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RIP Terry Pratchett and Wintersmith

March 12, 2015

I’m exceedingly sad to hear of Sir Terry Pratchett’s passing today.

I could rant about the cruelty of Alzheimer’s, to which I lost my step-mother last year, but I’m not going to.

I could also go on and on about what I loved about Sir Terry’s books – I’ve selectively read every one he ever wrote about witches – but I won’t.

What I want to do to celebrate a fantastic fantasy writer is to pass his work on, hopefully to someone who’s never read a book by him before.

My introduction – years ago via a blog mention from an old friend, Darren – was Wintersmith. And I think it still might be my favourite book of Sir Terry’s, though I just bought Good Omens and hope to start reading it tonight. Wintersmith is technically the third book in his young adult series, but it was a perfect entry point for me and I hope it will be for one of you as well.Wintersmith kindle cover

To celebrate his life and his work, I want to buy this book for one of you – for kindle, or iBooks, or Kobo, or B&N, or in paperback. You name the format and I’ll buy it.

Comment below with your favourite book of Sir Terry’s or why you’d like to read Wintersmith specifically to enter.

I’ll assign each comment a number, run a random number generator, and select a winner at 5 p.m. PST on March 12, 2015 (today). Open internationally for ebooks. Canada and USA for ebooks or paperback. Remember to fill out your email address in the blog comment.

ETA: 5:20pm – GIVEAWAY CLOSED. WINNER to be contacted shortly.

RIP Sir Terry Pratchett. Thank you for the entertainment, the inspiration, and for the strong women and fantastic world you created.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. Candace Lazar permalink
    March 12, 2015 10:28 AM

    I would love to read it! always looking for great stories to read and take me away somewhere I’ve never been. Reading is truely an adventure and only a page away!

  2. Jenifer Thomas permalink
    March 12, 2015 10:39 AM

    I do not need this book as I already have it. 🙂 I just want to agree that Mr. Pratchett’s books are wonderful and say he will be missed in my home also.

    • March 12, 2015 10:44 AM

      Thanks for commenting. I really think celebrating his work is the best way to mourn him.

  3. LindaR permalink
    March 12, 2015 10:49 AM

    This news leaves me exceedingly sad. Mr. Pratchett always made me laugh and, better yet, made me think. I already own all of his books; please give my entry to someone else so he or she can experience the Disc.

    • March 12, 2015 10:52 AM

      I should be writing myself, but a big part if me wants to curl up on the couch and read his books all day.

  4. beth permalink
    March 12, 2015 11:03 AM

    I’m a fan of Sir Terry. I’ve never read his YA stuff, but enjoyed Good Omens immensely. His wit and satire will be missed. I envy you, Meghan, to be able to read Good Omens for the first time — a fitting way to honor his memory.

    • March 12, 2015 11:06 AM

      Entry #2 – I completely agree. I’m just sorry he had to pass away for me to read it. Granted it’s been on my wish list for some time.

  5. March 12, 2015 11:09 AM

    I would love to read it. I have just finished, in straight succession, your four dowser and oracle novels. I can hardly wait until your next book comes out. I haven’t read Sir Pratchett’s novels, but I will look forward to reading them since you recommend them and I really like your novels so much. Thank you so very much for such a wonderful way to end my days for the last week and a half.

    • March 12, 2015 11:12 AM

      Entry #3 – I’m glad you liked the Dowser/Oracle novels 😀 I’d love to share Wintersmith with you.

  6. Melissa314 permalink
    March 12, 2015 11:32 AM

    I’ve read it–probably 4 times, and everything else he’s written. Nanny Ogg, Rincewind, the Librarian (oook?) are old friends. I desperately want a trunk made of sapient pearwood. I pray for the Wee Free Men to terrorize my kitchen. The world lost a truly incredible voice today.

  7. March 12, 2015 11:40 AM

    Oops, accidentally left my comment on the Facebook post! I’d love to own this book – it’ll give me the push to finally read one of his books.

    • March 12, 2015 11:54 AM

      Entry #4 – for me Wintersmith was a good entry point, hopefully it will be for you as well.

  8. Heather Lewis permalink
    March 12, 2015 12:43 PM

    I’ve never read a book by him. But it looks interesting. Always sad to hear that someone you admire has passed. And to alzheimer’s 🙁 What a horrible disease that is.

    • March 12, 2015 12:52 PM

      For a writer of over 70 books, can you imagine? The thought scares the shit out of me.

      • March 12, 2015 2:21 PM

        Also entry #5

      • Heather Lewis permalink
        March 12, 2015 5:48 PM

        It’s such a scary disease. It literally wipes a person clean. It scares the shit out of me too! My great grandfather had sundowner’s, a form of alzheimer’s where the person is all there when they wake up, but deteriorate as the day goes on. So sad to see. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for that person.

  9. Jen permalink
    March 12, 2015 1:59 PM

    Hi Meghan! I was very saddened to see this post. I also found an announcement/article at I found myself reading it with tears in my eyes. I don’t know why I was/am crying, though. I’ve never read anything by Sir Terry Pratchett that I know of. But I also know I’ve always wanted to read something by him. I think the reason I haven’t yet is because I never knew where to start. He’s written so many books, and the sheer number of titles in his Discworld series has always been daunting to me.

    My father passed away in September 2014 from a form of dementia. Perhaps this is why Sir Terry’s death has hit me so hard.

    I will definitely make time to read him. I regret that I never did before. But hopefully he won’t mind. If I’m lucky enough to win, I would love a paperback of Wintersmith. If this book was a good entry point to his writing for you, I’m sure it will be a good entry point for me, too. It could be the icebreaker I need to get started.

    Thanks for this post Meghan. And, of course, thanks also for the giveaway.

    R.I.P. Sir Terry Pratchett (April 28, 1948 – March 12, 2015)
    You will be missed.

    • March 12, 2015 2:22 PM

      Entry #6 – it’s hit me oddly hard today as well, Jen. For the same reason I think.

  10. Amanda Owens permalink
    March 12, 2015 2:15 PM

    I would love to win and check out one of his books.

  11. Angela Firuccia permalink
    March 12, 2015 4:23 PM

    I’ve never read this book. But I’ve enjoyed others. Very sad.


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