Ooh I hadn't seen this thread...
1.How did you come to read your first Discworld book?
My partner bought...
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents and I really really loved it. Almost shed a tear on the last page, just one of those books you never want to end. I guess I connected with it especially, being the owner of 3 ratties.
3. Will you read more?
I fully intent to read them all!
4. Which one do you intend to read next?
I bought The Fifth Elephant today which I plan to read when I've finished The Truth.
I enjoyed Thud! immensely and when I read that it was a Vimes book, I just had to line that one up
5. If you didn't start with Colour of Magic, how easily did you find it to get into Discworld? Did you feel that some background knowledge was necessary?
I would say I started with Thud! really, as that's the first 'adult' discworld book I read. Personally I found it extremely easy to get into! The characters are great and the whole thing is so brilliantly written and well observed it makes you want
to pay attention and work out the relationships and plot points. I had no problem 'adjusting' to the fantastical nature of the universe presented as I'm heavily into my fantasy/sci-fi games and films ect already, although I had not recently read many novels that would be comparable.
I did find during reading Thud! that I occasionally had the feeling there were jokes and 'hintings at' that were whooshing over my head so to speak. These incidents didn't however prove to be a hindrance in actually following the story, and if anything made me look forward to re-reading in a few years with a bit more background to understand all the elements of the book more completely.
I'm 8/9 books in now and I would say I've found them all perfectly accessible. It just seems to get better and better the more you read really, I'm addicted!
Honestly, I'm so thankful for his writings. I feel like I've discovered a literary gold mine! And I'm also really happy that it's lead me to discover this lovely, worth-while forum