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Postby Penfold » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:44 pm

Hellooo and welcome from me too, Joemcf :)

joemcf wrote:......I've put off getting a witch book for a while, simply because they are shorter than most Pratchett's. I like to take a while with them and savour the jokes, and i keep thinking that i won't get to do that with them as they are not very long...:oops:

Are they any good?

I think they are very good but, then again, I'm unashamedly biased. However, as to whether they are better than the Watch books, I think you're likely to get different answers to that question depending on whom you ask. My personal preference goes with the Watch series.
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Postby joemcf » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:48 pm

Ok. Thanks very much. I just was not sure what to think about them for a while. As i said in my previous post, i'm still unsure about what to read next. I'd love to know what your favourites are and what you'd recommend for me to read next. Thanks in advance. :D
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:11 pm

Welcome to the site joemcf :D
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Postby joemcf » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:19 pm

Hey hey Sjoerd3000. Its nice that so many people are welcoming me. I feel loved. :wink:

Do you recommend any books? Just everyone else just kinda leaves after i bring it up. :cry:
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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:24 pm

joemcf wrote:everyone else just kinda leaves after i bring it up. :cry:


I ran off 'cause I haven't read any of the witches books yet :wink:
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Postby joemcf » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:28 pm

joemcf wrote:
everyone else just kinda leaves after i bring it up. :(


I ran off 'cause I haven't read any of the witches books yet :wink:


Oh Ok. :D

Any other good recommendation though? I's still a Pratchett n00b...
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Postby mystmoon » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:31 pm

Good Omens? It's co-written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and is very good!
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Postby joemcf » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:34 pm

Good Omens? It's co-written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and is very good


Thanks :)

I quite like American Gods by Neil Gaiman, though it is very....dodgy and adult. If i'm honest i probably shouldn't be reading it.
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:22 pm

Good Omens is totally different and very funny!
If you're still new to Pratchett I suggest you start with Guards! Guards! or Mort or you could start with the first Discworld book The Colour of Magic :wink:
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Postby joemcf » Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:11 pm

I've already read COM and guards Guards (which is one of my favourites, if not) but i think my next Pratchett book will be Mort. That or one of the witch ones. Thanks for the suggestions. :D
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Postby Penfold » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:12 pm

joemcf wrote:Ok. Thanks very much. I just was not sure what to think about them for a while. As i said in my previous post, i'm still unsure about what to read next. I'd love to know what your favourites are and what you'd recommend for me to read next. Thanks in advance. :D

I don't have a particular favourite as it tends to be whichever book I am re-reading at the time (I find the Discworld and Terry's books are among the few books written that stand up to multiple reads and allows a reader to view the stories in different contexts each time).

I read the Discworld books from from the time Equal Rights was released so I pretty much read them in order of publication. This also means that I followed Terry growing in skill as a story-teller and satirist, as the Discworld also evolved. Personally, I would recommend that you do the same (although others might well disagree, with equal validity).

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Postby bplumb » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:39 pm

Hi all! Okay, here's my back story!

1. How did you come to read your first Discworld book?
Forgive me for sounding like a ovis / Worthers Original advert here but, when I was a lad, at school it was fashionable to have two things - 1) a Parker Pen, 2) Discworld novels. It didn't matter if you had ever read the books, but it mattered that you had at least one. So, being a highly active...possibly hyperactive, early teen, I managed to acrew quite the collection, albeit having never really read any.

We were massive fans of the PC games though (and thanks to the discovery of SummVM, I am reliving my childhood paying both!)

Now I'm a twenty something, I regularly read and fancied delving into a TP book, buying Nation. Well, the rest as they say is history. I was hooked. I grabbed The Colour of Magic from the library 4 weeks back, then bought it alongside The Light Fantastic, Equal Rites, Mort and I am now up to Sourcery. The best thing is, I am enjoying the books for the first time ever yet still have a rather hefty collection on my book shelf!

2. What was your first Discworld book?
Guards, Guards!

3. Will you read more?
Abso-friggin-lutely.

4. Which one do you intend to read next?
Reading in chronological order, so Sourcery now then Wyrd Sisters.

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 relevant as the first book I really read was The C of M.
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Re: So, you've discovered Discworld...

Postby Ponder Stibbons » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:50 am

Welcome, bplumb!

1. How did you come to read your first Discworld book?
Found my brother's collection of Hogfather and Feet of Clay.

2. What was your first Discworld book?
Hogfather

3. Will you read more?
Yes! I've read 14 TP books so far, own 12 of them, and 13 of them were DW.
I hope to get all of them ;)

4. Which one do you intend to read next?
At the moment i'm reading The Light Fantastic and next up will be Sourcery. Then i'll go in order from Colour of Magic onwards, filling in the ones i havent read yet.


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?

Well, he explains each book quite well, even though you need to read all to find out all about a character or concept. But it went down quite well, especially the jokes, though i didnt get most at the time
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Postby MarkF » Sat May 15, 2010 6:58 pm

Gosh, this took a bit of thinking about...

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

The first DW book I read was Soul Music. I think it was the eye catching cover whilst looking for something in WH Smith that grabbed me. When I find a new (to me) book, I'll skim a couple of pages and see how it scans. Clearly the snippet I read piqued my interest.

2. What was your first Discworld book?

Soul Music


3. Will you read more?

I am in the delicious position of having 12 crisp new books waiting on a shelf. I just read Night Watch for the first time, liked it a lot. Before that I just read the latest one, 'Unseen Academicals' which, again, was entertaining.

4. Which one do you intend to read next?

I'm just re-reading 'Moving Pictures'. This was the second book I read originally and I remember enjoying it immensely. I intend to re-read 'Soul Music' after that.

After that one I am going to read 'Wyrd Sisters' which I haven't read before and I am salivating a bit as I think the witches (especially Nanny Ogg) are terrific.

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?

Well, the lack of background wasn't a hindrance. In the hands of a less able writer or someone whose image of his created world was less firm, it could have been a problem. What makes TP so enjoyable is he writes each book so that it can be enjoyed alone but becomes more enjoyable when you learn more about the Discworld.

I have also found that the different levels of meaning only become apparent after second or third readings (and this, too, makes the whole TP experience such a pleasure), so that while Monstrous Regiment', and 'Thud' were not my favourites at first, on re-reading, they have become much more enjoyable. 'MR' is a great book IMO.

'Unseen Academicals' was enjoyable overall but something was amiss. I shall have to re-read in a bit to see if I can put my finger on it.
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Postby bikkit » Sun May 16, 2010 8:18 am

1. I've told this story loads and can't be bothered to repeat it

2. The wee free men ( I was eight) My first adult one was Witches abroad

3. When a new one comes out, yes

4 whichever one I happen to pick of my bookshelf for a 5/6/7th re-read

5. I didn't know that there was an order, particulary. I found it very easy to get into discworld but I do have a habit of starting series partway through. I don't think you really need background knowlage, just a sense of humour
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