To her really excited every time I spot another discworld themed name on here

(264 Posts)
HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 18:15:01

I just love it. What I really want to know is where is cheery littlebottom? According to mn the name is taken but I've never seen it.
So far I have spotted
MrsTerryPratchett
NannyOgg
Greebo
IShallWearMidnight
TiffanyAching

And quite a few others I can't recall right now.
Who haven't I spotted / remembered and where is cheery?

GrimmaTheNome Thu 14-Feb-13 18:25:12

There's CMOTDibbler. There should be a GrannyWeatherwax but that was taken when I was looking for a TP name - hence, not discworld but one of your gang. I think there might be a MistressWeatherwax (damn why didn't I think of that?)

My name is from Good Omens rather than Discworld, do I count?

GrimmaTheNome Thu 14-Feb-13 18:38:13

There's also
leonardofquirm
WheresMyCow
sibylvimes
Lady Margolotta

I'm sure there is a Magrat somewhere

MiaowTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 18:43:51

Colleague at work got sooo pissed off when she proudly told us her guaranteed no one will know it pub quiz question - what's the name of Death's horse, and three of us in the staffroom promptly turned around and replied "Binky"

GrimmaTheNome Thu 14-Feb-13 18:50:50

oh, I think there's someone with Binky in their name too.
Why aren't you Maurice ? wink

If I didn't love my name so much I'd have a Discworld one. They always make me smile.

Me grin

BatmanLovesVodkaAndCherryade Thu 14-Feb-13 19:11:04

I used to be BatmanLovesVimes.

But I love vodka and cherryade more...

AdoraBelleDearHeart Thu 14-Feb-13 19:15:32

And there's me smile but it's too similar to someone else so I don't use it.

RobAnybody Thu 14-Feb-13 19:16:59

So I'll use this one instead.

Haven't got one myself but I do like to spot them.

I'm sure there was an Angua-based name at one point....

Grimma - I wanted your name, but you snaffled it first smile.

manicbmc Thu 14-Feb-13 19:18:45

I should change my name to 'You' like Granny Weatherwax's kitten. grin

PerditaXDream Thu 14-Feb-13 19:35:37

You just prompted me to change mine. I think I like it.

Ooh I'm tempted to change my name now...will get my thinking cap on grin

My cats are called You and Greebo grin

Bah all the names I wanted were taken. Will try again when I have more time!

CarrottsCarrot Thu 14-Feb-13 19:54:17

This thread inspired me to wear this for a bit.

<Twirls and bows>

I got name checked. I am so happy.

I have also seen a FutureNannyOgg or something like that. I find all the people with TP names (I include Good Omens and The Bromeliad etc.) to be lovely people. Possibly excepting myself grin

HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 20:14:42

I think SybilVimes is possibly LadySybil now?
Anathema of course you count MrsTerryPratchett does. Although I've always wondered if that's a double bluff and she really is?!
I tried every combination of grannyweatherwax I could think of with no luck! Also eskarinasmith but I've yet to see that.
Hi carrot grin

<Winks> Say no more, nod's as good as a wink. I'll tell the DH (you know who) that you are talking about him...

HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 20:19:13

LadyMargolotta yes I definitely remember seeing her somewhere recently.
Definitely never seen Angua, I'm sure I would have noticed.
Thinking about it I think I remember seeing gaspode at one point.
Oh and definitely a Cohen

HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 20:20:26

Oh and wasn't there a nobbynobbs at one point?

CarpeJugulum Thu 14-Feb-13 20:22:25

<pops in, waves, pops out>

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Thu 14-Feb-13 20:25:16

coff

Offler Thu 14-Feb-13 20:26:05

Oh go on then, I'll join in too!

manicbmc Thu 14-Feb-13 20:31:00

How do you change your name?

I do realise I could just go and have a look but I am the most lazy person in the world. grin

CMOTDibbler Thu 14-Feb-13 20:37:45

I've def seen an Angua around. When I first joined MN, it was either a TP or a Jasper Ffordde name, and all the ones I wanted were taken, but I'm very attached to CMOT.

Blatherskite Thu 14-Feb-13 20:37:56

I was AlCrowley for a while but everyone assumed I was a satanist so I changed

CarrottsCarrot Thu 14-Feb-13 20:39:31

I feel this is my spiritual home.

WereCertainlyDwarves Thu 14-Feb-13 20:40:53

So upset I couldnt be Cheery Littlebottom
but that would probably be inaccurate
and Bigbottom is not a traditional Dwarf name

manicbmc Thu 14-Feb-13 20:40:57

I tried to become 'You' but it is taken. sad

I shall have to have a think. I'm reading I shall wear midnight at the moment.

RatOnnaStick Thu 14-Feb-13 20:42:03

grin

YouTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 20:42:14

I had a brainwave grin

Didactylos Thu 14-Feb-13 20:48:20

Pratchetty namechanging in honour of this thread

CMOTDibbler Thu 14-Feb-13 20:48:57

Do you want ketchup with that RatOnnaStick?

LostInWales Thu 14-Feb-13 20:52:47

I'm reading I shall wear midnight too. I haven't ever had a name change and I feel one coming on, I've worn this one for far too long.

YouTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 20:54:29

The 'manicbmc' was so friends from another parenting forum could see it was me talking rubbish.

TheSeniorWrangler Thu 14-Feb-13 20:57:21

i cant believe this one was taken.. although i did want BloodyStupidJohnson, but someone already got that!

TheSeniorWrangler Thu 14-Feb-13 20:57:41

*wasnt taken even...

HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 20:59:40

Hi Carpejugulum yes I definitely remember seeing you before grin
And you too dibbler grin

Hi offler, I've not seen you before I would have remembered grin

Smite, of course (palmface) I have seen you and never put 2+2 together

Dwarves grin cheery was my first choice too. I love the gentle exploration of feminism that is portrayed through the dwarves, and cheery best for taking the first hobnailed steps down that road.

I shall wear midnight is beautiful. I love the natural way that sex is discussed, openly, frankly but never crudely as a normal part of life even though it is aimed at a young audience.
Myself and another tp reader were discussing wether there are any discworld books (ie the "adult") ones we would put an age barrier on our dcs reading.
Personally I think if your old enough to read and understand the text your old enough to deal with it grin

MrSlant Thu 14-Feb-13 20:59:54

Well, that's an improvement all round.

YouTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 21:00:21

So would changing names mid thread be classed as sockpuppeting or does that imply trying to mislead or derail a thread?

RubyGates Thu 14-Feb-13 21:02:28
TheSeniorWrangler Thu 14-Feb-13 21:02:35

i think there are probably a few references in some of the books i would possibly skip over delicately.. but i cant think i'd avoid reading any of the books wholesale.

MrSlant Thu 14-Feb-13 21:05:18

I let my older boy read the books from about 11, started him on some of the earlier ones. He didn't really like them. <waily, waily grin>

I love having a new name, how liberating, I feel like going and posting in style and beauty or somewhere else totally out of character.

BitBewildered Thu 14-Feb-13 21:07:43

There's a Discworld app being made. Terry Pratchett's Facebook page says so. I am very excited!

