The Novels of Terry Pratchett

  • Delivis

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    Jun 10, 2010 6:04 AM GMT
    I have not read anything by this author yet. I wasnt even very aware of him until recently. He has cropped up in a few of my usual blogs in one way or another lately though, including a lecture he gave about his Alzheimers condition. The way he talks, writes, and thinks ressonates with me quite a bit and makes me suspect that I would enjoy his work.

    So I have a question for those who have read his novels. Which one should I pick up? Should I start with the Discoworld series and read those in order or perhaps one of his stand-alone novels like The Nation?
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    Jun 10, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    I loved the Discworld series, though I never read all of them (there's a lot!)

    -Doug
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    Jun 10, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
    I have heard a lot of great things about Pratchett's books, but have only read Good Omen's, which was by both Pratchett & Neil Gaimen... And yeah, Good Omen's was really a stand out read. Pratchett's other books are totally on my reading list...
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    Jun 10, 2010 3:05 PM GMT
    Dude seriously, pick any of the Discworld books and you wont be disappointed. They are funny, smart and just a little bit twisted. Ya gotta like that.
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    Jun 10, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    Terry is a modern day Lewis Carroll. You think, you laugh, you think, you laugh...good stuff.

    -Doug
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    Jun 10, 2010 3:18 PM GMT
    Any of the books with the witches would be a worthwhile place to start.

    Some of his very latest books have become, to me, somewhat disjointed and repetitive, with too much of an attempt at being serious and conveying a moral lesson too heavy-handedly, which does not work as well for him in my opinion. I would start with the older (and cheaper) paperbacks.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Jun 10, 2010 3:33 PM GMT
    Start with Discworld

    I would STRONGLY recommend starting wtih

    Wyrd Sisters and then moving on to Witches Abroad and then Lords and Ladies

    or Guards Guards, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay.

    Some of the best stand alone ones are The Last Continent, Hogfather and Maskerade.

    Terry is a fantastic author with some serious groan making puns and laugh out loud moments. I cannot recommend him enough!!!
  • kew1

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    Jun 13, 2010 8:42 AM GMT
    Start as early in the series as possible as he introduces characters then re-uses them in later books.Don't expect too much consistency between books.
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    Jun 15, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
    i've also only read good omens but liked it alot
  • Beeftastic

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    Jun 25, 2010 8:56 PM GMT
    Discworld is one of my favorite series. If I could find a man who appreciates it as well as I do . . .

    It is very funny, g rated humor, and it builds as you read more books and get to know the characters better . And it has a lot of sharp social commentary.

    The books are not chronological. So you can start just about anywhere.

    I have a map of the books by characters and themes I can look up if anybody is interested.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 25, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    Good Omens. I could never really get into Discworld, but Good Omens is hysterical.
  • Delivis

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    Jun 25, 2010 9:02 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies all. Good Omens has been ordered. icon_smile.gif
  • Beeftastic

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    Jun 27, 2010 9:43 AM GMT
    Good Omens is one of the funniest books I have read! It's not part of Discworld though.

    Here is a chart of the different novels and themes in the series:
    https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://home.comcast.net/~zosa11/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-1.5.1.ppt
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    Jun 27, 2010 10:08 AM GMT
    I started with Wyrd Sisters when I was still at school - I think it may be the first in the disc world series? ... ever since then have been a huge fan - his most recent books I feel kinda lost their humour (I mean the poor guy does have Alzheimers, I'm sure it's difficult to stay hilarious for ones readers) .. but I did read a more recent one the other day (sorry, titles all a blur) and he seemed back to his old self.. I love the books with the Wyrd Sisters, Mort & have grown very fond of Rincewind, although he upsets me sometimes.. lol
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    Jun 27, 2010 10:42 AM GMT
    LOVE TERRY!!!! would start out with The Color of Magic then Light Fantastic. I find that they help "set" the reader on Discworld. I have recommended him to many people and everyone seems to enjoy his work.

    Oh and when you see Granny tell her hi!