I've been reading his books since he started writing them. I kept pace with him until Pyramids, and then I got interested in something else. His writing has a distinct, inflexible style that is ultimately funny, but it becomes formulaic through the sheer volume of it. Blackadder has this quality too (until the very end of Series 4, I was not expecting that) |
Being aware of this doesn't mean I don't rate him as an author - he is one of the few writers who can make me actually LOL. And he has a warmth and detail to his characterisation that is almost like Dickens. I have really enjoyed every book of his I have read, and some of them I return to like an old jumper. especially Mort. I love Mort.
I guess that the world is just divided between those that never cease to be amused by the fact that Death TALKS IN HOLLOW CAPITALS, and those who think it's a bit stupid & childish. I will always feel a bit sorry for those who can't enjoy humour that is both silly and clever. Blessed are the Geek, for they shall inherit the Mirth.
My company ran the Discworld Convention in 2008 for his fans. I'm really sorry I missed it due to my being away at a festival and really not capable of driving back to see him. We're doing it next year as well, by the sounds of it, he should still be around for that - and be aware that he's there. He is not going quietly into the night, and all that. Lovely man.
A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.