Which to read first?

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Which to read first?

Postby SpyViolette » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:48 am

So, I've recently been successful in convincing my friend to try the Discworld books (she's a bit apprehensive about most fantasy) and I'm wondering which one I should give to her. Keep in mind that I don't have Maskerade, Unseen Academicals, Sourcery, Moving Pictures and most of the Tiffany Aching series.

On a related note, what was your first Discworld book? Mine was Color of Magic.
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Re: Which to read first?

Postby stripy_tie » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:57 am

SpyViolette wrote:So, I've recently been successful in convincing my friend to try the Discworld books (she's a bit apprehensive about most fantasy) and I'm wondering which one I should give to her. Keep in mind that I don't have Maskerade, Unseen Academicals, Sourcery and most of the Tiffany Aching series.

On a related note, what was your first Discworld book? Mine was Color of Magic.


Wyrd Sisters, i've yet to encounter anyone who can resist the sheer hilarity of it. Mine was Mort.
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:38 am

I always recommend starting with Guards! Guards! as it's a great introduction to the city (through the eyes of Carrot) and goes a great way to explain how things work in AM. Being the first book in the Watch series is also a good thing. :wink:

Colour of Magic was my first DW book as well. My brother nagged me into reading it and I've read them all as they came out since then. :D
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Postby Molokov » Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:55 am

I like pointing people to the reading order guide on L-Space
http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-ord ... index.html

Although I try and find out what the person likes to make a recommendation:

Do they like Shakespeare? Wyrd Sisters and Lords and Ladies
Do they like Police Procedurals or Murder Mysteries? Guards! Guards! and the rest of the Watch books
Do they like movies? Moving Pictures
Music? Soul Music
Muscial Theatre? Maskerade

Other good starting books are Mort, The Truth, Wee Free Men and Going Postal.

I wouldn't recommend anyone to start with The Colour of Magic unless they are already determined to read them all, or they already read a lot of fantasy novels (including many of the classics from the 50s-70s)
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Postby DaveC » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:30 am

I started with 2 years ago with Colour of Magic and read them all in order. Loved seeing the evolution. :D
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Postby author3 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:07 pm

I know that it makes sense to read them in order,but I always thought Pyramids or small gods would be a good way to start
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Postby meerkat » Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:13 pm

DaveC wrote:I started with 2 years ago with Colour of Magic and read them all in order. Loved seeing the evolution. :D


What Dave said!

I loved seeing the way the characters grew and that way I fell in love with the Watch! And Vimes and I do have this thing about Vetinari ......... :lol: :wink:
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