Thursday, December 13, 2007

Just ... just ... BUGGER!

Any long-term reader of The LawDog Files knows that Terry Pratchett is one of my favourite authors.

To my absolute shock, Mr. Pratchett has been diagnosed with a rare-form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

The man is only 59 -- and he's got Alzheimer's.

I think karma owes me an explanation for this bushwa.

LawDog

18 comments:

JeanC said...

Terry has a statement entitled "An Embuggerance" on the situation here:

http://www.paulkidby.com/news/index.html

MY OWN WOMAN... said...

Stem Cell Research....... So that others may live normally.

pdb said...

There ain't no justice.

Jenna said...

I just read about this on another site and I'm still feeling a tad like I was kicked in the stomach.

When Karma gives up the goods and explains this to you, toss the rest of us a line, k?

And kick the bugger in the teeth for me.

shooter said...

Damn, Dog, you beat me to the punch. I read it on a nameless MSM site this AM. This after watching Hogfather on one of the local channels last night. Now I see what all the fuss is about and realize the brains behind it will be disappearing in a short matter of minutes. Truly sad.

I just hope and pray there are some medical miracles that may stave off the inevitable.

LawDog said...

Shooter, if you watched the movie, now you have to buy the book. Trust me.

shooter said...

Aren't there like 30 some-odd books in the series with more to come? I'm the 18 year old in the nudie bar. I wanna see every one!!!

Charles said...

Buggerit Millennium Hand and Shrimp

PubliusCicero said...

What, you think you'll actually be able to tell the difference?

Cybrludite said...

On the plus side, he now has an excuse for any and all continutity errors. Very helpful when dealing with a 30+ long series of books!

(Yep. Going to hell for that one.)

phlegmfatale said...

My heart aches for him. So young.

Anonymous said...

LD,

This reminds me of when Robert Jordan died. I know that Mr. Pratchett isn't gone yet but it just stinks when your favorite author takes it on the chin.

Stay Safe
Dr. Joe

Sarita said...

Oh, this is sad news. Thanks for the link to the article. Terry's books were a god sent to me during the year of my mother's fatal illness. His books were the only things that were able to take my mind off her illness.

arfingreebly said...

Key riced.

Hell, I've not had time to read his stuff at all.

It's "on my to-do list" and it just got elevated on the priority scale.

The very idea that this man might some day forget where his towel is.

This Karma guy, when you're done, can I speak to him?

~~ Arfin

Krissa said...

He's my favorite author too. :-(

I cannot believe it!

Mark said...

Heinlein.

Asimov.

Jordan.

Pratchett.

We lose the good ones too soon, and the wankers stick around 'til they're sedimentary.

Pterry's not dead yet, though - nor is he giving up. He's an ornery little bastard, he'll fight.

CaveTroll said...

PTerry is one of the absolute best.
I know he won't go down without a fight either

Used to have the entire colection until some [delted][deleted][deleted] fool stole it.

To any docs/researchers reading now is the time to really work at it!!!

Phil Wong said...

LD, I wished to bring this Terry Pratchett story to your attention in case you had not heard:

"ENGLISH fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett says he was so excited after being knighted by the Queen that he decided to make his own sword to equip himself for his new status.

It was not enough, however, simply to find some metal and get a blacksmith to bash it into shape.

Pratchett, believing the sword would not truly be his own unless it was made from metal he had produced, found a field with deposits of iron ore near his home in Wiltshire, west of London.

He gathered the deposits and smelted the iron ore himself.

The author, 62, who has sold about 65 million copies of his books, which include the Discworld series, said: "Most of my life I've been producing stuff which is intangible and so it's amazing the achievement you feel when you have made something which is really real."

With help from his friend Jake Keen — an expert on ancient metal-making techniques — the author dug up 81kg of ore and smelted it in the grounds of his house, using a makeshift kiln built from clay and hay and fuelled with damp sheep manure.

Pratchett, who has Alzheimer's disease, also said he had thrown in "several pieces of meteorites — thunderbolt iron, you see — highly magical, you’ve got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not".

After days of hammering the metal into bars, he took it to a blacksmith, whom he helped to shape it into a blade, which was finished with silverwork.

Pratchett has stored the sword, which he completed last year, in a secret location, apparently concerned about the authorities taking an interest in it.

He said: "It annoys me that knights aren’t allowed to carry their swords. That would be knife crime."



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/terry-pratchett-creates-a-sword-with-meteorites/story-e6frfro0-1225926584339#ixzz107QmzH8R