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Old 12-18-2012, 04:11 PM
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Default On the Back of Great A'Tuin: Talking About Discworld

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So lately I've been getting back into Discworld after a brief interest a few years back when I picked up The Colour of Magic and a few other loose books. I keep finding cheap copies of different entries at a used book store here, so I've been going through the series at a rate of one book every month or so, all out of order and in completely different print formats. This seems incredibly appropriate for Discworld. Right now I'm just finishing up Witches Abroad and thinking of getting Maskerade next. I've had a lot of fun with the Samuel Vimes and the City Watch books (I've read Thud!, Night Watch, and Guards! Guards!), but Soul Music has been a real standout, too. Any favourites from any other Tyrants?
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:23 PM
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The Tiffany Aching books are some of the best (and I firmly believe the Discworld novels are overall some of the best literature anywhere), despite being billed as children's books. The great brilliance of Pratchett in selling them is that all he had to do was write exactly the same sorts of novels but with a younger protagonist and add in a few subtle allusions to child interpretations of swear words and he'd be able to sell them as children's books.

I'm also a big fan of the Vimes novels. Hogfather is one of my favorites, as is Small Gods, both for the depth of their insight. Going Postal is a really solid new direction, but read it after The Truth. If you liked Soul Music, read Mort and then read the rest of the Death books. Lots more thoughts, but that's plenty to start.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:25 PM
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I've been reading them in order now and just finished up Guards, Guards! I've enjoyed all of them so for, but especially enjoyed Sourcery and Wyrd Sisters
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:34 PM
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One of my favorites was Thief of Time I found it really moving when it first came out. It's been a few years since I last read it though so maybe not. Night Watch is rather brilliant. I like Monstrous Regiment more than most people seem to though I agree it gets rather noodly at the end.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:46 PM
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Favorite books:

The entire night watch series, read in order. I have special fondness for The Fifth Element, which most people don't seem to like as much.

The Truth. Maybe my favorite discworld novel, if not for...

Small Gods. The best. The perfect stand alone.

Really, they're all wonderful.
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Oh, also, this may be sharing something everyone already knew about, buuuuuut:

The Annotated Pratchett File, v9.0

A fan-made set of annotations for every Terry Pratchett book. As far as I can tell it's been floating around since the days of usenet, with new segments appended on when appropriate. It's incredibly useful as a companion piece when reading any of the Discworld novels. I refer to it constantly.
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Dudes, we already had a Pratchett thread.
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Aw nuts. I searched the forum all about, but there found nothing
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That's the right leg of the trousers of time. This is the left. (Or maybe vice versa - I'm not entirely sure either way.)
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Odd note. Rincewind is one of the possible judges on Midway's Circus Voltaire table.
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Just bought Nanny Ogg's Cookbook off iBooks. Leonard Of Quirm's grilled cheese sandwich is a revelation.
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Leonard Of Quirm's grilled cheese sandwich is a revelation.
I made one of those last night. The recipe is hard, but the end product is all worth it.
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I finished Eric awhile back... That is a really short book. I'm nearly done with Moving Pictures right now.

I can't decide whether Pratchett really likes Hollywood or really hates it.
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"It's a Holy wood monster! From film land!"
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To be fair, that thing's (a) in the wrong forum and (b) old enough that I started it.

Anyway, I really like Terry's (for lack of a better classification) Big Ideas books. The Truth deals with newspapers and media, Going Postal is about the role of the post office in modern society, and Making Money is like porn for economic geeks. The next one is going to be back with Moist and the gang, this time dealing with railroads, so it's going to be another total geekfest for me. These are all really fun, since they carry on exploring the modern world through a fantasy haze.

They all kind of fit into the Vimes area since he's a regular supporting player and Vetinari's always around, but really those are sort of off in their own area now that Moist is up to a trilogy even by himself.

I didn't particularly like the most recent Vimes book, Snuff - I thought it was a fun enough idea (Vimes in the country and totally out of his element a la a classic detective story), but I like Vimes more when he's battling the maniacs around his office as much as the psychopaths of the week. Taking him away from Carrot / Nobby / Colon kind of blunts the charm. That, and the whole riverboat / slavery thing just kind of built with no real payoff.


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I can't decide whether Pratchett really likes Hollywood or really hates it.
Moving Pictures is kind of a literary fantasy version of The Player, although it came out a couple of years earlier. But... 1990? That seems about right for the "everyone in Hollywood is insane" meme to find it's way to his desk.
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I'm doing them in order, so Reaper Man is next
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Anybody heard any news on that AMPD tv series?
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Not since last year. It's maddening.
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So I just finished Night Watch (Jesus ) and, before moving on to Monstrous Regiment this weekend, I glanced at the list of published books to confirm that there's now no gaps in my Discworld reading But I also realized something: is Carpe Jugulum the last Witches book in the main Discworld line? I love the Watch and all (as Pratchett evidently does) but should I start looking into the Young Adult Tiffany Aching series for my Weatherwax fix?
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:37 PM
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Yes. The Tiffany Aching books are Pratchett at his best. They're fantastic -- he just told stories about a young person, from the perspective of a young person portrayed realistically, with basically no other accomodations to his usual style for the age of the reader. Which is perfect.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:27 PM
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Also, the second and third books are seriously great Witches books - where the first has Granny and Nanny cameos, they're main characters in the next two.
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So I was at the book store and all of a sudden... New Discworld! I don't pay attention for a few months and new books just coalesce from the aether.

I could get used to this.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:26 AM
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Is it out?

*googles*

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So I was at the book store and all of a sudden... New Discworld! I don't pay attention for a few months and new books just coalesce from the aether.

I could get used to this.
I just started reading that last night, whaddya know
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I just picked it up, but I'm in the middle of a different Pratchett book so I must be patient.

I don't WANT to be patient, but I will!
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:15 PM
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I'm about a fourth, maybe 2/5ths into Monstrous Regiment, and I still have to start on the earlier Moist von Lipwig books, the next Watch ones, and Academicals, so I'm quite a ways from Raising any sort of Steam. Especially if I add the Tiffany Aching ones to my list.

Speaking of Regiment... I dunno, maybe it's because I plunged into it practically on the same day I finished Night Watch, but I'm still not feeling it. Everything's right there --the characters are excellent, the subject's awesome, Pratchett's research and attention to detail are, as always, exquisite, and the humor is really good considering the sombre atmosphere and setting. But... it hasn't quite gripped me the way other Discworld books have, especially not Night Watch.

Of course, the same thing happened when I first read Reaper Man, and when I reread that two years ago I was enthralled, so maybe this is just not the right "moment" for this book.
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Add Tiffany Aching to your list.
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Add Tiffany Aching to your list.
Holy shit do this, they get exponentially better as they go
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