RIP Terry Pratchett

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RIP Terry Pratchett

#1  Postby electricwhiteboy » Mar 12, 2015 3:17 pm

Breaking news at the moment. Hope you had the death you wanted Terry.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31858156
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#2  Postby hackenslash » Mar 12, 2015 3:19 pm

:( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(
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#3  Postby catbasket » Mar 12, 2015 3:21 pm

Bollocks.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#4  Postby Thommo » Mar 12, 2015 3:41 pm

I've been a huge Terry Pratchett fan since my early teens, reading every single one of his discworld books, many of them multiple times. I was first introduced to him via a couple of his standalone novels - Strata and the Dark Side of the Sun, and I remember still how struck I was with the wit and skill with words he displayed, something which was ever present throughout the years, together with an ability to turn the mundane into the ridiculous and the ridiculous into the mundane.

I can believe in his situation this is better than a long horrible continuation of a terrible disease. He was still writing until last year, something he clearly loved and that was such a big part of his life, and the lives of his many fans and reading enthusiasts.

I'm sad he's gone, but glad he's not suffering.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#5  Postby Pulsar » Mar 12, 2015 3:44 pm

RIP Sir Terry. :(

For those who haven't seen his Richard Dimbleby Lecture, do watch it:

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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#6  Postby Nebogipfel » Mar 12, 2015 3:49 pm

Ah, that's sad. :cry:

Thanks for everything, Terry. You made Roundworld a better place!
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#7  Postby Animavore » Mar 12, 2015 3:54 pm

I never read his books, but I did see a couple of his documentaries. One on orang utans and another on euthanasia. Or were they one and the same?
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#8  Postby DaveD » Mar 12, 2015 3:57 pm

It was bound to happen sooner rather than later, but it's still an embuggerance.
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#9  Postby BlackBart » Mar 12, 2015 4:12 pm

Bugger embuggerances. :(
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#10  Postby Goldenmane » Mar 12, 2015 4:14 pm

Vale, Terry.
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#11  Postby ronmcd » Mar 12, 2015 4:24 pm

*sigh* I can see my original paperback (checks ... 1987) copy of The Colour of Magic from my desk.

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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#12  Postby smudge » Mar 12, 2015 4:31 pm

Sad news.
What a brave man.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#13  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Mar 12, 2015 4:34 pm

Still haven't read his books.
Like the OP said, I hope he didn't suffer.
"Respect for personal beliefs = "I am going to tell you all what I think of YOU, but don't dare retort and tell what you think of ME because...it's my personal belief". Hmm. A bully's charter and no mistake."
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#14  Postby Weaver » Mar 12, 2015 4:35 pm

I am very saddened by this news.

Like many others, I've read his works almost obsessively - most of them many times over. One of the things I enjoyed most is constantly finding new historical references or new puns - things I didn't realize were there, but which arise with multiple readings and new learning. It makes his works seem fresh and new despite reading them over and over - something I do with many authors, but with whom I don't find the same level of "Aha!" found moments.

What a great, intelligent and insightful man he was.
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#15  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Mar 12, 2015 4:36 pm

Can't help but wonder what he did die of, seeing as he did not take his own life.
"Respect for personal beliefs = "I am going to tell you all what I think of YOU, but don't dare retort and tell what you think of ME because...it's my personal belief". Hmm. A bully's charter and no mistake."
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#16  Postby Weaver » Mar 12, 2015 4:47 pm

Complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

Very severe cognitive decline
(Severe or late-stage Alzheimer's disease)
In the final stage of this disease, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement. They may still say words or phrases.
At this stage, individuals need help with much of their daily personal care, including eating or using the toilet. They may also lose the ability to smile, to sit without support and to hold their heads up. Reflexes become abnormal. Muscles grow rigid. Swallowing impaired.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#17  Postby Sendraks » Mar 12, 2015 4:52 pm

Gutted.
I read my first Pratchett book 25 years ago. His work has been with me my entire life.
Despite this I am surprised by how upset I am.
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#18  Postby kazzaqld » Mar 12, 2015 5:08 pm

Sad to hear. RIP
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#19  Postby Ironclad » Mar 12, 2015 5:13 pm

Damn :(
For Van Youngman - see you amongst the stardust, old buddy

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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

#20  Postby jaydot » Mar 12, 2015 5:19 pm

damn. now i haz another sad to go with spock. all my favourite people are dropping off the twig. bah.
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