Beautiful Dirt wrote:I really should re-read some of the earlier books. I've done COM & TLF etc a few times. But I've only read books like Small Gods & Pyramids once, partly because I didn't enjoy them immensely the first time around but mostly because they're all packed away in boxes in my spare room from when we moved in nearly three years ago
Did anyone else find books like these hard work the first time around?
Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit wrote:Yup, and poor Magrat had a teensy piece tucked in her pocketses.
Pearwood wrote:Yes, I've often felt this way (and I wouldn't say its something peculiar to the earlier ones). I remember not having a clue what was going on in the climax to The Fifth Elephant. I think Terry doesn't like spelling things out to his readers, which is fine most of the time, but I think action scenes really require step-by-step description.
Invisible Ink wrote:Spoiler for The Fifth ElephantWell, the bit I thought of as the climax was
When the werewolf bad guy (was he Angua's brother? My memory is hazy) comes back to kill them. It's been so long that I don't remember what specifically confused me, but I remember just not grasping what happened. There have been quite a few other instances of that too, but TFE is the only one I can recall the instance of.
Invisible Ink wrote:SPOILER for The Fifth Elephant
I know what you mean, I think I had to re-read a paragraph to understand how Vimes had a) planned on killing Angua's brother and b) how he executed it. The description is not very linear because I think above all, TP wanted to convey Vimes's complete abhorrence for doing what needed to be done by implying pre-meditation but not making it obvious, so the prelude to it actually happening was quite vague. I remember thinking something like that as I read it. Admittedly it's been a couple of years since I have read it.
I appreciate that, BD. And if it was just a case of comparing WA with T5E I wouldn't have a problem. But the topic had moved away from WA altogether.Beautiful Dirt wrote:Aye aye captain
Sorry Tony, when discussing a series as vast as DW it's difficult to not drift off and start comparing books
Prolekult wrote:I am rereading the series and can really do without spoilers for later books, especially when which book it is isn't indicated. Maybe they could be edited or at least changed to 'invisible ink' for other readers?
Good to see I'm not the only one who sometimes has trouble keeping track during the action scenes, I was starting to think I may be losing the plot even more than usual. As Tony and others have said rereading is well worth the effort, I've enjoyed every book more the second time around so far, and have got a new favourite (Reaper Man). Funny though Small Gods was my favourite after just the one read, so maybe it will take over again when I reread it
pratchettjob wrote:Witches Abroad is a brilliant book and another encouraging sign of where Pratchett was going with the series. It also sets up some great stuff that pays off spectacularly in Lords and Ladies. Magrat is more of a character in her own right here and she's pretty much the heroine of the next Witches novel (IMO).
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