TheElephantIsADaintyBird Thu 14-Feb-13 21:08:30

Can I ask what disc world is? It sounds so intriguing!

MrSlant Thu 14-Feb-13 21:13:53

It takes a certain warped shape brain to enjoy but to some of us it is genius. Discworld

DesiderataHollow Thu 14-Feb-13 21:18:20

<twirls>
Did it work?

Ooh, I think I'm going to namechange for a bit....

BlipbipBeep Thu 14-Feb-13 21:26:03

Hi,
I used to be Wailywailywaily and Mcfeeglemefree grin

StanleyLambchop Thu 14-Feb-13 21:27:04

I am not one of yours, I am named after a different book character, but just wanted to add that I am sure I have seen a poster called 'The Luggage'. As you were.

Offler Thu 14-Feb-13 21:28:38

Oh I've only been Offler since this thread started grin

NijelTheDestroyer Thu 14-Feb-13 21:28:46

...Will this do? grin

Bit disappointed EsmereldaMargaretNoteSpellingofLancre was taken, as was Hodgesaargh sad He's one of my favourites!

RatOnnaStick Thu 14-Feb-13 21:30:43

Ketchup shock? That's the best bit Throat! you didn't think a dwarf would contemplate one without surely?

StanleyLambchop Thu 14-Feb-13 21:31:18

Although if I had to be a discworld character I would have liked to be CMOT Dibbler but he is sadly already taken......... Maybe I should be the Librarian?

YouTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 21:31:50

Oook grin

NijelTheDestroyer Thu 14-Feb-13 21:36:07

I would have liked Really Stupid Johnson, I don't know the character but it incorporates part of my name nicely! (I'll leave you all to figure it out grin)

CMOTDibbler Thu 14-Feb-13 21:36:31

You could be Oook Stanley?

My 6 year old loves listening to TP audio books, though he's not keen yet on Dodger. The themes in Midnight dont seem to worry him, and things are put such that they are often a bit oblique to the younger listener.

twirls smile

Awizardsstaffhasaknobontheend Thu 14-Feb-13 21:40:21

grin hi all!

DesiderataHollow Thu 14-Feb-13 21:40:37

Horace Worblehat!

JudithOfThePeace Thu 14-Feb-13 21:42:09

My DS is named after Samuel Vimes. I do realise it's not an unusual name by any means, but that is definitely who is named after! I was reading a Discworld novel (I think Thud?) when pregnant, in which Vimes dashes across town to read his son, Sam, a bedtime story. It made me smile and I also realised I loved both the full name and the abbreviation.

I've been thinking about a name change for a while now; I think this thread had inspired me to look to the Discworld!

Mytimewillcomebutwhen Thu 14-Feb-13 21:46:29

Also inspired... Off to try name changing. No more plaintive querying for me grin

Conina Thu 14-Feb-13 21:49:42

Tah dah.

I like it.

YANBU. I bloody love discworld!

DrHoraceWorblehat Thu 14-Feb-13 21:55:23

Have name changed in honour of this thread <twirls>
I still remember when I first picked up the colour of magic and how much I bloody loved it. Terry pratchett is a hero.

I could do with a name change actually and it would have to be a TP/Discworld one...but so many choices, and so many snaffled!

Has anyone taken DriedFrogPills (if you know what I mean!) yet?

DrHoraceWorblehat Thu 14-Feb-13 21:57:41

desiderata I didn't see you write that as I was too busy name changing so have just refreshed thread when I posted and there you were talking about me.

MillenniumHandAndShrimp Thu 14-Feb-13 21:58:00

Bugrit

YouTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 22:00:35

How about 'RatFruits'? grin

Nice name - has a ring to it.

HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 22:05:27

The audio books are a great way of introducing brainwashing kids to the discworld.
Although i always worry about overdoing it. My friend put me off the discworld in school it took me another five years to understand why she was so excited about it.
I bought my (discworld mad) friends daughter nation on audio book her response on opening it was " Mum, I think this is for you" hmm
Luggage I have not seen luggage around... Wow I neeeed a luggage

I was an Angua for a while!!

BruthasTortoise Thu 14-Feb-13 22:16:37

I have found my spiritual home. And I'm not talking about Cori Celesti! smile

HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 22:20:44

Ratfruits grin
DriedFrogPills grin

GoneTotallyBursar ?

Horace, there have been quite a few extra special moments for me.
The first time young Sam spoke (what a line) I was totally overcome, like a nephews first words.

When cuddy was killed hmm

When I realised there would be no more artwork by josh kirby hmm

When carrot pulls his sword on angua shock

When I first read where's my cow to dd grin

Haven't read the poo one yet though, is it good?

Do I count? I adapted, because in my head I'm totally Granny, but my daughter would disagree!

pointythings Thu 14-Feb-13 22:24:06

I'm reading the Discworld books to my DDs and have been for about a year now (they're 10 and 12). They are occasionally shocked at the language and odd sexual reference, but being Dutch I don't do coyness about sex and they don't seem to mind. And TP is lovely* to read out loud, his language just flows. I am very attached to my nn, but may want to change for a while in honour of TP and this thread - there must be pointiness involved, though. Bear with me.

AScorpionPitForMimes Thu 14-Feb-13 22:26:56

<twirls>

Obscure enough?

MissRenataFlitworth Thu 14-Feb-13 22:27:27

My head knows how to think young, but my knees aren't that good at it...

I've changed so I can Join in again xx

aziraphale Thu 14-Feb-13 22:41:04

Do I count? Perhaps I can be an MN Discworld affiliate...

HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 22:42:01

Naming your dc after it is real commitment! Although Sam is a fairly staid name, some of the lancre ones would have lead to unreserved bullying though.

A scorpion pit for mimes good choice! I really like the bit with the patrician locked safely in his own dungeon training rats. Such a brilliant character. I was really offended by the bloke who does the patrician in going postal not shaving/ dyeing his beard though. Tp was not ambiguous in describing patrician he very clearly has a neat black goatee, so whatd with the ginger hair? I've seen him in something else with it dyed since too! Hmmph!

Stanley though, what a brilliant Stanley that bloke made!

HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 22:42:55

DangerousBeans grin

TheMightyLois Thu 14-Feb-13 22:45:26

DangerousBeans angry

Damn you, not fast enough. sad

Hamnpork Thu 14-Feb-13 22:47:06

This one's not as funny <sulk>

grin

Nanny0gg Thu 14-Feb-13 22:50:18

grin

Some of us never change our name...

<smug>

I even went so far, when playing Travian, at naming every village I built after somewhere in Discworld.

Ooh I want to change my name now.....

HughnonRidcully Thu 14-Feb-13 22:54:47

Namechanged in honour of this thread smile

Ditto - I was just there as Geoff....

GazpachoSoup Thu 14-Feb-13 23:02:48

What I want to know is where all the Red Dwarf peeps are as all the good un's are taken but they never seem to post {confused]

HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 23:09:41
YouTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 23:18:02

That's a bit pooh. She hasn't posted in over 5 years?

