Hello, all. First time on this forum (I posted a message the other day), though I used to be moderately active on alt.fan.pratchett. (I was first on Usenet groups in the early '80s, which means I'm an old codger.)
Lately I've started rereading all of the Discworld novels in the order of publication, first time I've done that since discovering them 10 years ago. It's a fascinating (and needless to say enjoyable) experience. I had remembered Colour of Magic as fun but lightweight, but was blown away by its inventive genius; I had forgotten how much of the Discworld and Ankh-Morpork in particular is there from the start, and how Discworld evolves over the years from Terry following up suggestions made in a sentence or two there. (For example, who would have predicted that an offhand mention of the Temple of Small Gods in CoM would lead to the exploration in Small Gods of what it means to be one?) I had remembered Equal Rites as one of the weaker novels, and it's true that it doesn't hang together as well as it might, but it's an amazing thing to watch Terry discover as he's writing it that the story is really about Granny Weatherwax rather than Eskarina (or at any rate, Granny takes over the stage), and with that he's got the start of one of great characters in modern fiction.
(FWIW, the first Discworld novel I read was Eric, chosen because I was browsing the stacks at my university library & it was short and had intriguing illustrations. Probably the last Discworld book one would recommend as a starter! But it was plenty of fun and I never looked back.)
It's Creosote as in Larrea Tridentata, actually, not as in Seriph of Al Khali. Though I wouldn't say no to the wealth and the seraglio.