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Which Pratchett first?
« on: January 30, 2006, 09:57:17 am »
As a sucker for Geek novels I absolutely have to read some Pratchett books. What I am not sure about is wheither I would have to read them chronologically (written) or in another order. All you Pratchett-a-holics help me!


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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2006, 01:35:55 pm »
Reading them in order can be good because they get progressively better and it can be a little painful reading the earlier ones after reading the first ones.  I personally recommend reading Mort before reading anything else because it's a good indicator of whether you'll like the series.  Also, if you read any of the guard books, read Guards Guards! first.  Other than that, there is an order to the books but only within their specific sections like Guard books, Death books, Witch books, etc. -leeman

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2006, 02:10:40 pm »
http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/
this guide helped me out...though some can stand on their own its more enjoyable to read them in order...ejoy!

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2006, 02:23:27 pm »
Start at wyrd sisters and work your way chronologically through the rest. All books before WS are pretty meh.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2006, 02:54:32 pm »
Pretty contradicting opinions :D Nice...
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2006, 02:22:33 pm »
I'd start with the City Watch novels with Vimesy and the crew - Guards! Guards!, Men At Arms, Feet Of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch and then Thud!

Very closely followed by the antics of the witches - Sourcery, Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies and Maskerade (I have a feeling I missed one of the witches ones out there, but my books are in storage at the moment, in the process of moving)
You forgot Carpe Jugulum, but dont worry it was pretty forgettable. It was basically just lords and ladies with Vampires instead of homicidal elves. Maskerade is my personal favorite out of those, but it helps to have seen The Phantom of the Opera musical to appreciate most of the jokes.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2006, 08:49:55 pm »
For some reason I've never been as interested in the Witches mini-series as I was in the others. MY favorite ones are definitely the Watch books. I also like the Death books with Rincewind coming in 3rd. Then there's all those other Miscellaneous books
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2006, 04:12:01 pm »
I like the Watch books, and all the stand alones. They have an excellent flavor to them. The Truth and Going Postal are two of my favorite books.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2006, 01:00:17 am »
Its mostly the standalones that have them but I love the books with the faculty of the Unseen University. I think Moving pictures is the first one and the most recent one has been The Last Continent. Theyre basically a bunch of very intelligent but also incredibly childish wizards who keep bickering over things and spend half their time concocting really awful gags.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2006, 08:01:07 pm »
Like the Give-the-Dean-Large-Bags-of-Money Gnome...
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2006, 06:41:25 am »
I'd try Good Omens first.  Possibly Strata, too, as it sorta leads you into the Discworld novels.  I found Dark Side Of The Sun quite enjoyable.  The Discworld novels are worth reading in order, though some of them can stand as sets of their own.

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2006, 10:39:28 am »
Dark side of the sun and strata i didnt really enjoy that much (ok, i enjoyed dark side of ther sun). Theyre a lot more straight sci-fi and by the standard of other sci-fi they arent that great. Good omens is a masterpiece, read it or regret not reading for the rest of your life!
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2006, 04:15:36 pm »
I say start at the beginning, "The colour of magic". Excellent book, and it does a good job introducing you to the discworld.



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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2006, 04:12:20 am »
I read them all in completely random order and I still loved it!  ;D

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2006, 05:03:33 pm »
Mort. I always give people Mort to read first. You have to work your way up to COM and LF (though if you can read them first, it's always a bonus).

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2006, 09:27:47 am »
I 100 percent agree.  I was lucky to have read Colour of Magic and Light Fantastic back when I was in High School and had low standards.  If I started with them now, I probably would give the series a miss instead of having read them all far too many times. -leeman

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2006, 11:24:12 am »
It may not be part of any grand series of books, but I loved Good Omens with Neil Gaiman. So if you're interested in seeing if Pratchett is someone you would enjoy before diving right into his other works (that are all seemingly connected in some way), you might give it a go first.

