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All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans

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Edited: Jun 29, 2008, 11:49am Top

I remember when people were first trying to tell me about Terry Pratchett's books, they had a hard time telling me exactly about them. Satire? British humour? Fantasy? None of it really tells the whole story or conveys an apt picture of what Discworld is.

Jun 29, 2008, 10:09pm Top

Way back when, I used to describe Discworld books as "Fantasy parody as Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was science fiction parody". That worked for a while, but then we got more into "William Shakespeare parody" and "Phantom of the Opera parody" etc. Now with Going Postal and Making Money etc, I'm back to not knowing how to describe them.

That won't stop me reading them though!


Jun 30, 2008, 5:51am Top

There's few people I know who don't already know about him, so I don't need to describe Diskworld. They don't all like it ?! but they know what to expect. The hardest partid those who've tried colour of magic and didn't like it, but who may like some of the later ones. Explaining how they're different is difficult.

Sep 17, 2009, 1:16am Top

I have just read the first two and thoroughly enjoyed them. I am on the third now and was quite disappointed to find that Rincewind does not seem to be in the book. Does he come back again? How are the books structured? Thanks for any help!

Sep 17, 2009, 1:33am Top

If you are reading in publication order then "the third" would be Mort and that is a Rincewind-free zone. Don't worry though, because our favourite cowardly wizzard will save the world again in Sourcery which is next if you continue with the publication order.

Discworld books can be read in various orders. Publication order of course, but there is also a case for reading in character/group arcs as well. As such, there are "Witches", "Wizards" (with or without Rincewind), "City Watch", "Death", "YA" etc etc story arcs. Check out the related series on the Discworld series page.


Edited: Sep 17, 2009, 1:45am Top

And if you like flow charts, you might be interested in the reading order guides on the L-space site.

Sep 18, 2009, 11:40pm Top

I felt the same way when I read Equal Rites after the light fantastic, but now I love them all. Eric, Sourcery, Interesting Times, The Last Continent, all have Rincewind as a main character. Give the Witches, Death and Guards a chance though, they are worth it.

When asked to describe Terry I generally have no clue , so I mumble for a bit and then say he is more articulate than me and hand over a book.

Aug 3, 2010, 9:43pm Top

I had to describe Pratchett to a couple of my friends last time and had an incredibly difficult time doing it. What I said is that it's fantasy but different. I know, I'm articulate aren't I? :)

Aug 4, 2010, 10:53am Top

I usually tell them to start with Reaper Man because that's where I started. I tell them Pratchett is like Marmite -you either 'get' him or you don't!

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