Welcome to Ook Club, Pratchat’s subscriber-only bonus podcast! Each episode, Pratchat hosts Elizabeth Flux and Ben McKenzie will do something fun and Pratchett-related, and answer some general questions sent in by you, our subscribers.
In this, our first episode, Liz and Ben answer a couple of online Discworld quizzes to see if they really know enough about the source material to be qualified as Pratchett book club podcast hosts. (There are links to them both below, if you want to try them yourself before you hear our answers!) Then they answer some (hopefully easier) questions from you about the books they’ve not read, Greebo, and which other authors they love!
If you have a question or other suggestion for a future Ook Club, please let us know! You can email us at email@example.com, or pop it in the #ook-club channel on our Discord server (available to those supporting us for $5 a month or more).
- There is indeed an official Terry Pratchett Book Club group on Facebook. It’s run by the official Terry Pratchett Facebook page.
- The first quiz is The Terry Pratchett Quiz, published by The Guardian in September 2014 – about six months before Terry’s death on March 12, 2015. It all seems so long ago…
- The second quiz is “An expert’s quiz on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series“, published by a fan on the social book cataloguing site, Goodreads.
- The carrier pigeon RFC was published on April 1, 1990 by David Waitzman, and is titled RFC1149: A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers. This tradition of April Fool’s RFCs goes back to at least 1978. (There’s no RFC for GNU Terry Pratchett, but we’ll talk about that in more detail when we cover Going Postal.)
- Here’s that Clickhole quiz: How Well Do You Know the Lyrics to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”? Don’t say we didn’t warn you about the dark turn it takes, but it is very, very funny.
- The comedy sketch Liz mentions is “Girls Boarding School”, from episode 26 of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The Pythons chose a goat to hang from the ceiling with light bulbs on its feet, as a kind of chandelier, in a very short sketch. The goat is not mentioned or noticed by the characters.
- Listener Gareth Dixon helped us out via Twitter with the Welsh pun in Soul Music, which wasn’t of Buddy’s name, but the title of his song, “Sioni Bod Da”. Sioni bydd da is, indeed, Welsh for “Johnny be good”. (And to be fair to us, we did look it up and put it in the show notes, but we are always glad for you to contact us and let us know what we’ve missed!) Imp y Celyn is, of course, Llamedosian for “Bud of the Holly”.