So I periodically get emails from Quora which tell me what’s coming across my feed. The emails are about the only interaction I have with the site, except when one of the relatively rare interesting pieces catches my attention and I commit the horrible sin of clicking the link and get sucked in to one of the larger time-sinks known to humanity.
Which happened today.
The culprit: a response to the question “Are Terry Pratchett’s books anti-intellectual?”
The answer starts with “No. What they are is anti pseudo-intellectual” and gets better from there. An unusually high proportion of the comments are equally awesome, and pick up even more of the blasted references Sir Pterry makes throughout his books. I’m going to have to reread them all in the hope of catching some of them, because at least half of the ones mentioned in the long, long thread were things I’d completely missed.
Judging by the comments about how many rereads were needed – many of them with dictionary, encyclopedia, and super-Google close to hand – this is not unusual, but I reckon I’ll still miss most of it because I’ll get sucked into the story and surface at the end of the book as usual.
Needless to say, don’t bother with my blather today. Go read the Quora thread.
I’m fine with those who can honestly say that Pratchett doesn’t float their boat. Taste is an individual matter, and people are allowed to dislike something I love. Just don’t try to tell me Sir Pterry is second-rate or lightweight fluff or anything like that. Even on the first read of his books I could tell there was a lot more going on than the story on the surface.
And have a sleepy Westley being adorable and making the work mouse almost impossible to use.