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Postby Dezro on Tue Apr 15, 2003 7:24 pm

I just wanted to brag that I scored an advance copy of his next book, The Wee Free Men.

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Postby BabyJ on Tue Apr 15, 2003 8:06 pm

I heard that to brag about Terry Pratchett on this forum
constitutes a fee of one (1) gamecube and some games now.

OTHERWISE, YOU'RE A TERRORIST! :o
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Postby Dezro on Tue Apr 15, 2003 8:13 pm

Oh... Dang...

Well, time to get all building-blowing-uppity, I guess.
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Postby theangryQ on Tue Apr 15, 2003 8:29 pm

Terry Pratchett will not fill the gaping void in your soul.
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Postby Dezro on Tue Apr 15, 2003 10:01 pm

I'm developing a special putty that does, though.

It's not edible, but you eat it anyway.
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Postby BabyJ on Tue Apr 15, 2003 10:19 pm

With a little bit of marketing, there's a new way to sell putty!!!!!!!!!

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Postby TODCRAProductions on Wed Apr 16, 2003 6:44 am

Liquid RAM!
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Postby TheGreatElBobo on Thu Apr 17, 2003 7:00 pm

TIME TO FLY, BOYS! YEEEEHAWWW!!
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Postby TODCRAProductions on Fri Apr 18, 2003 6:19 am

pooo!
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Postby BabyJ on Fri Apr 18, 2003 1:44 pm

Terry Pratchett should make a book all about fryin' up some eggs and scratchin'.
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Postby TODCRAProductions on Fri Apr 18, 2003 6:44 pm

That was Discworld!

Note: I have never actually read Discworld.
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Postby Dezro on Sat Apr 19, 2003 7:26 pm

Discworld is actually a series, and only two or three were about fryin' up some eggs and scratchin'.
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Postby BabyJ on Sat Apr 19, 2003 8:02 pm

Is the Wee Free Men like WEE PALS?
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Postby TODCRAProductions on Sat Apr 19, 2003 11:34 pm

They're about weebles.
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Postby BabyJ on Sat Apr 19, 2003 11:49 pm

Weebles used to be about STANDING UP AGAINST ALL ODDS and
now they're LOOK AT THESE SUPER OBESE CHILDREN.
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Postby TODCRAProductions on Sun Apr 20, 2003 1:38 am

... hey, fat kids are funny.
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Postby El SillY on Sun Apr 20, 2003 5:54 am

Weeing freely is a privilegereserved only for the incontinent, think about that next time you enjoy ice shows with fat kids.


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Postby TODCRAProductions on Sun Apr 20, 2003 5:58 am

ALSO: Despite being relatively disappointed with the bit of American Gods I read (uh, my copy was missing thirty pages, from 373-404 or so.... luckily the pages are gone in such a place where the book can be considered to sorta end, and I can kinda guess what happens next. Although I am attempting to secure another, complete copy, so I can finish the book proper), and never reading Pratchett before, I have ordered me up a copy of Good Omens.

Perhaps I will enjoy it.
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Postby El SillY on Sun Apr 20, 2003 6:21 am

Neil Gaiman is Good, Terry Pratchett is Good. Together, they look like decadent rockstar and fiesty English midget.
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Postby TODCRAProductions on Sun Apr 20, 2003 8:35 am

Hm, that's the thing.. from AG, the only thing of his I've read (aside from the Princess Mononoke subtitle-translations which I guess he did), I was sorta "Hm... Gaiman's a bit of a... mediocre writer." Although, it was the kinda writing that made me want to read something else of his before writing him off or anything, so, hey. And, well, the idea of Good Omens sounds amusing from what I've read, so, hey. I got a copy from half.com, so it was only a few bucks, so.. y'know, that's not bad for a whim.
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Postby theangryQ on Sun Apr 20, 2003 9:57 am

All I've read from AG are a few snatches, the bit about tigerballs and the creepy old guy sleeping with a young waitress, which my male friend thought was hilarious, having never been hit on by creepy guys.
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Postby TODCRAProductions on Sun Apr 20, 2003 7:46 pm

Yeah.. I dunno. I read it because a lot of people (reviews 'n' such) were all THIS IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD, NEIL GAIMAN IS OUR NEW GOD!!!!!! and I was all "hm." Then a friend of mine asked if I'd read it, and if it was any good. So I said no, but it was the impetus for me to find a copy. And.. yeah.. I read it and... it's like, it's a decent idea, and it's executed reasonably well, but there's a LOT of real rough patches. He's not the best writer.

Like...I can't use any other examples because of spoilerage, and even this one is sorta... iffy, but I have stripped out the character name, and well, yeah.

Anyway, one of the bits is a long dialogue between a couple people, and then, when the conversation is over, Gaiman writes, "That was the last time [foo] saw [bar] alive again."

First off -- I really don't like that type of sentence. For one, I'd really prefer that if, providing Foo doesn't have to deal with Bar's corpse, Bar just disappeared, leaving Foo/The Reader to go "Hm, I wonder whatever became of Bar...." [especially because in this particular dialogue, it's set up to be all "Oh, Bar's a dead man walkin'."

Also -- if Foo _DOES_ have to deal with Bar's corpse, well, uh, yeah, it's obvious that Foo never saw Bar alive again -- it's his next dealing-with-Bar, and he's dead. Duh. It's an extraneous sentence, because it's so damn obvious.

However, if Foo deals with Bar's corpse, say, in the end of the book or something, I _suppose_ I could see it, like, if for some reason the character is so neato-cool that whenever he's not in the scene, everyone's going "Hey, where's bar? I want to see Bar!". Bar wasn't, BTW, but.. yeah.

ANYWAY though, this was the biggest thing that annoyed me.

Foo deals with Bar's corpse in the VERY NEXT PARAGRAPH. Pretty much the next line. It's like... well, no shit he never saw him alive again, he basically had time to walk home and back before he saw bar's body. Duh!

I'd be willing to give that that line could be used, even in that situation, for a sort of either comic/suspense building effect, but... erm, not in this case. In this case, the scenes would have worked _much_ better if Bar just walked off, only to find that he's dead 3 lines later.

But that's just me.

And there's a few other really bad examples that made me want to smack Gaiman around a little, but they're more book specific, so... yeah.
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Postby El SillY on Tue Apr 22, 2003 2:34 pm

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Postby justinpie on Tue Apr 22, 2003 5:31 pm

I read Good Omens and enjoyed it more than any Gaiman-exclusive book I've ever had the misfortune of reading. It does come across somewhat like two guys tryin' to sound exactly like Douglas Adams though, so if that sort of mimickry bothers you, be forewarned.
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Postby TODCRAProductions on Tue Apr 22, 2003 7:54 pm

That is good to hear! [I take it that you, too, are not terribly impressed with Gaiman's writin' style]

And I'm pretty prepared for the DNA-alike thing, just because from the first page of it I read, it really, really struck me as "Man, Hitchhiker's Guide was a kickass book!"

Which, well, it is. So, I can't complain too awfully much.

Does Pratchett solo have that tendency to go off into Douglas Adams territory? Cause I've heard that he's Funny. And if Good Omens is Funny in the way that DNA was funny, is that where most of his stuff is that variety of funny, or was that just a one-shot-deal style, and Pratchett-Funny is totally, 100% different than DNAFunny?
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