RIP Terry Pratchett

The news is hardy “new” anymore and a lot of people have written articles and blog posts expressing it much better than I ever could, but I still want to add my voice to the (hundreds of) thousands who are grieving the loss of Terry Pratchett. The man was brilliant with a fantastic mind that was capable of creating so many satirical stories. It is a tragedy that he was first robbed of his brilliant mind, and then of his life – far before his time. I still cannot believe he is really gone.

I have read almost all of his books and love almost all of them. The Night Watch series and the books about Tiffany Aching rank among my favourites, closely followed by the witches books. Rincewind can get on my nerves at times, but there is some very good satire to be found in those books. They are all amazing, really. I love Terry Pratchett for his satire and the way he perfectly captures all that is wrong in our society. But I also love him for creating strong, independent women like the witches and Tiffany Aching.

My first exposure to Terry Pratchett was at a book reading evening at a friend’s house. We all brought our favourite books and read short passages to the assembled crowd. I believe I brought a P.G. Wodehouse book. My friend Joe decided to read the first chapter of Guards! Guards! Joe is a very funny man and his reading was superb. I was hooked after the first page and by the end of the chapter, I was howling with laughter. The very next day I bought the book and I have never looked back. As I mentioned just now, I am a big P.G. Wodehouse fan and I have to say that Terry Pratchett ranks as high as Wodehouse in my books.

I know this post is inadequate to express my gratitude to Terry Pratchett for letting me into the Discworld and my sadness at the end of the adventure. However, I do believe that Terry Pratchett will never really die, his books will live on forever and we will always treasure them – and him.

Rest in peace, Terry Pratchett.

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The PG Wodehouse Society

What a wonderful surprise was waiting for me when I came home from work today! A mysterious envelope which, once opened up, revealed a welcome letter from the P.G. Wodehouse Society along with the latest issue of Wooster Sauce and some other sheets of information. I am now officially a member of the P.G. Wodehouse Society and I am tickled pink!

I cannot believe it took me two years of living here to become a member. I had read about the Society in the back of my Wodehouse books back when I was living in the Netherlands (we’re talking at least 13 years ago) and I always lamented the fact that I did not live in England and therefore, being a member of the Society would really not do me any good. (This was of course not true, as members outside of England are just as valued, but it is true that most events take place in England.) I had printed off the registration form months ago with the intention to send it off and become a member, but somehow the form ended up in a pile of other papers at work and I forgot about it. Too wrapped up in studies and work and tax, tax, tax, to remember I have outside interests. Luckily I found the form again a week ago as I was cleaning up my desk and I hesitated not a moment. I filled out my banking details for the measly £22 subscription price and sent in my form.

The first couple of days after I sent in my form, I eagerly awaited news from the Society to confirm they had received my registration. But because Royal Mail needs a day or two to deliver my letter and the good people at the Society needed a few days to process my registration, it was only today that the letter arrived. I had already sort of forgotten about my registration (I know, I possess very little brain cells anymore these days), so it was a wonderful surprise to receive this in the mail. I have already devoured some articles in Wooster Sauce and have eagerly entered some of the events dates into my calendar. I cannot wait to go to my first event, at the end of October, and meet fellow Wodehousians.

I could go on and on, but I might start to sound a bit hysterical. Regular readers of my blog will know how much I love Wodehouse and apart from my mom, I don’t really know many people who have even heard of him, much less love him as much as I do. Soon I will meet people who I am sure will intimidate me with their vast knowledge of Wodehouse’s books (take a gander at the weekly quizzes on the website, and you’ll be intimidated too), but with whom I can share my love and admiration. I will definitely report back here after my first event!

First blog post

Welcome to my blog! This is my first blog post, please bear with me as I am making aesthetic changes to the site. I wanted to at least post one entry today.

On this blog I am planning to review books I have read recently. As I do not alway read the most recent books, this may mean I am reviewing a book that has been published ages ago, but I am excited to share my thoughts with you. 

I also participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for those of you who are not familiar with it) in November 2012 and I am looking forward to two months of heavy editing to get the manuscript I have now into a decent state. I will be blogging about that experience too.

Thanks for reading!