Based on my reading so far this year, I’m betting Sir Terry Pratchett will be my favorite author of the year. I’m a latecomer to the STP fan club, but I’m making up for my tardiness with an overabundance of enthusiasm, both for his books and for the author himself.
About the Author
Terry Pratchett called himself a non-descript student who was educated primarily by the local library. He was fascinated by astronomy (enough to have his own observation deck) and deliciously funny. My dad always said that humor is 90% timing and Terry Pratchett had his timing down perfectly. Terry Pratchett became Sir Terry Pratchett in 2009. After knighthood, he forged his own sword from iron ore he mined himself in a kiln he made from clay. If that sentence fills you with envy and longing, this may be the author for you. STP fought a public battle with Alzheimer’s disease for the last years of his life and spent considerable time and money working to improve Alzheimer’s and dementia research (in addition to the time and money he spent on libraries, schools, and more). Continue reading