Musings on children's and YA literature, the academy, and the relationship between them, from an English professor and mother.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Terry Pratchett...

...has recently become one of my favorite authors. I'm late to the Discworld (and other intriguing worlds) party, I know, but I have been working my way through the oeuvre and have not yet been disappointed. Confused, yes, but not disappointed. I am an especially big fan of the Tiffany Aching books (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith) and am looking forward to more.

Apparently Pratchett is, too, but this news does worry me--for the unwritten books, yes, but also for the man and the life he's living. Still, you've got to love a man who can talk about an Alzheimer's diagnosis like this:

He told fans the statement should be interpreted as "I am not dead".

"I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else," he said.

"For me, this may be further off than you think. It's too soon to tell.

"I know it's a very human thing to say 'is there anything I can do', but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry."


  1. Pratchett is one of those authors I Need to Get To as well (well, I shouldn't say "as well," since you finally got around to his books). One day, I'll just drop everything I'm reading and plan to read for, like, a year and read only Pratchett.

    -- Jules, 7-Imp

  2. I think it might take that long, Jules! Most of my regular reading has gone by the wayside lately and I'm nowhere near a completist about this...