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My nonspoilery review of the first 4 chapters of Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown, read today at lunch:

Go read it. Don't read any reviews, don't read anybody's first impressions, don't read anything about it. Just go read it.
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“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.”

― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

P.S.

Oct. 7th, 2009 10:50 am
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Also at the bookstore last night I unexpectedly came upon Pratchett's lastest, Unseen Academicals. I've got it, am about halfway through it. It's not going to be one of my favorites, being fairly standard Diskworld fare, but I find even bog-standard Pratchett to be comfort reading. :)

P.S. It's about Unseen University fielding a football team.
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In case there are people on my friendslist who read Pratchett and don't know this ... the CAST LIST for the MOVIE IN PRODUCTION of Hogfather can be found here.

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