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For our ninth episode we leave the Discworld again as author Amie Kaufman joins us to discuss Truckers. One of four novels Pratchett published in 1989, it introduces the Nomes - Pratchett's second group of tiny folk living at the edges of the human-sized world. Masklin is the young hunter in a group of Nomes: four-inch tall fast-living people struggling to survive on rats and the scraps they can scavenge from the human world. After two Nomes are killed by a fox, Masklin convinces the group to hitch a ride on one of the humans' enormous vehicles, and they find themselves in the Store: Arnold Bros (set 1905), a wondrous place filled with food, warmth - and more Nomes than they have ever seen. As they try to adjust to the peculiar ways of life in the Store, its electricity revives "The Thing", an ancient Nome artefact handed down for generations. It reveals to Masklin that Nomes were stranded on Earth millennia ago, but there's hardly time to understand what that means before The Thing warns of immediate danger: the Store will be demolished in just fourteen days...  Truckers is a middle grade book - it has chapters and no footnotes! - which is nonetheless charming for "adults of all ages", as Sir Terry liked to inscribe copies. In Masklin, Grimma, Granny Morkie and the other Nomes are echoes of Pratchett characters we love, and it's perhaps surprisingly sophisticated in its satire, social commentary and love of wordplay. It forms the first part of "the Bromeliad" trilogy (a name explained by the sequels), but is also a complete and wonderful story all on its own. We'd love to hear what you thought of Truckers: use the hashtag #Pratchat9 on social media to join the conversation. But do try to use small words... Amie Kaufman is on social media, but if you really want to keep up with what she's up to, we recommend hitting her web site, Her novels include the The Illuminae Files YA sci-fi trilogy, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, and for younger readers Ice Wolves, the first in a new middle grade fantasy series. We'll head back to the Disc next time when we grab a bag of banged grains and take in a few clicks in Moving Pictures! We haven't currently confirmed our guest, but we'll be sure to tell you who they are when we can lock in a date! You can still ask questions to be answered on the podcast by sending them in via social media; use the hashtag #Pratchat10 so we can find them! You'll find the full notes and errata for this episode on our web site. Want to make sure we get through every Pratchett book? You can support Pratchat for as little as $2 a month and get subscriber bonuses, like the exclusive bonus podcast Ook Club!
In this episode, I talk to Amie Kaufman and my friend Josephine. Amie is a New York Times Best Selling Author of books including the Illuminae Files, the Starbound Trilogy and her new book Ice Wolves (amongst many others).This is what Amie has to say:On writing:I wanted to have a job that let me read a lot of books, travel a lot and do interesting things. I feel pretty lucky that this job lets me do that.Everyone’s life is different when you have a lot of books. They let you go to lots of places without leaving the house.Before I was a writer, I was a mediator – which was great because it taught me empathy which is necessary for writers.What advice would you give your 9/10/11 year old self:Don’t worry about what other people think. If something is important to you, then let it be important. The only person who can be you is you.Everyone is different in ways that important. BE proud of who you are.On failure:It is not always a fun thing – but it is a good thing. If you are failing at something that means you are trying to do something.  If you don’t try to do something, that’s a pretty boring way to live.Amie Kaufman linksAmie’s website: http://amiekaufman.comIce Wolves (out early 2018)Go GirlsIt’s so exciting – we are now on iTunes and Stitcher. You can subscribe to either to download these podcasts.Website – – –
Joel and Ian talk to best-selling sci-fi and fantasy author Amie Kaufman talk about the state of science fiction and its resurgence amongst younger readers.  Check out The Illuminae Files, Aime's series co-authored by Jay Kristoff. This podcast was recorded live at the Brunswick Street Bookstore. If you like the podcast, follow us on Twitter and give us a nice review on iTunes. If you any questions or want to get in touch with us, you can email Joel –
Hear Amie Kaufman, New York Times best-selling co-author of the STARBOUND trilogy and the ILLUMINAE series, talk shipwrecks and her favorite sound, how science fiction is fantasy for the real world, using "shenanigans ensue" as a plotting device, and my new favorite thing: the “shut up and take my money” list.   Amie Kaufman show notes THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie and Meagan Spooner (listen to her First Draft interview here) Enid Blyton THE BOXCAR CHILDREN by Gertrude Chandler Warner THE BABY SITTERS' ISLAND ADVENTURE The Baby Sitters' Club Super Special #4 by Ann M. Martin Gravity (film) THE HORSE AND HIS BOY by C.S. Lewis 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA by Jules Verne Anne McCaffrey, THE DRAGON RIDERS OF PERN, THE TOWER AND THE HIVE series Alan Lee, iliustrator of THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV series) SKYLARK by Meagan Spooner John Green's Vlogbrothers video, “What Makes Us Human” Firefly (TV show) #LoveOzYA Stephenie Meyer Marie Lu, THE YOUNG ELITES and LEGEND UNEARTHED, Amie’s new book with Meagan Spooner Indiana Jones (films) Tomb Raider (video game) Phillip Pullman, HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy Quote from Pullman (in THE GOLDEN COMPASS) about ideas having a “soap bubble” phase: “The idea hovered and shimmered delicately, like a soap bubble, and she dared not even look at it directly in case it burst. But she was familiar with the way of ideas, and she let it shimmer, looking away, thinking about something else.” Victoria Schwab (listen to her First Draft interview here) THE ANDROMEDA CYCLE, the new series coming from Amie and her co-author Jay Kristoff Stephanie Perkins’ blog post: Love Lists Kelly Link Sarah Rees Brennan
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