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Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Carla
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Postby Carla » Sun October 26th, 2008, 11:10 am

Leyland - The first two Discworld books (Colour of Magic and Light Fantastic) aren't the best place to start, in my view. They're a sort of extended spoof on the Epic Fantasy genre, great fun if you read a lot of it and get all the references (especially so if you've also got slightly bored with it), but they don't have much of a plot. Equal Rites also doesn't have much of a plot.

Pratchett says that he discovered the delights of plot round about Book 4 (which was Mort). I think the best place to start with Discworld is one of the books after this point, but still early in the series. The ones I recommend as starting points are:
Mort
Wyrd Sisters
Guards! Guards!
Pyramids
Small Gods


Terry Pratchett had got into his Discworld stride by the time he wrote these, so they are excellent - they have plot and character and sharp commentary as well as all the jokes. They'll give you a good idea of what the Discworld series is like. All of these are either stand-alones (Pyramids, Small Gods) or near the beginning of their respective series, so you don't need to have read any of the others. Guards! Guards! is the first of the City Watch, Wyrd Sisters is the first where the Witches really get going (Granny Weatherwax appears earlier, in Equal Rites, but there's no benefit in having read Equal Rites before Wyrd Sisters).

If you like these, you'll probably like the rest of the Discworld series. The later novels are best read in order, either in publication order or by following first one series and then another, as in the flowchart that Ash linked to. You can read the first three anywhere you like.

Hope this is some help!
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Leyland
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Postby Leyland » Sun October 26th, 2008, 1:00 pm

Excellent advice, everyone! You've all been a great help. Thanks so much. I'll order Mort and Wyrd Sisters today then.

And thanks for the quotes, EC. You've definitely whet my appetite.
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Postby Momrobare » Sun May 23rd, 2010, 9:45 pm

"annis" wrote:Terry Pratchett is in a class of his own -as you say he's both very wise and bitingly sharp as well as being extremely funny. He also makes the idea of magic seem perfectly believable.
The witches are probably my favorites, though as a librarian of course I have a soft spot for the Librarian and love the concept of L-space
DEATH is a wonderful creation as well, and I really enjoyed the superannuated barbarians in 'Interesting Times".
I believe movies have been made of "The Colour of Magic" and "Hogfather", though I haven't seen either of them.


Wyrd Sisters as been made into a DVD I believe! :)


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