“Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.” –Terry Pratchett
You may have heard that we lost the great author Terry Pratchett yesterday. He will be dearly missed, but I also hope he will be celebrated. He left so many wonderful books for everyone to enjoy.
Pratchett was one of the foundation authors of my childhood. I moved pretty quickly from children’s books to fantasy and science fiction, devouring stories about dragons and wizards and spaceships. (This is part of the reason I read YA now. I missed it the first time around.) Of Pratchett’s work, I adored the Discworld series, which already had quite a few books published when I discovered the books.
I read, and re-read, and giggled over the footnotes. I flew on a faulty broomstick by Granny Weatherwax, fled from… well… everything with Rincewind, and kept the peace with Sam Vimes.
As I grew up, I found more and more in the books, which is a sign of a well-crafted story. They never fail to make me laugh.
Thank you for the adventure, Sir Pratchett.