|Posted by Josh Griffiths on March 12, 2015 at 11:45 AM|
I remember the very first time I picked up a Terry Pratchett book. It was The Color of Magic at my local library when I was 17. I took it home, having heard so much about this great writer, and I hated it. I couldn't tell you why, but it just didn't click with me.
Years later, at the same library, I saw a stack of books that were being sold for cheap. These books were in great condition as well, so I'm not sure why they were being sold. Anyway, I saw in that stack A Hat Full of Sky, and wanting to give Discworld a second chance, I bought it.
I took it home that day and finished it three days later. It blew my mind, how elegantly written it was, the powerful message behind it, and the humor it contained. It was so well written I didn't even realize it was actually the second book in the Tiffany Aching storyline.
From then on, I bought as many Terry Pratchett books as I could find, and only half way through his bibliography, I haven't found a book I didn't like yet. It's very easy to say that he is my favorite author of all time, no offense John Steinbeck.
My favorite book has to be either Hat Full of Sky or Men at Arms. In fact, Sergeant Angua from the Watch series is my favorite fictional character of all time. If you thought Brooklyn from War Trash seemed familiar, there you go.
He didn't inspire me to write, I have to admit, but he did inspire me to write for a living. He showed me that even someone as goofy as me could write something that would reach and inspire people. I'm still working on that now, but Mildred Clarance On Writing is an absolute love letter to Pratchett, even if it isn't all that great honestly.
Rest in Peace Terry Pratchett, and best wishes to your friends and family. His death came too soon, and we lost a great man today.