Went to a star party last night out west of here. Got to use my shiny new super-bright green laser pointer from ThinkGeek to point out stars and constellations to people. While I was pointing at Cygnus, up near the zenith, an enormous meteor streaked right across our line of sight. Lasted maybe 3-4 seconds and even broke up into a few tiny fireballs at the end. It was the best sighting I've seen in years, maybe even in my life. Really cool. I took it as a sign that God is using Bush's re-election as an elaborate test of the strength of our nation. Anyhoo...
Terry Pratchett has written over a dozen books dealing with Discworld, a Brit-com approach to the fantasy genre (Monty Python meets Robert Jordan, maybe). I really liked the first couple of books in this series, but after a while, it really grew thin. The stories weren't that great, and the laughs were too few and far between for me to invest my time. There are too many other good choices out there. I was able to plow through them and be satisfied for a while, but I eventually ran into a real stinker ("Wyrd Sisters") and that put me off the series for good.
I really bring up this series because we found a illustrated story (if I remember correctly, it was "The Last Hero") in the library yesterday. It was a shorter version of a typical Pratchett Discworld story, written in the same style, lavishly illustrated. Looked pretty neat, so Justin wanted to give it a whirl. He's read enough fantasy now that he might appreciate some of the humor, but we'll see.
On the way home in the car, Justin showed Cody a picture of the worldview of this place, a version of which is shown above. The idea behind Discworld is that it truly is a disk, several thousand miles across, with weird Physics to go along with it, etc. The disk is carried on the back of four elephants, which in turn stand on the back of a gigantic sea turtle swimming through space.
So Cody asked, "Wait. How can the giant turtle swim through space if there isn't any air to breathe?"
Justin responded in all seriousness and even with an air of exasperation, "God, Cody! That's what the elephants are for!"Posted by Observer at November 7, 2004 08:50 AM
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