Posted: 12/03/2015 at 23:24
Thanks for this thread KEF. I'm trying to work out how to adequately express just how important Terry Pratchett's writing has been to me but I can't: my words just don't have the right power, but I must try...
The term that comes to mind first is belly laughs. Whilst his stories reference the full range of emotions, the numerous laugh-out-loud moments I experienced over the years actually helped me get through the day so often that I think they kept me healthier than otherwise might have been the case.
This was also because, in spite of the improbability of the wonderfully storylines he created, the characters inhabiting his fantasy worlds always seemed completely authentic: we could identify with their feelings and motivations - and dare I say it - even even be inspired by them!
In addition to being a very funny writer he was also a very moral person: this comes through his books loud and clear. I look forward to reading his last book when it comes out and shall miss all the new ones he will no longer be able to give us.