HERE THERE BE SPOILERS FOR I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT AND SNUFF
(Sorry - enthusiasm got the better of me)
I'm new here, but alhough I only discovered this message board a few days ago I've been obsessively reading up in my usual slightly worrying fashion, so hopefully I'm more or less up to speed on your discussions. I believe Soul Music was my first Discworld book, lent to me by a friend lo these many moons ago, although not necessarily the earliest one that was out at the time. Or it might have been. I don't know. Since then I've devoured everything Terry Pratchett has written - he's far and away my favourite writer (and I don't intend to qualify that with "modern" or "genre" or any of that nonsense).
My feeling is that there won't be another Witches book - I think I Shall Wear Midnight was intended to wrap up the Witches arc - Tiffany has her coven and is a respected witch in her own right, the tension between her and Roland, such as it was, has been resolved, the chalk is safe under the care of the new Baron and its witch, and so on. At the same time there's a sense of Granny and Nanny going on in their usual way, and a network of new (to us) witches like Long Tall Short Fat Sally and Mrs Proust carrying things on elsewhere in their own different ways.
Equally, I don't think there'll be another Watch/Vimes book. Colon has overcome (or is beginning to overcome) the thing that has always been the worst part of his personality - a certain thick-headed, superficially amiable bigotry. Nobby's love life is finally looking up. And aside from his wife and son, Vimes has finally found a passion outside policing and is "as happy as a cat full of sixpences". I think Carrot and Angua's relationship was as tied up as it's likely to get in The Fifth Elephant.
What more, really, is there to be said?
Not that I wouldn't love more Watch or Witches books - I think the reason Small Gods and Pyramids seem to be the most controversial books in terms of favourite / least favourite is because they're standalone, and for my money I prefer the stories with known / developing characters.
BUT, I feel that these stories have reached the end of a natural arc, and perhaps intentionally so. Sir Terry Pratchett moves in mysterious ways, of course, his wonders to perform, so I could well be proved wrong. But that's my two AM$.
Very pleased to be here.
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