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Fri, 07 Oct 2005:

First impressions aren't best impressions - but when they are, it is often remarkable. Ever since I sat down and started reading The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first page was gripping and totally off-topic - the part about the girl in Rickmansworth, nearly two thousand years after one man got nailed to a tree ... I just picked up Colour of Magic and opened the cover - there it was, the excellent words to which I fell in love at first sight.

In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in
an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the
curling star-mists waver and part . . .

Great A'Tuin the turtle comes, swimming slowly
through the interstellar gulf, hydrogen frost on his
ponderous limbs, his huge and ancient shell pocked

Astropsychology has been, as yet, unable to
establish what they think about.

There was, for example, the theory that A'Tuin
had come from nowhere and would continue at a
uniform crawl, or steady gait, into nowhere, for all
time. This theory was popular among academics.

An alternative, favoured by those of a religious
persuasion, was that A'Tuin was crawling from
the Birthplace to the Time of Mating, as were all
the stars in the sky which were, obviously, also
carried by giant turtles. When they arrived they
would briefly and passionately mate, for the first
and only time, and from that fiery union new
turtles would be born to carry a new pattern of
worlds. This was known as the Big Bang 

Yes, the Big Bang hypothesis. It is these kinds of off-hand sideways (yes, I mean oblique) references that takes up these books from Excellent Reading to Excellent Re-Reading. So here I am, starting on a Discworld read-a-thon. I plan to read each and every one of those 27 books over the next month - in sequence. I have already read Sourceror and Equal Rites (which I picked up by mistake - lucky me).

Precisely why all the above should be so is not clear, but
goes some way to explain why, on the disc, the Gods are
not so much worshipped as blamed.

I wish I could stay and quote more - but if really liked it, why not just get the whole book and read it - just don't visit the Counterweight Continent.

- Wizzard

I shall go forth and multiply fractions

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