They should have a bit in the t and c's that if you haven't posted in 3 years you will have to re-register.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 14-Feb-13 23:23:53

If you're not sure about starting your kids on Discworld then obviously you should begin with the Bromeliad Trilogy. I've recently re-read them to DD. current book at bedtime is Johnny and the Dead (one day she may be allowed to read TP herself). The only trouble with the Johnny books is that they've dated (had to explain reference to Saddam Hussein and Kuwait).

Anyway, lovely to see all the shiny new names. smile

GrimmaTheNome Thu 14-Feb-13 23:26:48

>That's a bit pooh. She hasn't posted in over 5 years?

Just have to suppose she's on a long borrow with "I ATE'NT DEAD" placard gathering dust....

YouTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 23:27:24

grin could be

HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 23:37:48

Ill get a fright if she reappears now though. Dare I tell mnhq on her?

Searching for cheerylittlebottom comes up with nothing so how come we couldn't have that?

doyouwantfrieswiththat Thu 14-Feb-13 23:45:26

Ptraci is a lovely name.

BreadForMyBREADGUN Fri 15-Feb-13 00:31:08

lol @ ptraci grin

Ysabell Fri 15-Feb-13 00:36:01

I'm here too - though I admit to being disappointed that Evadne Cake was taken.

Hamnpork

wink I like it though xx

MissAliceBand Fri 15-Feb-13 00:48:48

Nah, I changed again. This one suits me better.

 Nil Mortifi Sine Lucre

I think I'm going with this. I was due a NC anyway...

ZebraOwl Fri 15-Feb-13 01:42:50

My name's not a Pratchett one but I do get all excited on spotting them and putting far too much thought into What Mumsnet Would Be Like On The Disc surely Mr P needs to get on that one soon?...

SoulCakeDuck Fri 15-Feb-13 02:49:10

Seasonal name change for me too!

Have been WaitingforStork since ttc, took us a year and she's now 6 months old so due a change anyway i reckon.

brilliant thread! I fell for my H good and proper when he said something along the lines of "you think like Granny Weatherwax, but you ARE like Nanny Ogg." . . grin

I have never changed my name, but this thread is tempting me!

TheLibrarianOok Fri 15-Feb-13 06:48:15

YANBU grin

leonardofquirm Fri 15-Feb-13 07:49:39

YANBU smile smile

There are lots of names taken though, it took me a while with the wikipedia list of characters!

I want a new name now!

jojane Fri 15-Feb-13 08:02:45

I'm desperately trying to think of a name, might have to browse through the books later, havnt read them for years, DH has every single one as his nan always buys him them when they come out. He introduced me to them when we were students, I used to lay in bed all day reading them!

EskSmith Fri 15-Feb-13 08:56:55

There are a awful lot of taken but not used discworld names
This is my favourite every character from the first ever discworld book I read. If had been wondering for years about what happened to her until she came back.

My Dd2. Is named after Granny Weatherwax smile

FoulOleRon Fri 15-Feb-13 09:16:28

Bugrit

(Have just changed back in honour of this thread, though tbh didn't use it much)

I nearly went for 'Sqidapedoyt' or 'Honiaryup' - both slightly obscure references from The Truth. smile

MiaowTheCat Fri 15-Feb-13 12:00:19

Well, I popped my 10 month old down in her downstairs cot this morning (long story but my SPD's so bad I don't trust myself taking her upstairs for naps so have her old cot downstairs until this bump's born) to go grab her breakfast - came back to find she'd pulled an entire shelf of discworld paperbacks off the bookshelf and into her cot.

Either she's incredibly advanced - or Wyrd Sisters is just great to chew on.

MsWetherwax Fri 15-Feb-13 12:26:55

Yanbu - you see quite a lot of them about these days!

mrsSOAK Fri 15-Feb-13 12:57:22

I am only very tentatively discworld named but no-one has ever realised sad

MrsSonky Fri 15-Feb-13 13:18:55

I wanted "Visit the infidel with explanatory pamphlets" - too long

"Mrs Cake" - taken. Ysabell I love her too. You could be Ludmilla Cake.

YouTheCat Fri 15-Feb-13 13:31:12

Is it bad that I spent a good half hour nagging explaining to my dd (who is 18) why I think she really needs to go to school this afternoon, despite the fact that she has bad cramps? And that I fully intend to spend this hour and a half to myself, reading I shall wear Midnight and watching Time Team. grin

MissAliceBand Fri 15-Feb-13 14:01:15

It amuses me that there are more Weatherwaxes than Oggs. It should be t'other way round surely.

I do love Nanny Ogg though - I have her cook book. It is fab.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Fri 15-Feb-13 14:06:27

Bananananananana surprise anyone?

Ooh I wonder if Erzulie Gogol is free. I've never name changed before. I can change back to blackcurrants if I want to, right? I've been blackcurrants on here for years now.

ApprenticeSeamstress Fri 15-Feb-13 14:46:39

And me smile

Eskarina Fri 15-Feb-13 14:54:52

smile

flaggybannel Fri 15-Feb-13 15:14:24

Ooooo! Someone tell me how to namechange?
I really wanna be fouloldron !

My dogs called Mort smile

flaggybannel Fri 15-Feb-13 15:22:14

bugrit! Its gone!

ApprenticeSeamstress Fri 15-Feb-13 15:24:28

You can name change back and forth between NN - I Use this one and rolledupsocks xx

flaggybannel Fri 15-Feb-13 15:24:45

bugrit! Its gone!

flaggybannel Fri 15-Feb-13 15:39:47

thanks ive found it! Must get thinking cap on.

GrimnirTheImpaler Fri 15-Feb-13 15:59:28

You are all such geeks.

DriedFrogPill Fri 15-Feb-13 17:15:50

unlurks Hello!

GrimmaTheNome Fri 15-Feb-13 17:17:05

>You are all such geeks.

why thank you! thanks (that was a compliment, wasn't it? grin)

MrSlant Fri 15-Feb-13 17:29:46

I thought it was a compliment Grimma wink

ApprenticeSeamstress Fri 15-Feb-13 17:40:50

I wanted Windle Poons but it's gone!!

MissAliceBand Fri 15-Feb-13 17:59:22

I have this T-shirt. I love it but husband will only let me wear it for sleeping angry

MissAliceBand Fri 15-Feb-13 17:59:45

http://www.pjsmprints.com/tshirts/somethingwicked-1.htm

This one.

BestialityCarter Fri 15-Feb-13 18:48:31

I love this one!

ApprenticeSeamstress Fri 15-Feb-13 18:49:11

envy

ApprenticeSeamstress Fri 15-Feb-13 19:06:45

What about:
BlackRibboner
headologymaster
Boffocolector
NannyOggsDIL
Hex
ArsnicHumbugs
InhumationOnRequest
MrsTeatime
EighthDaughter8DD
QuothTheRaven
DontSayMonkey
HegehogsCantBbuggered
FourX
BlindIo
mendedDrum
Gaspode
RegShoe

OutOfCheeseError Fri 15-Feb-13 19:27:51

Redo from start!

twirls

AltogetherAndrews Fri 15-Feb-13 19:46:36

You have inspired me!

