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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2015, 03:36:50 PM »
I already knew he wasn't doing very well, but this still comes as a massive gut punch. Between this and the death of Leonard Nimoy, 2015 is turning out to be a really tragic year.

R.I.P Terry. You left one hell of a legacy.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 03:42:27 PM »
66 is so freaking young. 
At least we know he thought DEATH was a decent bloke.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2015, 04:06:30 PM »
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2015, 04:07:24 PM »
Never read one of his books, but my God is this heart wrenching. Prayers for the family. Such a sad loss for the community.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2015, 04:17:53 PM »
I seen him at World Fantasy Con in November 2013 and he was clearly struggling then, and unable to write on a computer on his own. His wit was sharp as a needle one moment, and the next... well, we knew it was coming but it's still heartrending.

His good-natured humor and wit will be missed, such a sad loss for his family and friends. Screw Alzheimer's disease :(

If any of you are interested there is a Just Giving page to donate to an Alzheimer's organisation in his honor:
https://www.justgiving.com/Terry-Pratchett


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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2015, 04:26:58 PM »
Utterly devastated. His books have been such a huge part of my life it's very hard to process.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2015, 04:54:00 PM »
That sucks, I loved his Discworld, it was so joyfully chaotic. T.T

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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2015, 05:16:46 PM »
Terrible news  :'(

I took my time to pick up my first Discworld novel, but I immediately became a fan. We have lost a bright mind, one who exposed the flaws of this world by reflecting them on worlds of his own.

May Death treat him with the same respect he nurtured for our scythe-bearing friend.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2015, 06:08:53 PM »
This is heartbreaking news. Discworld books are a staple in my family and it feels like we just lost a piece of ourselves. :'(

Fantasy-Faction is going to do a memorial post for him on the main page. If anyone would like to contribute a story or thought on Sir Terry's passing, post it here with a note that you'd like to be included and I'll add to the article.

Rest in Peace Sir Terry.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2015, 06:54:52 PM »
66 is so freaking young. 
At least we know he thought DEATH was a decent bloke.

Really early onset of Alzheimers.

I am not the biggest fan of Pratchett I have read some of his books though and his humor will be missed. I did love The Wee Free Men.

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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2015, 06:55:48 PM »
Few have ever rivalled him, and few ever will. There are few people that I would consider heroes, and he was one of them. You have my love, Terry.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2015, 07:11:41 PM »
I have never really understood the public grieving for celebrities.  Princess Diana's death left me absolutely baffled as a teenager as to why people were so distraught by the death of someone they only knew through the media.

In recent years more and more celebrities I admired have died. Iain Banks was a writer I loved reading, as was Douglas Adams. I loved films with Heath Ledger and Robin Williams in. As a football fan, Gary Speed's death was very tragic. But while I felt for their families and were sad they would not be around anymore to write, act or do footballing things, I can't say I felt it as a personal loss.

This loss though has suckered punched me though. I have read Terry Pratchett since I was 8 or 9 (the old children's tv stop animation of Truckers was my gateway.) I then read all three of Truckers, Diggers and Wings. Then the Johnny Maxwell trilogy and the Carpet People before discovering the Discworld. I have read pretty much every Discworld novel. A lot as Christmas presents! Some I have reread more than once or twice. I would say on average I read a Terry Pratchett novel 2 or 3 times a year. Just this year I have read a Slip of the Keyboard and read the Dragons of Crumbling Castle late last year. I feel like a friendly uncle has died.  Such an amazing talent, who gave me so many incredible adventures and philosphical musings and chuckles. But through his novels he will live on like Shakespeare, Dickens and Roald Dahl before him.

In his honour may I suggest a memorium book club for him in May?

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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2015, 07:48:53 PM »
In his honour may I suggest a memorium book club for him in May?
I am totally up for that. Really neat thought.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2015, 07:51:00 PM »
In his honour may I suggest a memorium book club for him in May?
I am totally up for that. Really neat thought.

And the thing is you really can't go wrong with whatever is chosen, though Mort seems fitting somehow.
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