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    BOOK READ A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction AUTHOR Terry Pratchett – chiangshistory.org Terry Pratchett É 2 Summary Read A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction How is it possible to miss somebody so much when you've never even met them face to face?I can't believe Terry Pratchett has been gone for over a year His death affected me so much that I knew it would be a while before I could read one of this books again The time has finally comeThis collection of non fiction is an absolute delight for fans of this wonderful man You experience his incredible sense of humour You experience his compassion

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    BOOK READ A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction AUTHOR Terry Pratchett – chiangshistory.org 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 th

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    Read A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction BOOK READ A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction AUTHOR Terry Pratchett – chiangshistory.org Terry Pratchett É 2 Summary I love Terry Pratchett's humor even in talking about his Alzheimer's and assisted death Oh and this book prompted me to write my first ever fan letter Here it isDear Sir Terry PratchettI am not a Kevin I don’t want you to write my loved one into one of your books I’m not a writer but a reader so I live on the other side of the Holy Grai

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    Read A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction Read Æ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free É Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett É 2 Summary Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley I should note however that I pre ordered the book before I got the digital ARC It came the day before I sat down to

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    BOOK READ A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction AUTHOR Terry Pratchett – chiangshistory.org Read Æ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free É Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett É 2 Summary 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 imagin

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    BOOK READ A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction AUTHOR Terry Pratchett – chiangshistory.org While Terry's short fiction doesn't do much for me I think he needs longer forms to really shine this non fiction collection regaled

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    BOOK READ A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction AUTHOR Terry Pratchett – chiangshistory.org Read Æ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free É Terry Pratchett This collection of essays covers Terry Pratchett's entire career from before he even started writing the Discworld novels up through

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    Read A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction BOOK READ A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction AUTHOR Terry Pratchett – chiangshistory.org Terry Pratchett É 2 Summary A collection of articles speeches columns etc from the late very great Sir Terry PratchettThe collection provoked thoughts laughter and tears in eual measureA great man; a great writer gone far too soon

