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  • A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction
  • Terry Pratchett
  • English
  • 10 September 2018
  • 9780857521224

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A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction

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Nces of the causes dear to himWith all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself man and boy bibliophile and computer geek champion of hats orang utans and Dignity in Dyin I am not a Pratchett fan not yet My wife and my sister in law are making their way through the whole corpus So it's sort of odd I picked this up in part thanks to a review by Sam uixote that pointed me to his writing about assisted suicide I had thought of Pratchett as a fantasy writer and humorist a jolly elf writing in the mode of other funny fantasy writers such as Douglas Adams Been there done that and I enjoyed that ride but I had no particular interest in going back in that direction reallySo this is a collection of essays that span Pratchett's career focusing on his life as a writer traveling the globe writing about various topics His Days of Rage section really began to draw me in in particular though Pratchett was diagnosed in his fifties with Alzheimers so he began writing angrily and insightfully and often movingly about this These essays were for me the best part of the book and you know just might lead me into his Discworld

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Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series but in recent years he has become eually well known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer's research and animal rights A Slip of the Keyboard brings tog I'm not sure I've ever read one of his books all the way through I've tried uite a few over the years since he's so popular many of his books wound up in my hands He writes humor British humor which leaves me cold I usually think it's too obvious to be funny or just don't get it Sometimes it's the odd words that sound like the same language I speak but they mean something completely different are pronounced in a funny ways with weird accents In any case while his fiction doesn't interest me I read enough about his personal life views to think this collection would it did For instance steam rolling his hard drives so no one pulls 'new' books out after his demise is a wonderful idea full of style His battle with Alzheimer's opinions on the 'right to die' also interested me Below I listed the TOC with just a bit at the end of each of the 3 sections Scroll through it uickly you'll get a good idea of the topics times There was definitely repetition less than I would have thought thoughForeword by Neil GaimanA Scribbling IntruderThought Progress 1989Palmtop 1993The Choice Word 2000How to Be a Professional Boxer 2005Brewer’s Boy 1999Paperback Writer 2003Advice to Booksellers 1999No Worries 1998Conventional Wisdom 2011Straight from the Heart via the Groin 2004Discworld Turns 21 2004Kevins 1993Wyrd Ideas 1999Notes from a Successful Fantasy Author Keep It Real 2007Whose Fantasy Are You? 1991Why Gandalf Never Married 1985Roots of Fantasy 1989Elves Were Bastards 1992Let There Be Dragons 1993Magic Kingdoms 1999Cult Classic 2001Neil Gaiman Amazing Master Conjuror 20022001 Carnegie Medal Award Speech 2002Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Speech for Nation 2009Watching Nation 2009Doctor Who? 2001A Word About Hats 2001 The first section was both informative funny His take on Tolkein's LOTR was incredibly similar to mine a decade later Yes I have the same movie in my mind also uit reading it annually eventually I'm not sure why either but came to the same conclusion; it plays without the need to readI liked the boxer analogy to writing his descriptions of how he writes where his ideas come from his education due to fantasy reading His defense of reading fantasy is excellent he just seemed like a really nice guy Anyone that can appreciate so many of Chesterton's words without his belief must be extremely tolerant A Twit and a DreamerThe Big Store 2002Roundhead Wood Forty Green 1996A Star Pupil 2011On Granny Pratchett 2004Tales of Wonder and of Porn 2004Letter to Vector 1963Writer’s Choice 2004Introduction to Roy Lewis’s The Evolution Man 1989The King and I or How the Bottom Has Dropped Out of the Wise Man Business 1970Honey These Bees Had a Heart of Gold 1976That Sounds Fungi It Must Be the Dawn Chorus 1976Introduction to The Leaky Establishment by David Langford 2001The Meaning of My Christmas 1997Alien Christmas 19872001 The Vision and the Reality 2000The God Moment 2008A Genuine Absent minded Professor 2010Saturdays 2011 Autobiographical shorts that were interesting His mind talents wander around even than mine do Casting a gold bee the silence of early morning mushroom picking were both fun Days of RageOn Excellence in Schools Education What It Means to You 1997The Orangutans Are Dying 2000The NHS Is Seriously Injured 2008I’m Slipping Away a Bit at a Time and All I Can Do Is Watch It Happen 2008Taxworld 2009Point Me to Heaven When the Final Chapter Comes 2009The Richard Dimbleby Lecture Shaking Hands with Death 2010At Last We Have Real Compassion in Assisted Dying Guidelines 2010Assisted Dying It’s Time the Government Gave Us the Right to End Our Lives 2011Death Knocked and We Let Him In 2011A Week in the Death of T

Review A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction

Ether for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett's non fiction writing both serious and surreal from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer and why banana daiuiris are so important; from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life and passionate defe The late great Sir Terry Pratchett deity of Discworld has made me laugh an awful lot over the past few years OK decades with his richly imaginative fantasy series In a departure from his normal output this is a collection of articles speeches and letters that he has written since the late 1980’s But over recent years he has become eually well known for being an outspoken campaigner for causes such as orang utans and of course Alzheimer's and assisted death This collection is the very best of those articles grouped under three headings; A Scribbling intruder A Twit and a Dreamer and Days of Rage From the time he announced that he had Posterior Cortical Atrophy he has moved from the hazy lights of the science fiction and fantasy convention world into the brighter glare of the modern media world And in this world he showed his humanity through humour and elouence and that a multi million best selling author could be a regular bloke with a fondness for banana daiuiris’s He writes on subjects as diverse as hats past head teachers why elves are bastards his beloved grandmother and being a genuinely absentminded professorHis writing is brilliant And poignant And funny; really funny And this is nonfiction too The way that he observed life and people is unparalleled a talent that he used to highlight injustices and the freuent idiocy of the world that we live in and explore within the world he created But what comes through this collection is his wit and humour The letter he sent to The Times about tax is a classic example of restrained wit and there are other examples all the way through Really pleased to have read this it is a great collection Even though he is seen as purely a fantasy writer I hope that the wider literary world will come to fully appreciate the genius in his writing in time


About the Author: Terry Pratchett

Born Terence David John Pratchett Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels i