So, you've discovered Discworld...

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So, you've discovered Discworld...

Postby Tonyblack » Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:55 am

It occurred to me that many of the new members joining here have only just discovered Discworld and Terry's books. Maybe you've just read one and wanted to know more. Or you found the experience so intense, you wanted to share your experience with other junkies. :lol:

I must confess that, as someone who has been following the series right from the start, it's a bit difficult for me remember what that experience of reading Discworld for the first time is like.

So - a few questions for new readers:

1. How did you come to read your first Discworld book?
2. What was your first Discworld book?
3. Will you read more?
4. Which one do you intend to read next?
5. If you didn't start with Colour of Magic, how easily did you find it to get into Discworld? Did you feel that some background knowledge was necessary?
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Re: So, you've discovered Discworld...

Postby AM » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:26 am

I have been reading the books for about 2 years so I consider myself a newbie :wink:

1. How did you come to read your first Discworld book?
-I was at Victoria Station (London) on my way home and went into the book department at WHS and made my way to the Fantasy shelf and saw the covers and thought they looked like fun, so I bought two books, the Colour of Magic and Wintersmith. It was just a coincidence, but a very good one :D

2. What was your first Discworld book?
-Wintersmith

3. Will you read more?
-Absolutely :D I have 9 books left of the Discworld books and almost all the non-Discworld books

4. Which one do you intend to read next?
-Whichever I get for my Birthday 8) It will probably be one about the Watch

5. If you didn't start with Colour of Magic, how easily did you find it to get into Discworld? Did you feel that some background knowledge was necessary
-No, I didn´t. At least not when I read it myself but when I made an oral bookreport of it in school and the teacher started asking questions that could not be answered with only Wintersmith as a reference I just felt the urge to read more and get to know the whole Disc :D It was easy to understand the book even though I had not read the two previous ones with Tiffany but Wintersmith got much better when I had read the first ones.

I´m really really happy I found these books. They are great and I just want more! :D
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:54 am

Thanks AM - that's exactly the sort of reply I'm looking for. :D
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Postby AM » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:35 am

No problem Tony :D It was just fun, I mean two years ain´t that much but still it was a bit hard to remember everything.
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Postby theoldlibrarian » Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:09 pm

1 and 2: I read my first Discworld 4 years ago. I was just browsing around a bookstore and having never heard of Discworld. I read the blurb and decided to buy the Last continent.
2. I then went on to read about 25 or so from the series and so I still have a good few left to read.
3. I have not read Thud or Masquerade, so I will read them and also try some of his other books.
4. I started to read the series in a completely hotch-potch order, but that was fine. the only series I read in the right order were the witches.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:30 pm

Thanks librarian! :D
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Re: So, you've discovered Discworld...

Postby Sjoerd3000 » Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:02 pm

1. How did you come to read your first Discworld book?
I friend recommended them so I borrowed Feet of Clay from the Library
2. What was your first Discworld book?
Feet of Clay in (I think) 2007
3. Will you read more?
Yes, have read a lot more already :D
4. Which one do you intend to read next?
Non-Discworld Truckers, Discworld probably Going Postal
5. If you didn't start with Colour of Magic, how easily did you find it to get into Discworld? Did you feel that some background knowledge was necessary?
Not really although it might have been beter if I started with Guards! Guards! or Men at Arms to have some more background knowledge about the Watch. It didn't stop me from enjoying the book and I've been hooked on Pratchett ever since :D
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So, you've discovered Disworld

Postby meerkat » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:36 am

I read Going postal after playing Reacher Gilt (not bad for a girl, hmm.. make that woman of a certain age) after appearing in a local AmDram last year. We also raised a lot of money for Althiemers which was good.
I then read the book. I never do things the right way round!

I was given a used Colour of magic because a friend didn't like it (most odd) and ...boom :!: I now have the lot and have read them all at least twice so far. :lol:

Jingo and the Fifth Elephant tie for first place. :P

I intend to read THUD! next. That is my very nearly first choice, thereby a very very very VERY close second. Yep that close.

Discworld I found easy once I realised how ludicrously enjoyable the stories were...even the sad and thought provoking bits.
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Re: So, you've discovered Discworld...

Postby Bickaxe » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:48 am

I guess I'm a noob as most of you have kept up with every book release whereas I took a few years off.

1. How did you come to read your first Discworld book?

A friend at school suggested him. I had a go and it was okay. I think I missed half the humour though. That was 18 years ago but there were no other DW books in the library. My dad found Truckers in a sale and the TV series came on TV shortly after that. I then started reading them again 5yrs ago.


