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“Sir Terence David John Pratchett OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels.” (Wikipedia)

“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” – Terry Pratchett, “Going Postal”

AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER. Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night. The End.

Terry Pratchett: April 28, 1948-March 12, 2015

I’m pretty sure that the first Terry Pratchett book I read was Jingo. It was… formative, to say the least. It’s a book about warring nations and crazy geniuses and police. It’s also a book about Justice and Politics and Cultures, in the extremely capitalized forms of those ideas.

That’s the thing about Terry Pratchett. He wrote funny little books that were sort of parodies and sort of satires, and they were about goofy characters stumbling into getting the job done at least half by accident, and they were set in a silly fantasy world, and it was all a good, amusing time.

But his books were also about great big Ideas, and uncovered little bits of Truth, and driven by stubborn old women and anti-heroes and cowards and sometimes outright con artists.

And I get that Terry Pratchett might not appeal to everyone. He was an old white British guy, and his books are written from a very old white British guy perspective, but there’s a lot in those books that are universal. Things about hope, justice, truth, and love. Things about accepting people for who they are, and understanding what people are and why they do the things they do. There’s things about democracy and freedom and equality, and power and duty and honor.

I loved his books, and I loved his characters. All of them, even the irritating ones like Rincewind.

Terry Pratchett passed away in 2015, and the world has been a poorer place for not having him in it. But at least we still have his books.

You can pick up any one of his books, written at any point in his career, and get started. You don’t have to read them in order, really, and you don’t have to read them all. Here’s a few of my favorites.

5 Discworld Novels You Should Definitely Read

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Carol Danvers: *referring to the front of the baseball cap that Fury has given her * What is this?

Nick Fury: It’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. logo.

Carol Danvers: Does announcing your identity with branded clothing help with the covert part of the job?

Nick Fury: …said the space soldier who’s wearing a rubber suit.


I’ve always said that S.H.I.E.L.D.’s branding is on point. They have that logo stamped on everything. It’s probably embossed on the company toilet paper.

Captain Marvel

5TtRT: Higher, Further, Faster

We saw Captain Marvel this weekend and it was good. There, that’s it. Go see the movie, then spend the next couple of days eyeballing your cat.

Okay, okay. A little more in depth, then. But no spoilers.

It starts off slow. Like the first, eh, third of the movie is slow. There’s a couple of cool fight scenes, but otherwise it’s all exposition and plotwork, and it’s a bit dry. Most of the funny happens in the middle third. The final third is a whole lot of smash-’em-up fun.

Brie Larson did a great job as Carol Danvers. She was funny and tough and a lot of fun to watch.

There’s a good plot twist. Goose kind of steals every scene he’s in. Seeing a young Nick Fury, before he becomes the badass super-spy of the Iron Man and Avengers movies, is kind of a hoot.

The CGI used to de-age Sam Jackson is pretty damn good, but there are a couple of scenes where he’s running or fighting and you can totally see he still moves like a 70-year-old man, and that’s a little bit unintentionally hilarious.

The CGI used to de-age Clark Gregg is slightly less good – looks a bit plasticky in a couple of scenes.

The movie was full of references to 90’s nostalgia, including shot-for-shot remakes of a few 90’s films for some of the action bits, references and homages to other 90’s films, and a Stan Lee cameo that made Kevin Smith cry.

I’m pretty sure they used every decent 90’s song available in the soundtrack, and that came to about 7 songs. The 90’s were a musical desert.

Overall the movie was a good origin story, and left me more excited to see a sequel, now that we’ve got all the exposition out of the way. Also, I’m really looking forward to seeing Captain Marvel in Endgame.

5 Things to Read Today (Mostly with Spoilers)

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“Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.” (Wikipedia)

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony