Pratchett question

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Mon Jan 27 19:04:26 EST 2003

Many thanks Melissa!

I'll try one of the later ones first, then.

Actually, I don't think I'll be buying any of them - I'm pretty much 
restricting myself to the library except for new DWJ, Le Guin, and Guy 
Gavriel Kay. I just have too much "stuff" and need to be careful.

thanks for the advice


On Monday, January 27, 2003, at 05:54 PM, Melissa Proffitt wrote:

> On Mon, 27 Jan 2003 21:12:24 -0000, Dorian E. Gray wrote:
>> Ian asked...
>>> OK. As someone who's an inveterate completist . . . what is it about
>>> the early Discworld novels that makes them "skippable" or unworthy of
>>> recommendation?
>> They're not, IMO, particularly well written.  Also, Pratchett hadn't 
>> yet got
>> into his Discworld stride and was still, so to speak, messing about 
>> with the
>> plasticene to see what he'd get.  He didn't really settle down 
>> till...well,
>> opinions vary.  I'd say about "Wyrd Sisters".
>> At any rate, I wouldn't necessarily say "Never ever buy early 
>> Pratchetts".
>> I *would* say "Don't *start* with the early ones because you are very 
>> likely
>> to be put off by them.  Start with something later and if you get 
>> hooked,
>> buy the early ones to complete your set (and then read them once and 
>> then
>> leave them on the shelf forever more. :-) )"
> And note that I haven't said "don't buy the early ones" because I do 
> own
> all** of them and even read the earlier ones occasionally.  Just keep 
> in
> mind that all this discussion is geared toward breeding another 
> generation
> of Pratchettophiles, and we who are well and truly infected know that
> certain books are more, um, infectious than others.
> The other thing about the early books is that a lot of them are 
> Rincewind
> books.  Rincewind is not my favorite character.
> **I don't actually have _Small Gods_ yet.  You know how it is when you 
> have
> other pressing purchases to make, like food and, well, other books.
> Melissa Proffitt
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