2. What was your first Discworld book?

Mort.


3. Will you read more?

As they are released yes!



4. Which one do you intend to read next?


Currently re-reading Eric


5. If you didn't start with Colour of Magic, how easily did you find it to get into Discworld? Did you feel that some background knowledge was necessary?

I read a few out of order and eventually went back to Colour of Magic and went through them in order as and when I found them in libraries and book shops (can't order online, its no fun)
Background knowledge didn't seem important as each book has its own story rather than relying on past knowledge/books but then I had a fair idea of the world in which I was about to plummet into.


I have found the various events a great place to meet new friends and urge anyone new to get along and have fun. I find the plays (and now the films) immerse you quite well into the world. Don't read Harry Potter after reading about Rincewind and the wizards, it's nowhere near as good or funny.
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:46 pm

I am a book addict. Terry Pratchett was just one author among a cast of far too many. It was my way to escape from the horrible-ness that my world was. I needed that, at that time. Colour of Magic, Thief of Time and The Light Fantastic had intrigued me.

Later, when I became unable to work and horrifically depressed... I rediscovered Monsieur Pratchett! I began to devour every book I could get my hands on. I would laugh until I cried and cry until I laughed again. His writing got me through an extremely tough time and helped with my counseling because I was able to identify with the characters.

I am much better now, and am functioning pretty well. I still adore Terry's work. I like all of it in it's own way.
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Postby Quark » Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:30 pm

1. How did you come to read your first Discworld book?
I watched The Color Of Magic movie, and, having remembered the name of Terry Pratchett, I picked some up from my local library next time I was there

2. What was your first Discworld book?
Hogfather, followed shortly by The Truth.

3. Will you read more?
Absolutely! I made my way through The Color of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Mort, Feet of Clay and Unseen Academicals, and I WANT MOOOOORE. :twisted:

4. Which one do you intend to read next?
Ooh, I don't know. I've heard Small Gods is quite good.

5. If you didn't start with Colour of Magic, how easily did you find it to get into Discworld?
Did you feel that some background knowledge was necessary? Not really. Many fantasies I read have little or no background and I sort of make assumptions to fill in the gaps. Discworld was much better, in this respect, as most elements are explained, at least in brief, or described enough for you to make sense of it. It also helps that I re-read just about every book.
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:03 pm

Good stuff! I'm enjoying reading these. :D
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Postby Moist von Lipwig » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:35 am

1. How did you come to read your first Discworld book?

I have watched Hogfather movie and was so excited about Mr. Teatime's role that I had to know more about him. Even before reading the book, I made small cosplay with wig and black clothes but it turned horrible - for me, I looked like black dressed girl.

2. What was your first Discworld book?

Hogfather. I was stunned how good it was and how it came I have never heard about it.

3. Will you read more?

Most probably! I love Terry Pratchett and he is my favourite writer now.

4. Which one do you intend to read next?

Since I am reading Going Postal right now, it will be probably Making Money.

5. If you didn't start with Colour of Magic, how easily did you find it to get into Discworld? Did you feel that some background knowledge was necessary?

Nah, not necessary at all. I have a knack for it, I am sure! I fell into Discworld like a fresh plum. It was so easily and pleasant.
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Postby snk89 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:08 pm

Every form of media i had seen till then involved the same plots, the same themes, and same ideas with very few exceptions. I was looking for something that would show the world in an unconventional way and especially observe the stupidity of humans. I really didn't expect to find any such thing. When i saw the color of magic in some top book list i thought id would be some quirky that would be mildly amusing. But it was Exactly what i was looking for. It was clever, funny and so uniquely british (which i hadn't read much of).

First book: Color of magic

Books read (listened, audiobooks): 1 - 23 in order, color of magic to Carpe Jugulum

I intend to read them all and move on to non discworld pratchett stuff. I cant put them down. Its actually wrecking havoc on my daily schedule.
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Postby Cheery » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:28 pm

1. How did you come to read your first Discworld book?
Mum's boyfriend has all of them. He always talked about them, but I only really got interested and picked one up about three four years after he told me to read one :lol:

2. What was your first Discworld book?
Men At Arms

3. Will you read more?
Yesssssss!

4. Which one do you intend to read next?
Equal Rites

5. If you didn't start with Colour of Magic, how easily did you find it to get into Discworld? Did you feel that some background knowledge was necessary?
I was very,very, very confused at first, but after I'd read more of them, it all started to make sense.
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