On March 12, 2015 Sir Terry Pratchett died from Alzheimer’s disease. On that day, many lovers of the great author’s fantasy novels wept, proclaiming that at only 66 years of age the author died too soon. Upon his death, Pratchett’s daughter wrote from her father’s Twitter account the following:
AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.
Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.
For those who are unfamiliar, the use of block capitals is a reference to how the character of Death speaks in Pratchett’s works.
Terry Pratchett is to my generation what J.R.R. Tolkien was to my parents’ generation. He has written over 70 books, 40 of which are part of the critically acclaimed Discworld series. He has won a multitude of awards, recognitions, and honorary doctorates. He was even knighted for his “services to literature!”
Within the limits of a short blog post I cannot even begin to describe the impact Terry Pratchett has had on the literary community but, as a librarian, what I can do is share his books. If you are interested in reading some of Terry Pratchett’s works, my colleague, Maggie, and I have created a display filled with his novels. Please come by the Adult Services Reference Desk to view them and get recommendations on the ones that might suit your interests the best.