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So, this asshat on Amazon says that A Dirty Job was better the first time he read it, in Terry Pratchett's MORT. I haven't read it? Is there that big a similarity? If so, I should have a word with my editor.

If not, someone get that review off the top of of the book listing. It's harshing my mellow.

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Jerkface!
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People compare you a lot to Terry Pratchett, have you noticed? I haven't read all of Terry's books, I remember reading a bit of Mort in the bookstore but wasn't interested enough to buy it, but you guys write very differently.

I can't imagine with such an off-the-wall thing like you have going in ADJ that they would be all that similar. Maybe the similarity is the subject of death, and if that's the case then well shit, he could say that about a lot of things. Don't worry, people still think you're brilliant. Very Happy

Nice dig at the president, btw, on pg 341:

"So, from what you guys are saying, there are thousands of humans walking around without souls?"

"Millions, probably," Charlie said.

"Maybe that explains the last election," she said....

Terry Pratchett my ass....

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I read Mort years ago. There are two similarities:

1) You guys are both funny (but it's very different humor).

2) A guy has to take the place of Death while Death takes a vacation.

Very different in tone and setting, and I think probably plot too, but I haven't finished ADJ yet (I know, 30 lashes with a wet noodle).

I'm still listening to ADJ, but will listen to as much as I can before bed tonight and see what I can do about Amazon.

By the way, Fisher Stevens reads it just fine. Smile
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I read Mort, but I don't remember it at all. I read 4 or 5 of the Discworld books, but each one became more boring than the last to me so I stopped. (I think the fact that the book wasn't memorable speaks volumes.)

I'm not a huge Prachett fan.

I just got back from Borders, and I'm about to crack the long awaited ADJ.

This isn't a very helpful post, but when I read what that person wrote, I felt like a chinese fighting fish looking in a mirror (all puffed up and ready to fight.)

Deflating now. (and I'm going to go vote NO on that review being helpful)
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So, this asshat on Amazon says that A Dirty Job was better the first time he read it, in Terry Pratchett's MORT.





My dear Chris. Don't tell me you wrote a book worser than Terry Pratchett.
I cannot wait to read it.

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So I stopped by Barnes and Noble because it's on my way home and they didn't have ADJ - WTF?
Was gonna wait to buy it until seeing the AG in San Diego (SD Smile ) but decided I wanted to read NOW. I was so pissed they didn't have it I just walked out, didn't even ask when they would. Either they're way behind the curve, or optimistically, they already sold out...

Prolly find it at Costco tomorrow, if not I'm on a mission. Cuz ya know, I really shouldn't write a review to knock the Amazon asshat down until I actually read the friggin' book...

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I voted no on asshat's review too and will work on one of my own sometime tomorrow.

I thought about it some more, and it's just a silly comparison. In a very general way they're both about death. But that's about it. It'd be like taking another of Pratchett's books, Small Gods, and comparing it to Neil Gaiman's American Gods; both are based on the idea that gods lose their power if people don't believe in them, but no one in their right mind would claim that they're the same book.

And though I like Pratchett very much, I'm positive that ADJ is going to be higher on my list of favorite books than Mort ever will be. I can say that after listening to the first hour of the audiobook. And I'm about to drag hubby away from his computer game to come and listen to some more with me. He wants to hear what happens next. (That's very unusual, Chris. The only other audiobooks he's let me play without headphones are The Stupidest Angel and Jon Stewart's America: The Book. So thank you for writing something that we can share.) Smile

Ken, I'd put the book links in but my connection is horribly slow righit now. May add them with an edit tomorrow...
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I haven't read "Mort", but wanted to point a finger (middle one works) towards that reviewer dude that couldn't 'get it up' long enough to click the other 4 stars. Twisted Evil Check out his other reviews. I think the guy's got one stuck sideways and needs a good cleansing.

He's just a disgruntled harpy and doesn't really exist.

Back to your "mellow" AG, you deserve it!
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I haven't read Mort but I asked my daughter who's a huge Pratchett fan and she said except for the subject of Death and that a person has to be death they aren't at all alike.

I think I've mentioned this before but I'm not a Pratchett fan. He may give me a grin here and there but I find I start one of his books and it takes me forever to finish because I just space out when I'm reading him.

My daughter has pushed him on me and it makes me feel like I must be deficient in some way. " I don't get the British wit" " It's too subtle for me"
" I'm stupid." Any way after four books I'm done with Disc World and every other Pratchett book.

I know there's several Pratchett fans here so I'll just say "It's not you, it's me."


The reviewer was ridiculous. So if Pratchett tackles a subject no other author can use that subject? It's truly moronic.

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chris wrote:
So, this asshat on Amazon says that A Dirty Job was better the first time he read it, in Terry Pratchett's MORT. I haven't read it? Is there that big a similarity? If so, I should have a word with my editor.

If not, someone get that review off the top of of the book listing. It's harshing my mellow.


Chris ... I don't think that asshat read your book. They may have read a blurb, but there's no way they read the story. It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I laughed, I cried (a lot) and I'm in total awe of it. I connected with that book in a way I haven't connected with a novel in a long long time. It scares me a little.

I posted a review on Amazon. Not sure how long it will take to show up, but Congratulations. The book is stunning.

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Dear AG,
Unlike everyone else I am both a major fan of both yours and TP's. I have read mort about 5 times and got to read yours all the way through in an ARC. So are they alike?

In Mort death takes on an apprentice and then takes a holiday. There is quite a few bumbling collections of souls, and things go wrong. That is as far as the similarity really goes. Mort goes on to marry Death's adopted daughter.

I would not say they are the same. Yet I would say they are somewhat alike in having a subject matter that is roughly the same (i.e. death). I suppose there was one scene I thought might have been an homage to TP (when Charlie is seen by an elderly woman) but that is as close as I have seen it come.

Just as a side note... If you looked at the other reviews (2 others) this guy has written they are both negative and poorly written.

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chris wrote:
So, this asshat on Amazon says that A Dirty Job was better the first time he read it, in Terry Pratchett's MORT. I haven't read it? Is there that big a similarity? If so, I should have a word with my editor.

If not, someone get that review off the top of of the book listing. It's harshing my mellow.



You want I should go to Anne Rice's page and say "Christ The Lord" was better (and funnier) the first time I read it...in Christopher Moore's LAMB...?

I went to Amazon, clicked Yes on all the good reviews, and 'No' on asshats, but only because they no longer have the "This guy is a volunteer prison bitch" option.
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Joelibris wrote:
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So, this asshat on Amazon says that A Dirty Job was better the first time he read it, in Terry Pratchett's MORT. I haven't read it? Is there that big a similarity? If so, I should have a word with my editor.

If not, someone get that review off the top of of the book listing. It's harshing my mellow.



You want I should go to Anne Rice's page and say "Christ The Lord" was better (and funnier) the first time I read it...in Christopher Moore's LAMB...?

I went to Amazon, clicked Yes on all the good reviews, and 'No' on asshats, but only because they no longer have the "This guy is a volunteer prison bitch" option.


5 bucks says one of thos asshats was mine. I didn'treally take the time to review, I just said a little diddy so I could vote 5 stars. I was in a hurry when I did it. Now in hindsight I know that I should have taken the time to actually write out the review that I've been meaning to write for my website for a while now, heh.

But apparently one person has thought my review was useful. heheh
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Vahl, that was me...I said yes cuz it DID have 5 stars...
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