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I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett

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purplestripysocks Thu 15-May-14 21:31:36

So where should I start?

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iklboo Thu 15-May-14 21:34:01

If you want to start at the very beginning of the Discworld series - and some of the 'in jokes' do carry on through then The Colour of Magic is the first one.

Or try Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

JuniperTisane Thu 15-May-14 21:35:46

Start with Guards,Guards.

Fishandjam Thu 15-May-14 21:36:58

I personally wouldn't start at the beginning. Colour Of Magic and The Light Fantastic are not his best IMO.

Going Postal could be a good one? Or Mort.

Fishandjam Thu 15-May-14 21:37:28

Or yes, Guards! Guards!

JuniperTisane Thu 15-May-14 21:37:41

Because it's the first in the Watch series of books and it's the funniest and most accessible of them.

Universal Thu 15-May-14 21:38:21

Good Omens

LoveBomber Thu 15-May-14 21:39:07

Yes, start with Guards guards and then read all the 'sets' in order, witches, wizards,death.

There's a chart online, hang on.

Fishandjam Thu 15-May-14 21:39:12

I was agreeing with you juniper grin

HavantGuard Thu 15-May-14 21:39:52

I hate Rincewind. I'd say Guards! Guards! as well.

LoveBomber Thu 15-May-14 21:40:33

iklboo Thu 15-May-14 21:41:49

Sorry, COM & Light Fantastic aren't the best. Love Guards! Guards! and Watch books generally pretty good, Soul Music is not bad, Wyrd Sisters & The Witches books.....

iklboo Thu 15-May-14 21:42:42

Anyone else divide up a boring task like Mort? (No specific spoilers!!)

JuniperTisane Thu 15-May-14 21:45:50

grin I know fish, I think we X posted.

Fishandjam Thu 15-May-14 21:46:15

Didn't think it was boring!

I've struggled with Dodger though.

ladymalfoy Thu 15-May-14 21:47:40

Start at the beginning. You have so very many to read and you will love the way the bullies get what they deserve every time.
I love the Wee Free Men series with Tiffany Aching. Try A Hat Full of Sky.
Or , if there is a particular subject or 'thing' you are into then there'll be a Pratchett that explores that theme.
Gosh you have so many characters to meet. You'll meet Death. And The Death of Rats. And Quoth.
Snuff was bloody ace. Sam Vimes bursting with righteous indignation is just smashing.

TiggyD Thu 15-May-14 21:48:02

Even Sir Terry admits there's not much of a plot in Colour of Magic.

Go for Guards Guards.

iklboo Thu 15-May-14 21:53:59

CMOT Dibbler (not the one on MN), The Librarian, The Witches, Sgt Detritus grin

JuniperTisane Thu 15-May-14 21:56:43

I may have to drag my collection back out of the loft now. I haven't read Mort for about ten years.

My favourite stand alone story is either Equal Rites or Monstrous Regiment.

crumpet Thu 15-May-14 21:59:49

Equal Rites was my first, and is great fun. It's also a good intro to Ankh Morpork, whereas Guards Guards is perhaps better appreciated once you have some knowledge of the city under your belt. Guards Guards is excellent.

Fishandjam Thu 15-May-14 22:00:27

Does anyone else play the "who would play a Pratchett character" game? I think Helen Mirren was born to play Granny Weatherwax, and Ian Richardson would have made a superb Patrician.

JuniperTisane Thu 15-May-14 22:01:07

I like Susan Sto Helit. She's so down to earth and cynical and totally pissed off being death's, granddaughter.

MrsCakesPremonition Thu 15-May-14 22:02:21

I'd start with Wee Free Men, then move on to the rest of the Tiffany Aching series, before hopping back to Mort and Equal Rites.

CMOTDibbler Thu 15-May-14 22:03:28


I'd start with the Tiffany Aching books as it gives you a good idea if you'll like his style

MrsCakesPremonition Thu 15-May-14 22:03:50

The Hogfather is one of my favourites - purely because of Susan Sto Helit's approach to parenting (and the children's reaction to the real pigs in the department store doing a really big wee).

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