I can’t remember whether I read Terry Pratchett or J.R.R. Tolkein first. Between them they were the catalyst for my jump into the world of fantasy and though one had his tongue more firmly in his cheek than the other, both inspired me more than any other author had before.
Terry Pratchett was not only an excellent author but an excellent man. His books helped my Dad realise how much he and I have in common, and has helped grow our excellent relationship. Discworld was funny and it was fun, but it was also enlightening and helped me look at our own world in a new (and more critical) way. Terry Pratchett was – and will continue to be – a huge inspiration to me.
So here are some patterns I’ve found that do him justice.
“Picture a tall, dark figure, surrounded by cornfields…
NO, YOU CAN’T RIDE A CAT. WHO EVER HEARD OF THE DEATH OF RATS RIDING A CAT? THE DEATH OF RATS WOULD RIDE SOME KIND OF DOG.
Picture more fields, a great horizon-spanning network of fields, rolling in gentle waves…
DON’T ASK ME I DON’T KNOW. SOME KIND OF TERRIER, MAYBE.
…fields of corn, alive, whispering in the breeze…
RIGHT, AND THE DEATH OF FLEAS CAN RIDE IT TOO. THAT WAY YOU KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE.
…awaiting the clockwork of the seasons.
METAPHORICALLY.” – Reaper Man
“The disc, being flat, has no real horizon. Any adventurous sailor who got funny ideas from staring at eggs and oranges for too long and set out for the antipodes soon learned that the reason why distant ships sometimes looked as though they were disappearing over the edge of the world was that they were disappearing over the edge of the world.” – The Light Fantastic
Flynn the Swamp Dragon
“It’s a metaphor of human bloody existence, a dragon. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s also a bloody great hot flying thing.” – Guards! Guards!
Bloody Stupid Johnson
“It’s got three keyboards and a hundred extra knobs, including twelve with
‘?’ on them.” – Men at Arms