Book(s) of the week – Terry Pratchett

Lunchtime lurkers might be wondering where the posts have gone. Erm, I’ve been binge reading Terry Pratchett… I read Truth, Pyramids, and Witches Abroad in the last one week (and would have read more if my Kindle worked) and I’m still a bit hung over. Sorry about that!

Actually, maybe not, I’m most interesting after about an ounce of dark chocolate (half an ounce if it’s single origin cocoa or over 75%), two sips of dark roast coffee, one teaspoon of alcohol (even extra strong tiramisu will do), or half a Pratchett. But not all at once, of course. Oh dear me, no. Even The Hero is exempt from handling me after any combination of those substances.

I realize I’m supposed to post something of consequence here. All my book reviews/recaps so far have been incredibly self-righteous and borderline pretentious. I can’t do that with Pratchett, an I? So I’ll leave you with a few interesting quotes. Before that, here are some awesome illustrations:

Pyramids Source:
Witches Abroad Source:
The Truth Source:

And two places you can find annotations just to check how many references you managed to get (who can get them all?): Annotated Pratchett File and the wiki.

Finally, the promised quotes:


‘You stay here. I’ll whistle if it’s safe to follow me.’
‘What will you do if it isn’t safe?’

‘I was being persecuted for my beliefs.’
‘That’s terrible,’ said Teppic.
Khuft spat. ‘Damn right. I believed people wouldn’t notice I’d sold them camels with plaster teeth until I was well out of town.’

Man was never intended to understand things he meddled with.

Witches Abroad:

Progress just means bad things happen faster.

You can’t go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it’s just a cage. Besides you don’t build a better world by choppin’ heads off and giving decent girls away to frogs.

Where’s the pleasure in bein’ the winner if the loser ain’t alive to know they’ve lost?

The Truth:

William: “I’m sure we can all pull together, sir.”
Vetinari: “Oh, I do hope not. Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.


The Death of Rats looked up from the feast of the potato. SQUEAK, he said.

Death waved a hand dismissively. WELL, YES, OBVIOUSLY ME, he said. I JUST WONDERED IF THERE WAS ANYONE ELSE.”

‘People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that a man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds.’

How hard is it to not have a crush on Lord Vetinari?

ps: I’m going to try and finish all the Discworld books this year FSM willing, so I will get all dissecty (I say it’s a word) at some point. That is something to look forward to!

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