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Something tells me that the names Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Tom Holt will be well recieved on this board.

Just a guess, mind.
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Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams are cool. But who's Tom Holt?

I think Douglas is just hilarious, and Terry Pratchett is his counterpart concerning fantasy. The only thing I don't like in Pratchett is that in his stories he describes elves as being nasty. :mad: :mad: Elf-hater! :mad: ;)

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Terry Pratchett is EXTREMELY funny as is some of Douglas Adams' stuff, oh and who is Tom Holt??

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Pratchett is fine, Adams is not, Holt is just plain british.

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What's wrong with Adams??? :mad:

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
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Tom Holt is less well known, but very good. Try some.

And it's possible for elves to have a different alignment than the Tolkien Lawful-Stupid ones. Anyway, as far as I remember, elves only appear in one Discworld book.

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Ever read Good Omens? One of the best books evar.

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There's nothing wrong with Doug Adams, it's just that this board is/was crawling with quite vocal fans of him, who never got tired of that whole 42 thing. I myself quite liked the Hitchhiker 'trilogy', but hated the first Dirk Gently book, so I stopped reading him.
Raymond Chandler is way better at the private dick shtick than Adams could ever have been, psychics or not.

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Raymond Chandler is way better at the private dick shtick than Adams could ever have been, psychics or not.

Ever try Dashiell Hammet? He pretty much started the whole private detectuve shtick....
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Only the first three books of Hitchiker Trilogy were good. Two last ones sucked ass more than [insert my name here].

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I never read...what was it? "Goodbye and thanks for all the fish"? So it might be terrible, don't know.
As for Dashiell Hammett, i tried to read "The Maltese Falcon", but couldn't get into it. The rich snobs sitting around their expensive suites sipping cocktails really bothered me. I preferred Chandler's down-on-his-luck private eye, the man seemed more...real, i guess.

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You should read The Falcon's Malteser, by Anthony Howrovizt, it's extremely funny.

I listened to the entire Hitchhiker collection in it's original form (the English radio play). I then read the book. All brilliant stuff from start to finish.

Of Pratchett, I believe I have read (in no particular order):

The Colour of Magic
The Light Fantastic
Interesting Times
Reaper Man
The Hogfather
The Last Continent
Guards! Guards!
Clay Feet
The Fifth Elephant
Jingo
The first in the witch series (I forget the name)

Tom Holt is a brilliant British writer, hilarious and sardonic in every point.
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Everyone knows that elves are short, green, wear silly hats and make toys for Father Christmas. All that pointy ear stuff is made up.

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The last two books of the Hitchhiker trilogy of five aren't that good. Adams himself pretty much accepted that. I can't remember reading any Tom Holt, although the name rings a bell. I've read pretty much everything Pratchett ever wrote.

I remember once reading a few books by an American author who seemed to be trying comic fantasy. His early stuff was quite good, but he began to lose it after about five books. Can't remember his name, but I think his first name was Robert and his books tended to include the word Myth.

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I remember the myth books. They fell far short of Discworld in humor. They fell short even of most bad humor fantasy.

—Alorael, who definitely likes Pratchett and who thought HGttG was funny but impossible to follow. He'd like to add Carl Hiaasen to the list, though. He's not a fantasy writer, but he has a lovely way of writing with political cynicism.
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Basically, the Dirk Gently series (can you call two books a series? ;) ) is not a detective story. If it was, I'd agree it sucks. It's a parody on detective tales. Just as HhGttG (did I miss a letter?) is a parody of Sci-Fi, and Discworld is somewhat of a parody of fantasy. :)

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
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Personally, I loved So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish and Mostly Harmless. Actually, Mostly Harmless is awesome. Reading it gives you a vague feeling that everyone's making a mad dash, god knows where -- and then the end. Which I both hate and love.

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It's a terrific ending to that great trilogy (or quintology? ;) ). It's a bit sad because the Earth is, after all, destroyed, but heck, that's the way the book started, right?

But I think Doug had some problem with finishing stories. There's a kind of Odysee-like restlessness about the plot, and it never comes to an end. I bet that if he'd lived longer :( , he'd have made a sixth and a seventh book.

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"And all should cry, Beware, Beware!
His Flashing eyes, his Floating hair!" S. T. Coleridge
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"It is as if everyone had lost their sense
Consigned themselves to downfall and decadence
And a wisp it is they have chosen as their beacon." Reinhard Mey.
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Quote of the Week: "I have a high opinion of myself, which makes up for my total lack of intelligence." Anon.
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What's wrong with Robert Aspirin? He spoofed just about everything in his Myth series. The last few were definately lacking, but the first ones were great. Phule's Company is also good, but in that one he spoofs science/military fiction.

My little sister introduced me to Pratchett's work, and I do enjoy it. Some parts of the books that I have read seem just a bit over done though. Douglas Adams' books, while good, also suffer from this at times.

I tend to stick to fantasy and sci-fi in general though, so I'll keep my nose out of the debates concerning mysteries and detective stories.

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So Long and Thanks for All the Fish was, in my opinion, the best of the Douglas Adams books, and Ford Prefect was always a man after my own heart. As for endings, I agree with Arancaytar. He wrote originally for radio, however, which I think explains his tendency to ramble and never really close a story. DGHDA sucked mildly, but The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul was a major improvement.

Ye Gods by Holt was very funny, but living in Hellifax, I have never been able to find anything else by the plainly British author.

As for Pratchett. Pf

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Douglas Adams did write a sixth book; it was released just recently. (It wasn't quite finished when he died so his family completed it, and I haven't read it so I can't vouch for its quality.)

While we're talking semi-obscure authors, is anyone else familiar with the works of Iain M. Banks?

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Terry Pratchett books I've read;

Equal rites
Mort
Sourcery
Wyrd Sisters
Guards Guards
Pyramids
Witches Abroad
Small Gods
Men at arms
Lords and Ladies
Feet of Clay
Interesting Times
Hogfather
The Lost Continent
Maskerade
The Fifth Elephant
The Truth
Carpe Juggelem
Thief of Time
Night Watch
and Nanny Ogg's cookbook.

As you can see I have read a lot of them :D

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I've read the posthumous Adams work. It's not a Hitchhiker's book. Part of it was intended to be a third Dirk Gently book (I personally consider Dirk Gently to be his best work) and part of it was just half finished files on his computer.

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Let the good times roll again
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Nye: You can find Tom Holt in any decent Waterstones or Books ECT.
You live in Halifax? I could send you a few of mine, if you wish. I've read them already and won't need them again.

Equal Rites, that was the one I forgot. I only really like the Death and Rincewind stories, the Faculty (Unseen University) is also quite good, and the Ankh-Morpork Watch series is competent, although less about comedy.

I cherished each and every Douglas Adams book, my favourite being the Total Perspective Vortex book (I forget the exact name, it's been a long time since reading them).
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