CMOTDibbler Fri 15-Feb-13 19:47:45

Nice one Outofcheese grin

HoraceTheCheese Fri 15-Feb-13 19:53:07

well, if you're talking cheese....

OutOfCheeseError Fri 15-Feb-13 19:54:18

grin we're going to be taking over the forum!

Actually, as I'm kinda Hex, maybe I could... wink

+melon melon melon+

Softlysoftly Fri 15-Feb-13 19:54:47

No name here but did embarrass myself in a meeting at sometimes house by squealing "rincewind your wifi is called rincewind! "

She was a bit blush but was very bonding.

Actually weeing myself in excitement about the dw app!

Did anyone else try playing discworld noir? I just remember it crashing lots

leonardofquirm Fri 15-Feb-13 22:38:26

Love out of cheese errorgrin grin grin grin

One of our computers is identified as Hex on the network in our house. We did have 3 for a while and the others had Red Dwarf names. Holly was one.

leonardofquirm Fri 15-Feb-13 22:44:19

I had a Discworld computer game about 15 years ago. It was so old I think it want even a windows one, just MS-DOS. <old geek>.I'm sure Eric Idle was Rincewind's voice.

leonardofquirm Fri 15-Feb-13 22:46:19

Ooh just googled it. 1995, DOS, Eric Idle and Tony Robinson and Rob Brydon doing voices. I want a new one now!

TheKelda Fri 15-Feb-13 22:59:13

Just has to name change in honour of this thread grin

JudithOfThePeace Fri 15-Feb-13 23:24:35

Leonard - that computer game was fab! There were three in the series and they just got better, as I recall. Eric Idle was superb as the voice of Rincewind!!

Dwarfbread Sat 16-Feb-13 00:08:08

Woo hoo, anyone hungry? There's always....

MrsTwoflower Sat 16-Feb-13 00:12:59

All happy now......

OutOfCheeseError Sat 16-Feb-13 00:51:11

Softlysoftly - I had the Discworld noir game, I got about halfway through but the game crashed every time I tried to go past a certain point sad also, I remember the music drove me a bit demented!

My geek credentials are well and truly established now, I think...

itsallinmyhead Sat 16-Feb-13 01:15:39

My heart just skipped a beat, OP. I would live in Discworld, or TP's garden shed, if I could!

I'm now kicking myself for not thinking of a DW themed name and because I've just started a thread whingeing asking if I'm a figment of my own imagination, I can't really do it now.

<waves to all my fellow D-Worlders>

ItsallisnowaFeegle Sat 16-Feb-13 01:25:07

And...Itsallinmyhead is now ItsallisnowaFeegle! Thank you for this thread, HerrenaHarridan

Isn't MrsTwoflower, you know <whispers> dead?

Hi ItsallisnowaFeegle, you are now part of a quiche, not invisible at all.

I haven't used this name in aaaages. This was the first MN name that I felt properly at home in. grin

Thumbwitch Sat 16-Feb-13 06:42:27

Oh I do love to spot the TP fans! I haven't a specific TP name, obvs, but my witch credentials are a small hint grin.
I'm just re-reading the entire series in order again - just finished Men At Arms smile

HerrenaHarridan Sat 16-Feb-13 10:26:01

Hi feegle, welcome to the discworld quiche grin
when I finish my tunnel into uu I will pm you it may take a while though its fairly difficult to navigate in such a strong magical field so I keep ending up staring at the back of my own head!

When I first read them I read them in order, borrowing my best friends and filling in the gaps by buying them and adding them to her collection. When I finished the dw series I started on the others, when I finished the others I read characters series. Then I just dipped in and out as I felt like. ( a whole 18 months of my life whereby every spare second was spent in dw)
I was so completely absorbed they really feel like my own memories smile

To this day I can open the books at any page read a line and see it.
Whenever I really need life to just stop for a little whole and give me a break I open one of the dw series ( in the same compulsive, unstoppable way an alcoholic reaches for the booze!)
maybe I should have called this thread discworld anonymous grin

MissAliceBand Sat 16-Feb-13 10:51:22

It's not obsessive to own them all though is it? Really?

I even have The Unadulterated Cat blush

MissAliceBand Sat 16-Feb-13 10:51:56

Which is in itself a fabulous MN name.

Thumbwitch Sat 16-Feb-13 11:23:01

MissAlice - I have that too. smile
And no, it's not obsessive. Of course it isn't!
I don't have quite all the books though - I only have Strata, not Dark side of the Sun. And I didn't much like Strata <ducks before being beaten for heresy>

HerrenaHarridan Sat 16-Feb-13 11:45:43

shock Thumbwitch! How dare you blaspheme so!

Actually, at risk of being hounded off thread, I don't enjoy CofM and LF as much as the rest. They're good but he really got his teeth in about equal rites

TheDisorganizer Sat 16-Feb-13 11:53:32

Ah no, see I would disagree with you a touch there, Herrena (Tis Thumbwitch! I found one that no one else had! grin) - I think that it actually took until Sourcerer before he really settled into his stride; and found alternatives for the word "scream", which Rincewind did entirely too much in the first two books.

But yes, I was lent those first two and wasn't that impressed; but was intrigued enough to carry on borrowing them up to Mort and then started buying them (and of course then bought the first 4 too). I admit that I sometimes omit the first two from my re-read when I do it (every few years) but this time I did go right from the beginning.

MissAliceBand Sat 16-Feb-13 12:16:02

CoM was not my favourite. The first one I read was actually Wyrd Sisters - I was 11.

I think if I'd read CoM at that point I may not have loved them as much as I do.

HerrenaHarridan Sat 16-Feb-13 12:16:08

Yes disorganizer ( brilliant nc)
Rincewind although popular is a limited character, there is only so many vaguely plausible ways you can run away and still be reluctant hero (saved by your luggage envy)

I really liked equal rites although I was very sad that esk didn't get what she deserved. Her reappearance even made me sad. Fantasy does not have to be so realistic!
I always wonder what it would be like to read say thud first. Would it standalone as a brilliant book or is much of the magic to do with catching up with old friends?

MissAliceBand Sat 16-Feb-13 12:17:08

Death is by far my favourite though - I adore him.

TheDisorganiser Sat 16-Feb-13 12:19:56

Gosh, there's a thought! I think it would be really tricky to get a lot of the nuances of the book from a standing start, but we'll never know! Need to find a sucker guineapig to try it out on, maybe! grin

(still me, I've just changed from z to s)

I LOVE Death. And Greebo.

TheDisorganiser Sat 16-Feb-13 12:20:21

AND the Librarian. (How could I forget?!)

MissAliceBand Sat 16-Feb-13 12:24:41

And Lord Vetinari is brilliant too.

Am I the only person who's seriously considered which guild/organisation would be worth joining?

Assassins for me (obviously) I have rather a soft spot for Lord Downey - not least because his name is my maiden name!

TheDisorganiser Sat 16-Feb-13 12:45:44

Oh no, I didn't fancy the extremely competitive nature of the final exams of the Assassins Guild! Alchemists for me. grin

UptheAnkhwithoutapaddle Sat 16-Feb-13 13:00:48

Rarely post but name changed in honour!