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2006, 01:42:00 pm »
It may not be part of any grand series of books, but I loved Good Omens with Neil Gaiman. So if you're interested in seeing if Pratchett is someone you would enjoy before diving right into his other works (that are all seemingly connected in some way), you might give it a go first.
Good Omens is the best book Pratchet (if not anyone) has ever written. Everyone go and read it now.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2006, 05:45:08 pm »
It may not be part of any grand series of books, but I loved Good Omens with Neil Gaiman. So if you're interested in seeing if Pratchett is someone you would enjoy before diving right into his other works (that are all seemingly connected in some way), you might give it a go first.
Good Omens is the best book Pratchet (if not anyone) has ever written. Everyone go and read it now.
I 100% agree it is both funny and witty and although some of the jokes are a little dated (there's a running joke about Queen tapes) it is a fantastic read

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2006, 05:31:46 am »
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2006, 02:14:55 pm »
The first one I read was Men At Arms, it seems to give a good introduction to characters if you haven't read any other books. After that it was just random for me :)

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2006, 11:57:46 am »
Never read Good Omens, but now I think I will.

The first Pratchett book I read was Night Watch. I just picked it up at random while I was at the library. Probably the single worst one to start out with, as absolutley nothing made sense for me. But I loved his style of writing so much that I read it anyways. Really, the first few you read aren't going to make that much sense, but as you read them, you'll understand more and more.

My suggestion for first read: Theif of Time. It introduces a lot of different things, but you don't have to know what happened in other books for the characters/etc. to make sense.

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2006, 04:53:59 pm »
I like Thief of Time but it does build off of a fair amount of characters like the Auditors and Susan.  It's all about Mort and Small Gods for me when it comes to trying to convince people what book to read.  Anywho, there you have it. -leeman

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2006, 04:29:49 pm »
Moving pictures is a good starting point. Its when he stopped writing a straight fantasy spoof and began to make his own little world.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2006, 03:53:02 pm »
Men at arms is my favorite.  ;D But good omens is better, truly. Only you can save mankind is good if you played old DOS space shooters.

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2006, 06:06:17 am »
Yep definitely recommend Wyrd Sisters and Guards! Guards! I recently read The Truth - also a good read.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2006, 09:56:56 am »
Moving Pictures is great if you know stuff about the history of cinema.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2006, 10:20:30 pm »
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Mort. I always give people Mort to read first. You have to work your way up to COM and LF (though if you can read them first, it's always a bonus).

I'm the same, I usually start people on mort because it's a good quick read with plenty of pratchett humour. if you intend on reading lots though I suggest you start from the first (colour of magic) and work your way up coz stuff that happens to rincewind may come into it in later novels and you wont know whats going on.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2006, 02:15:33 am »
Indeed. Don't start with later books unless you can avoid it, otherwise many of the jokes will be lost on you (seriously - there are more in-jokes in Pratchett than you'd think). The characters get their best introductions when he originally introduces them, surprisingly.

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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #29 on: October 02, 2006, 10:15:19 pm »
I picked up 'Thud!' because i was the only one in large print / hardcoer, and loved i despite the unknown references, it was well footnoted (like the note about Nobby Nobs being the only human to need a birth cert to prove being human.)

So meh...whatever. Just get a later book that's footnoted. Thud! is good because there is enough backstory to make me question WHAT happened previously.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #30 on: October 03, 2006, 02:46:54 am »
I like Thief of Time but it does build off of a fair amount of characters like the Auditors and Susan. It's all about Mort and Small Gods for me when it comes to trying to convince people what book to read. Anywho, there you have it. -leeman


Im trying to read that one, but I have to admit Im having trouble, it doesnt flow as well as others of Pratchetts. Im almost finding myself having to read it over again to put the whole story together, its a bit disjointed.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #31 on: October 03, 2006, 09:18:11 am »
I found out recently that theres a TV special of Hogfather thats going to be shown on Sky around Christmas in the UK. It'll be the first live action adaptation of a Discworld novel and has a bunch of famous english actors in it.
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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #32 on: January 30, 2007, 10:32:58 am »
The Hogfather live adaption was alright. I enjoyed it for its own sake, though I do think death looked a little too much like a fat Calista Flockhart.



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Re: Which Pratchett first?
« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2007, 11:45:08 am »
I just watched it and I felt they did a really good job all around although they were definitely not without problems.  Death and Albert were particularly well done.  Teatime...was interesting in a Willy Wonka/Doogie Howser sort of way.