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Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
on: December 02, 2013, 07:58:42 PM
Ok, finally decided to take the plunge... Obviously I can't get all the 40 Discworld novels at once, so I'd like some opinions as to where to start... I'm quite sure there are some fans around here :D
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 08:27:01 PM
Never read them BECAUSE there is no clear order to read them in.

However, if you decide (or discover) a good read order, let me know
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 08:44:57 PM
I'll ask my wife. She has just about every book Terry Pratchett wrote. She's read most of them more than once. I'll ask her and report back.

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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 08:53:44 PM
Wife says to start with Mort. Or just read from the beginning in the order they were written. From her text message "Yes and no. Each book can/will read as a stand alone. But there are references that only make sense if you read in the order they were written. Which. May not be chronological as the storyline goes."

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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 11:31:36 PM
Mort is fine as a start, I think. Unseen University was a great read - But so was pretty much the rest I read from Discworld.
And, apart from the "usual" discworld stories, I pretty much enjoyed the Discworld Fairytales (I shall wear Midnight, wintersmith I guess and the third title eludes me...) although they are aimed at a younger readership


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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #5 on: December 02, 2013, 11:32:13 PM
Read them in the order they were written, it all makes sense, eventually
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #6 on: December 02, 2013, 11:46:29 PM
Lots of the books are fairly independent; Moving Pictures, Going Postal, Pyramids. Many others have ongoing characters; Commander Vimes and the Night Watch, Rincewind, Grannie Weatherwax, Death. 

AFAIK all the books are written in chronological order, so starting from the start is a good idea, but you could also read all the books relating to a common character, so start with Colour of Magic and then read all the further Rincewind books for example.
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #7 on: December 02, 2013, 11:49:57 PM
'The Colour Of Magic' is not a bad place to start  :salute:

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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #8 on: December 02, 2013, 11:52:11 PM
Having read all but one of them...start at the beginning,Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic...the Discworld evolves a lot,and it makes best sense to loosely follow the evolution.

Otherwise,follow the Lancre Coven in Thier chronology, or Sam Vimes and the City Watch in theirs.

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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013, 01:11:42 AM
Agreed. Read them in order. They all sort of fit together, and like many have said, there are references in his books that sort of encourage reading them in order.

By the way, try and get the movie Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic. It is as good as the books.
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #10 on: December 03, 2013, 10:59:58 AM
Thanks guys :tu:

I got the Colour of Magic eBook already, can't wait to dive in :D
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #11 on: December 03, 2013, 02:06:43 PM
Thanks guys :tu:

I got the Colour of Magic eBook already, can't wait to dive in :D

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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #12 on: December 04, 2013, 12:35:50 PM
Thanks guys :tu:

I got the Colour of Magic eBook already, can't wait to dive in :D

Don't...

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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #13 on: December 04, 2013, 12:40:03 PM
The Discworld series is great stuff. Enjoy at your own peril :D
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #14 on: December 04, 2013, 06:45:03 PM
The Discworld series is great stuff. Enjoy at your own peril :D

Hey, I already survived Douglas Adams' stuff, I'm pretty sure I'll survive this... *dies from laughter*

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PS: It seems that there is a level of nonsense that only a brit can produce :D
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #15 on: December 04, 2013, 06:50:13 PM
Oh, and since this is MTO, I have to blame Kirky for getting me into this... :rofl:

Altho this time it is actually true, his "buggrit, buggrit, millennium hand and shrimp" rants at couple of threads were the last straw :D
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #16 on: December 05, 2013, 12:41:53 AM
Another series you might enjoy is Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovich. The tag line is 'What if Harry Potter grew up and joined the filth?'

Basically,it's set in modern day london(and very well researched ), and follows the adventures of the Metroploitan Police's wizards! Its four books and growing!
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #17 on: December 05, 2013, 01:29:12 AM
Another series you might enjoy is Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovich. The tag line is 'What if Harry Potter grew up and joined the filth?'

Basically,it's set in modern day london(and very well researched ), and follows the adventures of the Metroploitan Police's wizards! Its four books and growing!

Have you read the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher?  Sounds like a similar premise but with a Wizard private investigator based in Chicago.  Not comedies per se, but very witty. :)
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #18 on: December 05, 2013, 03:31:39 AM
I also find it funny that after 4 years of checking thrift shops weekly for books, I have found many great things, but not a single Terry Pratchett book.

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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #19 on: December 05, 2013, 10:09:16 AM
I also find it funny that after 4 years of checking thrift shops weekly for books, I have found many great things, but not a single Terry Pratchett book.


Apparently, no one wants to get rid of them, then  ::)
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #20 on: December 06, 2013, 08:38:00 AM
Another series you might enjoy is Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovich. The tag line is 'What if Harry Potter grew up and joined the filth?'

Basically,it's set in modern day london(and very well researched ), and follows the adventures of the Metroploitan Police's wizards! Its four books and growing!

That sounds really interesting :) Thanks for the tip! :tu:

PS: Im a big fan of mixing up literary genres, as my fascination with Shadowrun novels proves (I mean who wouldn't love a mix of cyberpunk and fantasy? :D)
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #21 on: December 06, 2013, 08:53:12 AM
Oh, and since this is MTO, I have to blame Kirky for getting me into this... :rofl:

Altho this time it is actually true, his "buggrit, buggrit, millennium hand and shrimp" rants at couple of threads were the last straw :D

Ooook? :think:
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #22 on: December 06, 2013, 09:16:00 AM
Oh, and since this is MTO, I have to blame Kirky for getting me into this... :rofl:

Altho this time it is actually true, his "buggrit, buggrit, millennium hand and shrimp" rants at couple of threads were the last straw :D

Ooook? :think:

Ook ook!

Seriously tho, I almost died at that rant and had to find out where it came from, so I googled it and had this "I should have known" moment :D

http://forum.multitool.org/the-mod-squad/skinny-charge-al/msg760095/#msg760095
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #23 on: December 16, 2013, 02:27:55 PM
There are some board games based on Terry Prachett's books. I can totally recommend Ankh Morpork. You don't need to know any of the books contents, it's just more fun if you do.

Not recommended for overly competitive players or sore losers. You have to be treacherous and cunning to stand a chance here.  >:D
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Re: Terry Pratchett books suggestions...
Reply #24 on: December 19, 2013, 12:00:23 AM
If you want to read them all, start with Colours of Magic. But I think Pratchett wasn't as good with his pacing back then. I found Mort more gripping, or Guards, Guards! if you want to read more about Commander Vimes and his City Watch/Policemen/Soldiers.

If you don't want to dive in too deep into Discworld, you can also start with Going Postal (Which was also made into an excellent movie). Though Tiffany Aching is aimed at adolescent readers, The Wee Free Men is also a good place to start, it will guide you gradually into the world!

I would make a choice based on this factors:
  • If you like LEOs or soldiers, start with Guards, Guards! and then read the other Watchmen books
  • If you want to drop into the Up-to-date Discworld, read Going Postal, Making Money and Raising Steam
  • If you want to start non-confusing and ease your way in, or you like Scots, get The Wee Free Man

Personally I would start with Wee Free Men and gift it to some kid if you don't like it (Don't worry, you will like it!).


 

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