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 Post subject: Discworld!
PostPosted: April 29th, 2013, 4:58 pm 
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So I know there's at least one other Discworld fan on here (one of our newest members, Moist von Lipwig, has the same name as a Discworld character) so I thought a Discworld thread would be fun.

For those of you who don't know, Discworld is a world created by Terry Pratchett. It's, surprise, surprise, a disc! It is a disc balanced on the back of four elephants (although legend has it there was originally a fifth elephant) who are standing on the back of Great A'Tuin. Great A'Tuin is a giant turtle swimming through space.

There are 39 novels so far, plus quite a lot of short stories and several companion books.

The books can all be read by themselves with no prior knowledge of Discworld. I'm not sure how to word the next bit so bear with me. Within the series there are certain books which can be lumped together. In so much as they follow the same character(s).

Oh you know what? Here we go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld

That will probably explain it better than I can!

Basically, they are brilliant books! If anybody is interested in reading them, you don't need to read them in publication order. So you don't need to start with The Colour of Magic if you don't want to. I've only read CoM once, years ago when I was about 9 and I didn't really like it or understand it. It was only when my brother persuaded me to read Wyrd Sisters (he realised that was probably more my cup of tea) that I changed my mind about Discworld.
So my advice would be to have a look at the different story lines and the books, and pick one that sounds interesting and then read it.


Anyway, my favourite ones are the Witches ones (including the Tiffany Aching ones) although my favourite standalone is Monstrous Regiment. I love the City Watch ones too and the Death ones, and the Moist von Lipwig ones.
Apart from Colour of Magic, I haven't read any other Rincewind or wizards ones though. The reason being I was originally reading my brother's book collection and they got stolen when he moved out so I've been slowly re-building the collection buy finding them in second-hand and charity book shops. As I don't have that much money, I can only really buy one at a time and if there was a witches book or a city watch book I would buy that over a Rincewind book.
But now that I am looking for the Rincewind and wizards books none of the shops appear to have them! :(

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: April 30th, 2013, 1:15 am 
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Yes!

The best Rincewind book is Sourcery. One of my favorites Discworld books, I am in love in main evil character!

Yes, I read Discworld for four years only but he is my favorite author, I like him even better than Tolkien. He has amazing sense of humor and he can mix this humor with philosophy. Now I can't imagine not knowing this series. Thought I haven't read the Tiffany Aching book yet. Must be fixed!

I started with Guards sub-series and finished reading Rincewind one. So far I love most Moist von Lipwig books, Hogfather and Sourcery. But all books have special meaning for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: April 30th, 2013, 9:59 pm 
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I've read The Color of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Equal Rites, and Small Gods I definitely enjoy his humor! I really mostly picked them up after reading Good Omens - I think Neil Gaiman is a bit more in line with my tastes but I do enjoy Discworld. Especially Death!

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: May 1st, 2013, 11:27 am 
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So I managed to get the colour of magic from a second hand bookshop yesterday. Been to the Oxford bookshop today and got the hogfather, the light fantastic, sourcery, thief of time and unseen academicals!
So I think I've only got 2 novels left to get but I'll have to check when I get home :D

I foresee plenty of discworld reading over the next few days!

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: May 1st, 2013, 1:36 pm 
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I started reading the Discworld novels in Dutch, but I pretty soon realised that these books were worth to read in English! I haven't read all books yet, but so far Maskerade and Monstrous Regiment are my favorites. I love the intelligent jokes and the way Terry Pratchett can describe seemingly ordinary things in a hilarious way. My copy of Maskerade must be the most worn-down paperback in my bookcase; I like to just pick it up and start reading somewhere in the middle of the book when I'm feeling a bit down or bored.

My favorite characters are Death and the vampire that needs to be regenerated with a little blood every time he takes a picture of something (can't remember his name).

And my very favorite conversation (from Maskerade):
Death: "Leave it to the living. Generally speaking, they get uneasy when the deceased takes a constructive role in a murder investigation. They tend to lose concentration."
Dr. Undershaft: "You know, you do have a very good bass voice."
Death: "Thank you."
Dr. Undershaft: "Are there going to be.. choirs and things?"
Death: "Would you like some?"

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: May 2nd, 2013, 12:44 am 
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Lhun, you also lie Otto? ;) I adore him since he appeared in The Truth. He sounded so cute when he tried to take this damn picture. True passion is involved here!

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: May 2nd, 2013, 7:54 am 
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Ah yes, Otto! I first came across his character in Monstrous Regiment, and I'm looking forward to read more about him. I love how Terry Pratchett wrote him as a kind of modern vampire, while still combining two ancient vampire elements: blood and light :)

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: November 17th, 2013, 6:46 pm 
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Is "The Color of Magic" the first Discworld book? I got it from the library, but i'm not sure what order the series goes in.


