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Sep 10, 2008
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I am a long standing Pratchett reader, been on board right from the start of the disc.

I just wanted to say, (being a thick skinned 38 year old cynical git usually)

Until I read Nation, I never cried while reading a book. Until 'Today' (the chapter)

brilliant, haunting, and profoundly moving book, maybe my favorite so far.

camlost.
 

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Welcome to the site! I've also been a fan from the start and have been amazed that Terry just keeps getting better. I can't wait to get my teeth stuck into Nation. It's sitting there, but I have to finish this other book first. o_O
 

Tonyblack

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:oops: I often cry when I'm reading books and even more often watching movies. :oops:
 

Aries

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I couldn't agree more Nation is excellent i'm about a third of the way through and it will be a shame to finish it. Charlottes Web is one of the three books that make me cry no matter how many times i read them, the other two are Goodnight Mister Tom and The Green Mile.
 

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I got a lump in my throat during some parts of The Book Thief and I can't remember this myself but apparently I cried when Artax(sp?) died in The Never Ending Story (film). I do remember wishing I had a horse like Artax, which in my mind is still greater than Shadowfax or any other horse (including the one Cohen nicked in Troll Bridge).

As for Pratchett, sometimes I laugh so hard it forces tears out. Does that count?

I'm not finished Nation yet, but there's a bit I'm at that has me on edge.
 

Tonyblack

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I started Nation last night and was in danger of not being able to put it down. Really enjoying it so far! :laugh:
 

Dotsie

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Me too! I'm about half way through, but work is getting in the way - grrr!
 

Jarmara

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My copy arrived yesterday, I opened the box enough to check the order but I'm not cracking the book open until the weekend, when I can sit and read it all in one go if I want to.
 
Jul 25, 2008
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Find yourselves some freetime if you haven't started it yet. I couldn't put it down.

I thought it was excellent
 
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Charlotte's (damp) web

What is it about Charlotte's Web?? I too snivelled and whimpered my way through the last bit aged 12. And the animated film caused more tears the next year. Haven't cried the same since. Must've been puberty!

Anyway, Nation is indeed a wonderful novel.
 

Tonyblack

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I'm really enjoying it - I'll post more once I've finished and on the 'spoilers' thread. :laugh:
 

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Jinx said:
I got a lump in my throat during some parts of The Book Thief and I can't remember this myself but apparently I cried when Artax(sp?) died in The Never Ending Story (film). I do remember wishing I had a horse like Artax, which in my mind is still greater than Shadowfax or any other horse (including the one Cohen nicked in Troll Bridge).

As for Pratchett, sometimes I laugh so hard it forces tears out. Does that count?

I'm not finished Nation yet, but there's a bit I'm at that has me on edge.
Surely Jinx,you're forgetting Binky.
These latest jottings from the master are damn good aren't they.
 

Jinx

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silverstreak said:
Surely Jinx,you're forgetting Binky.
I just don't trust that horse. A horse's hooves belong firmly on the ground. Not because they know they should be, but because they shouldn't know they don't have to be! :|
 
Sep 22, 2008
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Nation

I've been a TP fan since "The Colour of Magic" and have met Terry on a couple of occasions at book signings. I have long admired his insight and perception of everything that makes up our world and how they would have to be on the DiscWorld.

"Nation" is so different. Considering that this is a children's book, it tackles some huge and often very sensitive subjects head on. In fact, I suspect that there will be some adults who will find it challenges their acquired beliefs and understanding, which is no bad thing.

There is sufficient humour there, placed expertly to offset some of the horror and pain, to make the story eminently readable and one of those stories you cannot put down.

I shall read it for a second and probably a third and fourth time.

I think this may be one of Terry's Great Books.
 

Tonyblack

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I couldn't agree more about Nation. It's an incredibly thoughtful book and I'll certianly read it again and again.

Welcome to the site GritTypeThynne. :laugh:
 

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