Terry Pratchett had a profound influence on my life. Between his amazing stories, his wit, humor and sharp prodding at human frailties, I found hours of enjoyment as I trudged the streets of Anhk Morpork with Sam Vimes, or fought nasty fairies alongside Tiffany Aching.
I honored him in my Time Rovers series (Cynda rents a room at Pratchett’s Bookshop.) When I wrote about Sergeant Ramsey (Keats’ nemesis), I thought of Sam Vimes and what it was like to be a copper. My Demon Trappers series was sparked by reading Good Omens (see below) and so Mark Helwig immortalized that book in his illustration of one of my Biblio-Fiends.
I love so many of Pratchett’s characters as they were all rich in their own way. But one of my faves is the Patrician, whose “voice” is firmly stuck in my head courtesy of audiobook narrator Stephen Briggs. The Patrician is a complex fellow, a “benevolent” despot who knows he’s smarter than most and makes use of that cunning (and ruthlessness) to make the city of Anhk Morpork at bit less dismal. Quite Machiavellian.
Sir Terry has joined hands with Death (whose comments on life were always in caps) and journeyed on. He leaves behind a rich legacy which will always remain immortal. Requiescat in pace.
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