SIR TERRY PRATCHETT: A BEST OF LIST

I'm devastated
  1. The Color of Magic
    (Which is of course "octarine" the eighth color of the spectrum) was a dear friend to me in high school. While I've moved on to his more biting, madcap discworld books. This book is classic example of fantasy as satire.
  2. Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman)
    One of the funniest works of fiction I've ever read. There is satire, cynicism, whimsy, acute observation, so many non sequiturs, side plots and tangents, some well deserved cheap laughs and the end of the world. I'm going to read it again tonight.
  3. This t-shirt he wore at conventions
  4. Small Gods
    One of my favorites, when Terry took on religion. "The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy but they were listening in gibberish."
  5. Wyrd Sisters
    Pratchett was one of the few male fantasy authors that took time and care with his female characters. This book is a perfect example, and so wonderfully witchy.
  6. Unseen Academicals
    The only book I have ever read about sports and probably the only I ever will.
  7. Thief of Time
    AS Byatt publicly said at the publication of this book that it should have been nominated for the Booker. Incidentally, she's a huge Pratchett fan.
  8. He made Death the hero of his series
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?" Death thought about it. CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.
  9. He wore hats in every author photo
    If you thought George RR Martin had style, now you know who he stole it from...
  10. And this one.
  11. And especially this one
  12. The fact that a friend knew to call and ask if I was ok.
  13. Knowing that he would laugh at me for crying at my desk over a man I've only known through words
    "I have no use for people who have learned the limits of the possible"
  14. "AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER." Terry took death's arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night. The end.
    His goodbye.