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Book 8 for 2014

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett, 2006, 400 pages.

Wintersmith is part of Pratchett's "Tiffany Aching" series of books, written for young adults. I am enjoying them immensely. In this novel, young Tiffany, witch-in-training, dances with the wrong individual during a traditional autumnal revel, and the results are catastrophic. There is a wonderful cast of characters, including my beloved Granny Weatherwax, the Nac Mac Feegles, and even a cameo by Death himself.

I love that Pratchett conveys, even in a young adult novel with only a few human characters, the power that words and books have in transforming lives.

The first little signs of Pratchett's Alzheimer's - tiny plotholes, subtle things amiss - creep into this book. It's not alarming or even obvious, but I've been on a steady diet of Pratchett for many months now, and I can see and feel the change. Wintersmith was published in 2006; Pratchett made the announcement of his battle with the disease in 2007.

Little incongruities aside, this was a terrific book, and will require me to acquire my own copy.

Cross-posted to 50bookchallenge

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cat63
Jan. 15th, 2014 09:06 am (UTC)
The first little signs of Pratchett's Alzheimer's - tiny plotholes, subtle things amiss - creep into this book.

I'm surprised that you think so, but then people have been saying to me for years that some of his books are better than others and I've never been able to see it (except the first couple of Discworld books where he was just getting into his stride).

I do wonder sometimes if, knowing about his illness, people (not you specifically, but people generally )look for signs of it (consciously or otherwise) and in some cases find them whether they're actually there or not....

But even if you're right (and I concede that you may be) a substandard pratchett is still head and shoulders above most of the field :)
lachan
Jan. 15th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
I agree, it is probably just people SEARCHING with all their might for such glitches...

I do not make light of his disease, but i think he either, can still coherently write, or he can't keep track sufficiently anymore to write a good novel. It does not come in "little plotholes" but would affect his writing as a whole. This is at least what i believe would happen.
If he is otherwise as brilliant as before, then, i would not overinterpret this.
But, it is a shame, really, and knowing that nothing, NOTHING can help, that the outcome is inevitable, is so sad....
cat63
Jan. 15th, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
It does not come in "little plotholes" but would affect his writing as a whole.

Small things might creep in, I guess, but I'd hope his editors would spot any major shift in writing ability...
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