The Amazing Maurice and Gaspode the Wonder Dog

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The Amazing Maurice and Gaspode the Wonder Dog

Postby rferrett » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:49 pm

hi Folks,

Recently been re-reading a load of Discworld novels.

One thing I have been thinking is how awesome would it be if there was ever a mashup of Gaspode the Wonder Dog and the Amazing Maurice in a mis-matched buddy adventure. like 48 Hours but in the discworld.

Or is it just me?

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Postby Dotsie » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:51 pm

Jan would probably love that one :lol: Welcome to the site Ralph!
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Postby michelanCello » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:53 pm

Welcome from me too, Ralph! :D

Hey, Jan!!!! Come over here, you need to read this! :wink:
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Postby rferrett » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:03 pm

Nice to meet yous!

I just think it owuld be a good arc, them both plotting agianst each other thinking *they* were the clever one. Professing to dislike each other but becoming reluctant friends without realising!

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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:24 pm

OK! OK! *puffs* the interweb's on the fritz here this afternoon and I keep getting chucked off! :roll:

Well - it does sound feasible and Gaspode doesn't like eating things that talk so the rats'd be OK too. The fisticuffs for who gets star-billing could be good fun as well :lol:
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:51 pm

Maurice is far too cool to hang out with a D-O-G. Talk about the odd couple! :lol:
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Postby rferrett » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:58 pm

That is why it would be so good.

I think that the best thing about TPs books is the way he subtly subverts the familiar. The whole Dog/Cat shebagang done as a mismatched buddy movie style adventure would be ripe for humorous joshing/parody.

I would love to see it anyway.

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Postby rferrett » Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:34 pm

Have just finished re-reading The Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents. I deffo, deffo want to have another Maurice adventure of some sort....
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:27 pm

I'd like to see him again too. Terry is very much a cat person and he is owned by at least six cats. :lol: There was an article in a cat magazine about him a few years ago.

Your Cat Magazine wrote:It’s a cat’s life

Author and self-confessed cat lover Terry Pratchett shares some tales of his feline-friendly home.

‘Discworld’ author Terry Pratchett says that cats have been part of his life for more than 30 years. He and his wife Lynn currently share their home with six!

“We moved to a country cottage in the 70s, and a cottage has to have a cat,” he says.

“Oedipuss came to us from a cat sanctuary near Bath, in return for one pound donation. She was an extremely affectionate tortie, who would wait on the garden wall for us if we went out.”

“Ever since then we have built up our cat family by accident. There is always a door to be opened or a bowl to be filled in our house! We have a friend in Hereford called Dave and Dave-cats are always worth having. [sic] We have one at the moment, called Genghis. He’s grey and white and will only sit on your lap if it happens to fit in with his programme.”

“We also have a pair of Russian Blues, Garfield and Squirrel, who are beautiful but rather neurotic. Squirrel hates everyone, but in a beautiful way. Then there are Patch and Tiger, who are the kittens of one of our earlier cats. Patch is my office cat and sits in the desk drawer while I am writing. If she wants attention she will lie on her back with her paws in the air and stare at me. Tiger will go out hunting with Ghengis but only catches mice if they hit him on the nose.”

“Our sixth cat is another tabby, Pongo. Our daughter took in a pregnant stray, which had three kittens. She kept two and we had Pongo, a big cat who thinks he is a kitten.”

“I didn’t have cats when I was a child because our neighbour’s cats used to come into the garden and dig up my Dad’s seedbeds. We are gardeners too, but we have a walled garden, which the cats seem to see as our space, so they only go in when we do.”

Over the years Terry and his family have had to cope with the heartache of losing cats to road traffic accidents. Even though they live in the country, their road becomes very busy during rush hour.

“Cats seem to be able to cope with busy city streets, or roads that are always quiet, but not roads where there is occasional heavy traffic,” Terry says.

“After losing four cats in two years, we installed an invisible fence. You bury a wire around the edge of your property and your animals wear collars. If they go near the wire there’s a buzz and if they go nearer they get a mild electric shock. It sounds cruel, but it’s better than having them take their chances on the road. We haven’t lost a cat since 1996.”

“We were told it took dogs three weeks to learn. It took our cats about five seconds. They seem to have reprogrammed their world and they are happy with their space.”

Terry can’t imagine a cat-free life.

“They are a presence, but an independent one. They don’t need walks and they only need attention on their own terms,” he says.

“They will give you affection, but only when they have nothing better to do. Oedipuss was the friendliest. Our current cats live in their own cat environment.”

“I see a lot of feline politics. Ghengis has appointed himself the family policeman. If any of the others are fighting he isolates the aggressor and gives them a good talking-to, in his silly squeaky voice! He seems to have decided that his role is to see none of the others gets too big for their boots.”

“The two tabbies go out to play together. Patch hates everyone but she likes me, for some reason. I once accidentally shut her in the drawer where she sleeps in the office but she didn’t seem to mind!”

“Ghengis gets on with everyone. When friends come to see us they are surprised to see him waiting in front of the house like a car park attendant. He likes to know what’s going on. We had a digger in the garden and the driver was amazed to see Ghengis sitting in the bucket, waiting for something to happen. If we ever have any tradesman in Ghengis always watches them carefully too.”

“Writers are busy people so I am quite glad the cats don’t need a huge input of fuss. Both our tabbies are very good at the ‘dead cat in the gutter’ look with all four paws stretched into the air when they do need attention.”

“Cats are definitely nice to have around, especially on cold winter evenings when they all turn up to be fed and then settle in their room where their baskets are – though they prefer to sleep on chairs, of course.

Terry Pratchett was talking to Jill Eckersley. Your Cat Magazine February 2006.

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Postby Jane » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:24 pm

Your Cat Magazine? :shock:


I wonder if Vetinari knows they can talk...it would be funny if he pulled a von Lipwig and made them work for the city. :lol:
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Postby rferrett » Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:46 pm

It is established that Lord Vetinari has some semi sentient rats worling for him right? And he pretty well knows about everything of consequence!

Would be funny if Maurice was made to *work* not really a cat attribute!
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:37 pm

Maybe Terry will get around to that sometime,and Welcome to the site Ralph. :)
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Postby LifeChild » Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:36 pm

I think this would be an awesome idea! And thanks Tonyblack for posting that Your Cat Magazine article! Interesting to read, I love that TP is a cat person.

I haven't read the Amazing Maurice for years, it would be great if we could have more Maurice! I wonder exactly how Maurice and Gaspode could bump into each other, i'd love to read their initial meeting.
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