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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 3 2014

Ever heard off Terry Pratchett? Me neither, until a few days ago. But it turns out he's an awfully big deal: a knighted English author who's written books by the dozens and sold them by the tens of millions since his first was published back in 1971. Pratchett's great project is the Discworld series of comic fantasy novels. Comprising 41 titles so far, the series chronicles doings on a flat planet supported by four elephants standing atop a giant turtle who swims through space going no one knows where. According to a remarkably entertaining Wikipedia entry purporting to sketch out Pratchett's universe, "Reality is spread thinly on the Disc, so events may be affected by expectations. . . . Essentially, if something is believed strongly enough, or by enough people, it may become true. . . . This is known as the law of narrative causality." Having so far read just the first 108 pages of the 31st Discworld book, Monstrous Regiment, I'm no expert. But it's already clear that Pratchett's work falls into that Hitchhiker's Guide/Doctor Who-esque fun-with-physics genre the Brits seem to like so much—but with a whiff of the 18th-century picaresque thrown in. It's the sort of thing that might come of crossing, say, the cosmos of a Tolkien with the subversive sensibilities of a Jonathan Swift. Continue reading >>

Price: $40, $30 for seniors, $20 for students

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