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Shadow Flame (Rime Chronicles, jAn absolute must for all Terry Pratchett fans and an interesting read forust about anyoneThis is a collection of it seems pretty much everything that Pratchett s published that isn t fiction It s divided thematically into three sections The first focuses on thoughts on writing and the writing process The second is autobiographical material The third has to do wit 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 Stripped 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 knowust might lead me into his Discworld While Terry s short fiction doesn t do much for me I think he needs longer forms to really shine this non fiction collection regaled me with laughs and thoughts worthy of further thinking Here re some of them Neil Gaiman really nails it in the introBut beneath any ollity there is a foundation of fury Terry Pratchett is not one to go gentle into any night good or otherwise He will rage as he leaves against so many things stupidity injustice human foolishness and shortsightedness not ust the dying of the light although that s here too And hand in hand with the anger like an angel and a demon walking hand in hand into the sunset there is love for human beings in all our fallibility for treasured objects for stories and ultimately and in all things love for human dignityOr to put it another way anger is the engine that drives him but it is the greatness of spirit that deploys that anger on the side of the angels or better yet for all of us the orangutansI felt the same especially strongly when I read Soul Music Ehehe from How to Be a Professional BoxerI ve never had occasion to use one magnificent tip from a well known author but I pass it on anyway Keep an eye on the trade press When an editor moves on immediately send your precious MS to his or her office with a covering letter addressed to said departed editor Say in the tones of one engaged in a cooperative effort something like this Dear X I was very pleased to receive your encouraging letter indicating your interest in my book and I have made all the changes you asked for Of course they won t find the letter Publishers can never find anything But at least someone might panic enough to read the MS Fantasy on the noseFantasy should present the familiar in a new light I try to do that on Discworld It s a way of looking at the here and now not the there and then Fantasy is the Ur literature from which everything else sprang which is why my knuckles go white when toe sucking literary critics dismiss it as genre trash And at its best it is truly escapistBut the point about escaping is that you should escape to as well as escaping is that you should escape to as well as You should go somewhere worthwhile and come back the better for the experienceInterestingly expressed a similar sentiment about escaping to Let There Be Dragons is another even fully fledged defence explanation of fantasy I can t pick a single excerpt to uote Just go for the whole thing and humorlaughter can get through the keyhole while humorLaughter can get through the keyhole while is still hammering on the door New ideas can ride in on the back of a oke old ideas can be given an added edgeVersus humorlessnessWe look around and see foreign policies that are little than the taking of revenge for the revenge that was taken in revenge for the revenge last time There were fights at school over the uestion of whether or not Batman could fly Those of us who said he couldn t were school over the uestion of whether or not Batman could fly Those of us who said he couldn t were the minority and therefore got beaten up by the thick kids But hahaha it wasn t us who broke limbs by umping out of their bedroom windows Shouting Batmaaagh on the way down didn t work did it Hahaha indeed From The God Moment I ve never disliked religion I think it has some purpose in our evolution I don t have much truck with the religion is the cause of most of our wars school of thought because in fact that s manifestly done by mad manipulative and power hungry men who cloak their ambition in GodI number believers of all sorts among my friends Some of them are praying for me I m happy that they wish to do this I really am but I think science may be a better betSo what shall I make of the voice that spoke to me recently as I was scuttling around getting ready for yet another spell on a chat show sofa More accurately it was the memory of a voice in my head and it told me that everything was okay and things were happening as they should For a moment the world had felt at peace Where did it come fromMe actually the part of all of us that in my case caused me to stand in awe the first time I heard Thomas Tallis s Spem in alium and the elation I felt on a walk one day last February when the light of the setting sun turned a ploughed field into shocking pink I believe it s what. 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. Abraham felt on the mountain and Einstein did when it turned out that Emc 2It s that moment that brief epiphany when the universe opens up and shows us something and in that instant we get Wikipedia U just a sense of an order greater than heaven and as yet at least beyond the grasp of Hawking It doesn t reuire worship but I think rewards intelligence observation and inuiring minds I don t think I ve found God but I may have seen where gods come fromI m not at a stage where I can tackle this topic properly but it always amazes me what roadblocks people can raise when they cling to the notion that God is somethingsomeone entirely separate from us I m a panentheist At the same time it sust as amazing when this notion of separation lifts even for an instant and we hear ourGod s voice Have you felt that Terry s appeal in The Orangutans Are Dying expectedly struck a chord with me The essay is from the year 2000 Cannibal Encounters just before I started doing whatever I can to help restore the balance I wonder how many of its readers were moved to act Or what do one s words matter Kudos for having the strength to treat your diagnosis posterior cortical atrophy a form of Alzheimer s like thisI have the opposite of a superpower sometimes I cannot see what is there I see the teacup with my eyes but my brain refuses to send me the teacup message It s very Zen First there is no teacup and then because I know there is a teacup the teacup will appear the next time I look This came as a surprise despite the fact that there is no scriptural objection to suicide the