Reporting back, after a busy day today, including a visit to my local library with my list of desired books in hand ...
Unfortunately not all the books I'd hoped to borrow were available. The Pratchett novel was out on loan, but I've reserved it for when it's next available. (October sometime)
No copy of Voyage to Arcturus
in any of the four branches of the library. Could it be out of print, the librarian asked? If it isn't, I've been assured they'll consider purchasing a copy if I make an application.
Anyway, here's what I've brought home:
- Terry Pratchett.
- Pratchett again.
The Once and Future King
- T H White
- Pratchett/Gaiman (audio book)
Now I must decide where to begin. A Pratchett, I think.
The librarian I consulted turned out to be a Pratchett fan, possibly one of his biggest!
Which book should I choose, in the absence of the one I actually wanted, I asked? I was led back to the shelves & given an enthusiastic potted history of each of the available titles ... & listened to some talk about "Discworld" (something about elephants & tortoises which I didn't understand at all
), but my goodness, her enthusiasm! The other librarian kind of sniffed at the mention of Pratchett ("I don't like him!") , then became very animated at the mention of T S White! She approved. "Excellent, excellent!"
Seems there are some serious demarcation zones between lovers of fantasy writing!