starting out with disc world, could really use some help! :)

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mau3312

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hi guys, so im new to terry pratchett books i have just finished nation and loved it and i have been recommended the discworld novels and have never read any of them, so i was just wondering if there was anything to know and like what they're about thanks guys :)
 
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Hi Mau

This is from Wikipedia about the Discworld

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld_(world)

To get a feel for Discworld, I'd recommend reading first Guards Guards, then Witches Abroad. If you're not hopelessly hooked after that, I'd consider seeking some professional therapy. :laugh:
 

Tonyblack

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I'd certainly go for Guards! Guards! as a first book. Witches Abroad is another good one. Maybe Mort would be a good place to start. A lot of people insist on starting with The Colour of Magic and working their way through the series chronologically - that's certainly how I did it, but I did it as the books were being published. :)

In most cases it doesn't matter where you start, but by starting with the earlier books you do get to see character development.

You can find a list of Terry's books HERE
 
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I agree Guards! Guards! or Mort are a good places to start ;)
I started with Feet of Clay which isn't the best place to start because you mis some of the development of the characters and the city watch(still loved it though :) )

Here at http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/index.html you can find a reading order guide. Maybe it is of some help ;)
 

Trish

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Welcome, mau.

The Discworld is about people(s) and all their little idiosyncrasies.
In other words, it's about us.

Start anywhere, really. Which books in what order also depends upon availability.

A word: do not skip the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy if you come across it.
Not the DW, but terrific reading.
 

Dotsie

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Hi mau :) I hope whichever one you pick you love it, because if you do then you're in for a treat - there are loads to read!

I started with The Colour of Magic, but to be honest I think Mort would be a better place to start. Enjoy! :laugh:
 

kakaze

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Don't listen to them mau!

Read them back to front. Then you start with the most recent (i.e. "best") books first!
 
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kakaze said:
Don't listen to them mau!

Read them back to front. Then you start with the most recent (i.e. "best") books first!
....and don't start on page 1. Go to the end and read each book backwards.

Or buy 5 at the same time and read them all together - 10 pages of one then 10 pages of another etc.

Or buy the Polish editions, then as well as reading a Discworld novel, you will also learn Polish.

Or just read every odd numbered page, then when you finish, read every even numbered page.
 

kakaze

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poohbcarrot said:
just read every odd numbered page, then when you finish, read every even numbered page.
Hey, I like that one! :laugh:
 
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kakaze said:
poohbcarrot said:
just read every odd numbered page, then when you finish, read every even numbered page.
Hey, I like that one! :laugh:
Jan, Trish and I are going to have quite a time hunting you down and spanking you all extremely well, you know... :twisted:
 

Jan Van Quirm

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I'm telling you now Tina (again) - I'm not spanking him! It's far too good for him and would hurt us more that it would hurt him.

*Goes off to get Small Gods to see what Vorbis would do...* 8)
 

Dotsie

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Nuff with the spanking! Good grief! :laugh:
 

Jan Van Quirm

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Indeed - very bad for the spankers joints not to mention the mutual pain (even if you use a stick). Some form of mental retribution is called for - eeny meeny miney d'oh... :laugh:

Actually the threat of impending, but unspecified, torture (with the possibility of glo paint, SP and Dubya) might be the way forward whilst giving sufficient leeway for further entertaining, if highly dubious indiscretions and general smartypantsness to continue... o_O:

*again sits back with popcorn - salted :twisted: *
 

Jan Van Quirm

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:laugh: *tuts* such obsessions with 'ends' - perhaps we'd better end this particular tangent and get back to quarrelling - sorry debating over which book's supposed to the best to start getting acquainted with Discworld ;)
 
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My first toe-dip into the Ankh was Going Postal.

No wonder I was traumatised, and it took me a year to get up the courage to try again (from the beginning!!).

:laugh:
 

Tonyblack

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Bouncy Castle said:
My first toe-dip into the Ankh was Going Postal.

No wonder I was traumatised, and it took me a year to get up the courage to try again (from the beginning!!).

:laugh:
:laugh: Actually, I don't think it's too bad a place to start, but I can see what you mean. :laugh:
 

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