sourceaditya: Practhett is back with "The Unseen Academicals"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Practhett is back with "The Unseen Academicals"

My favorite author is back with the 32nd book of his belligerently satirical and diabolically funny Discworld series, the unseen academicals. This is the disc shape world and Terry's imaginative swipe at football clubs and varsity sports. And I cant wait to get my hands on it.

To the uninitiated, Terry Pratchett is an author who worked at a nuclear plant before deciding its much safer writing about the world's idiosyncrasies. To be safe he invented an imaginary place called discworld where he took humorous swipes at modern day problems. But why do I love him so much, because well his writing style, his witty remarks and his objective way of describing subjective incidents using various motifs is just down right fun to read.

Some times if the world were a more simple place, I think I would make Pratchett compulsory reading. Not only does it bring a smile to your face it also teaches you what all is really wrong with the world, sometimes with pointers in the right direction. Below are a few samples of my favorite quotes from Pratchett.

1. It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.

2. Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.

3. The figures looked more or less human. And they were engaged in religion. You could tell by the knives (it's not murder if you do it for a god).

4. The Monks of Cool, whose tiny and exclusive monastery is hidden in a really cool and laid-back valley in the lower Ramtops, have a passing-out test for a novice. He is taken into a room full of all types of clothing and asked: Yo, my son, which of these is the most stylish thing to wear? And the correct answer is: Hey, whatever I select.

5. “Most species do their own evolving, making it up as they go along, which is the way Nature intended. And this is all very natural and organic and in tune with mysterious cycles of the cosmos, which believes that there’s nothing like millions of years of really frustrating trial and error to give a species moral fiber and, in some cases, backbone.”

Now thats class...

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