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agardenandlibrary: “You think tyrants won’t bu…

agardenandlibrary:

“You think tyrants won’t build [war machines] too?”
“Well… I can build bigger ones!” Urn shouted.
Didactylos sagged. “Yes,” he said. “No doubt you can.”

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Discworld, in so many ways, and partly because…

Discworld, in so many ways, and partly because it’s a satire, is a really effective lens to look at our own world and our own society. To tease out those parts that are truly ridiculous and illogical and cruel and unjust, and to really sit down and look at those things. I think these books, in their way, have really pushed me to do that. To look at our society and my own life, and all the various things in it that are not so great, and to really engage with those and to tackle what it means. We talked about this last episode, but Terry Pratchett is angry. And I think in the current situation and the fact that after twenty-five years we still felt that these books were relevant and timely and address issues that we’re still facing, I think maybe that means we need to be a little bit angry.

The world is a globe – the farther you sail, t…

The world is a globe – the farther you sail, the closer to home you are.

Of course, Cox was not like a shark. He was wo…

Of course, Cox was not like a shark. He was worse. Sharks are just eating machines. They don’t have a choice. First Mate Cox had a choice, every day, and had chosen to be First Mate Cox. And that was a strange choice, because if evil was a disease, then First Mate Cox would have been in an isolation ward on a bleak island somewhere.

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mirthfulartist:

mirthfulartist:

Vimes practice. 

Any woman setting out to make a living by the …

Any woman setting out to make a living by the sword isn’t about to go around looking like something off the cover of the more advanced kind of lingerie catalogue for the specialized buyer.

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jmbrett:

“Cottages tend to attract similar kinds of witches. It’s natural.
Every witch trains up one or two young witches in their life, and when
in the course of mortal time the cottage becomes vacant it’s only sense
for one of them to move in.

“Magrat’s cottage traditionally housed
thoughtful witches who noticed things and wrote things down. Which herbs
were better than others for headaches, fragments of old stories, odds
and ends like that.

“There were a dozen books of tiny handwriting and
drawings, the occasional interesting flower or unusual frog pressed
carefully between the pages.

“It was a cottage of questioning witches, research witches. Eye of what newt? What species of ravined salt-sea shark? It’s all very well a potion calling for Love-in-idleness, but which of the thirty-seven common plants called by that name in various parts of the continent was actually meant?

“The reason that Granny Weatherwax was a better witch than Magrat was that she knew that in witchcraft it didn’t matter a damn which one it was, or even if it was a piece of grass.

The reason Magrat was a better doctor than Granny was that she thought it did.”

–Terry Pratchett,
Lords and Ladies

Of course, depending on what kind of day a cop…

Of course, depending on what kind of day a copper has had there is no action, short of being physically somewhere else, that may not be construed as assault, but Adora Belle hadn’t actually assaulted Sergeant Detritus; she’d merely attempted to stab his huge foot with her shoe, which resulted in a broken heel and a twisted ankle.

This is what thinking does for you, he thought…

This is what thinking does for you, he thought. It gets you into trouble.