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A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction (Anglais) Relié – 23 septembre 2014

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"Seriously funny about the weirdness of the world and humorously serious about the NHS, assisted dying and his urgent personal campaign for more research into Alzheimer’s disease" (Times)

"A wonderful collection...[Pratchett] emerges as, yes, likeable but also complex and angry" (Independent)

"His life and legacy will always be cause for celebration" (Guardian)

"Bright, funny, insightful, warm...a man who truly knew how to enjoy life...and books" (George R.R. Martin)

"Wise and funny...my unlikely hero" (A.S. Byatt)

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With a foreword by Neil Gaiman

Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series – but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer’s research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett’s non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf’s love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him.
With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself – man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orang-utans and Dignity in Dying.

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If you are a Terry Pratchett fan, and surely, you must be, this book will give you insights into the thoughts and motivations behind his books and the causes he defended.
Sir Terry was as angry as he was kind and we miss him.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must-read for Terry Pratchett fans 9 décembre 2014
Par A. H. Wagner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you’ve ever wondered what Discworld series author Terry Pratchett is really thinking underneath what people often mistake for a “jolly old elf” exterior, then "A Slip of the Keyboard," a nonfiction collection of essays and speeches spanning his entire career, is a must-read. As his friend and "Good Omens" co-author Neil Gaiman is quick to point out in the book’s foreword, Pratchett is not jolly; he is, in fact, often seething with anger. But it is this anger that drives much of his best writing, whether funny or serious, fiction or nonfiction.

In this collection, you’ll find pieces of varying length covering a wide range of topics, from how Pratchett got his true education at the library, to the importance of a good hat, to guidelines for bookstores hosting author signings, to his experience handling public relations for a nuclear power plant (which, improbably, includes defusing rumors about a pixie haunting the grounds), to his more recent diagnosis of and fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the pieces are laugh-out-loud funny, some are deeply moving, most are a combination of funny and moving, and all are precious illuminations on this much-beloved but perhaps less understood writer.

What I’ve always admired about Pratchett, besides his superb command of language and his masterfully incisive insights on human nature, is the perfect razor-edge on which he balances humor and gravity in the tightly wound plots of his novels. Only with a Terry Pratchett book do I find myself laughing riotously at a ridiculous quip one moment and, in the very next moment, hushing myself in awe at a profound statement about life—often within the same sentence. I’m delighted to discover that his nonfiction writing has the same effect.

This book is chock-full of interesting insights about the author, but among its most telling is Pratchett’s opinion on funny vs. serious: “The problem is that we think the opposite of funny is serious,” he says. “It is not. In fact, as G. K. Chesterton pointed out, the opposite of funny is not funny, and the opposite of serious is not serious.” As anyone who’s read more than a few of Pratchett’s books can attest, the Discworld author is dead serious about the importance of humor. “Humour has its uses,” Pratchett says. “Laughter can get through the keyhole while seriousness is still hammering on the door. New ideas can ride in on the back of a joke; old ideas can be given an added edge.”

I’m sad and angry that Alzheimer’s is forcing Pratchett to watch a bit of himself slip away every day, but all I can do is be thankful for the generous output of magical writing with which this author has already gifted us and hope for much more before the last good-bye. And, as Gaiman concludes, there’s no better catharsis than to pick up one’s pen and write.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a collection of non-fiction essays that Terry Pratchett ... 27 octobre 2014
Par Buddha Buck - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a collection of non-fiction essays that Terry Pratchett has written over the length of his career. It is grouped together by general theme: essays on being a professional writer; essays on growing up, reading, and other "off-duty" enjoyments; and essays on his causes. Overall, it is well-worth reading.

If there is any flaw, it's in a certain repetitiveness. It's understandable: when you are writing personal essays and speeches, different venues will require telling similar anecdotes. Both the SF guest of honor speech and the Guardian article about becoming a fan will require telling about the local porn shop that also sold SF/F magazines. But PTerry doesn't crib from himself; each retelling is told fresh, with a different emphasis and different (but consistent) details. He is writing from memory afresh, not telling practiced lines.

The one exception to this is the last section. Understandably, one of PTerry's major causes these days is the progression, treatment, and end-game of Alzheimer's, which he was diagnosed with in 2006. The last 9 essays (save the bookend essay) were written between 2008 and 2011, and all deal with his disease or with his support of "assisted dying". All are written for mainstream media (The Times, The Daily Mail, the BBC, etc), and all are writing with a purpose. It is very different than most of the prior essays in the book, and can be (emotionally) hard to get through, especially all at once. It is still worth reading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent and thought provoking 27 septembre 2014
Par Caroline L. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have been dimly aware of Terry Pratchett having Alzheimer's but this book is the first time I've seen his opinion on it put together. The first part is written by the jolly elf that Neil Gaiman protests that Terry is not. He talks about how fascinating arsenic is and his own work history etc. He spent 8 years working at a nuclear plant, which shifts a lot of Good Omens into focus. For that alone, it is worth buying the book, for this book is like sitting down for a cup of tea with one of the funniest and smartest men in the world. I was interested to read pieces of his thoughts as he wrote Equal Rites and Snuff. Of course, his newer work speaks about his Alzheimer's, and you see a major shift in his tone. He is disgusted by the NHS and the laws surrounding assisted death.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nonfiction from a sterling career - funny, touching and sometimes oddly cheerful just like his fiction 13 octobre 2014
Par Jessica Weissman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Whatever he turns his hand to, he's the real thing.

This collection of incidental nonfiction from Terry Pratchett is, of course, all over the map. But every piece has his trademark directness, humor, and gift for the right detail. Topics include book reviews, personal accounts of his experience with Alzheimer's including his views on assisted suicide, his parents and education, science fiction conventions, and more.

The book is a touch repetitious, as he uses the same anecdotes for slightly different purposes. That's the standard anthology problem, nothing too bad.

This isn't the place to start your adventure with Pratchett, but if you know him you'll want to read this.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It allows one to feel like you are in the authors head and you can ... 10 juillet 2016
Par David D. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is insightful. It allows one to feel like you are in the authors head and you can really connect with his emotions. If you are a Pratchett fan, you can't go wrong with this book. If you are not familiar with him at all, read this book and you will understand why he has so many fans.
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