien's ass any day of the week. Three ******* books about walking. God damn.
#109 to #92 - sirbutterballs
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>Created the most iconic book of the current generation.
Yeah she totally deserves no credit for her contribution to popular literature.
#61 - trolololing
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Next to the ever classic Alice In Wonderland, Small Gods has to be my favorite book of all time.
Terry Pratchett is beyond a God among men.
User avatar #63 to #61 - mitchr
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Damn right he is.
#81 - shockstorm
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I see we're talking about good book series so I guess I'll join in.
User avatar #100 to #81 - hideyowives
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man though this guy has the tendency to
1. make himself the main character in his books, give himself magic powers and basically be god....kind of douche
2. his stories start out really good and then start tunneling to teh **** relatively quickly
all this is opinion but i have read both the vampire story and the lord loss series and i cant really recommend either
its like horror but for 13 year olds , the horror is more based on ew or that sounds painful than any actual fear, also his discrpitions of a few things change and hta bugs me
User avatar #127 to #100 - shockstorm
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He only made himself the main character in the cirque du freak books and he wasn't exactly a god there.
I see what you mean by watered down horror, though. In fact, I don't consider his books (or at least the ones I've read) to be horror. I consider them more as a 'dark action' kind of genre.
User avatar #129 to #127 - hideyowives
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but thats the thing, if the character we are , is reacting with fear, than the reader should also fear for him, i never had that experience but thats jsut me personally
#58 - waaw
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Here's a Discword background in case anybody wants it.
#39 - persevs
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Wallpapers for those who want them.
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User avatar #21 - fargtwo
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Of his books that I've read so far, Mort is probably my favorite.
#11 - corsairjoshua
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There're still some fantastic authors out there

Terry Goodkind, author of the Sword of Truth series
#12 to #11 - othymer
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Whose your favorite character? Mine's Zorander
User avatar #15 to #12 - malific
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Hate to be the 'Normal' guy, but for me it's Richard.
#17 to #15 - othymer
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Nah no problem Richards a cool character it is just that I see Richard as a bit too OP for me. He just is able to literally create new worlds and oh ya is the most powerful wizard in three thousand years
User avatar #19 to #17 - malific
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Yeah but he didn't START that way. He's my favorite because of how he thinks and figured things out.

My favorite book in the series is Faith of the Fallen, he spends pretty much that entire book as a normal person, but he's still awesome in it.

Yeah, by the end of the series he's practically a god, but that's like the last 20 pages, and he doesn't over use it. (I haven't read Omen Machine yet though so I don't know what him and Kahlan are up to there yet.)

He's the type of person that prefers to use a knife to cut his bread rather than magic it into pieces, that's another reason I like him so much. If he can accomplish something through mundane means he does so, and it's not just because of the rule that magic complicates things, it's because that's who he is.
#23 to #19 - othymer
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Yeah he doesn't abuse it in OM. Also he kinda has the power of a god during the book the Temple of the Winds but he gives it up to be with Kahlan. By the way what's the new book that just came out, the one after OM?
User avatar #28 to #23 - malific
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Buy yeah TotW is probably one of the only times I've been disappointed in Richard. I just don't feel he was thinking right just before and after he got into the temple. And the fact that Kahlan's mom had to pull him out of it... I just couldn't accept him as actually being that irrational.

The initial bit yes, but after he was there and had time to think... He really should have been able to see what was going on without outside interference.
User avatar #24 to #23 - malific
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The Third Kingdom

Bought it last week cause I saw it on a shelf, still need to get in gear and track down a copy of OM though.
#25 to #24 - othymer
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Do you mind reading ebooks?
#27 to #25 - othymer
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Like in PDF format?
User avatar #29 to #27 - malific
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Not at all, But this is my favorite series and Richard is probably my favorite fictional character period, so I like to read them in hard back the first time around.
#30 to #29 - othymer
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Well here is a link anyway
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But I do agree that reading a book in paper is much better. I've got all the book of SoT on my bookshelf
User avatar #31 to #30 - malific
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Same. Had to go back and find hard covers for the first two though since I only started reading them after the second one had been out for a while.
#32 to #31 - othymer
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Any other Sci-Fi/Fantasy series you're into?
User avatar #33 to #32 - malific
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Hmmm... All sorts, Wheel of time but I haven't finished that, I lost motivation after he died and haven't pulled myself back to them since they're such an involved read.

The Ender's Game series is probably my #2 series though it get's pretty concept heavy by the end of it.

Of course I've been reading Song of Ice and Fire since before the show came out.