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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: November 18th, 2013, 10:52 am 
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Yep, that's the first published Discworld novel ;-) The best thing about the Discworld books is that you don't really need to read them in a specific order. There are some recurring storylines, but it's not necessary to have read all earlier books.

Is 'Colour of Magic' the first Discworld novel you're reading?

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: November 28th, 2013, 12:15 am 
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Yes, it is. I like it a lot :-D , I just finished the part where they escape from Bel-Shamharoth with Hrun. I love all the ways they avoid saying 8! I cracked up at the line about "a wide room with walls to a number that Rincewind didn't dare to contemplate and 7a passages radiating from it". :lol: I also liked how the book totally convinces you that Twoflower has a camera and then suddenly you find out that it was literally a little guy in a box who draws pictures. Is the next book "The Light Fantastic", because that's what was next to " Color of Magic" it in the library, but I think they have some parts of the series in the kids section and some in the adults section. They do that a lot.


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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: November 28th, 2013, 8:07 pm 
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OK, this post is going to be long but it will be handy to have it.

So here goes.

All the Discworld novels (not the tie-in books) in publication order:
1 - The Colour of Magic
2 - The Light Fantastic
3 - Equal Rites
4 - Mort
5 - Sourcery
6 - Wyrd Sisters
7 - Pyramids
8 - Guards! Guards!
9 - Faust Eric
10 - Moving Pictures
11 - Reaper Man
12 - Witches Abroad
13 - Small Gods
14 - Lords and Ladies
15 - Men at Arms
16 - Soul Music
17 - Interesting Times
18 - Maskerade
19 - Feet of Clay
20 - Hogfather
21 - Jingo
22 - The Last Continent
23 - Carpe Jugulum
24 - The Fifth Elephant
25 - The Truth
26 - Thief of Time
27 - The Last Hero
28 - The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents*
29 - Night Watch
30 - The Wee Free Men*
31 - Monstrous Regiment
32 - A Hat Full of Sky*
33 - Going Postal
34 - Thud!
35 - Wintersmith*
36 - Making Money
37 - Unseen Academicals
38 - I Shall Wear Midnight*
39 - Snuff
40 - Raising Steam

* written for young adults/children (but are still awesome books)

Now, the books which follow the same theme/characters as each other. Some books will cross over different groups. The ones where I've put a (!) are the ones which I would recommend people start for reading Discworld. Then read the rest of the books in that group and then move onto another group.

The Witches
Equal Rites
Wyrd Sisters (!)
Witches Abroad
Lords and Ladies
Maskerade
Carpe Jugulum

Tiffany Aching/The Wee Free Men (These tie-in nicely with the Witches series)
The Wee Free Men (!)
A Hat Full of Sky
Wintersmith
I Shall Wear Midnight

City Watch
Guards! Guards! (!)
Men At Arms
Feet of Clay
Jingo
The Fifth Elephant
Night Watch
Monstrous Regiment (Minor involvement of the Watch)
Thud!
Snuff

Death apart from the first two, they also feature Death's granddaughter Susan Sto Helit
Mort (!)
Reaper Man
Soul Music
Hogfather
Thief of Time (This is mainly a History Monks book but there is a large involvement of Death and Susan)

Rincewind
The Colour of Magic (!)
The Light Fantastic
Sourcery
Faust Eric
Interesting Times
The Last Continent
The Last Hero
Unseen Academicals

The Wizards
Equal Rites
Sourcery
Moving Pictures
Reaper Man
Lords and Ladies
Interesting Times
Hogfather
The Last Continent
The Last Hero
Unseen Academicals

Moist von Lipwig
Going Postal (!)
Making Money
Raising Steam

The History Monks
Small Gods
Thief of Time
Night Watch (Minor involvement)

Misc. Disworld Cultures (Are really standalone novels. All are good starter novels for getting into Discworld)
Pyramids
Small Gods
Monstrous Regiment (Has minor involvement from the City Watch and The Ankh-Morpork Times)

Miscellaneous
Moving Pictures
The Truth (the start of the The Ankh-Morpork Times)
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (This is pretty much the only Discworld novel that doesn't have involvement with any of the other characters or story arch from the other novels. Well, apart from Death because Death is everywhere so he does get involved. But only in a very minor involvement.)

OK, I think that's all of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: November 30th, 2013, 6:23 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
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Are those suitable for all ages? Or have adult scenes?

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
PostPosted: March 27th, 2014, 6:30 pm 
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Well, most books are aimed at adults, so I wouldn't recommend reading them to children ;-) But that's more because most of the humor is hidden withing the language so to speak, so children probably wouldn't understand it. And I can't remember ever coming across an adult scene in the Discworld books, but I'm not completely sure..

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 Post subject: Re: Discworld!
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I think they are completely clean except for kisses.

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