[DWJ] Pratchett Convert

Juliette Curtis juliette at harvestroad.com
Tue Jul 25 21:28:48 EDT 2006

Pratchett's books can be grouped into several series, which occur in 
different areas of Discworld and have different sets of characters. 
There is the Ankh-Morpork City Watch series, the Wizard series,  the 
Lancre/Witches series, and several stand-alones or parodies of real 
world scenarios. (NB those are my own names of the series, not 
Pratchett's.) Also, the earlier books are much more convention and much 
less interesting than the later ones. I reread the later ones constantly 
but have not bothered with the early ones for many years.

I recommend starting with the City Watch series because they show so 
much about the city and its residents, and many of the later books are 
difficult to follow if you don't know about the city. That series is:
Guards! Guards!
Men at Arms
Feet of Clay
The Fifth Elephant
Night Watch
Thud! (This is the newest book.)

Death series:
Reaper Man
Reaper Man
Soul Music
Thief of Time

Lancre/Witch series:
Wyrd Sisters
Witches Abroad
Lords and Ladies
Carpe Jugulum
Wee Free Men
Hat Full of Sky
Wintersmith (not published yet)

There are other titles I have not mentionned but this should keep you 
going for a while   :-)


Ian W. Riddell wrote:

> Two years ago, this list got me hooked on Lois McMaster Bujold - so 
> much so
> that I just finished my second re-read of the entire Vorkosigan series in
> the same number of years. I have a sneaking suspicion that this will 
> be an
> annual tradition.
> And now, I'm glad to report, I'm hooked on someone else: Pratchett. I 
> read,
> and loved, "Good Omens" years ago. But I read that because I loved Neil
> Gaiman's work. And I read a couple of the early Discworld books. While I
> enjoyed them, they didn't grab me round the throat and shout "read 
> more!!"
> And I remember someone on the list (Melissa, perhaps) saying that the 
> later
> books were much better. My problem is I'm a Virgo and I like reading 
> things
> in order, so I had to find a later book that would stand on its own 
> fairly
> well. So I picked up "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents" this
> weekend and just devoured it. As in "stopped working a couple of hours 
> early
> today so I could finish it before heading off to the bookstore tonight to
> buy more more more".
> What a brilliant book. Fun, witty, and deadly serious and 
> philosophical. And
> terrifying. And full of characters I fell in love with. I found myself
> turning down the corners on so many quotes that I wanted to come back to:
> (hopefully no spoilers, but there may be - so stop if you don't want 
> them)
> ". . . it just kept asking the wrong questions. A wrong question for 
> Maurice
> was one that he didn't want anyone to ask."
> ". . . the kind of raw cunning that would get you out of the traps that
> overexcited intelligence got you into."
> "She thought animals were just people who hadn't been paying enough
> attention."
> "He's a trap hunter, just like me. He goes ahead of us and finds the
> dangerous ideas and traps them in words and makes them safe, and then he
> shows us the way through."
> And, finally, the best, most Buffy-worthy quote of them all: "You 
> know, in
> many ways I don't think this adventure has been properly organized."
> So, my brain and heart thank this group again. And my wallet and bank
> balance hate you ;-)
> And I need to know where to go next. What would you recommend as a good
> "adult" Pratchett to start with? I'll read them all eventually, but I 
> want
> another zinger.
> thanks all
> widdy

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