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In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett

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“In Memory” features seventeen unique takes on the theme of memory from authors spanning nine countries and four continents. Written in dear memory of Sir Terry Pratchett and with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Research UK, these seventeen tales of magic (and the occasional automaton) will move you from giggles to tears and back again.

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Paperback, 310 pages
Published October 31st 2015 by Sorin Suciu and Laura May
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Nicola
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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In Memory is a wonderful collection of stories in tribute to the late Sir Terry Pratchett. The running theme throughout the anthology is memory with each author crafting their own unique spin on it.

This is a strong anthology with seventeen enjoyable stories providing the reader with a rollercoaster of emotions: I laughed, I was shocked, I was impressed and I was moved.

I think fans of Terry Pratchett around the world will thoroughly enjoy these stories and with all proceeds going to Alzheimer's R
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Dianne
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With a huge diversity of tales, each of these seventeen authors have given their own tribute to Sir Terry Prachett with their words and their gift for creating fascinating stories! Each author has also left a side note to or about Sir Terry that are as heartwarming as the method they have chosen to assist in Alzheimer’s research. Each short story revolves around the theme of memory while running the gamut of styles. Prepare to laugh, chuckle, frown and have your heartstrings tugged as these tale ...more
Anna Tan
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, review-copy
In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett contains 17 very diverse stories with one central theme: Memory, or the loss of it. If you were expecting that all of them would sound like Terry Pratchett, you'd be sorely disappointed - after all, these are very diverse authors from 9 countries and 4 continents. However, there are echoes of Terry in every single story that you read.
I started reading this book with the presumption that I would love it. After all, it was written as a tribute to Terry
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Ryan Attard
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are several things that are awesome about this: the diversity of the stories and the quality of writing to start with (which is impressive considering these are 17 different people, and yet managed to write at a consistently good level)

Most of these stories will make you laugh out loud, with the twists and turns, and language skills that would make Sir Terry proud.

Oh, and there’s the fact that these people took time out from their daily lives to help out with a noble cause is nothing shor
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Raymond Vogel
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding collection put together by Sorin Suciu (one of my favorite authors) and Laura May for a great cause. Most of these stories were built to be funny, with some having touching life lessons included in them, and they span multiple genres - from science fiction to fantasy to mystery. I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I did.

Although I have to admit to being only a recent convert to the fan club of Sir Terry Pratchett, I have seen the effects of Alzheimer's firsthand and coul
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D. George
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lucky me received an ARC of this book for review, and I'm so glad I did. First of all, Sir Terry Pratchett (#GNUTerryPratchett) is one of my very favorite authors, and losing him to the embuggerance (as he called it; his Alzheimer's) was a blow. Second, I lost my grandmother to the embuggerance - the last few years of her life, she didn't even know who I was. Third, I'm thrilled to help promote a book whose sales will benefit Alzheimer's Research.

Now, as for the book itself: it features 17 stori
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Laura
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A deserved warning that I edited this anthology, so all of the authors and stories in it are those which I was involved in choosing (and moulding, in a draconian, editor-like way). As such you should *probably* take this review with a grain of salt. All the same, this is an incredible bunch of stories supporting a worthy cause. Even though I read each piece over, and over (and over!) again, they continued to have the power to move me--I giggled, I laughed, I choked on my coffee, and found myself ...more
Steven
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fantastic collection of seventeen short stories all with the theme of memory. Each story has its own style, and they come from a range of genres. The collection is sad, funny, jolly and emotional all in one thanks to the wide range of ways in which each author handles the subject matter. And there is just a little bit of Sir Terry Pratchett running through each story, though that might not be a total surprise! :)
Liliana Negoi
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I believe Sir Terry Pratchett would be thrilled by this tribute. It is a collection of exquisite stories, written in such a way that each of them drags you inside it and then builds its own room in your mind. And at the end of reading the book you find yourself to be the owner of a palace of marvelous spaces which you feel compelled to haunt over and over again, in order to relive all the things you lived when first read the stories. I found myself mesmerized by characters, by plots, by language ...more
Dave Higgins
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Drawing on the literary legacy of Sir Terry Pratchett without being constrained by it, this anthology is filled with memorable speculative fiction (while avoiding that joke).

This review is based on an advanced review copy.

This anthology contains seventeen short stories in a variety of genres but united by the concept of memory.

‘Thanks for the Memory Cards’ by Luke Kemp: in a world where memory storage is ubiquitous, Johnny documents his entire life in tedious detail from going shopping to every
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Patricia P.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book in return for providing a review. All opinions are my own.

These stories, like a good memory, are not to be devoured in one setting lest they overwhelm you. I had to take breathers while reading this anthology, and I have never done that before unless it was motivated by boredom or exhaustion. In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett, is an anthology where each story begs to be savoured, lingering after its end.

Everyone in this anthology has nailed the Terry
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Joel Bethell
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Without language to give them shape, memories are just like houses with no walls. They’re merely events seeking to chain themselves together into causes and effects; survival unhindered by narrative.”

– Doris, by Sorin Suciu

Autumn is a great time to read a book about memories. This is my season and I thrive in October, the month that contains my birthday and my favorite holiday. The falling leaves, beautiful in their fiery decay and death, are an obvious trigger for nostalgia. I read my friend S
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Anna Mattaar
Oct 13, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote one of the seventeen stories in this book, but I'm not letting that stop me from reviewing the other sixteen, because they're awesome.

