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Terry Pratchett

MonkeyCatcher

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I can now say, after reading both Going Postal and The Colour of Magic (finally :D ), that I am officially a Prachett fan. Are there any suggestions on what I should read next? If not, I was thinking of reading Guards, Guards.
 

zen

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Build a man a fire and he'll be warm for the night. Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Prachett)

this guy always makes me smile... good enough recommendation? :D
 

mrkgnao

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MonkeyCatcher said:
I can now say, after reading both Going Postal and The Colour of Magic (finally :D ), that I am officially a Prachett fan. Are there any suggestions on what I should read next? If not, I was thinking of reading Guards, Guards.

I can really recommend Guards Guards and its "sequels" (a rather pointless world in the Discworld... :rolleyes: ) Men at arms and Feet of clay: They have my absolutely favourite character, Sam Vimes, and also in the latter two (?) Sergeant Angua!

*mrkgnao*
 

Halo

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Like mrkgnao, I would definitely recommend Guards! Guards! In fact, I would recommend any of the City Watch books. I also really liked Mort (the first Discworld book I read), Interesting Times and Jingo. Oh, what the heck, I liked them all!! But my overall faves remain Going Postal and the Watch books. :)

MC, you are so lucky to be reading them all for the first time. :)
 

Anamnesis

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Seems no one wants to discuss Reaper Man... :confused:.

I'm almost finished with it now; despite a slow beginning I'm really enjoying it. I love Pratchett's sense of humor and world-building skills. Can't say it's as good as the other two I've read (Night Watch and Thief of Time) but I'm going to make sure I read more of this man's work.
 

katie

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Another vote here for the City Watch books, particularly the first two or three. They really are laugh out loud books and the characters seem so real. I've read all the Discworld books and the later books that aren't strictly speaking Discworld - such as those with Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men (scrivens!) - the later books don't have quite so many jokes but they feel so familiar to read.

Can also recommend though the Witches books - Wyrd Sisters and Masquerade particularly - love how Masquerade is based on Phantom of the Opera.

Each year Terry Pratchett brings out a new book and it's one of the many highlights of the year.

Favourite character is Detritus, love him to bits for his simplicity. :D
 

actonbell

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I'm enjoying this thread! Last year, I randomly picked up Going Postal while on vacation and enjoyed it so much that I'm determined to read more of the Discworld Series. It sounds like I started with a good one:)
 

muggle

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I just checked one of my bookcases and these are some of the Terry Pratchett books that I know I have read. There may be a few more in another bookcase that I omitted.

Witches Abroad
Night Watch
Wyrd Sisters
Pyramids
Mort
Interesting Times
Color Of Magic
Reaper man
Sourcery
The Wee Free Men
Guards, Guards
Soul Music
The Light Fantastic
Equal Rites
Thief Of Time

I still have "The Last Hero" in my bookcase and have not read it yet.
 

Anamnesis

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In what order do the City Watch books fall in? I was thinking of getting a novel featuring Sam Vines, but I wasn't sure where to start.
 

muggle

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I believe these were the dates of issue for the City Watch Books:

Men At Arms - April 1, 1997)
Feet Of Clay - October 1, 1997
Jingo - March 1, 1999)
The Fifth Elephant - April 1, 2001)
Night Watch - October 1, 2003)
Guards! Guards! - July 4, 2005)
 

Wintergreen

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muggle said:
I believe these were the dates of issue for the City Watch Books:

Men At Arms - April 1, 1997)
Feet Of Clay - October 1, 1997
Jingo - March 1, 1999)
The Fifth Elephant - April 1, 2001)
Night Watch - October 1, 2003)
Guards! Guards! - July 4, 2005)

That's definitely not right - I distinctly remember reading Guards! Guards! (the first in the Watch series) about 15 years ago! The other books are in the right order though. Maybe these are the release dates for the US or some other country where they were published out of order? The Wikipedia article on the Discworld gives a very handy list of all the novels and their original UK publication dates.

I first started reading the Discworld books after reading his non-Discworld children's trilogy Truckers/Diggers/Wings, which I still think is among his best work. I then started reading the Discworld books in the order that they were written. I think this is the best way to read them, because you experience the Discworld evolving as the series progresses and you get a nice mix of the various series (Watch, Witches, etc.) which otherwise might become tiresome if you read all of one group in one go. Also, although the books have largely independent plots, you do get a feeling of time progressing if you read them in order, particularly in the later ones.

The only problem with this strategy for me was that 'The Colour of Magic' came as a big disappointment! I was used to the writing style that he'd perfected by the time he had written Truckers/Diggers/Wings, and The Colour of Magic felt rough and unsophisticated compared to that. Not surprising really, given how many books he'd written in between, but I came quite to close to not bothering with the rest of the series. Fortunately, the Light Fantastic was a big improvement and from then on they just got better and better.

So, I would recommend reading the Discworld books in the order they were written, except for the very first choice. Start with one of his slightly later ones (Mort I think is a good choice) where he's already perfected his writing style, then go back to the Colour of Magic to see how it began, then read them in order of publication. Given how addictive they are, it won't take more than a month or two...
 

lilbiteb

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I haven't read any Terry Pratchett books yet. Any suggestions as to where to start, there are just so many!
 

Shade

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...On the other hand it's not representative of the Discword in full flood. I stopped at about number 12, so I don't know over half of the novels, but I recall enjoying Mort, Wyrd Sisters, Pyramids, Guards! Guards! and Moving Pictures in particular. (That's books 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 respectively in the series.)
 

Wintergreen

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Shade said:
...On the other hand it's not representative of the Discword in full flood. I stopped at about number 12, so I don't know over half of the novels, but I recall enjoying Mort, Wyrd Sisters, Pyramids, Guards! Guards! and Moving Pictures in particular. (That's books 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 respectively in the series.)

Of those, Mort, Wyrd Sisters and Guards! Guards! are all good places to start.
 

lilbiteb

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Thanks for all of the suggestions. I've just ordered Wyrd Sisters. I'm wondering how I'll like it as I've never read anything like this before, I'm looking forward to it though!
 
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