HerrenaHarridan Sat 16-Feb-13 13:11:34

Yes disorganizer ( brilliant nc)
Rincewind although popular is a limited character, there is only so many vaguely plausible ways you can run away and still be reluctant hero (saved by your luggage envy)

I really liked equal rites although I was very sad that esk didn't get what she deserved. Her reappearance even made me sad. Fantasy does not have to be so realistic!
I always wonder what it would be like to read say thud first. Would it standalone as a brilliant book or is much of the magic to do with catching up with old friends?

Magrathea Sat 16-Feb-13 13:16:01

I like to think I have a foot in two camps with this one.

Shouldnt that be Uptheankhwithoutashovel UP?

HerrenaHarridan Sat 16-Feb-13 13:17:03

Whoops idiot phone told me that hadn't posted.
I wouldn't join any of the guilds. I'm the discs first female barbarian grin

HerrenaHarridan Sat 16-Feb-13 13:19:41

Without a shovel grin

Magrathea Sat 16-Feb-13 13:22:43

Not even the Seamstresses guild Herrena? wink

HerrenaHarridan Sat 16-Feb-13 13:33:38

Maybe when I'm forced to retire from consensual orgies and pillaging big banks wink

MissAliceBand Sat 16-Feb-13 13:35:45

I read that as pillaging pig banks - which on the Disc, probably works.

Magrathea Sat 16-Feb-13 13:45:48

Think that's part of the Soul Cake Duck festivities Alice

MagratOfStolat Sat 16-Feb-13 14:40:26

I like my name <grin>

I was previously EarlyMorningBaconDemon, so was a namechange and NOT me being new :P

ItsallisnowaFeegle Sat 16-Feb-13 14:59:51

<Waves to MrsTerry>

<Waves to Herrena>

I'm happy to be part of a CMOTD quiche wink

Has anyone read The World of Poo?

I've just downloaded it, and looking forward to delving into the depths, pun intended <snort>

Just don't join the Guild of Fools and Joculators and College of Clowns <shudders>.

My favourites are Granny, The Luggage, Susan Death, Pretty Butterfly (Twoflower's daughter), Esk, Greebo as a human.

AScorpionPitForMimes Sat 16-Feb-13 16:23:03

I've never been part of a quiche before...
<wipes away a tear and sniffles in happiness>

ItsallisnowaFeegle Sat 16-Feb-13 17:27:55

<Hands a hankie to AScorpianPit>

My favourites...hmm, hard because they're all like old friends but at a push, I'd have to say; Death, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg the dirty old madam , Lord Vetenari, The Librarian, Willikins, The Feegles (I see myself in them, as I too am tiny, blue, a sheep rustler and deathly loyal).

AScorpionPitForMimes Sat 16-Feb-13 18:10:46

I agree with your favourites, Feegle but to my mind they are all trumped by Sam Vimes. He's such a brilliant, flawed human being. Loved him in Night Watch and Thud. I'm going through the Watch series with the DDs at the moment, we are on Feet of Clay. I keep thinking that I need to stop and they aren't old enough, but they handle the themes so well that I think I am just going to carry on. I have some concerns about Snuff because it is so very sad, but then I think about the golems and I think that they are ready for it if I read it to them and we talk about it.

<thanksFeegle for the hankie>

Herrena Sat 16-Feb-13 18:18:02

<Ahem> op?

Excellent name choice btw grin

I agree, AScorpian - Sam Vimes is just such an extraordinary character - his morality, his rage, his idealism ... his creaky joints and flaws...
Every time I read Night Watch (which I think DOES standalone as exceptional literature, actually) I think 'this is something only a book can do' - no amount of clever voice over on telly or a film could give you Sam Vimes' soul the way that Pratchett's writing does.

I think Granny Weatherwax is similarly complicated and Pratchett invested a similar amount of time and effort and skill into making her the best 'good person who's almost bad but good by sheer effort of will because it's the right thing to do' that I could possibly imagine.

My big brother gave me Equal Rites when I was about 10, he said Esk reminded him of me. The start of a literary love affair smile When I was 10 the witches were a revelation - there weren't that many books with such amazing, hilarious women as the central characters.. I must say Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic would be right at the bottom of my list of faves, possibly because Rincewind is fun but not that interesting to me, whereas women like the witches, Susan Death/Sto Helit and so on, are just bloody amazing. I could read Pratchett writing about them doing laundry and find it amusing and inspiring!

AScorpionPitForMimes Sat 16-Feb-13 19:22:40

blackcurrants I think the problem with the first two Discworld books is that TP was trying to do parodies of well known sword and sorcery/science fiction stuff - Anne McCaffrey's Pern series is obviously in there, so is Conan the Barbarian. It's OK, but it just isn't him. It's only when he finds his voice and his own ideas that he comes into his own.

And Night Watch is one of the best things he has ever written, I don't read it often because it's emotionally draining, but it is amazing. Granny Weatherwax is a similarly complex character. Both she and Sam Vimes seem to illustrate TP's belief that it is hard to be a good person and that you have to work at it. It's a belief I share very strongly, and it's one of the foundations of my atheism. TP has a lot to answer for, but in a good way.

I think Sam and Esme are a great antidote to the Disney/Hollywood idea that you are bad or good and it is effortless and innate. Children should know that as true bravery is doing something despite being scared, true goodness is doing the right thing even though you are tempted to do the wrong thing.

I think this thread is reassuring because my DH hears, "like in one of TP's books..." every five minutes. I feel like a right nerd.

Does anyone else find they are amazed by TP's encyclopedic knowledge of everything? I hear news or read something and think, 'that's from x book'. Recently, the Magdalene laundries stuff reminded me of Monstrous Regiment and the girls that had come from the work houses in it. Also a book with a mine of great female characters.

Herrena Sat 16-Feb-13 20:01:39

MrsTP I agree with everything you've just said, right down to referencing TP to DH once a day at least!

TheUnadulteratedCat Sat 16-Feb-13 20:07:35

Miow

TheDisorganiser Sat 16-Feb-13 20:09:04

I am impressed by TP's encyclopaedic knowledge of everything, yes. Including the turtle supporting the world! How I laughed when I started reading Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" and discovered the anecdote about the old lady and the world being supported by turtles "all the way down". (I never got beyond the third chapter though blush)

I think he must be a very widely read man; and of course must have done research as well but only to bolster what he'd already come across.

I don't tend to reference TP's books though - DH wouldn't have a clue. He's not a great reader himself, apart from biographies of certain "rock gods". hmm

If anyone has the new edition of Good Omens, the foreword by Neil Gaiman about TP is great. He basically says the same, that TP knows everything about everything, reads wildly obscure books voraciously and, I think the quote is, 'likes writing as much as Douglas Adams hated it'.

I don't want to put a downer on my new home this thread, but it must be awful for someone like that, who us so clever and well read, to be losing his abilities. Luckily he seems to have so much humour, happiness and love in his life, he is dealing with his diagnosis well.

TheDisorganiser Sat 16-Feb-13 22:02:14

He's using his skills to find as much information out about Alzheimer's as well, and trying every new treatment to halt the regression. Did you see the documentary he did on it?

I didn't. Is it on YouTube?

