I am going out of my mind. This cannot be. I searched for this guy. I half remembered his name, and I put his voice together with his role in Blackadder, and I certainly searched for "colour of magic tony robinson". It is quite a distinctive voice after all, and he sounds particularly similar to his roles in Blackadder 3-4 where the idiocy makes his voice higher and quavier. How is it possible... Now, suddenly, I've found him on google and amazon... Thank you so much. I'm not going to contemplate how I could miss what I was sure was the truth.... that is bending my mind a bit right now. Maybe I do need help.
Well :animals-shaun: I am forever grateful.
Thank you, and the most pleasant of days to you both!
I am going out of my mind. This cannot be. I searched for this guy.[snip] Now, suddenly, I've found him on google and amazon... Thank you so much. I'm not going to contemplate how I could miss what I was sure was the truth....
It isn't you. It's the way most search engines work. They pick what to show you based on mysterious algorithms that include everything you ever searched for, plus whatever someone is paying them to show first. When I try to find something again that I know I found in the first search, it often takes several searches using the exact same keywords to get it back.
Í committed what some DW fans a cardinal sin and actually started with this book,as it happens i got on with it very well and found it rather immersive,ok so trying to read all the books in order probably isnt such a good idea but in my experience you find your fave characters and that dictates what order you read in from then on.
I went from here till ER when i found Granny Weatherwax and that was me going off on a witch tangent
Me, too. Actually, TCoM put me off because although I loved most of it, I hated the cliffhanger ending so much that I skipped the next book. Later I picked up Equal Rites, and then after a few more came out, somebody told me about The Light Fantastic. I think a lot of Americans had the same problem with TCoM, because for years I would check secondhand bookshops and if they only had one Discworld book, that book was TCoM. I was looking because getting them in the USA was a classic case of "barefoot and uphill both ways." I found most of them at SF conventions, brought in by independent book dealers.
I think the best results I've had in getting someone else to begin reading Discworld came from choosing a book that connected with an existing interest. After they are hooked, I emphasize that the first two are a duology. I do think TCoM should be read at some point, probably before Sourcery, because it introduces some major elements.
Unlike many later DW fans, I also started with, and loved, the Colour of Magic. (I came in at around the same time Equal Rites had been published, so just a little later than Tony but thought I had to start there as they were a series.) I really think it helped that I was already a fan of the books COM & LF were lampooning (Moorcock, Leiber, and Lovecraft to name but a few).
I think reading in publishing order gives a greater scale to the extent of Terry's world-building as well as his development as an author and his ideas. Nowadays, I just dip in and out as the mood takes me but still find something new to appreciate no matter how often I reread them.
I definitely need to re-read "The colour of magic". I remember I didn't love it the first time I read it (maybe because it's a bit more chaotic and extravagant).
It's an absolutely valid starting point, though, but I know it has put off some potential fans. As I told you, "Equal Rites" and "Guards! Guards!" have been recently translated into Catalan, and many readers who had only read TCoM are giving Discworld a second chance and felling in love with it.
TCoM was a product of its time. I was far too young to read it when it came out, but from what I understand, there were lots of fantasy books at the time (some of which were terrible). So Terry was parodying them with TCoM.