Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Teaser, erm, Wednesday

I know that I only just quoted from Terry Pratchett's Equal Rites for Teaser Tuesday, but he is just so good that I wanted to share two more quotes with you as examples of the reason why his writing is so good.

Esk, in fact, moved through the fair more like an arsonist moves through a hayfield or a neutron bounces through a reactor, poets notwishtanding, and the hypothetical watcher could have detected her random passage by tracing the outbreaks of hysteria and violence. But, like all good catalysts, she wasn't actually involved in the processes she initiated, and by the time all the non-hypothetical potential watchers took their eyes off them she had been buffeted elsewhere.


It was also changing colour, starting with a dull read and then climbing through the spectrum until it was a painful violet. Snakes of white fire coruscated along its length.

(There should be a word for words that sound like things would sound like if they made a noise, he thought. The word "glisten" does indeed gleam oilily, and if there was ever a word that sounded exactly the way sparks look as they creep across burned paper, or the way lights of cities would creep across the world if the whole of human civilization was crammed into one night, then you couldn't do better than "coruscate".)


  1. Well, it's OK it's still Tuesday in the US. I have no teaser for you, I'm at work and I doubt you'd want something from the product brochure :p

  2. I'm sure there might be a well written piece of text in the product brochure! Somewhere, maybe.

  3. My husband just finished this book and assures me that I will love it. He is now in the middle of Mort and really interested in finishing all the books in the series. I am looking forward to getting started as well!

  4. I have just requested Mort from the library myself!

  5. I really want to read these Terry Pratchett books, they seem really good

  6. Becky, some are better than others, but they are a lot of fun!

  7. I just love Terry Pratchett! I'm making my way through the series, too, and just finished up Wyrd Sisters - what a treat! Feel free to quote from his books every day of the week - it's always a treat. :-)



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