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What Discworld book would you want to read if you'd been sectioned?

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SilkStalkings Mon 31-Jan-11 14:22:37

Odd one here, a bipolar friend of mine was sectioned at the weekend and will be in 'the nick' this week. This may be really naive but I thought perhaps a little Pratchett migh cheer her up, even as just a token gesture to show I'm thiking of her. Pratchett being full of kindness, common sense and faith in humanity etc as well as the excellent jokesgrin.

What do you think would be a good one? Bit of Granny Weatherwax perhaps or something more spiritual like Small Gods?

CMOTdibbler Mon 31-Jan-11 14:24:08

ATM, I'd guess she won't want to read anything. But how about the Wee Free Men as a gift ?

LaWeaselMys Mon 31-Jan-11 14:25:40

I'm all about Going Postal. Second chances etc.

LaWeaselMys Mon 31-Jan-11 14:27:05

It's nice of you to get her a gift - She probably won't want to read it, but when she is feeling more on the level at least she will know people are thinking about her.

A really nice card to put up in her room went down well when my friend was sectioned.

Ormirian Mon 31-Jan-11 14:27:26

Hmm...... Reaper Man is one of my favourites. But I like the witches too.

Blatherskite Mon 31-Jan-11 14:42:57

Good Omens is my favourite. Always cheers me up

MrsSnaplegs Mon 31-Jan-11 14:46:11

DH suggested guards guards. Funnier than most and quite light

SilkStalkings Mon 31-Jan-11 16:05:26

Not sure about Good Omens, too much delusion fodder with all the good/evil manifestations. Mind you, delusions aren't exactly predictable...

Toni2011 Tue 01-Feb-11 22:18:52

How about I Shall Wear Midnight? All about empowerment and feeling in control of yourself. Also good fun with the Nac Mac Feegles as usual!

microserf Tue 01-Feb-11 22:24:52

i am going to second guards, guards, guards. one of my favourites and funny as hell.

5Foot5 Thu 03-Feb-11 20:31:36

Also a Guards Guards fan - and Jingo

But I am very fond of the Wee Free Men. We had that as a CD read by Tony Robinson to listen to on a long journey once and it kept the whole family highly entertained.

weblette Thu 03-Feb-11 20:36:22

Guards Guards

CaurnieBred Sun 06-Feb-11 00:01:00

+1 for Guards Guards. I love it - don't know how many times I've read it now.

ClaireyFairy82 Sun 06-Feb-11 00:20:44

Guards guards is excellent, but Mort was the one that got me into Pratchett in the first place and I've got 3 other people hooked with Mort. Which one has death trying to get the swan to sing 'little brown jug'? Pmsl!

gingeroots Mon 07-Feb-11 10:08:43

You don't think the title of " guards ,guards etc " might be a tad off putting for someone who's just lost their liberty and might be feeling surrounded by ...er...guards ?
Or maybe I'm overthinking .

ClaireyFairy82 Sun 28-Aug-11 21:30:50

Mort is always the first Pratchett novel I give to anyone interested and they end up borrowing all my other ones afterwards. It's so funny and Ysabelle's relationship with Mort just classic.

prettypurpledaisy Sun 28-Aug-11 21:34:05

I love Carpe Jugulum and the Fifth Elephant are my favourites but also like Guards Guards.

clare8allthepies Sun 28-Aug-11 21:34:44

I was given witches abroad as my first and loved it but as soon as I looked for more I thought 'why didn't they get me the first one'?

WidowWadman Sun 28-Aug-11 21:35:51

Thief of time.

GeeinItLaldy Sun 28-Aug-11 21:38:19

Mort. I was once thrown out of class at school for snorting loudly...I had been secretly reading Mort behind my textbook grin

Reaper Man is a close second.

PelvicFloorsOfSteel Sun 28-Aug-11 21:47:48

I loved Guards guards, it was the first one I read and it's very light-hearted. I also love Mort and find it really funny but not sure it's perfect for someone who's just been sectioned, even if they get the humour I don't like the idea of one of the medics (who might not have encountered Pratchett before) seeing all the skulls and scythes on the cover when they're checking the mail!

I'd also consider starting at the beginning with Colour of Magic.

crumpet Sun 28-Aug-11 21:56:21

Equal rites?

elkiedee Wed 31-Aug-11 13:03:58

How is your friend now 7 months on?

theginganinja Wed 31-Aug-11 13:05:22

Another vote for 'Mort', loved that book.

SardineQueen Wed 31-Aug-11 13:07:44

My favourite is thief of time.

If I wanted to cheer someone up though I'd give them the hitchhikers guide series (first 3 only though) and some pg wodehouse

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