Due to a couple of mentions by LawDog and Tamara, I recently picked up the first couple of books of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. And I wasn't disappointed. Hilarious!
And then I see this and this. At least Mr. Pratchett is keeping a good attitude as evidenced in the letter titled "An Embuggerance" posted at the second link on December 11th. But, darn it, what's the deal with fantasy authors and poor health? First we lose Robert Jordan and now this.
Frankly, I think LD hit it on the head: BUGGER!
P.S. If Larry so much as gets the sniffles, me and Death are gonna have words...