AScorpionPitForMimes Sat 16-Feb-13 22:20:38

I think the work TP has done on raising the profile of Alzheimer's disease is almost as amazing as his literary merits are. I couldn't believe how long it took for him to finally get a gong, there was a 'what took you do bloody long?' feel about it for me.

I do think much of his work since his diagnosis has been darker - think 'Snuff', think' Unseen Academicals', think 'I Shall Wear Midnight' - but he never loses the warmth, the compassion and the sense of humour. He's a treasure, I hope he will be taught in schools one day.

And the first thing he did when he was knighted was make a sword from thunderbolt iron. What a man.

HerrenaHarridan Sat 16-Feb-13 23:20:57

I must also confess to referencing tp to innocent, unsuspecting audiences. My absolute favourite stand alone quote being
" as nervous as a long tailed cat in a rocking chair factory"
The abundance of strong female characters is fantastic as is the whole theme of stereotyping and self determination (think black ribboners, dwarf fashion shows)
The struggle between traditional old attitudes and bright new ideas (think new dwarves and old dwarves, the changing face of the watch) and most especially his dealing with class issues ( think the Sam vimes boots theory of economics and the glass is half full/empty/mine was a bigger glass/people whose glasses are served to them/glassless)
I have also decided that I am going to believe in his afterlife (whatever you believe, fucking genius!)

He really is incredibly intelligent and well read, did anyone else not really love the wizards until science of the discworld grin

HerrenaHarridan Sat 16-Feb-13 23:43:19

Oh and yy to pp who said the first books aren't as good because he is finding his voice, he really does grow into his own style through the books (hurrah for reading in order)
Also yy to the greyscale good and bad Nobby, Colon, Moist, Tulip, Wilikins, the villagers who killed the old lady in the Tiffany books.
I often wonder if the Tiffany books would have been different had his dd been a ds!
Has any one read the poo one, I really want to get it for -- me-- dd grin
( right I am actually going to bed, do you think I can ask mnhq to ban me at certain times!)

AdoraBell Sun 17-Feb-13 03:05:23

I'm far too tired to read through, but I'm here and always use this NN other than using a Christmas version for a short while.

sybilvimes Sun 17-Feb-13 15:03:43

LadySybil and I are actually two completely different posters, but equally fabulous wink.

There definitely used to be more of us around, but as people name change or leave the names sadly get lost. It's always nice though, to see other disc world friends around

MrsTP - I don't think it's on Youtube (and the BBC haven't repeated it since 2009) - it was a 2-parter called Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's . It might be available via <ahem> dodgy download sites.

Cheers, Tolliver I will peruse later.

ItsallisnowaFeegle Sun 17-Feb-13 20:20:00

Herrena, I have The World of Poo. It wasn't uploading to my e reader properly and half the page was missing but I've downloaded the Kobo app on my phone and it looks fine on there.

I'll be starting it as soon as I've completed the series of books I'm currently reading.

I'm quite excited about it grin

Inseywinseyupthespout Sun 17-Feb-13 20:28:07

What is DiscWorld? confused

HerrenaHarridan Sun 17-Feb-13 20:54:35

Feegle, I was a bit shock at some of the reviews on amazon.
*snotty voice " I bought this because I have every book he has ever written but frankly it is not up to his usual standard I don't even think children would like it"

Personally I think it sounds like exactly the sort of think children would like (but their parents wish they didn't wink) and I can't wait to get my grubby mits on it!

SybilVimes are you really! Apologies smile I thought that because when I first started coming on here I used to see your name quite a bit and hadn't noticed it in a while but I guess all of us can have to spend some time in rl once on a while smile
I, for instance, should be hanging out washing, doing dishes or practising for the theory part of driving test hmm
Instead I'm here grin
it's better than life wink

The documentary about euthanasia is brilliant, emotionally draining but worth it, he really does deal with it all exceptionally well. I really envy his pa though!

I didn't know about the sword mrs t!

HerrenaHarridan Sun 17-Feb-13 20:56:18
HerrenaHarridan Sun 17-Feb-13 20:59:00
degutastic Sun 17-Feb-13 21:23:12

I know an Angua on another forum. And on yet another forum I am known as "DiseasesOfTheSheep". Can't beat a Discworld reference grin

HerrenaHarridan Sun 17-Feb-13 21:36:39

spits tea everywhere
DiseasesOfTheSheep grin

degutastic Sun 17-Feb-13 21:52:34

If I knew how to nc, I could become DiseasesOfTheSheep here too. I love that nn but I don't often use that forum any more... Hmmm...

I loved the Discworld PC game grin And the Luggage, and Death and Binky and Sam Vines and...

I love Tony Robinson's readings of the audiobooks too, he does it so well, and it reminds me of listening to them as a kid in the car the only place I would never be found reading

HerrenaHarridan Sun 17-Feb-13 22:05:14

I bet you could I bet no one has got that one already. It's in your profile settings smile

I really neeeeeeed a luggage
Granny is my absolute favourite, no contest'

HerrenaHarridan Sun 17-Feb-13 22:05:42

I've never played the game, what's it like?

degutastic Sun 17-Feb-13 22:09:14

I have a profile... oooh, I only ever come in aibu blush I may be reborn as a tome of ovine infections shortly...

The main thing I remember about the game (which is like a monkey island / kings quest type format - you go around interacting with characters / picking stuff up / using stuff on things etc) is that you end up playing croquet with a stuffed pink flamingo! grin

DiseasesOfTheSheep Sun 17-Feb-13 22:14:36

Baaaaaa

That is a good name. I feel inadequate now.

Somebloke Sun 17-Feb-13 22:45:14

There were three discworld games... the first had a lot of involvement from TP, and was a point and click affair starring Rincewind. Voices were supplied by Eric Idle, Jon Pertwee, & Tony Robinson. The main thing I remember it for was the aching, utterly twisted logic of the puzzles. I was 14 or 15 when it came out, and I eventually ended up playing it with a friend, getting utterly stumped and having my Dad download a copy of the walkthru which he cut into sections a sentence or 2 long, and handed over, 1 at a time, in order to stop us just going straight through it.

DW2 was similar (didn't play it, only read reviews) and DW Noir was a looser affair, with less involvement from TP. Covered an ex-watch private eye, investigating the death of a troll nightclub singer.

I doubt you'd be able to find, let alone run, any of them now. Shame really.

<dusts off his copy of the Unadulterated Cat>

DiseasesOfTheSheep Sun 17-Feb-13 22:50:40

I have a copy of II I think (Missing Presumed?? maybe?) in the other room. It doesn't run on my current set of computers though - I tried.

HerrenaHarridan Sun 17-Feb-13 23:37:42
Nanny0gg Mon 18-Feb-13 21:46:48

For some reason, Discworld seems to be popular with Teachers Of A Certain Age. A former colleague and I used to love making Discworld references in the classroom and reading Johnny and the Bomb and I Shall Wear Midnight to the children.

I also used to post on the Pratchett newsgroup years ago, and you'd often see posts from Pterry himself.

Happy days...

