Literary Disappointments (was: The LKH thing)

Gomi no Sensei gomi at speakeasy.net
Mon Feb 17 13:12:06 PST 2003

On Mon, 17 Feb 2003 12:49:27 -0800 (PST), David Silberstein 
<davids at kithrup.com> wrote:

> They accept evil not
> because they say *yes*, but because they don't say *no*."
> -- Patrician Vetinari on humanity

This is highly reminiscent of Edmund Burke's statement that "all it takes 
for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." It would not surprise 
me if Pratchett had read Burke at some point -- he's one of the great 
English thinkers, and Pratchett has evolved from a purveyor of light and 
even somewhat sophomoric fantasy into a satirist proper -- I do not 
exaggerate when I say he's of similar caliber to Twain at the top of his 
form ('Small Gods,' 'Hogfather,' 'Feet of Clay'). Anyone who gave up on 
Pratchett because of the frankly dull opening books in the Discworld series 
really should take another shot at it -- the three above are, I think, his 
best, but 'Maskerade,' 'Lords and Ladies,' and 'The Fifth Elephant' are all 
solid as well.

paul e.