(My boss asked me for some Terry Pratchett book recommendations today. It took a bit of research, so I figured I’d share…)
…or “Where to start?” There are something like 35 Discworld novels spanning almost 25 years, so there’s a bit of variation. Pratchett also loves his in-jokes and walk-ons, so you’ll definitely get more out of the books once you’re familiar with the milieu. (You’ll also get more out of them if you know lots of movie, music, and book trivia. The guy’s encyclopedic with his puns.)
The very first book you’ll want to read is Good Omens, written with Neil Gaiman. It’s not a Discworld book, but it has the same kind of style so it’s a good indicator of whether you’ll like Pratchett or not.
What do great apes, dolphins, and elephants have in common? We all check ourselves out when given a mirror, a test of self-awareness that elephants at the Bronx Zoo just passed. This probably doesn’t surprise elephant fans (like myself), but it’s good to learn more about our gentle lumbering friends. More in the Guardian article.
Patrick just sent a link to a beautiful shot of a Space Shuttle launch as seen from the International Space Station. As someone in the comments writes, “It’s like, all of a sudden I like the ISS, you know?”
In true cross-blogging fashion, K and I are hosting rabbit and rouftop of La Luna de Miel… literally. They’re sleeping on our fold-out couch after their long trip up and down the Left Coast, or as they put it, the Dairy Tour of the West. (which I always read as a “Diary Tour”.) We’re happy to have them, even if it does mean that Ben won’t have a spot for his trains for a few days. ;)
This is the coolest 90 seconds I’ve spent on world history.