AScorpionPitForMimes Mon 18-Feb-13 21:51:59

Nanny what age were the children when you read them I Shall Wear Midnight? Am asking because I waited a while with that one due to the horrible DV in the beginning and the general darker themes. Don't get me wrong, I think it is possibly the best Tiffany Aching book of them all, but when it came out, my DDs were 9 and 7 and I just felt it was a bit too much for them - I waited until they were 11 and 9 and had a bit more TP under their belts. I'd consider it strong stuff, really only suitable for Yr5 upwards. Or am I being precious?

YouBastard Mon 18-Feb-13 22:25:59

Does anyone recognise this one?? Not sure if i'll keep it though! grin

AScorpionPitForMimes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:29:58

YouBastard Yes!!! It rang a bell, I couldn't place it so I looked it up. Keep it, it's even more bloody obscure than mine! grin

YouBastard Mon 18-Feb-13 22:47:03

I might just do that actually...

'Great post YouBastard'

'Get a grip YouBastard'

'I didn't know you could get ergonomic ironing boards YouBastard'

'I'm sorry but I don't agree YouBastard'

grin

Is it the maths-doing camel?

YouBastard Mon 18-Feb-13 23:51:55

Yes, that's the one!

Does that make me the biggest TP nerd on here?

Nanny0gg Tue 19-Feb-13 00:17:25

AScorpionPitForMimes
Yes, it was Years 5&6, and I agree with you.
Carpet People for the younger ones.

Mrs TP - probably.
grin

HerrenaHarridan Tue 19-Feb-13 00:18:52

YouBastard. You have to keep it. Out of context it's even better.

Thanks for the good advice YouBastard

Yanbu YouBastard

Yabu YouBastard

ScorpionPit. I don't think it's about actual age more emotional maturity.
What I mean by that is if they live a fairly sheltered life, aren't aware that not all families are rosy like their own and you don't let them watch eastenders they would probably find it quite disturbing.
If however they already know that monsters exist then it can be helpful to see them destroyed, preferably with a poker smile

Nanny. My best friend is training to be a teacher ( doing her dissertation on tps explorations of homosexuality)
And vows to teach it in school. My worry is that it would kill it for me. I mean shoving monstrous regiment into a box with of mice and men!
What was your experience of teaching it? Did it get a better reaction than say pride and prejudice?
It certainly wouldn't be a bad thing to have more modern and enjoyable books on the curriculum. The only book we read by an author that was still alive was by Iain mcewan and it was dire!

HerrenaHarridan Tue 19-Feb-13 00:21:54

MrsT. Very possibly. I'd certainly be wary of having a geek off with you smile

Thumbwitch Tue 19-Feb-13 02:13:42

Oh I love YouBastard - great camel! along with Bloody Stupid from Tsort. grin

I've gone back to my old name - I didn't feel right! blush

MrSlant Tue 19-Feb-13 20:22:44

I quite fancied YouBastard (as a nn obviously, not as a camely partner wink)

AScorpionPitForMimes Tue 19-Feb-13 20:53:55

I agree with you, Herrena - it's just that in a class with 30 children it might be a bit difficult to cater for them all. I'm not sure Eastenders is the criterion for reading the darker bits of Tp, though - I mean, DH and I don't watch it.

For the whole monsters/poker thing I think I'd go for Hogfather instead - am planning to read that one to the DDs at Christmas. They understand paganism so should have no trouble with the sacrificial themes, and I reckon the nightmare things will just be enjoyably creepy.

MrSlant that would be bestiality and necrophilia, quite the combo.

HerrenaHarridan Wed 20-Feb-13 19:06:34

smile I didn't mean that only if you watch eastenders will you be able to handle dw.
I meant that emotional age varies wildly depending on what your exposed to.
Lets be clear here, I am in no way equating the discworld novels with the aforementioned soap!

KlatchianForeignLegion Wed 20-Feb-13 20:03:56

I was going to post something but I can't ... where is this? Why am I here?

KlatchianForeignLegion Wed 20-Feb-13 20:06:27

Why is there so much sand here? And who are all of you?

I love YouBastard!! Keep it xx

AScorpionPitForMimes Wed 20-Feb-13 20:32:17

Klatchian, you are among friends. Have a pint of Winkles.

Herrena you are of course quite right. And on the whole I think I'd rather children read the darker bits of TP than endless streams of Jacqueline Wilson misery lit...

HerrenaHarridan Wed 20-Feb-13 23:03:38

Definitely with you on that scorpionpit!
There is almost nothing I can think in the dw books I would really baulk at reading to my daughter. They won't get a lot of the references and if it occurs to them to ask then its an opening to explain it to them as you see fit.

I used to read jw back when I was that age and I do think that to a point she is highlighting issues some kids face and helping other kids to empathise. Unfortunately beyond that point she is profiting from suffering.
I particularly object to her depiction of a child in care. She has now written something like 30 books when really she should have stopped at ten ( and canned Tracy beaker)

I am very torn on the whole issue of censorship of certain books for my dd. I have completely made up my mind both ways!

I know a few adults who were allowed to read absolutely anything as children. One was reading Stephen king at ten shock another almost exclusively read the babysitters club

Part of me says if they can process the text then they are probably able to deal with the content.

Then I think of Virginia Andrews, chuck palahnuik, and matey who wrote trainspotting.

Then I think of the Internet.

Dd is 1, by the time she is old enough for it to matter I'm hoping to have made some progress smile

Hi klatchian

Hi Klatchian write your name on your hand.

I remember my DM taking Shogun away from me twice at 12. Didn't help, i read it secretly. I still can't think about it without shuddering. Books can get in your head in a way that other media can't.

The DV in the Tiffany books is bad but I think the village all getting together to lynch the man would have scared me at that age. I must ask my nephew, he read them at about 11.

Nanny0gg Thu 21-Feb-13 00:39:20

Didn't teach it - just read it aloud (you can still sneak in time to do that in primary!).

Managed to brainwash convert one or two to reading it themselves after, and now are huge DW fans...

Thumbwitch Thu 21-Feb-13 01:54:47

I read Jaws when I was 10, and then the Fog (very bad) and then the Rats (worse, gave me nightmares). I got them from a friend at junior school, who'd nicked them off her big brother.
I carried on with the horror theme for a while, as well as far more wholesome fare (Anne of Green Gables style) - I was and still am a voracious reader. When I hit 18/19, I got bored/sickened by the whole horror genre and turned to historical warfare novels - RL horror, I suppose.

The Rats is something that still comes back to me every now and then, and a couple of scenes from the Fog; plus a few others.

Nothing in TP would touch me in the same way that those awful books did (actually, even Day of the Triffids and some Doctor Who stuff is worse!), I don't think.

And although the DV is bad, it's not unusual, is it, sadly. sad
I know MN has a skewed representation but I'm always quite horrified how many posters have DV in their backgrounds, either as children themselves, or with their current or ex P.

Anyway. I agree that if they can process the text, they are probably old enough to be able to ask about the topic and be given reassurances as necessary - they might not, however, be able to work through it themselves.

KlatchianForeignLegion Thu 21-Feb-13 05:23:13

Ah, it's OK, my name is helpfully written on my clothing. Corporal Hand Wash Only at your service.

