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A Slip of the Keyboard
A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction | Terry Pratchett
A collection of essays and other non fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from his early years to the present day. 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 equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer's research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together 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 daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him. With 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, orangutans and Dignity in Dying. Snuff was the bestselling adult hardcover novel of 2011. A Blink of the Screen, Terry's short fiction collection, was also one of the bestselling hardcovers of 2012.
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madamereadsalot1
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#experience #quotsymay19 @TK-421

#terrypratchett quote, not necessarily from tagged book

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jb72
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This is a definite pick. Pratchett is very passionate about his diagnosis and writing. 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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TK-421
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I couldn‘t choose just one #book quote so here‘s a few by Terry Pratchett! #QuotsyMar19

SharonAlger This is very true. 8mo
wordzie 😁❤ 8mo
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TK-421
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“I grew up expecting to see the first man land on the moon. It never occurred to me that I‘d see the last one. We thought there‘d be a moon #base.” #QuotsyJan19

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TK-421
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“J.R.R. Tolkien has become a sort of #mountain, appearing in all subsequent fantasy in the way that Mt. Fuji appears so often in Japanese prints. Sometimes it‘s big and up close. Sometimes it‘s a shape on the horizon. Sometimes it‘s not there at all, which means that the artist either has made a deliberate decision against the mountain, which is interesting in itself, or is in fact standing on Mt. Fuji.” #QuotsyDec18

TK-421 Note: I'm not sure if this quote is from the tagged book 11mo
JazzFeathers Well, this is quite interesting and quite true. 11mo
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“Not long ago I was invited to a librarians‘ event by a lady who cheerfully told me, 'We like to think of ourselves as ‘information providers.' I was appalled by this want of ambition; I made my excuses and didn‘t go. After all, if you have a choice, why not call yourselves 'Shining Acolytes of the Sacred Flame of Literacy in a Dark and Encroaching Universe'? I admit this is hard to put on a button, so why not abbreviate it to 'librarians'?"

Zelma 😂 that is great. I want that printed on a shirt. 12mo
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"Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. "
Terry Pratchett

#terrypratchett #fantasy

BookwormAHN Good quote 💜 13mo
TheBookKeeper @BookwormAHN thank you😊 13mo
MayJasper Is that ship The Blue Peter? 13mo
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TK-421
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This was a great choice for alleviating my #bookhangover! Made me laugh, and made me think. It was fascinating to get some glimpses into Sir Terry's life: his writing process & work history; book signings; speeches, etc. His thoughts about Alzheimers were heartbreaking. By the end, one can't help but share his rage at a system that makes medically assisted death illegal. Definitely a PICK for me, but I can see why some people would rate it SO-SO.

TK-421 This was my #LitsyAtoZ2018 choice for the letter P. (edited) 2y
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Another for #revenge, which reminded me of yet another Terry Pratchett quote about revenge (from Monstrous Regiment): "Revenge is a wheel, and it turns backwards." #QuotsyApril18 #QuotsyCatchup

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TK-421
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Finally Friday! Reading & revision were my plans for tonight, but hockey distracted me 🤷‍♀️ Although I didn't get any writing/revision done yet tonight, did read a few more chapters of the tagged book. I think it was a great choice as a #bufferbook to chase away my #epicreread #bookhangover. #ItsFriday 💃#HappinessIsResistance #CampNanowrimo

Soubhiville Who‘s your team? There‘s been a lot of shouting here when the Devils play. 2y
TK-421 @Soubhiville I'm a Leafs fan, but I'm cheering on the Jets, too because 🇨🇦! (edited) 2y
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TK-421
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#MiniBookHaul from my trip to #McNallyRobinson yesterday, along with a DIY penguin project 🐧

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Rudis
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I wasn't quite ready to let go of Pratchett when I finished A Shepherd's Crown, so I delved into this book. Witty & made me think, and the last section - the rage section - made me cry again. Thank you always, to Sir Terry Pratchett.

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Happy Birthday Sir Terry❤️

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Aims42
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That last sentence is so true, definitely rings true with me 😂

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Aims42
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I love when your best friend knows what's on your Christmas List without having to ask 😍 Can't read to read this!!

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Just found this while sorting my office space and stuck it up right in the middle to remind me why this business is so exciting! The book tagged is obviously not the one the quote comes from but it is excellent & worth reading!

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Pratchett on Christie.

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Title: Whose Fantasy Are You?

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I love Terry Pratchett so much that I bought this for my sister & promptly stole it to read it (sorry @kimberly.burke ). Unsurprisingly, his writing is just as wonderful and hilarious in his nonfiction.
In a similar vein, I love Douglas Adams's The Salmon of Doubt.

#somethingforsept #septphotochallenge #nonfictionlove

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Nadyne

There is a rumour going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that _they_ exist.

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Nadyne

[A]t its best science fiction is about us and our Faustian bargain with our big brains, which dragged us out of the trees but may yet drag us into the volcano.

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Nadyne

We all soon become aware that to many otherwise intelligent people 'the Idea' is the heart, soul and centre of a novel, and all of that stuff about plot, character, dialogue and 100,000 written words is a clerical detail. Get the Idea, and all you need then is someone to 'write it down'.

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Nadyne

They're a loveable lot who drink like the rugby club and fight like the chess club.

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Nadyne

Australia has the best de facto national anthem in the world. Even people living in swamps in Brazil knew that if you heard the strains of 'Waltzing Matilda' you'd soon be swamped by young men and women with orange complexions and the heaviest knapsacks in the world.

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Nadyne

More than half the skill of writing lies in tricking the book out of your own head.

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Nadyne

I think my brain is on time-share to a better author overnight.

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Nadyne

I like the fortuitous onomatopoeia of words for soundless things. Gleam, glint, glitter, glisten... they all sound exactly as the light would sound if it made s noise. Glint is sharp and quick, it glints, and if an oily surface made a noise it would go glisten.

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This was my most recent "toilet book" (in that I kept it in the bathroom and read it while doin' ma bizniss!). Most of the essays were very short, perfect for toilet reading. However, the book did wade into the pool or repetition too often.