They're also very diverse: from fantasy to science fiction to general silliness, from mystery and action to thought-provoking and emotional pieces, sometimes all at the same time. While some of the stories are more my cup of tea than others, I enjoyed all of them, and some of them I loved so much that I immediately went to look if the author had written an
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Shen Hart
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful tribute to a talented author. Anthologies are far from easy to put together, to make a collection of stories from different authors flow is no small task. Yet, Sorin and Laura have pulled it off.

Every story in this collection is exquisite, they stand alone as remarkable stories, all with something to say. They range from calm philosophical tales, to amusing science fiction, and quirky tales that you can't help but laugh at. The topic of memory is a wide-ranging one with many
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Marjolein
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
17 authors with each their own ideas about memory, their own writing style. The result shows huge differences but also some surprisingly similar ideas in the stories. All together the book was a pleasure to read and with the diversity in the stories I suspect it will be a pleasure to read for most people.

I have my favorite stories of course. Quite a few of them in fact. I think one especially deserves to be mentioned, not because it is so much better than my other favorites but because it is so
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ASVY
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Sir Terry Pratchett
A wonderful compilation of stories that teach lessons in love and friendship, while leading the reader through adventure after adventure. The diversity of the stories kept me engaged throughout and compelled to read on. The character development of each protagonist was well paced and inspired empathy. The language was rather witty overall and I found myself laughing out loud often. "The Heart of the Labyrinth" being my personal favorite. "Doris" was also a great story, with a well-written twist. ...more
Michael Schaefer
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote one of the stories in this book, so I'm biased by default - nevertheless, I'm saying it out loud: it's a great anthology!

A lot of sweat, blood and tea (although some of the authors preferred coffee instead) went into writing, editing and publishing this book, and it's been worth it. The stories are as unexpected as they are creative, and each one has a different style and approach to the theme of 'memory'. Everybody will find his or her own favourite amongst the seventeen tales.

And I thi
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Fedor Podoprigora
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a set of short stories, which are quite different in style and take you to different times and places. There are two things, however, that the stories share. First – it’s all about memories (which is not a surprise, if you remember the title). And second – they are great. This is actually not a surprise either.
Obviously there is humor, in different quantities – from outright laughing out loud to somewhat sad smile. But you would definitely expect that from a tribute to Sir Pratchett
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Robert McKelvey
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I helped write this.

Obviously that may make me appear biased to some people, but I think this anthology is a real treat; it has something for everyone. It's funny, thoughtful and shows a real diversity of styles and skill sets. I can't wait to see what everyone else thinks of it. I've had a blast writing it and I hope you all have one reading it!
Joke Adam
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english
Loved all the stories in this book! Recommended for every Terry Pratchett fan and for everyone who is not a Terry Pratchett fan too.
Caroline Friedel
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Two caveats upfront: First, I wrote one of the stories in the book. Second, I usually don't like short stories (ironic, isn't it?) and I usually don't read Fantasy (or SF) apart from Terry Pratchett. So, when I started reading the book, I was a bit nervous whether I would like the stories since obviously I wanted to like them. But what if I didn't?

But fortunately, that nervousness was completely unnecessary. The stories are awesome and I would have read them straight through if my body had not i
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Ira Nayman
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dying is easy. Comedy is hard. And comedy combined with speculative fiction, whether fantasy or science fiction, is even harder.

I think of humour as drama plus: it has to do all of the same things as drama (have interesting characters and an involving plot) and it has to make people laugh. Humourous speculative fiction is drama plus plus: it has to have the same elements as drama, it has to make people laugh and it has to satisfy the expectations of the genre it aspires to. So, for example, a hu
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Cathie
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There where a couple of stories I just couldn't get to grips with, but on the whole loved this collection.
Jennifer
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love collections of short stories, so when I saw this one in memory of Terry Pratchett with the proceeds going to Alzheimers research, I just had to have it. Like all collections, I liked some more than others, but overall really enjoyed reading them.
Krysta Halye
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This has to be the best collection of stories by assorted writers I have ever read. And they are all amateurs. I can tell that they all have a passion for the cause of eradicating Alzheimer's Disease
Jamie Richardson
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A touching and heartfelt tribute to a great writer. In my opinion, I think Sir Terry Pratchett would have loved reading these himself.
John Mount
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It does what it says on the tin.

An enjoyable array of stories. I'm certain Sir Terry would approve. I suspect that L Space is filling up rather quickly.
Peter Caldwell
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really as good as Sir Terry Pratchett at his best, but still a most enjoyable read.
Stephen
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tribute to TP

This was a wonderful collection of short stories. A must read for any Terry Pratchett fan, and the purchase supports a great cause. The stories are diverse with a fairly similar theme.
Katie Murphy
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ode to Sir Terry

Short stories to help raise money for Alzheimer UK in Sir Terry Pratchett's name and honour. I think he would have approved.
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Born in Romania, Sorin stubbornly resisted the temptation to learn English for well over twenty years. When he finally gave in, it was not work or video games that weakened his resolve, but rather the mindboggling discovery of Terry Pratchett, Dougl
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