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A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction

By Terry Pratchett

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction

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Started reading:
2 February 2015
Finished reading:
14 February 2015

Review

Terry Pratchett has written scores of nooks, some of which actually have nothing to do with Discworld. This first collection of Pratchett’s nonfiction pieces, from a page or two to a dozen or so, mentions Discworld now and then, but mostly it’s forays into more mundane lands, with speeches he’s given, blurbs he’s been asked for, a discourse on posterior cortical atrophy, the atypical variant of Alzheimer’s disease which struck him, and more sheer wit per square inch than any collection you’re likely to see this year. What’s more, there’s a foreword by Neil Gaiman which refutes the popular image of Pratchett as a jolly old elf — which makes sense, since elves, as Pratchett writes, were real bastards. Definitely worth your time, even if you’ve never seen things through octarine-colored glasses.