This is a definite pick. Pratchett is very passionate about his diagnosis and writing. 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
“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
“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'?"
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.
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
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
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'.
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.
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.
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.