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By Metatone (Fri Aug 28, 2015 at 12:01:16 PM EST) (all tags)
So I read The Shepherd's Crown.

Not sure what I make of it - it's strangely like a conscious wrapping up of some things. (Although that doesn't really fit what has been said about when it was written.)

[No spoilers within - just general rambling.]



Quite a strange moment to be at the end of the last book.
Not sure that this personal blah is worth reading - so you have been warned.

I was 12 when I read Colour of Magic and delighted that he'd already written some other books. I caught up to be waiting for Wyrd Sisters when it came out.

I don't think then I ever dared hope that there would be so many books. Most authors that I knew of then seemed to manage a trilogy or two and that was that.

Perhaps at the same time there's an odd connection with the fact that I could never imagine surviving all that long. I thought 20-something would be as far as I would get.

There was an odd synchronicity about his writing and publishing. A new book would often come along just when my life was at some critical point - and it would seem his weird little buried messages fitted in to my universe and helped me out.

I think I've said before "Thief of Time" is the "book that saved my life" because it arrived at a very dark time and something in it helped me move forward.

It's odd to be able to measure out so much of life against a work of fiction. Perhaps the attraction of Coronation Street (or other soaps) which I never got into.

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I felt that way about Raising Steam by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Aug 28, 2015 at 01:29:04 PM EST
in that it seemed like he tried to fit in every A-M character he could, just so they could have one last appearance.

I think I'm left with four unread Discworld novels (The Shepherd's Crown, Unseen Academicals, the Last Hero and Carpe Jugulum) and then I'm done with the fiction.

I'm still sticking with Nightwatch as my favorite.


I hope I can read it by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Aug 29, 2015 at 03:52:49 AM EST
I've ended up putting off the last Iain Banks since I'm depressingly aware that after that there's no more new work to read, ever.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
I won't lie... by Metatone (4.00 / 2) #3 Sat Aug 29, 2015 at 05:48:25 AM EST
it was a bittersweet experience...


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