January 26th, 2008
|09:53 pm - Quote of the Day|
(Okay, I'm finally reading a Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. And laughing. And, as of the quote below, rather thrilled with his ability to re-state things we should know but may not think about.)
The path to wisdom does, in fact, begin with a single step.
Where people go wrong is in ignoring all the thousands of other steps that come after it. They make the single step of deciding to become one with the universe, and for some reason forget to take the logical next step of living for seventy years on a mountain and a daily bowl of rice and yak-butter tea that would give it any kind of meaning. While evidence says that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, they're probably all on first steps.
Current Mood: amused
*grin* When he's good, he's very very good...
*raises eyebrow* And when he's bad...?
When he's bad he's still better than nine tenths of the writers who manage to get things published...
Yay for PTerry! And I'm glad you're enjoying him. He really does have a way, doesn't he? I need to read more of his novels, myself. *makes note*
Enjoying is probably a decent word. He's very amusing, sometimes laugh-out-loud so, and deeply clever re: world-building (Hex, the, uh, computer thing at the Unseen University, cracked me up)...but there's some stuff that I know others would be amused by and yet I don't laugh. An edge of cynicism or morbidity (usually I find morbid stuff funny, though) that doesn't quite do it for me.
He's a wise, wise man, Pratchett. And he manages to be extremely funny at the same time, which is something a lot of wise people don't have going for them. :)
|Date:||January 27th, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)|| |
Which book(s) did you try? If it was one of the first two, "The Colour of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic", they are nowhere near as good as the subsequent books IMO.
Ditto. I disliked "Guards,Guards" so much, in fact, that it took me 6 years and lots of prompting to try one of his books again. *shrug* The humor is hit-and-miss for me (I've been trying to think why, and I believe it might be Pratchett's cynicism--Gaiman writes funnier things, to me, and that's maybe because he's...uh...if I say "believer" that sounds weird, but he's not as cynical).
|Date:||January 27th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)|| |
Terry Pratchett is not only very funny, but he manages to slip in some genuinely wise and moving stuff while one's not looking. :)
Oh yes. Pratchett is all kinds of awesome.
I really need to read Making Money, as I am now in the financial sector, and with this recession coming on, I'm sure Pratchett has scarily insightful things to say about finance. He certainly did in Going Postal.
I have to read Pratchett in small doses. Some of it I find very funny, and some I just find tedious; but I haven't yet figured out why.