prohibition came about in the fourteenth century when because of religious wars and the Black Death people were committing suicide on the basis that well since this world was now so dreadfully unpleasant then maybe it would be a good idea to make an attempt on heaven Authority thought otherwise and objected Who would milk the cows Who would fight the wars People couldn t be allowed to slope off like that They had to stay and face theirust punishment for being bornI d thought the Christian mortal sin status of suicide was older Wikipedia seems to confirm it wasn t in the Bible Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley I should note however that I pre ordered the book before I got the digital ARC It came the day before I sat down to write this review Perhaps in recent years Pratchett has come to wider attention because of his activism in the right to die movement I don t know it s hard to udge here in American I did have a shy student who actually came out of his shell when he discovered that I read and enjoyed Pratchett Pratchett s appeal seems to lie in the fact that he is a great humanist feminist realistic and pro compassion even if as Neil Gaiman shows in his introduction you can feel Pratchett s rage when you read his work Even Dr Who nods to him A Slip of the Keyboard contains Pratchett essays and speeches The topics include writing the Discworld fans religion fantasy writing and of include writing the Discworld fans religion fantasy writing and of his battle with Alzheimer s At times there is a little too much repetition This is true in particular of the first section of the book This section contains the essays and speeches on fantasy literature and writing Many of the fantasy essays are about what exactly are fantasy and its place in literature Pratchett s right but considering many fantasy readers think the same way I know I do it is a bit general and not very enlightening to read essay after essay that says basically what you and most fantasy readers are thinking It s a bit too much of the rich chocolate cake if you know what I mean There is brilliance here If you haven t read Why Gandalf Never Married you really should The essays about Nation Pratchett s best book it should have won the bloody Booker bastards are particularly powerful The descriptions of book tours and cons are amusing It s also worth reading for phrases like We spray our fantasies on the landscape like a dog sprays urine or what Pratchett said about his female characters when accepting the Horn Book Award Oh they sometimes start out soppy as anything but as soon as they find that it doesn t work they tend to become a reasonably close relative of Miss Piggy Miss Piggy didn t ust teach Yoda The most powerful and interesting essays for me were when he was writing about the literature and the writing process Whenever he discusses his former ob at a nuclear plant it is rather interesting and funny More importantly it is impossible to read what Pratchett writes or says in interviews for that matter about the right to die and not think about the issue or about health care in general It isn t because of who he is but because of how he writes about it His essay about a drug will have you spitting in disbelief and anger regardless of where you live Considering the debates that swirl around the issue it is important to consider all sides and Pratchett is a far effective speaker than some others most likely because he isn t grandstanding Honestly read I m Slipping Away a Bit at a Time and All I Can Do Is Watch It Happen and Death Knocked and We Let Him In and tell me you weren t affected I double dog dare you And the rage you can feel the rage You can feed off of his rage in some of the rage you can feel the rage You can feed off of his rage in some of the And that s good because we need that kick in the bum So break out the Banana Daiuiris and enjoy 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. 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. .
A Slip of the Keyboard Collected NonfictionBritish humor which leaves me cold I usually think it s too obvious to be funny or ust 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 ust 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 ust 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 Terry Pratchett 2011And Finally Terry Pratchett s Wild Unattached Footnotes to Life 1990 A lot of interesting different Bits In This One Education Goes About It Wrongly In in this one Education goes about it wrongly in UK Terry you have no clue how much worse it is in the US I agreed with everything you wrote Libraries are the way to go The orangutans aren t doing any better I m sorry to say 50% taxes That seems steep but in a socialist country with free health services you re no worse than we are here in the US where the income tax rates are only about half that but then we go on to tax everything multiple times plus fees We won t discuss health care idiocies since even a healthy person can easily spend 10% of their gross pay If sick Richmond Must Fall just hand over the wallet a limb or two first born BEFORE treatment They ll get the rest of the pounds of flesh afterward Oh the doctor can fit me in only 2 months from the Tuesday after next Marvelous SMH The NHS doesn t cover a lot You can get Viagra but not needed medication for Alzheimer s You re penalized for paying your own way This a condition of bureaucracies In order toustify themselves they have to create stupid rules that inhibit the very thing They Are Supposed To Foster Assisted Dying I Couldn T are supposed to foster Assisted dying I couldn t We don t know how to die any The following link is one of the sections above sums up Prachette s position wellhttpswwwtheguardiancomsociety2We need this I also highly recommend Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande is a doctor the son of 2 doctors He covers the subject wellI m so glad I read this What a great guy he seems to have been Rarely does he speak negatively about anything but manages to show his disapproval by poking some fun showing other things in a positive light I loved how HIS MIND FLITTED ABOUT THROUGH SO MANY SUBJECTS HIS mind flitted about through so many subjects his was a great one I ll probably have to try reading one of his books again I m not sure I ve tried one in audio Maybe that s the ticket This one was very well narrated A real pleasure I highly recommend it to all. 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. .

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