Larry Niven also does very good books, a lot of his work is from is based around high science fiction and a good portion will do things from alien perspectives which is interesting.

And the Tad Williams The Dragonbone Chair is one of the first fantasy trilogies I ever read.
#37 to #33 - othymer
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Hmm. Thank you you've given me several things to read. I have to agree on Ender's Game it is pretty heavy, did you read the Shadow side series? I only started reading ASoIaF a little before the TV series. Also isn't the Halo game series partial base on Ring world?

As for me, anything WH40K, Kingmaker Kingbreaker, The King's Bastard, The Night Angel, The First Laws series, and anything halo.
User avatar #91 to #37 - malific
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Halo and Ringworld are only connected via the fact that the Halo IS a ringworld. Aside from the the fictions are 100% separate.


Yes, I've gone into the shadow series i think I only read 1 or 2 though. I remember they are a lot more like Ender's Game than say Xenocide was. The plot is based more on what's going on with Bean and Petra during Ender's first FTL voyage to the rather than getting heavy into explaining philosophical and physiological concepts.

With SoIaF I'm at pleased pleased to say that a vast majority of the plot is holding true, though they are obviously kept from doing certain portions because of TV decency laws and the simple fact that you have to condense and throw out a lot of background information.

All and all though they are doing a very good job of keeping to the original, unlike the series based on Sword of Truth which was utter trash.
#95 to #91 - othymer
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[Sarcasm Begins] Aww come on Legend of the Seeker wasn't that bad it only change logical things like the Richard's father is now his brother and Richard's grandfather is now his father. It all makes sense to a West Virginian.[Sarcasm Ends] Ya legend of the seeker held up for to the plot for the first 5 to 10 seconds and then the butchering began.
User avatar #101 to #95 - malific
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What? 5 to 10 seconds? They maintained it that long? Richard was building a log bridge at the beginning.... he never did that in the book. The book started with him looking at the snake vine. You know.. a MAJOR PLOT DEVICE!! Instead he's building some bridge some place so the actor can show off his glistening pecs and hopefully grab some female audience members.

So yeah.. I watched the first episode and that was that. My biggest gripe was the fact that they took TRUTH out of the entire series when it's pretty much the Keystone to everything that happens.

From what I've heard on this though, Apparently Goodkind was told he'd have say for most of what they did, and then after they started moving, the screenwriters basically threw him out before they were done with the first episode. Where as with SoIaF Martin has been in lockstep with the writers the entire way.


Oh one other series you should really look in The Magic of Recluse by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Fantastic series of books that covers several different Main characters through them all and actually spans several thousand years of history if you go through all the books.

For example the first book is about Lerris who is a guy that lives in Recluse (an island nation). Some books written later on are about the guy who FOUNDED Recluse.

The one reason I like these books so much is the same reason Faith of the Fallen was my Favorite SoT book. These "heroes" are anything but. Not that they are evil people, they're NORMAL people. They have jobs, crafts, worry about paying taxes and buying supplies for their home, and end up getting caught up and playing pivotal parts of major events. Very, very, well written books.
#102 to #101 - othymer
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Another book series I read a while back was the Nantucket series and the emberverse series by S. M. Stirling. Essential in the Nantucket series everyone on an island goes back into time to the bronze age. The embervernse s a spin off series of Nantucket series but I see it as the superior series. In the emberverse series "The series primarily focuses on how the characters survive the loss of 600 years of technological progress. The original trilogy, Dies the Fire, concerns the conflicts between a Portland-based neo-feudal dictatorship and the free communities of the Willamette Valley, primarily the Wiccan Clan Mackenzie and the Bearkillers." I really like it.
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Nathan Rahl is probably my favorite. What a ******* badass!
#14 to #13 - othymer
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Yeah I find his character hilarious. He acts just like a thousand year old wizard who doesn't give a **** would.
User avatar #36 to #11 - zaggystirdust
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wow
that sounds like a goodkind of author
#56 to #11 - irishlawyer
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Chris Paolini?
#62 to #56 - darkandbrooding
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I loved The Inheritance Cycle all the way up to the last pages of the last book. He stomped on my little beta heart, which only wanted happiness for two amazing fictional characters.
I get the idea I'll get the same feeling of depression and loneliness once I begin reading A Song of Ice and Fire.
User avatar #93 to #62 - malific
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AS long as you start reading ice and fire with complete awareness that nobody has plot armor, you should be okay.
#77 to #62 - irishlawyer
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Depression, yes
A thousand times yes