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Title: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Kid Dogg on January 07, 2006, 03:57:59 pm
Just thought I'd throw up my top 5 Terry Pratchett books

1. Night Watch
2. Thief Of Time
3. Moving Pictures
4. Soul Music
5. Good Omens

If you like fantasy books with a sens of humor try Terry Pratchett
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Krakow Sam on January 07, 2006, 04:41:21 pm
Night watch :P. I dont think thats the best

1. The Last Continent
2. Moving Pictures
3. Hogfather (Mr Teatime :D)
4. The Truth ( ing!)
5. oh wait... shift good omens up to number 1
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Alan on January 09, 2006, 02:56:57 pm
I don't really have a top five, although my favourite so far would have to be Mort. ;D
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Cobra on January 09, 2006, 09:30:28 pm
Well the only ones of read are Sorcery, Eric, Interesting times and The Last Continent.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Noflunk on January 10, 2006, 05:00:07 am
One-- Good Omens (it shall always be #1)*
Two-- Small Gods
Three-- Mort
Four--Thief of Time
Five- Everything starts to blur into one big fifth favorite





* "You're Hells Angels, then? What chapter are you from?"
   "REVELATIONS, CHAPTER SIX."
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: lemurbouy on January 13, 2006, 04:23:19 am
1. Night Watch
2. Reaper Man
3. Goin' Postal
4. Eric
5. Interesting Times
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: BPM on January 26, 2006, 11:23:09 am
I had really high expectations for Good Omens, since I love Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's works, but the ending just really disappointed me... I guess I was expecting it to end in an entirely different way. The witch hunter was an awsome character though, I wish they would give him a book all of his own. =)
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Krakow Sam on January 26, 2006, 03:11:42 pm
I assume you mean Shadwell and not Newton. "hoor of babylon!"
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Kishmond on January 29, 2006, 10:27:01 pm
1. Definitely Night Watch
2. Reaper Man
3. THUD!
4. Uhh... ermmm... I'm not sure after this. I love them all!

I haven't read Good Omens yet, but a lot of you says it;s good, I'll go pick it up.
The next Pratchett book I will read might be The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Krakow Sam on January 30, 2006, 02:25:05 pm
Good omens= a squillion times better than Maurice. Dont waste your time with maurice, its not that great. Good omens is the greatest book Ive read in ages.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Kishmond on January 31, 2006, 08:53:29 pm
Krakow Sam is kinda right. The distinct lack of cursing among other things kinda muffles the flavor in the 'Children's Discworld' books. At least that's how I see it as far as I've read.

(The Children's series being Wee Free Men, Maurice, and A Hat Full Of Sky I think.)
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: lemurbouy on February 06, 2006, 06:22:35 pm
I have to disagree. Amazing Maurice was one of the darkest discworld books I read.  I read it all in one go and it was one of the coolest and creepiest reading experiences.  Don't discount it just because it's for children.  Children are disturbing little people with sharp teeth. -leeman
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Vivec on February 06, 2006, 08:51:33 pm
Amazing Maurice was one of the darkest discworld books I read.