Joining the discussion at a late stage ... I haven't read the Tiffany Aching books, but I don't think of all the DW I have read (which is almost everything else) that there's anything unsuitable per se for children in them. The only negative I can think of is that because I read most of the books as a young teen I didn't get many of the references to things: they're so packed with TP's references to such a vast range of history and cultural trivia that I often get the sensation I am experiencing the world slightly back-to-front - I'll realise that something I am encountering in the real world for the first time is something I've already met in DW in some humorously distorted form. It's quite odd. I sometimes wonder what it would have been like if I had read them when I'd accumulated a bit more life experience.

But in terms of scary stuff, the Black Riders in LOTR and some of the mystical stuff in Watership Down spooked me more than anything else I have read. But then I didn't really have access to any horror writing as a child.

MercedesKing Thu 21-Feb-13 06:28:35

Sprry I still can't figure out what the theme here is on discussion as a English learner though I have read about almost all the reply here, a little confused in fact! hmmconfused[bulsh]

TheSeniorWrangler Thu 21-Feb-13 09:58:16

mercedes.. there is an author called "Terry Pratchett" who has written A LOT of books. They're all based aroung a world called "The Discworld"

We're all talking about the books and the characters.

Mercedes I can thoroughly recommend the books. The first one is The Colour of Magic. Any bookshop or library will have one.

DiseasesOfTheSheep Thu 21-Feb-13 15:44:21

I'm with Klatchian, I don't think there's much at all in DW which is inappropriate for children. I started reading them when I was about 9 (refused to read any children's books from that age and moved exclusively into the Fantasy section and a lot of the fantasy books I did read really weren't appropriate grin sex sex sex!). I loved Death, particularly for some reason.

The Tiffany Aching books I've read as an adult and I think they're great. The villagers going after the child beater in ISWM is vaguely reminiscent of the villagers going after the Beast in Beauty and the Beast in my mind, and that's Disney shock The DV theme is sad, but hardly out of step with other fiction aimed at the same age group - and far less dismal than the likes of JW.

But then, my perspective is often skewed. As a child, I watched horror movies, read adult sci fi / fantasy / horror without fear or particular alarm. I never did recover from the dancing hippos in Fantasia though confused

AScorpionPitForMimes Thu 21-Feb-13 18:27:36

I think DV shocks me so much because I have not encountered it in my own life, just seen its effect on friends and colleagues of mine. In that sense I am the naive one. I agree that if the DDs can process the text and ask questions then they can read it, though I will continue to steer them away from the horror/scifi/fantasy novels that DH and I like.

TP actually does very little in the way of sexual references, he's either tongue in cheek or very tender (cf the hinted-at bedroom scene between Carrot and Angua in Men at Arms). When the DDs realise there's something of that ilk going on, they tend to dissolve into disbelieving laughter, but they are still very 'eeeewww' about sex. DD1 asked me an outright question about mine and DH's love life (as in 'did you ever do that?') and when I gave her an honest answer in the affirmative she nearly died laughing.

I do hope my DDs will reread TP again as they grow older, precisely so that they can take in the rich historical and cultural references he puts into his work everywhere.

HerrenaHarridan Thu 21-Feb-13 22:30:26

gringringrin At trauma by dancing hippo. I will try and shield dd from this.

smile At converting kids. Which book (s) did you go for nanny?

The sexual references spike whenever nanny is around but are scattered throughout, think seamstresses, King Verences educational books, Carrot and Angua when Sally the vampire shows up.
I shall wear midnight had a few references in it that made me think at the time some people will probably not consider this appropriate for a children's book.

Personally I don't have a problem with it I think it's an ideal way to build a normal healthy attitude to sex.

The DV scene is shocking as is the mob response (although as pp pointed out beauty and the beast has something similar) there is also refs to similar in previous discworld books although they aren't current, they are memories.
There is a least 2 from granny and that heart wrenching description of the old lady who wasn't a witch in the Tiffany books
I don't think it's healthy to over shield children it's probably quite helpful for them to realise not everyone gets it so good.
Also if you look at children's lit going way back it's all utterly brutal. Daughters getting sold, kidnapped, imprisoned, murdered by wicked stepmothers, nearly eaten by a witch then shoving her in her own oven! Heros on horses slaughtering dragons ( after the village has fed all their daughters to it)
Kids can cope with more than we give them credit for as long as you take the time to answer questions carefully.

YouBastard Thu 21-Feb-13 23:24:44

I told my 2 DS's the story of Hansel and Gretel, the gory version, at Christmas. They loved it! As a kid in the 70's, all the children's stories were the gory versions..I don't remember being bothered by it. I think a lot of it simply goes over kids heads tbh.

I'll keep the name YouBastard grin.

I am jealous of that name, YouBastard - it's brilliant smile

I remember loving Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes as a child, and getting my hands on an old copy of Grimm's fairy tales, where people do NOT live happily every after, and being very Cross Indeed with Hands Christian Anderson for how he treats the Little Mermaid and most of his other female protagonists, actually - yeah, I was a good candidate to read Equal Rites aged 9, I think. And as a girl I would have definitely definitely related to Tiffany, with her hair 'just brown' ...

Oddly, it was something I'd always looked forward to about having children - I'd have masses of DDs and would be able to share my favourite books with them. I've got 2 DSs and so that'll possibly shift slightly, but at least I know the Discworld series isn't going to be 'too girly' and ignored! smile

YouBastard Fri 22-Feb-13 18:48:12

It might raise a few eyebrows amongst those who haven't read this thread though grin. I'll have to try it out!

Roald Dahl rules, I loved his books as a child. I always get emotional when I try and explain what 'Danny, Champion of the World' is about.

Nanny0gg Fri 22-Feb-13 22:50:55

The sexual references spike whenever nanny is around but are scattered throughout

Ahem...

grin

Nanny0gg Fri 22-Feb-13 22:53:17

At converting kids. Which book (s) did you go for nanny?

Johnny and the Bomb initially, then Tiffany Aching.

I really love the Carpet People, but it's tricky to get the age right at school - they're usually too old to like them, when you would be reading them iyswim.
At home I would read them to a 7 year-old, but I don't think that would work in a classroom.

I would love my DC to end up with a NannyOgg attitude to sex. Both gender-sex and count the feet and divide by two-sex.

Except for the DILs of course.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sat 23-Feb-13 02:46:59

Hadn't read enough DW books to come up with a unique nn when choosing at registration, the best were taken but agree it's fun to spot them. Such a treat to read and introduced DS to them around age 15.

HoraceTheCheese Mon 25-Feb-13 20:02:22

I'm usually GrimmaTheNome so I'll remind people wondering about what TP to read to children first about Truckers, Diggers and Wings smile.

Then the first discworld book for kids is Maurice and his Educated Rodents, and then the Tiffany ones. To put Midnight into context, bear in mind that by the time they hit secondary they will probably be wolfing down teen dystopias like The Hunger Games.

I still haven't read The Carpet People - ordered it at xmas.

HerrenaHarridan Sat 02-Mar-13 00:05:27

Tears of the mushroom!

There is a TearsOfTheMushroom

I love the goblin names smile

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