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R.I.P. Terry Pratchett

© Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons

© Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons

A great author, Sir Terry Pratchett, passed away the other day. I was introduced to his work when our reading group, Read 23*, at the request of member Joel Habush, chose Mr. Pratchett’s wonderful novel Going Postal. It was a wonderful read and I subsequently have read a number of other novels in Mr. Pratchett’s Discworld series. Mr. Pratchett was afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and we lost him at the young age of 66.

“The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds,” said Larry Finlay of his publishers Transworld. The author died at home, surrounded by his family, “with his cat sleeping on his bed”, he added.

There have been many tributes to Mr. Pratchett over the last week, a number of which have been shared on the Read 23 mailing list:

Mr. Pratchett left us too soon… he’ll be missed.

* OMG, the discussion is tomorrow and I still have 23 chapters to read!

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