That's a discworld book? Eh, I guess I've read one then.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Sander Scamper on February 10, 2006, 08:16:48 am
I'm a big fan of Pratchett's work, I have to say, however, that I honestly detest the stories following those three Witches. The Night Watch or Ridcully/Rincewind are the best ones. Sam Vimes is just a brilliantly well done character in my opinion, and Detritus' "Piecemaker" ballista/crossbow is fantastic. Reminds me of a D&D Campaign where one of my companions had 26 strength and carried around a heavy ballista with thunderbolts in it. Fun times.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: lemurbouy on February 11, 2006, 08:50:21 am
The Witch books are certainly not my favourite but they have some great characters in them.  Maskerade is my favourite of them mostly because I love musicals.  Pratchett uses his books for commentary now and whereas Vimes is his platform to talk about social and political issues, the Witches are his way of commenting on literature and aspects of pop culture.  How he deals with the elves in Lords and Ladies is so amazingly creepy and cool and if you've read/seen Midsummer's Night Dream, is even better.  They are very dependent on the audience being familiar with what they are spoofing and that is probably their biggest drawback.  -leeman
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Krakow Sam on February 11, 2006, 10:35:57 am
Hmmm, I never thought about it like that before. Pretty much all the books with the University faculty are commentary on the scientific and academic establishment... the students always building something in the squash court and the senior members ignoring them and eating big dinners.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: lemurbouy on February 13, 2006, 09:09:47 am
very true.  the guys at Geekson made a very good point that Pratchett started out as Fantasy spoof but is now a satire, commenting on various human going ons.  Rincewind is definitely his travel guide who allows him to poke fun at the foreigners.  God bless that weird, beardy man. -leeman
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Krakow Sam on February 13, 2006, 02:52:21 pm
Yeah. The Last Continent and Interesting Times are two of my favorites for that reason. Meat Pie Floater :P
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: thegreatloofa on February 24, 2006, 03:03:50 pm
1. Thief of Time
2. Small Gods
3. Hogfather
4. The Last Continent
5. Carpe Jugulum

It's hard to rank them but Thief of Time is definitely my all time favorite, the concept of real Death by Chocolate is ace!
Oh, and Weatherwaxing... Great!

My Pratchett collection: http://wiki.lspace.org/index.php/User:Thegreatloofa
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Cobra on June 21, 2009, 11:57:51 pm
There are a couple of Discworld topics perhaps there should just be an all emcompassing for discussion I figured I'd bump this one for my post. Anyway while on Vacation I took some discworld with me (and bought the zombie survival guide while I was on the road) Anyway i grabbed Colour of Magic, Wryd Sisters and Night watch. Night watch blew me away I couldn't put that one down. I'm going to read the rest of the watch stories now on that I almost wish I started at Guards Guards, In anycase I love Night watch. Colour of Magic wasn't anything special Wyrd Sisters was pretty good as well.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Krakow Sam on June 22, 2009, 03:26:50 am
Wyrd Sisters (and a few books either side of it) is about the point where Discworld transitions from just being a series of rather sloppy fantasy novel parodies to being more of its own animal.

The colour of magic is indeed pretty naff, but I'm surprised you liked Night Watch without having read any of the other City Watch books. I suppose its not that bad because most of the cast of the book is new characters.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Tesla on June 22, 2009, 06:30:24 am
Man. I have Good Omens lying around unread somewhere. I guess I should go read it.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: huggkruka on July 10, 2009, 04:33:01 pm
1. Good Omens
2. Guards! Guards!
3. Men at Arms
4. Night Watch
5. Soul Music

Good Omens is the only one that's elevated from the rest. I like most of the Discworl books. He's been sliding lately though, too much rehashing.  :-\  Vimes is the favourite char though, imagine George Clooney or Hugh Laurie in that role!
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Kishmond on August 01, 2009, 10:42:01 am
While Night Watch remains my favorite Discworld, I think Good Omens was better.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Gungnir on August 11, 2009, 10:35:09 pm
Is there any particular order I should read discworld in?
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Krakow Sam on August 12, 2009, 06:17:59 am
Not really, but try to read the earlier ones first where the city watch or the witches are concerned.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Kishmond on August 12, 2009, 08:02:59 am
I read Mort first. I think it's a good starting point.
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Krakow Sam on August 12, 2009, 08:48:32 am
Might actually be a good idea to start with the first ones so you can watch the series get dramatically better and the change in tone isn't too jarring.  :P
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: Gungnir on August 13, 2009, 10:36:22 am
Found this.
(http://www.au.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-1-5.jpg)
Title: Re: Top 5 Terry Pratchett
Post by: DarthZahl on October 13, 2009, 12:14:11 pm
Hm... It's really hard to choose ONE favourite discworld novel...
My top 5 would look like this: (But the order might change daily in my head :P)

1. Going Postal
2. The Last Continent
3. Night Watch
4. Carpe Jugulum
5. The Truth

It really hurts me, that in a "top 5" there's only space for 5 novels :(