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Of Small Gods and Great Men

I remember reading Pratchett for the first time, back in my early twenties. I went to Dreamhaven in Minneapolis, where they had the UK imports with the Kirby covers, and I would buy one every few weeks when I could afford them.

I enjoyed the first few--they were fun enough to keep reading--and then I got to Small Gods and I remember actually yelling at the book "Where were you when I was sixteen and needed you?"

Then I found the guards and Granny Weatherwax and...well, yeah.

Eventually I found people who also understood these things. I am not saying that you have to love Pratchett to be cool, but a great many cool people do love Pratchett. (I also remember the point where I completely wrote off a job when I tried to explain Hogfather to the boss and he told me that it sounded really stupid.)

Reviewers compare my writing to Pratchett's occasionally. It is enormously flattering and also a bit frightening. That is a terrifyingly high bar to set a book up to clear, and very few books can actually stick the landing. I suspect that by now the readers have learned to be a little skeptical of such reviews, because no one did it like he did.

It's easy to be funny. It's hard to be humane. To put both on the same page and not give the reader whiplash is a rare and extraordinary talent.

I'm glad he finished the Aching books before he left.

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Good Omens was actually the first thing I read by either Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman. I found it in the high school library in 10th grade so what... 15?

And I loved it to pieces, but somehow didn't read anything else until probably ten years later? Maybe eight. Far longer than it should have been. I don't even remember how I found it, probably somebody on IRC had suggested it to me. But it was Small Gods, and then Soul Music, and then everything, though I must admit I have not yet read Raising Steam or the latest Tiffany Aching book. I think in part I may have been waiting, not wanting to read the last one.

And Vimes would definitely have appreciated Digger, and so would Granny Weatherwax, so don't you dare sell yourself short.

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