Admittedly I am a geek and prone to tracing sources backwards, but I wonder if others of you have ever been inspired to trace books referenced by Sir Terry in Discworld works.
I came to Discworld through another of my favorite authors, Harlan Ellison. I had seen the Pratchett books in lines at Barnes and Noble for years but as I'm averse to the pablum which normally passes for Science Fiction/Fantasy at the big chains ("The Constipation of the Unicorn, Book 7 of the Gormless Saga" anyone?), I passed them by many times...until I finally cracked a cover. There was the blurb by Mr. Ellison and I had to plunge. Thank god.
So, when Sir Terry mentions books now I pay attention.
After "I Shall Wear Midnight" I tracked down a copy of "The Leaping Hare." I won't say it's the best thing I ever read, but it was a compelling and interesting read: one of those things that fills in the crooked corners of your experience with interesting details.
Now after "Dodger" I am absolutely JONESING for the 4-volume Mayhew work: "London Labour and the London Poor." I've seen a few digest versions but I'd love to have the full set.
Anyone else ever get inspired by Pratchett this way? What have YOU read? And have you seen a nice copy of the Mayhew set you can steer me towards