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A Plug for Pratchett

I’m currently reading Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett, and of course it’s funny in the way that only a sharp British author can be. If you’ve never read one of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, you really need to give one a try. Aside from the great set up, (Discworld is a flat planet that moves through space on the back of four giant elephants who are in turn standing on the shell of a giant turtle, whose sex is, to this point, unknown) his writing style is wonderful. His books are full of witty satire on our modern world, obvious parodies of pop culture and various genres of literature, and that subtle humor that you don’t even realize is humor until a few seconds later when it hits you with the force of a thick rubber band that has been pulled to the breaking point and let fly at your head. For example, this morning I was reading the following passage. (My thought process appears in italics.)

“…there is, on the pillow, an elderly teddy bear called Mr. Wobble.

Traditionally, in the lexicon of pathos, such a bear should have only one eye, but as a result of a childhood error in Glenda’s sewing, he has three, and is more enlightened than the average bear.

Juliet Stollop’s bed was marketed to her…”

wait a second “…more enlightened than the average bear…” did Terry Pratchett just make a Yogi Bear joke? *slight chuckle* well that’s odd. Anyway...

“Juliet Stollop's bed was marketed to...”

hold on

“…he has three, and is more enlightened than…” three eyes…Yogi…enlightened



So anyway, that’s how it goes with Terry Pratchett. Go read one of his books. It’s worth it.